• Tuesday, Oct 11, 2011

    The Academy—Fellowship Program For Young Professional Musicians Combining Performance, Education, Advocacy, & Leadership Begins 11–12 Season 

    The Academy’s Performance Arm—Ensemble ACJW—Will Present More Than 20 Concerts This Season, including Collaborations with Conductors David Robertson and Pablo Heras-Casado and Premieres of Commissioned Works by Ryan Gallagher and Sleeping Giant Members of Ensemble ACJW & Academy Alumni Take Part in Community Work Through Musical Connections—A Program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute— Performing at Non-Traditional Music Venues Across New York City Academy Alumni Also Set to Perform in International Residencies in Mexico, India, Abu Dhabi, and Germany This Season
    The Academy—the esteemed two-year fellowship program for young professional musicians from leading music schools and conservatories—returns for its fifth year in the 2011–2012 season. Offering performance opportunities and residencies in New York City and beyond, intensive professional development, and year-long partnerships working within New York City public schools, The Academy seeks to nurture the skills and values necessary for careers that combine musical excellence with education, community engagement, and advocacy. Established in January 2007, The Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education—reflects the belief that the artist of tomorrow will require both the ability to perform at the highest level and the capacity to give back to the community, inspiring the next generation of musicians and music lovers. Lead support of The Academy is provided by Goldman Sachs Gives.

    Ensemble ACJW—the performance arm of The Academy—will come together to perform over 20 concerts at Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School’s Paul Hall, and other venues in New York City and New York State. Highlights of Ensemble ACJW’s 2011–2012 season include programs conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado and David Robertson and premieres of two new works by composers Ryan Gallagher and the composer collective Sleeping Giant, both commissioned by Carnegie Hall.

    As in past seasons, Greenwich Village music venue (Le) Poisson Rouge, will present a concert series featuring Ensemble ACJW with programs conceived and developed by the fellows. The group will also appear in Neighborhood Concerts presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. The highly successful biannual residency of The Academy at Skidmore College will also continue, bringing the fellows’ music-making and community engagement to the Saratoga Springs area.

    In addition to the myriad performance opportunities provided as part of the program, fellows of The Academy will head back into New York City public schools this fall, working alongside a partner music teacher and bringing mastery of their instruments as well as a professional performer’s perspective to band, keyboard, and string programs in New York City music classrooms in all five city boroughs. Each fellow will also develop and play in an interactive ensemble concert bringing high-quality performances to their school audience as well to their fellow Academy colleagues schools. At the end of this season, on June 11, 2012, select students from these partner schools will come together at The Juilliard School’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater for a final concert for fellows, students, teachers, and families celebrating their work together.

    The 2011–2012 Academy fellows and their schools are:

    Academy Fellows


    Brian Ellingsen, Double-Bass 

    PS 157X (757 Cauldwell Avenue) 
    Richard Harris, Trombone 

    Fordham High School for the Arts (500 East Fordham Road) 

    Paul Won Jin Cho, Clarinet 

    PS 200K (1940 Benson Avenue) 

    Yves Dharamraj, Cello  Brooklyn High School of the Arts (345 Dean Street) 
    Alexey Gorokholinsky, Clarinet  PS 112K (7115 15 Avenue) 
    Shelley Monroe Huang, Bassoon  PS 135K (684 Linden Boulevard) 
    Emily Popham Gillins, Violin  PS 282K (180 Sixth Avenue) 
    David Kaplan, Piano  PS 241 K (976 President Street) 
    Marina Radiushina, Piano  PS 130K (70 Ocean Parkway) 

    Stephen Dunn, Trombone (Academy Alum) 

    MS 51K (350 Fifth Avenue) 
    Nathan Schram, Viola  PS 75K (95 Grove Street) 
    Yoobin Son, Flute  PS 207K (4011 Fillmore Avenue) 
    Moran Katz, Clarinet  PS 46M (2987 Frederick Douglass Boulevard) 
    Keats Dieffenbach, Violin 

    PS 63Q (90-15 Sutter Avenue) 

    ToniMarie Marchioni, Oboe 

    MS 158Q (46-35 Oceania Street) 

    Carl Oswald, Oboe  PS 21Q (147-36 26 Avenue) 

    Julietta Curenton, Flute (Academy Alum) 

    MS 137 Q (109-15 98 Street) 
    Leelanee Sterrett, Horn  PS 13Q (55-01 94 Street) 
      Staten Island  
    Margaret Dyer, Viola  Curtis High School (105 Hamilton Avenue) 
    Hamilton Berry, Cello  IS 61 (445 Castleton Avenue) 

    (Fellows’ biographies available upon request).

