Create a Musical Snapshot
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.
In Ensemble Connect, we have found that a musical snapshot, a creative introduction to a piece of music, is the perfect first addition to a connected musician’s toolkit and a great first step toward audience-centered thinking.
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.
Learn How to Create a Musical Snapshot
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
Brad Balliett—bassoonist, composer, and Ensemble Connect alum—applies the tools of teaching artists to music to engage audiences more deeply in this four-part video series.
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 Musical Snapshot
Laura Weiner—French horn player, teaching artist, and Ensemble Connect alum—provides a step-by-step guide to help you craft your own musical snapshot, and Nathaniel Stevens, director, includes some helpful tips and tricks for making a great recording.
Part 5: Share and Connect
Show us what you came up with! Send us your musical snapshot and receive feedback from Ensemble Connect.
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.
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.