Celebrating its 10th anniversary during the 2016–2017 season, Ensemble Connect—formerly known as Ensemble ACJW—is a two-year fellowship program for the finest young professional classical musicians in the United States that prepares them for careers that combine musical excellence with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, entrepreneurship, and leadership. It offers top-quality performance opportunities, intensive professional development, and the opportunity to partner with a New York City public school throughout the fellowship.
A program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education.
Major funding has been provided by The Diller–von Furstenberg Family Foundation, Susan and Edward C. Forst and Goldman Sachs Gives, the Max H. Gluck Foundation, the Irving Harris Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Lester S. Morse Jr., Phyllis and Charles Rosenthal, The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund, and Ernst & Young LLP.
Additional support has been provided by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari, Leslie and Tom Maheras, Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation, Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, and Trust for Mutual Understanding.
Public support is provided by the New York City Department of Education, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Ensemble Connect is also supported, in part, by an endowment grant from The Kovner Foundation.
Ladd Concert Hall at Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College
Program includes works by Bernstein, Missy Mazzoli, and Steve Reich
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
Paul Hall at The Juilliard School
Program includes works by Brahms and Dvořák
Program includes works by Schnyder, Janáček, and Tchaikovsky
Program includes works by Ligeti, R. Strauss, and Beethoven
Program includes works by Mozart, Gabriel Kahane, and Schubert
Program includes works by Stravinsky and Messiaen
Program includes works by Mozart and Schoenberg
Program includes works by Nielsen and Stravinsky
While on campus, the fellows offer master classes, lessons, and class demonstrations, as well as play side by side with students of the Skidmore College Orchestra and read student compositions. Ensemble Connect performs in the Arthur Zankel Music Center’s Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, presenting concert programs that include world premieres commissioned by Carnegie Hall. The commissioned composers are present during the residency to collaborate with the fellows before the world-premiere performances. In addition, the fellows and composers offer interactive demonstrations and informal performances beyond the music department in classes, dormitories, and libraries, as well as in schools and other community venues in Saratoga Springs.
Fellows serve as musical resources to schools in all five boroughs of New York City and bring mastery of their instruments as well as a professional performer’s perspective to music classrooms. Each fellow is partnered with a public school for a residency that totals 25 days over the course of the year. Fellows serve as musical resources to schools in all five boroughs of New York City and bring mastery of their instruments as well as a professional performer’s perspective to music classrooms. They partner with each school’s instrumental music teacher to strengthen students’ musical skills through a tailored and creativity-rich approach. In addition, fellows of Ensemble Connect bring their artistry into schools through two assembly-style interactive performances each year.
View current partner schools, and learn more about how to participate.
This program is designed to bring live music to people living in challenging situations, such as correctional facilities, homeless shelters, and healthcare settings. Fellows also perform several times per year as part of Carngie Hall’s free Neighborhood Concerts series.
Areas of emphasis include artistic excellence, engagement strategies both on and off the stage, advocacy, professional skills, and preparation for their work in the schools. Sessions are led by experts in the performing arts field, professional teaching artists, and Ensemble Connect alumni. Coaching sessions are also provided to fellows, as well as access to world-renowned composers such as Thomas Adès, John Adams, David Lang, and Steve Reich.
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