Announcing Our New Music Director

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We are excited to announce our new Music Director in the Performing Arts Department, Simon Buret de Longagne (pronounced: boo-ray day long-gang). He joined us this January and is already working with students preparing them for the upcoming spring musical, Shrek. Read on to learn more about our new hire.

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What’s your background? What led you to teaching music?
We had an upright piano at home that my dad bought because he was an ELP fan. I started piano lessons early. As a kid, I played the organ at church. When I was 12, I took part in an international chamber music festival. There, I met other young musicians from all over the world and music teachers from Belarus. When I turned 18, I went to study piano in Belarus—first at a school for talented musicians and then at the Conservatory of Music. That’s where I fell in love with vocal music and learned to teach. Later on, I continued studying piano at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. I have been teaching music and performing in the Bay Area for over 6 years now.

What’s your main instrument? Do you play other instruments as well?
Piano is my main instrument. I played the organ when I was younger, and I just started to learn to play ukulele with my wife.

Favorite musical? Favorite composer? What music do you like to listen to in your free time?
I like The Lion King. The music was written by Elton John. What is great with music is that there are so many styles and forms that you always keep exploring. I like operas and art songs. Bach, Schubert, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev are among my favorite composers. I also love listening to jazz and music from the 70s and 80s as well as folk music.

Favorite teaching moment in the past?
When a student is able to capture the character of a piece of music it really means a lot to me. Music is a great life companion, and I'm honored to give that to my students.

What are you most excited about with your new role at MTS?
Meeting new people, becoming part of a community. I’m really excited to see how our musical will come together and how the children will grow into their characters.

What is something students and parents might not know about you?
I like surfing, baking, and eating pastries.