• Thursday, Jan 26, 2012

    Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute to Offer Wide Range of Music Education and Community Programs Throughout 2012-2013 Season

    Programs Serving Students, Educators, Families, Young Musicians, and Public Reflect Carnegie Hall’s Commitment to Making Great Music Accessible To Widest Possible Audience
    Select Season Highlights Include:
    Launch of New National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America for Finest Young Musicians, Ages 16–19, Beginning in Summer 2013
    National High School Choral Festival Brings Together Top Student Choirs from Across the US for Study and Performance of Mozart’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall with Leading Artists
    WMI Creative Learning Project for New York City High School Students Explores Osvaldo Golijov’s La Pasión según San Marcos
    Free Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts Highlighting Music of Venezuela and Mexico Presented Throughout New York City as Part of Carnegie Hall’s Citywide Voices from Latin America Festival
    Professional Training Workshops and Master Classes for Young Musicians Led by Jessye Norman, Marilyn Horne, Dalton Baldwin, Takács Quartet, John Adams and David Robertson, and Emmanuel Pahud
    WMI’s Link Up National Program for Grades 3–5 Reaches More Than 200,000 Students Nationwide Through Partnerships with Orchestras Across the US 
    (NEW YORK)—Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) today announced a wide range of music education and community programs serving students, teachers, families, young musicians, and the public to be presented throughout the 2012–2013 season. Many of the programs, most of which are offered at low or no-cost to participants, feature collaborations with some of the world’s finest artists and ensembles.

    Season highlights include: the launch of a major new initiative, the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, which will bring together the finest young musicians, ages 16 to 19, each year for an intensive two-week residency, followed by an international tour, beginning in summer 2013; the Carnegie Hall National High School Choral Festival, offering top US high school choirs the opportunity to rehearse and perform Mozart’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall with leading musicians; an in-depth Creative Learning Project for over one hundred New York City high school choir singers, exploring Osvaldo Golijov’s La Pasión según san Marcos; free Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts presented as part of Carnegie Hall’s citywide Voices from Latin Americafestival; and a series of Professional Training Workshops and master classes for young musicians led by soprano Jessye Norman, mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, pianist Dalton Baldwin, the Takács Quartet, composer John Adams and conductor David Robertson, and flutist Emmanuel Pahud. In addition, Link Up, WMI’s innovative music education program for students in grades 3 through 5 continues to grow, providing free resources to 40 orchestras and partner organizations nationwide, reaching more than 200,000 students in 2012–2013.

    “The work of the Weill Music Institute reflects Carnegie Hall’s commitment to bringing high quality musical experiences to the widest possible audience,” said Sarah Johnson, Director of the Weill Music Institute. “Programs working in schools provide innovative opportunities for students and teachers to make music in their classrooms and at Carnegie Hall. These programs also make free resources available to orchestras, schools, and other organizations across the country. In the community, WMI not only presents free public concerts and musical workshops to people in all five boroughs of New York City, but also works with people in particularly challenging social or emotional circumstances, specifically in healthcare setting, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, and senior service organizations. In our programs that nurture talent and artistry in young musicians, we’re thrilled to significantly expand our training opportunities for young musicians next season. This includes an exciting new national initiative, the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, which will place a spotlight on the exceptional talent found across the US.”

    Select 2012–2013 WMI Season Highlights:

    New National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, Launching in Summer 2013,
    Seeks Finest Young Musicians From Across the US

    Beginning in 2013, WMI launches the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, a tuition-free opportunity for 120 of the nation’s finest young players (ages 16–19) to come together with their peers, a faculty of leading professional orchestra musicians, and a different celebrated conductor each summer for a two-week intensive musical residency, to be followed by an international tour. Led in its inaugural year by world-renowned conductor Valery Gergiev, the NYO-USA will shine a light on the extraordinary talent of young American instrumentalists, offering each member a transformative musical and cultural experience as they develop their musical skills, receive training at the highest professional level, and travel abroad, serving as musical youth ambassadors for the US. Following a summer 2013 residency at Purchase College, State University of New York, the NYO-USA will make debut performances at Purchase College’s Performing Arts Center and Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, followed by an exciting international tour spanning Moscow, St. Petersburg, and London. Important funding for the launch of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America has been provided by Joan and Sanford I. Weill and The Weill Family Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, and Ann Ziff. For more information, including audition requirements and application deadlines, please visit carnegiehall.org/nyousa.

    Top Student Choirs from Across the US Come Together for National High School Choral Festival, Performing Mozart’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall

    The 2012–2013 National High School Choral Festival unites top high school choruses from across the country, selected by audition, for a one-of-a-kind yearlong program focusing on Mozart’s Requiem, guided by leading conductors Kent Tritle and John Nelson. As a finale to the program, participating choruses travel to New York to perform the Requiem at Carnegie Hall with Mr. Nelson conducting the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, soprano Nicole Cabell, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, tenor Russell Thomas, and bass-baritone John Relyea on April 20, 2013.

