Ensemble Connect—formerly known as Ensemble ACJW—is a two-year fellowship program for the finest young professional classical musicians in the United States that prepares them for careers that combine musical excellence with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, entrepreneurship, and leadership. It offers top-quality performance opportunities, intensive professional development, and the opportunity to partner with a New York City public school throughout the fellowship.
Ensemble Connect’s in-school residencies represent one of the largest in-depth collaborations between a cultural institution and New York City public schools.
Twice annually, Ensemble Connect participates in a five-day residency at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. The fellows work with students in the music department and beyond, visiting classrooms, offering master classes and lessons, and performing in the Arthur Zankel Music Center’s Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall. Ensemble Connect also serves the greater Saratoga Springs area through visits to K–12 schools and community venues. Through a grant from The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, Ensemble Connect also has a residency in Paris every other season.
Fellows create interactive performances in which audiences are invited to explore and discover a piece of music or a musical concept. Each year, fellows present 80 interactive performances in schools and 20 in community venues across New York City.
Ensemble Connect fellows are supported by a rigorous weekly professional development curriculum aimed at ensuring they have the skills needed to be successful in all areas of the program and to give them the tools to shape purposeful, personally rewarding career paths that redefine the role of the 21st-century musician.
A program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education.
Major funding has been provided by The Diller–von Furstenberg Family Foundation, Susan and Edward C. Forst and Goldman Sachs Gives, the Max H. Gluck Foundation, the Irving Harris Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Lester S. Morse Jr., Phyllis and Charles Rosenthal, The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund, and Ernst & Young LLP.
Additional support has been provided by Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari, Barbara G. Fleischman, Leslie and Tom Maheras, Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation, Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, and Trust for Mutual Understanding.
Public support is provided by the New York City Department of Education, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Ensemble Connect is also supported, in part, by an endowment grant from The Kovner Foundation.