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  • 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.

    Download the Ensemble Connect brochure.


  • Fellows

     

    Every two years, up to 20 of the world’s finest young professional musicians are chosen by application and audition as Ensemble Connect fellows. Meet the 2016–2018 class below.

     
  • Performances

    2017–2018 Season

     
    SKIDMORE COLLEGE PRESENTS

    Friday at 8 PM

    Ladd Concert Hall at Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College

    Program includes works by Bernstein, Missy Mazzoli, and Steve Reich

     
    20
    Oct
     
     
    SKIDMORE COLLEGE PRESENTS

    Friday at 8 PM

    Ladd Concert Hall at Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College

    Program includes works by Bernstein, Missy Mazzoli, and Steve Reich

     
    20
    Oct
     
     
    CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

    Monday at 7:30 PM

    Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

    Program includes works by Bernstein, Missy Mazzoli, and Steve Reich

     
    23
    Oct
     
     
    CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

    Monday at 7:30 PM

    Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

    Program includes works by Bernstein, Missy Mazzoli, and Steve Reich

     
    23
    Oct
     
     
    JUILLIARD PRESENTS

    Tuesday at 7:30 PM

    Paul Hall at The Juilliard School

    Program includes works by Brahms and Dvořák

     
    14
    Nov
     
     
    JUILLIARD PRESENTS

    Tuesday at 7:30 PM

    Paul Hall at The Juilliard School

    Program includes works by Brahms and Dvořák

     
    14
    Nov
     
     
     
    CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

    Tuesday at 7:30 PM

    Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

    Program includes works by Schnyder, Janáček, and Tchaikovsky

     
    5
    Dec
     
     
    CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

    Tuesday at 7:30 PM

    Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

    Program includes works by Schnyder, Janáček, and Tchaikovsky

     
    5
    Dec
     
     
    JUILLIARD PRESENTS

    Thursday at 7:30 PM

    Paul Hall at The Juilliard School

    Program includes works by Ligeti, R. Strauss, and Beethoven

     
    4
    Jan
     
     
    JUILLIARD PRESENTS

    Thursday at 7:30 PM

    Paul Hall at The Juilliard School

    Program includes works by Ligeti, R. Strauss, and Beethoven

     
    4
    Jan
     
     
    SKIDMORE COLLEGE PRESENTS

    Friday at 8 PM

    Ladd Concert Hall at Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College

    Program includes works by Mozart, Gabriel Kahane, and Schubert

     
    16
    Feb
     
     
    SKIDMORE COLLEGE PRESENTS

    Friday at 8 PM

    Ladd Concert Hall at Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College

    Program includes works by Mozart, Gabriel Kahane, and Schubert

     
    16
    Feb
     
     
     
    CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

    Monday at 7:30 PM

    Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

    Program includes works by Mozart, Gabriel Kahane, and Schubert

     
    19
    Feb
     
     
    CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

    Monday at 7:30 PM

    Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

    Program includes works by Mozart, Gabriel Kahane, and Schubert

     
    19
    Feb
     
     
    JUILLIARD PRESENTS

    Tuesday at 7:30 PM

    Paul Hall at The Juilliard School

    Program includes works by Stravinsky and Messiaen

     
    6
    Mar
     
     
    JUILLIARD PRESENTS

    Tuesday at 7:30 PM

    Paul Hall at The Juilliard School

    Program includes works by Stravinsky and Messiaen

     
    6
    Mar
     
     
    CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

    Thursday at 7:30 PM

    Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

    Program includes works by Mozart and Schoenberg

     
    19
    Apr
     
     
    CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

    Thursday at 7:30 PM

    Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

    Program includes works by Mozart and Schoenberg

     
    19
    Apr
     
     
     
    JUILLIARD PRESENTS

    Tuesday at 7:30 PM

    Paul Hall at The Juilliard School

    Program includes works by Nielsen and Stravinsky

     
    22
    May
     
     
    JUILLIARD PRESENTS

    Tuesday at 7:30 PM

    Paul Hall at The Juilliard School

    Program includes works by Nielsen and Stravinsky

     
    22
    May
     
     
     
     
     
     
  • Residencies

    Twice annually, the fellows participate in a five-day residency at Skidmore College.

     

    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.

  • School Partnerships

    Ensemble Connect’s in-school residencies represent one of the largest in-depth collaborations between a cultural institution and New York City public schools.

     
     

    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.

     
     
  • Community Engagement

    Each season, fellows give interactive performances in community-based setting across New York City through Musical Connections, a program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.

     
     

    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.

  • Professional Development

    Ensemble Connect fellows benefit from rigorous, ongoing professional development to ensure that they gain the necessary skills to be successful in all areas of the program and to become leaders in their field.

     
     

    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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