    The Academy, 2011–2012 Season
    Performances: During the 2011–2012 season, Ensemble ACJW will perform over 20 concerts at a number of venues, including Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall; The Juilliard School’s Paul Hall; (Le) Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village; in New York City community venues as part of the free Neighborhood Concert Series presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute; and at Skidmore College’s Arthur Zankel Music Center, Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall.

    2011–2012 season highlights include:

    • Tuesday, October 25 at Weill Recital Hall—As part of Carnegie Hall’s 120th anniversary celebration and focus on the music of Tchaikovsky this fall, Ensemble ACJW performs a program of mournful masterpieces by three Russian Romantics including Glinka’s Trio pathétique in D Minor for piano, clarinet, and bassoon, Arensky’s String Quartet No. 2, and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A Minor.

    • Thursday, November 17 at Paul Hall —Ensemble ACJW continues its free concert series at Juilliard’s Paul Hall with an invigorating program that includes Handel’s Trio Sonata in G Minor, Hindemith’s Octet, and Mendelssohn’s Quintet No. 1 in A Major.

    • Thursday, December 1 at Weill Recital Hall (program also performed at Skidmore College on October 21)—Ensemble ACJW performs the New York premiere of Ryan Gallagher’s Oboe Quartet, commissioned for the group by Carnegie Hall. The program also includes Loeffler’s Two Rhapsodies for Oboe, Viola, and Piano, and Mozart’s String Quintet in G Minor.

    • Friday, December 16 at Zankel Hall—Rising young conductor Pablo Heras-Casado leads Ensemble ACJW in a program that includes works by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and Schoenberg. Renowned mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard is the featured soloist in this concert, performing arias by Handel and Vivaldi as well as songs by Ravel. (Please note that Ms. Leonard replaces previously announced soloist Measha Brueggergosman in a revised program for this performance.)

    • Friday, January 13 at Paul Hall—At Juilliard, Steven Schick conducts Ensemble ACJW in a performance of Thomas Adès’s Chamber Symphony, Op. 2. The ensemble will also perform Bach’s “Brandenburg” Concerto No. 5 in D Major, along with two additional 20th century works: Henri Dutilleux’s Les Citations and György Kurtág’s Wind Quintet, Op. 2.

    • Tuesday, February 14 at Weill Recital Hall—Ensemble ACJW performs the New York premiere of a new work by Sleeping Giant, a collective of the emerging New York-based composers Andrew Norman, Christopher Cerrone, Jacob Cooper, and Robert Honstein. Also on the program is Stravinsky’s Histoire du soldat.

    • Sunday, March 25 at Zankel Hall—Ensemble ACJW plays a program of music that ranges from Haydn and Wagner, to Ligeti and John Adams. The group is led by St. Louis Symphony Music Director David Robertson and joined by clarinetist, Moran Katz.

    Residencies & Special Projects
    Skidmore College: From October 18–22, 2011, Academy fellows head to Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, for a fifth year of extended residencies at the school. Continuing to build upon its existing relationship with audiences in the Saratoga Springs community, Ensemble ACJW will perform formal concerts at the Arthur Zankel Music Center and informal performances in non-traditional settings such as dormitories, work with Skidmore College music students in master classes and student composers in composition reading sessions, and undertake community outreach in the surrounding Saratoga Springs community.

    (Le) Poisson Rouge Series: Building on the success of Ensemble ACJW’s first two years of concerts at (Le) Poisson Rouge last season, the fellows will program and perform a three-concert series at this Greenwich Village music venue during the 2011–2012 season. Details to be announced.

    Musical Connections: As part of their second year in The Academy, fellows will participate in community-based performances at multiple nontraditional music venues across New York City through Musical Connections—a program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. The program is designed to bring live music to people coping with challenging social, physical, and emotional circumstances in healthcare settings, correctional facilities, senior-service organizations, and homeless shelters.

