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Ensemble Connect: Professional Development Series

As Ensemble Connect begins its series of Professional Development sessions at Carnegie Hall, a few of the fellows shared some of their most significant takeaways so far:

“The session with Eric Booth was amazing. He has an incredible talent for conveying his ideas in a compelling, interesting, and informative way. Not only did I learn a lot, but also I left the session inspired and excited about my future as a teaching artist.”—Tomer Gewirtzman, Piano

“I very much enjoyed our Professional Development session with Eric Booth, specifically the moment he demonstrated how to bring an audience into a piece of art. He recited a Shakespeare sonnet twice: The first time he did not give us any information at all and simply recited the sonnet; the second time he asked us personal questions that we reflected on, which then gave us emotional connections to the sonnet. I have never been an audience member at an interactive performance, especially one that involved a different genre of art. Experiencing an interactive performance without having any background experience in the art form—theater—was truly eye opening because it gave me a clue to how an audience member at my own interactive performance might feel. Being able to put yourself in other people’s shoes is a priceless learning experience on how to be a true teaching artist.”—Gergana Haralampieva, Violin

“The moment that I remember most vividly is when we had a conversation with Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall, as part of the Leadership series of professional development. One of the pieces of advice that he gave was to be open-minded and take paths in a direction as life unfolds. As someone who has moved around a lot growing up—performing and pursuing my career—I really wanted to plan my path and career the way I desired, but often the result was not something that I anticipated. Looking back, the greatest happiness and achievement in life came at moments when I expected it the least. Clive’s advice was a great moment of affirmation for continuing my journey with excitement and enthusiasm for unexpected challenges.”—Ha Young Jung, Bass

“The panel on inclusive programing with Rob Deemer, Rebekah Heller, Limor Tomer, and Carol Ann Cheung was a Professional Development highlight for me. While each panelist brought expertise about both the challenges and rewards of promoting the works of marginalized or underrepresented composers, I also found it fascinating and inspiring to hear about their diverging views on how to best do so in practice and what that reveals about their visions for the future of classical music as a field.”—Leo Sussman, Flute

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