• Music Residency at Sing Sing Correctional Facility

    In Carnegie Hall’s ninth year of partnership, men incarcerated at Sing Sing Correctional Facility create and perform music side-by-side with professional artists. A series of workshops focuses on developing composition and instrumental skills, while several concerts for the facility’s general population feature original works written and performed by participants with professional artists. An advisory committee of participants who have come home to New York City meets regularly to help the participants support each other, inform the program, and continue to make music.

    This project is a part of Musical Connections.



  • Sing Sing top image (Stephanie Berger)

    “My first concert experience ever was in the Sing Sing auditorium. From the audience I witnessed a fellow peer perform a song he wrote himself… in three minutes, through his use of words and music he single handedly transformed me from a neutral listener to an aspiring musician and set the wheels in motion for the next few years of my life… and he didn’t even know it.”

  • Lead support for the Music Residency at Sing Sing Correctional Facility is provided by Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari and the Ford Foundation.

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    Major funding for Musical Connections is provided by MetLife Foundation and United Airlines®.

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    United Airlines (as of 3-24-2017)

    Additional support has been provided by Ameriprise Financial and JMCMRJ Sorrell Foundation.

  • Sing Sing 1 (Stephanie Berger)

    Project Design

    Musical exploration and growth is guided by two learning tracks facilitated by Musical Connections roster artists. One track focuses on general musicianship and instrumental learning, while the second focuses on music compositional work tied together by a common inquiry. Throughout the season, additional Musical Connections roster artists and special guests visit to collaborate and learn together in regular workshops and final performances.

  • Sing Sing 2 (Chris Lee)

    Artist Skills

    Musical Connections artists take part in a yearlong professional development program that provides them with the time and resources needed to be effective facilitators and collaborators.

  • Sing Sing 3 (Stephanie Berger)


    Evaluation plans are formed in parallel with project design, to demonstrate the larger impact of this work and discuss its specific successes and challenges. Updates will be shared here when available.