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The Connected Musician

The Connected Musician is a self-paced, interactive video series for collegiate and early professional performers. Inspired by the visionary mission of Ensemble Connect and featuring guidance from alums of the program and leaders in the field, The Connected Musician expands your toolkit to include new approaches to engage modern audiences and to spark joy and connection through music.


How does music help you find joy? This series of videos from The Connected Musician highlights some of the different paths to feeling inspired and finding purpose in careers in music. Hear from ten Ensemble Connect alums as they share insights and advice from their own personal journeys, exploring themes of collaboration, meaningful musical moments, building community, finding balance, and staying inspired.

Joy in Activating Creativity | The Connected Musician

Trumpeter and teaching artist Paul Murphy reflects on how his career bridges performance and music education, and the ways he finds joy in activating creativity in others.

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Are you ready to challenge yourself to develop a deeper connection with your audiences? Follow this self-paced, interactive video series inspired by the visionary mission of Ensemble Connect to discover tools to engage modern audiences and spark joy and connection with your music.

With Ensemble Connect alums as your guides and featuring content by current fellows and leaders in the field, we invite you to create your own Musical Snapshot and share it with us for feedback.

Welcome to Create a Musical Snapshot

Dana Kelley—violist and Ensemble Connect alum—introduces a Musical Snapshot and how she uses these skills in her career.

Part 1: Setting a Foundation

Eric Booth—teaching artist, author, and advocate—outlines the core components of being a connected musician in this three-part video series.

Part 2: Entry Points in Music

In this four-part video series, bassoonist, composer, and Ensemble Connect alum Brad Balliett applies the tools of teaching artists to music to engage audiences more deeply.

Part 3: A Closer Look

Explore musical snapshots created by Ensemble Connect fellows and alums, and hear from Dana Kelley, Brad Balliett, and Laura Weiner about their process.

Part 4: Create Your Own

Find a step-by-step guide to help you craft and record your own musical snapshot.

Part 5: Share and Connect

Show us what you came up with! Send us your musical snapshot and receive feedback from Ensemble Connect.


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Founding support for The Connected Musician is from the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations.

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 Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

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

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