Created in 2007 by Carnegie Hall's Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson and The
Juilliard School's President Joseph W. Polisi, Ensemble ACJW is an inspirational collective
of young professional musicians who are fellows in a two-year program that supports them in
building careers as top-quality performers, innovative programmers, and dedicated teachers
who fully engage with the communities in which they live and work.
Ensemble ACJW fellows-chosen not only 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 Colburn School, Eastman School of Music, The
Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Rice University, University of Southern
California, and Yale School of Music.
Ensemble ACJW has earned accolades from critics and audiences alike for the quality of
performances as well as its fresh and open-minded approach, performing a
wide range of music-from centuries past to works written days before an event-in a variety
of performance venues. The group performs its own series at Carnegie Hall and has regularly
appeared at The Juilliard School's Paul Hall and other venues throughout New York City,
including (Le) Poisson Rouge nightclub in Greenwich Village, Subculture in NoHo, and
Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn. As part of a partnership with Skidmore College that began
in 2007, Ensemble ACJW gives master classes for university students and performs for the
Saratoga Springs community in both concert halls and in informal settings around
Along with performance opportunities at premier venues in New York City and beyond,
Ensemble ACJW fellows each partner with a New York City public school to share their
artistry with-and become central resources for-music classrooms in the five boroughs.
Ensemble ACJW fellows also take part in community work through the Weill Music Institute's
Musical Connections program, in which they perform at multiple non-traditional music venues
across New York City, including healthcare settings, correctional facilities, and
senior-service organizations. Throughout the two-year program, Ensemble ACJW fellows
participate in 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 on and
off the stage, advocacy, professional skills, and preparation for their in-school
Exemplary performers, dedicated teachers, and advocates for music throughout the
community, the forward-looking musicians of Ensemble ACJW are redefining what it means to
be a musician in the 21st century. Visit acjw.org to learn more.