Ensemble Connect 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.
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.
Throughout the two-year program, Ensemble Connect 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.
Ensemble Connect’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 Connect bring their artistry into schools through two assembly-style interactive performances each year.