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Audience Engagement Intensive
Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Audience Engagement Intensive?

The Audience Engagement Intensive is a tuition-free, eight-day workshop series for preformed chamber ensembles interested in expanding their ability to connect with audiences of all kinds.

Who can apply to be part of the Audience Engagement Intensive?

Ensemble Connect welcomes applications from preformed chamber ensembles of any genre or instrumentation consisting of three to six players whose members will all be 18 years old or older by the time of the Audience Engagement Intensive.

When does the Audience Engagement Intensive take place?

June 4–11, 2019

Where does the Audience Engagement Intensive take place?

The Audience Engagement Intensive will be held in Carnegie Hall’s Resnick Education Wing located at 154 West 57th Street in Manhattan.

Is there tuition?

The Audience Engagement Intensive is tuition free, and there is no application fee.

Are housing and transportation provided?


What will we need to have prepared for the Audience Engagement Intensive?

The ensemble must have 30 minutes of performance-ready repertoire prepared prior to the Audience Engagement Intensive.

What if our group includes musicians who are not US citizens?

Musicians who are not US citizens must already be in the US on an F or O visa.

What language skills are expected?

Each participant will need to be able to understand and speak English comfortably and will be expected to incorporate speaking elements into performances at the end of the week.

How do I apply?

Submit an application.

How will applications be evaluated?

Applications will be evaluated based on the ensemble’s technical ability, musicianship, passion for audience engagement, and curiosity to learn.

What are the application requirements?

  • Completed Application Form
  • Three Audition Videos:
    • One Introduction Video: Create a short video introducing your group. It should be brief (maximum 5 minutes) and homemade, and should include each member of the group answering the following questions:
      • What is your name, instrument, and hometown?
      • Why is audience engagement important to you?
    • Two Performance Videos: Submit two videos of contrasting movements as separate files. Each performance video should be between five and 10 minutes. They can be excerpts from a larger movement or work.
  • One Letter of Recommendation

Our video recordings are not professional quality. Will that hurt our chances of being accepted?

No. We understand that not everyone has the means to provide a professional video recording, and our goal is to make this program accessible to all who wish to apply. As long as the ensemble is clearly visible and audible, your audition will be judged on its musical merits and not its production value. Most auditions (including successful auditions) are recorded using basic home video equipment.

What will the schedule be like?

Each day of the Audience Engagement Intensive will be a daylong commitment from approximately 10 AM to 8 PM. The exact schedule will be available by May 1, 2019. Audience Engagement Intensive participants will have access to practice spaces in Carnegie Hall’s Resnick Education Wing between 10 AM and 10 PM.

What is the focus of the workshops for the Audience Engagement Intensive?

The Audience Engagement Intensive’s workshops will focus on
  • connecting with school and community audiences
  • connecting with concert audiences
  • building a career as a 21st-century musician

What will be the culminating activities of the Audience Engagement Intensive?

The Audience Engagement Intensive will culminate in an
  • interactive performance at a NYC public school
  • interactive performance at a NYC community venue and
  • invitation-only showcase performance in Carnegie Hall’s Resnick Education Wing

What will our ensemble leave the Audience Engagement Intensive with?

Ensembles will leave the Audience Engagement Intensive with a
  • completed script for an interactive performance at schools or community venues
  • piece of chamber music that is coached and performed, with a workshopped audience engagement component
  • draft of a mission statement
  • new community of like-minded musicians

Who will we be working with?

Each ensemble will have an interactive performance coach who is an alum of Ensemble Connect. Workshops will be led by leaders in the field, and examples of previous workshop faculty are:
  • Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director, Carnegie Hall
  • Eric Booth, Author, Writer, and Teaching Artist
  • Angela Myles Beeching, Author and Arts Career Specialist
  • Colin Jacobsen, Violinist, Composer, and Member of Silk Road Ensemble, Brooklyn Rider, and The Knights
  • Jessica Meyer, Violist, Composer, and Educator
  • Barrett Hipes, Director, Office of Career Services, The Juilliard School

What is Ensemble Connect?

Ensemble Connect is a two-year fellowship program for 18 of the finest young professional classical musicians in the US that prepares them for careers combining musical excellence with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, entrepreneurship, and leadership. It offers top-quality performance opportunities, intensive professional development, and the opportunity to partner throughout the fellowship with a New York City public school.

The Audience Engagement Intensive draws on the training in audience engagement that Ensemble Connect fellows receive through their professional development.

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