    Creative Learning Project for New York City High School Students Explores
    Osvaldo Golijov’s La Pasión según San Marcos

    On March 10, 2013, following five months of intensive rehearsals, a choir of approximately 125 high school students from New York City public schools will perform Osvaldo Golijov’s stunning oratorio La Pasión según San Marcos (“The Passion of St. Mark”), in a culminating concert conducted by Robert Spano and featuring vocalists Jessica Rivera and Luciana Souza; members of Schola Cantorum de Venezuela; and the Orquesta La Pasión. Throughout this creative learning project, students explore some of the ritual elements of the work, which tells the story of the Passion through the cultural and musical history of the Latin American people, including Batá drumming from Cuba and Capoeira dance from Brazil. They will also have the opportunity to hone their skills with Venezuelan conductor María Guinand, director of Schola Cantorum de Venezuela, to whom the piece is dedicated. Golijov is holder of the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall in the 2012–2013 season.

    Free Neighborhood Concerts throughout New York City Presented as Part of Carnegie Hall’s Voices from Latin America Festival

    As part of the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series, which presents dozens of free events in all five New York City boroughs every year,, WMI presents nine free concerts as part of Carnegie Hall’s citywide Voices from Latin America festival, inviting audiences to experience a range of Latin American music at a number of different community venues. These include five concerts by chamber groups drawn from the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela; in addition, four performances feature Mexican artists, including Mexican son jarocho virtuoso Celso Duarte and Mexican jazz singer Magos Herrera. For more than 35 years, Carnegie Hall has partnered with local organizations to bring free classical, jazz, and world music performances to New York City neighborhoods each season.

    Link Up Program for Grades 3–5 Reaches More Than 200,000 Students Nationwide

    WMI continues to significantly increase the number of students participating in its national Link Up program for grades 3 through 5 next season, working with many new national partner organizations and inviting them to take advantage of free curriculum materials, in-depth online audio and video resources, and professional development web seminars as they produce Link Up programs in their own communities. Link Up connects grade-school classrooms with professional, community, and university orchestras, providing partners with yearlong, age-appropriate Link Up curriculum materials for use in schools as well as program resources for an interactive, culminating concert during which students perform prepared repertoire along with the orchestra on voice, strings, or soprano recorders. More than 15,000 students in the New York City area are expected to take part in WMI’s New York-area Link Up programs next season, participating in spring concerts at Carnegie Hall featuring the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and conductor Rossen Milanov. In total, Link Up will reach over 200,000 students throughout the US in 2012–2013—an increase of approximately 40,000 over the previous year—working with 40 orchestras and organizations nationwide.

    Professional Training Workshops Connect Young Musicians with Leading Artists

    Specifically created for young artists ages 18–35, WMI’s Professional Training Workshops provide a unique opportunity to explore aspects of musical life with the leading artists of our time. These intense experiences culminate in performances at Carnegie Hall, and many feature master classes open to the public. WMI presents three Professional Training Workshops next season: The Song Continues..., a series of master classes and recitals founded by mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne and dedicated to the art of the vocal recital, with master classes led by Ms. Horne, soprano Jessye Norman, and pianist Dalton Baldwin (January 14–19, 2013); as well as workshops for string quartets on the music of Haydn, Bartók, and Beethoven led by the Takács Quartet (March 12–15, 2013); and for conductors and instrumentalists, led by composer John Adams and conductor David Robertson (April 21–25, 2013). In addition, WMI offers a master class for flute players led by Emmanuel Pahud (October 2012).

    Musical Exchange Online Community for Students and Educators Expands

    Carnegie Hall’s Musical Exchange online community continues to expand next season, linking students from all over the world through flexible, fun, project-based opportunities for musical sharing and international conversation and collaboration. The original focus of this community, created in 2010, was to link teens in New York City, India, Indonesia, and Mexico. After just one season, Musical Exchange has expanded significantly, now reaching young people in other countries around the world. Musical Exchange gives its members the unique opportunity to exchange musical ideas and experiences in forums and group discussions with leading professional artists, find musical collaborators in other countries, blog about musical experiences and inspirations, and get professional feedback and guidance from peers, educators, and performing artists.

    Musical Connections Program Brings Live Music to Non-Traditional Audiences in Community Settings

    WMI’s Musical Connections program enters its fourth year in 2012–2013, presenting free music events, including concerts, interactive performances, creative learning projects, and artist residencies for more than 8,000 people throughout New York City in healthcare settings, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, and senior service organizations. WMI continues to work with a broad range of partners from Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx to Sing Sing Correctional Facility, plus many more, tailoring each musical residency in ways that are meaningful for participants. A central component of the Musical Connections program is ongoing, targeted professional training for its roster of specially-selected musicians, helping to equip them to perform in these unique settings.


