• Education & Community

    NYC Public School Partnerships

    Ensemble ACJW’s in-school residencies represent one of the largest in-depth collaborations between a cultural institution and New York City public schools. Fellows serve as musical resources to schools in all five boroughs of New York City and bring mastery of their instruments as well as a professional performer’s perspective to music classrooms.

    Each fellow is partnered with a public school for a residency that totals 25 days over the course of the year. Fellows serve as musical resources to schools in all five boroughs of New York City and bring mastery of their instruments as well as a professional performer’s perspective to music classrooms. They partner with each school’s instrumental music teacher to strengthen students’ musical skills through a tailored and creativity-rich approach. In addition, fellows of Ensemble ACJW bring their artistry into schools through two assembly-style interactive performances each year.

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  • ACJW Community

    Community Work in NYC

    Ensemble ACJW fellows use their unique skill set of arts advocacy and peerless musicianship to present meaningful outreach events that engage the communities in which they live and work. Throughout the season, they participate in community-based performances at multiple non-traditional venues across New York City through Musical Connections, a program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.

    This program is designed to bring music to people coping with the challenging circumstances in healthcare settings, correctional facilities, and senior-service organizations. Fellows also perform each year as part of WMI’s exceptional Neighborhood Concert series, which provides free concerts to audiences in all five boroughs of New York City.
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    Skidmore College Residency

    Twice annually, the fellows participate in a five-day residency at Skidmore College. While on campus, the fellows offer master classes, lessons, and class demonstrations, as well as play side by side with students of the Skidmore College Orchestra and read student compositions.

    Ensemble ACJW performs in the Arthur Zankel Music Center’s Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, presenting concert programs that include world premieres commissioned by Carnegie Hall. The commissioned composers are present during the residency to collaborate with the fellows before the world-premiere performances. In addition, the fellows and composers offer interactive demonstrations and informal performances beyond the music department in classes, dormitories, and libraries, as well as in schools and other community venues in Saratoga Springs.
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    Professional Development

    Throughout the two-year program, Ensemble ACJW fellows are supported by rigorous, ongoing professional development to ensure that they gain the necessary skills to be successful in all areas of the program and to become leaders in their field.

    Areas of emphasis include artistic excellence, engagement strategies both on and off the stage, advocacy, professional skills, and preparation for their work in the schools. Sessions are led by experts in the performing arts field, professional teaching artists, and ACJW alumni. Coaching sessions are also provided to fellows, as well as access to world-renowned composers such as Thomas Adès, John Adams, David Lang, and Steve Reich.