    Academy Alumni Activities
    As The Academy continues to evolve, alumni are maintaining close relationships with the program and have returned to perform as part of Ensemble ACJW in New York City as well as for national and international audiences. This past season, alumni ensembles have participated in residencies and performed sold-out performances in Abu Dhabi, Iceland, South Africa, Spain, and at Germany’s Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

    International residencies for Academy alumni in the 2011–2012 season will include a week-long residencies in Mexico City, Mexico, from October 23–30, and Mumbai, India from March 6–12, 2012 where they will lead education and community engagement activities as well as public concerts. Alumni will also return Abu Dhabi in March and to Germany next June. In addition, they will participate in two U.S. residencies this season, which include performances at the Kenan Center in Lockport, NY (November 29–December 3) and at Princeton University in New Jersey (January 18–19). This season, alumni will also be featured in a Carnegie Hall Family Concert on January 22, 2011.

    The Academy
    Exemplary performers, dedicated teachers, and advocates for music, the fellows of The Academy are redefining what it means to be a musician today.

    Created in 2007 by Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson and The Juilliard School’s President Joseph W. Polisi, The Academy supports young professional musicians in developing careers as top-quality performers, innovative programmers, and dedicated teachers who are fully engaged with the communities in which they live and work.

    Fellows of the two-year Academy program—chosen for their musicianship, but also for their leadership qualities and commitment to music education—come from some of the best music schools in the country, including the Curtis Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, Mannes College The New School for Music, New England Conservatory, and Yale School of Music.

    As Ensemble ACJW, the fellows are an inspirational musical collective that has earned accolades from critics and audiences alike for the quality of its performances as well as its fresh and open-minded approach, performing a wide range of music—from centuries past to works written days before an event—in a variety of performance venues. The group performs its own series at Carnegie Hall and regularly appears at Paul Hall at The Juilliard School. As part of a partnership with Skidmore College that began in 2007, Ensemble ACJW gives master classes to university students and performs for the Saratoga Springs community in both concert halls and in informal settings around town.

    In addition to performance opportunities at the highest level, a robust program of professional development is an essential part of The Academy. Fellows partner with New York City public schools, to share their artistry with—and become central resources for—music classrooms in the five boroughs. In their second year, the fellows will take part in community work through the Weill Music Institute’s Musical Connections program in which they will perform at multiple nontraditional music venues across New York City. In past years, they participated in community-based group projects including a collaboration with residents of a Bronx family apartment complex, a pen-pal program that paired young students with professional musicians, and a performance of George Crumb’s Voice of the Whale in the American Museum of Natural History’s Millstein Hall of Ocean Life.

    All of these activities make The Academy a dynamic program that is fostering musicians dedicated to making music central to all of our cultural lives. Visit acjw.org to learn more.


    Lead Support of The Academy is provided by Goldman Sachs Gives.

    Major funding for The Academy–a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education–has been provided by Susan and Edward C. Forst and Goldman Sachs Gives, The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation, The Irving Harris Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, Martha and Bob Lipp, Judith and Burton Resnick, and the Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation.

    Additional support has been provided by The Arnow Family Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari, The Edwin Caplin Foundation, the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, Mrs. Nancy A. Marks, Mr. and Mrs. Lester S. Morse Jr., the Edward John Noble Foundation, The Joe Plumeri Foundation, and Suki Sandler.

    Additional funding provided by Breguet, in partnership with Henry and Elizabeth Segerstrom.

    The Academy is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the US Department of State.

    Ticket Information for Carnegie Hall
    Tickets are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

    Ticket Information for Carnegie Hall
    For more information on discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts.

    Ticket Information for The Juilliard School’s Paul Hall
    Ensemble ACJW concerts at Juilliard’s Paul Hall are free, but tickets are required and are available The Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard, located at 155 West 65th Street; by calling the Box Office at 212-769-7406; or by visiting the Juilliard website: www.juilliard.edu

    Ticket Information for Skidmore College’s Arthur Zankel Music Center
    Admission for Ensemble ACJW concerts at Skidmore College’s Arthur Zankel Music Center is free. For more information, please visit skidmore.edu/zankel or call the college’s Department of Music at 518-580-5320.

    Ticket Information for (Le) Poisson Rouge
    For more information, visit www.lprnyc.com or call 212-505-FISH (3474).



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