Ensemble ACJWMore Info
Ensemble ACJW is an energetic collective of outstanding young musicians from The
Academy that has earned accolades from critics and audiences alike for its fresh,
open-minded approach to performance and programming. In a variety of venues, they have
played a wide range of music-from works written centuries ago to those completed days
before-with verve and total commitment to their art.
The group performs its own series at Carnegie Hall and regularly appears at Paul Hall at
The Juilliard School. As part of a partnership with Skidmore College that began in 2007,
Ensemble ACJW gives master classes to university students and performs for the Saratoga
All Ensemble ACJW members are alumni or current fellows of The Academy, a two-year
fellowship program started in 2007 by Carnegie Hall's Executive and Artistic Director Clive
Gillinson and The Juilliard School's President Joseph W. Polisi to support young
professional musicians in developing their careers as excellent performers, innovative
programmers, and dedicated teachers who are fully engaged with the communities in which
they live and work.
Fellows of the two-year Academy program-chosen for their musicianship, but also for their
leadership qualities and commitment to music education-come from some of the best music
schools in the country, including the Curtis Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music,
The Juilliard School, Mannes College The New School for Music, New England Conservatory,
Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, and Yale School of Music.
Each season, the fellows partner with music teachers in New York City public schools. The
hour-and-a-half-per-week that each of the 20 fellows spends in a classroom is an education
not only for the students, but for the fellows as well. In their second year, the fellows
develop innovative, community-minded group projects. Among those produced in recent years
were a collaboration with residents of a Bronx family apartment complex, a pen-pal program
that paired young students with professional musicians, and a performance of George Crumb's
Voice of the Whale in the American Museum of Natural History's Millstein Hall of
Exemplary performers, dedicated teachers, and advocates for music throughout the
community, the fellows of The Academy that make up Ensemble ACJW are redefining what it
means to be a musician in the 21st century. Visit acjw.org to learn more.