    Serving more than 350,000 children, students, teachers, parents, young music professionals, and adults each year, the programs and online initiatives of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute are designed to inspire the next generation of music lovers, nurture tomorrow’s talent, and contribute to the advancement of music education in the New York metropolitan area, across the US, and around the world.

    School Programs:
    Musical Explorers (kindergarten–grade 2) introduces students in music and general classrooms to musical concepts through explorations of the different cultures and traditions from neighborhoods across New York City. The program includes professional development workshops for teachers, standards-based curriculum guides with accompanying CD, student materials, and interactive concerts held in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall.

    Link Up (grades 3–5) invites students in New York City music classrooms to develop performing and listening skills by singing, playing the recorder or violin, composing, and exploring orchestral repertoire. The program includes professional development workshops for teachers, standards-based curriculum guides with accompanying CD and DVD, student materials, and an interactive concert at Carnegie Hall. Through Link Up National, the program connects orchestras across the country with their local communities. Carnegie Hall provides free curriculum materials for use in schools as well as complimentary resources to support the culminating Link Up concert in each community.

    Count Me In (grades 6–8) is an after-school program that enables young singers in New York City without access to school choral programs to build basic singing skills in preparation for auditions that can connect them to further musical opportunities.

    The Carnegie Hall National High School Choral Festival gives top high school choirs from across the country, chosen by audition, the opportunity to work with a nationally recognized conductor on a major choral work to be performed at Carnegie Hall with a professional orchestra and soloists.

    The School Residency Program (kindergarten–grade 5) offers select schools participating in Musical Explorers or Link Up with opportunities to participate in more in-depth ways. Working together, teachers and WMI teaching artists engage students in creative music projects that meet the specific needs of individual classrooms. These projects connect musical learning to curriculum standards and enable students to develop a deeper understanding of selected repertoire and musical topics.

    The Music Blueprint Model School is an in-depth partnership between the Weill Music Institute and PS/MS 161 in upper Manhattan that provides full K–8 implementation of the New York City Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Music. The goal is to create a model public school that produces and utilizes learning resources, innovative teaching practices, and assessment tools that other art institutions and schools can adapt for their use.

    The Academy’s School Performance Residency engages fellows of 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—a two-year program for the world’s finest young professional musicians that includes intensive training in music education through firsthand experience in the New York City public schools. In this important component of The Academy program, each fellow is partnered with an instrumental music specialist in a New York City public school for an in-depth performance residency totaling 25 days over the course of the school year.

    Community and Family Programs:
    The Family Concert Series (recommended for children ages 5–10) offers families an introduction to classical, jazz, and world music through a variety of concerts at Carnegie Hall by world-class performers with tickets available at low cost.

    McGraw-Hill CarnegieKids (recommended for children ages 3–6) invites children to explore basic musical concepts through free interactive concerts that feature songs, movement, and instrument demonstrations in community venues throughout New York City.

    The Neighborhood Concert Series presents free concerts and “Community Sings”—in collaboration with museums, libraries, colleges, and other organizations—ranging from classical and jazz to pop and world music, throughout all five boroughs of New York City.

    Musical Connections brings free interactive performances, creative projects, and artist residencies to people dealing with challenging social and emotional circumstances in homeless shelters, correctional facilities, healthcare settings, and senior-services organizations. Artist professional development is integral to the program with ongoing workshops supporting musicians on the Musical Connections roster in creating meaningful work in these diverse settings.

    Artist Training:
    The Achievement Program—is a partnership between Carnegie Hall and The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto that provides a recognized national set of standards and a sequenced course of study for people studying music privately across the US, from beginner through advanced levels.

    The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America is a new, tuition-free opportunity for the finest young players, ages 16–19, from across the country to come together with their peers, a faculty of leading orchestral musicians, and a different celebrated conductor each year for a two-week, intensive summer residency followed by an exciting international tour. The NYO-USA program launches in summer 2013.

    Professional Training Workshops provide young professional musicians ages 18 through 35 with weeklong, tuition free opportunities to explore repertoire and professional musical life with leading artists of our time, to perform at Carnegie Hall, and to make connections with other young artists.

    The Teaching Artist Collaborative supports practicing and emerging musician teaching artists in acquiring skills, experience, philosophies, relationships, and ideas to more effectively serve students and community members of New York City.

    WMI Digital:
    Musical Exchange is Carnegie Hall’s global online community for teenage musicians and peers from around the world. Students are invited to share their music with the community, take part in collaborative projects, and participate in forums and group discussions, building connections internationally through music.

    Online Resource Center (carnegiehall.org/orc) is an extensive collection that provides educators with multimedia and interactive resources from Carnegie Hall’s education and community programs. Designed for use by educators, young artists, and teaching artists, the Online Resource Center helps to make the Weill Music Institute’s programs broadly accessible, nationally and internationally.

    For more information and videos exploring the wide range of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute programs, please visit carnegiehall.org/weillmusicinstitute.
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