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Ensemble Connect

Ensemble Connect is a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. This two-year fellowship program prepares extraordinary young professional classical musicians for careers that combine musical excellence with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, entrepreneurship, and leadership. Ensemble Connect 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 brochure (PDF)

Infographic: Making Connections for 10 Years (PDF)

Fellowship Highlights

A female Ensemble Connect fellow works with a young girl playing the trumpet in a classroom.

Ensemble Connect School Partnerships

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.

Interactive Performances

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.

Professional Development

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.

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Ensemble Connect is a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education.

Lead funding has been provided by Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, Max H. Gluck Foundation, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Irving Harris Foundation, Hearst Foundations, The Kovner Foundation, Phyllis and Charles Rosenthal, The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, Beatrice Santo Domingo, and Hope and Robert F. Smith.

Global Ambassadors: Hope and Robert F. Smith, and Maggie and Richard Tsai.

Additional support has been provided by the Arnow Family Fund, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, E.H.A. Foundation, Barbara G. Fleischman, Leslie and Tom Maheras, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation, Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, Trust for Mutual Understanding, and Joyce and George Wein Foundation, Inc.

NYC Department of Education and New York State of Opportunity Council on the Arts

Public support is provided by the New York City Department of Education and the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Ensemble Connect is also supported, in part, by endowment grants from The Kovner Foundation.

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