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Music Academy of the West Fellows Conclude Immersion with New York Philharmonic

Zarin Mehta Fellows New York Philharmonic

For the third consecutive year, the New York Philharmonic hosted a group of fellows from Music Academy of the West selected to participate in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program — an immersion in the life of an orchestra musician.

From January 6 to 15 eleven fellows, selected by audition, came to New York as Zarin Mehta Fellows, working closely with Philharmonic musicians in one-on-one lessons, mock auditions, and chamber music coaching. They even rehearsed and played alongside Philharmonic musicians in Brahms’s Symphony No. 3 for the subscription concerts January 11–14, conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert. Read More...

Rice University Students Named for Global Academy Fellowship Program

Rice University Shepherd Schoo of Music NY Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship 

Last week, wind, brass, and percussion students at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music auditioned for the opportunity to train and play amongst New York Philharmonic musicians, learning about the life of an orchestra musician from the inside.

Today the six students selected for the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program — the second group of Global Academy Fellows from Rice — were announced: clarinetist John Diodati (25), oboist Tamer Edlebi (28), trumpet player Daniel Egan (25), flutist Kayla Faurie (23), percussionist Robert O’Brien (26), and bassoonist Benjamin Roidl-Ward (24).

The Shepherd School students will travel to New York in April 2017 for a week of immersive activities in all aspects of an orchestral player’s life — including training and playing alongside Philharmonic musicians, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Orchestra's Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence — an experience described by Alan Gilbert as “a window into the real life of the orchestral musician.” It’s all part of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy partnership between Rice’s Shepherd School of Music and the New York Philharmonic, launched in fall 2015.

Congrats and see you in April!

Rice University Shepherd Schoo of Music NY Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Phoebe Bobby Tudor 

Photos: (top, courtesy of Rice University) April 2017 Zarin Mehta Fellows from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music (bottom, by Jennifer Taylor) Rice University president David Leebron and his wife, Y. Ping Sun, and Bobby Tudor — Rice Board Chairman, New York Philharmonic Board Member, and New York Philharmonic Global Academy sponsor — and his wife, Phoebe Tudor

2017 Zarin Mehta Fellows from Music Academy of the West Named

New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program

Ten students from Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West have been selected to participate in the third year of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program as Zarin Mehta Fellows in January 2017.

They will travel to New York for a ten-day training program, including rehearsing and playing alongside Philharmonic musicians in Brahms’s Symphony No. 3 for the subscription concerts January 11–14, conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert.

Described by Gilbert as “a window into the real life of the orchestral musician,” the Fellowship allows students to learn directly from Philharmonic musicians, a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will immerse them in all aspects of an orchestral player’s life, from audition to performance.

The lucky ten: Kevin Chen, violin; Minji Choi, cello; Michael Daley, percussion; Kaelan Decman, double bass; Ao Peng, viola; Emily Switzer, violin; Alexander Volkov, violin; Jack Walters, clarinet; Justin Woo, violin; and Hyeree Yu, viola. 2016 Global Academy Fellow Rainer Saville, trumpet, deferred his participation and will be joining the Global Academy in 2017.

Congratulations, and see you in New York!

(Photo: Music Academy of the West)

Shanghai Orchestra Academy Graduates First Class

Shanghai Orchestra Academy New York Philharmonic Global Academy 

Today the New York Philharmonic's Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership passed another milestone, when the inaugural class of young musicians graduated from the Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA). The Commencement, held in Shanghai Symphony Hall’s Chamber Hall, took place while the Philharmonic is in Shanghai for its second annual performance residency as part of the Partnership, so many of the Orchestra’s musicians who served as SOA faculty were able to attend, as did Philharmonic President Matthew VanBesien (far left).

The graduates include Tong Ba, Shuang Lv, and Hui Zhang, who traveled to New York as Zarin Mehta Fellows in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program, performing in the Philharmonic in mid-June as part of their studies.

Opened in September 2014, the Shanghai Orchestra Academy is a cornerstone of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, which provides advanced, post-graduate orchestral training. The students who graduated today studied Orchestra Performance, Chamber Music, Musicianship Skills for Orchestral Performance, and more with the insights and guidance of a faculty that includes New York Philharmonic musicians. For more information on SOA enrollment and curriculum, visit their website.

(Photo: Chris Lee)

2016 Concerts in the Parks Begin in Central Park

The New York Philharmonic's Concerts in the Parks are back for another summer of beautiful music under the stars. The 51st season kicked off this week with two concerts on Central Park's Great Lawn, drawing more than 63,000 music lovers over two nights. The first night opened with a tribute to the victims of the Orlando tragedy. Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill was the soloist in Mozart's lyrical Clarinet Concerto, and Music Director Alan Gilbert led the New York Philharmonic — plus four New York Philharmonic Global Academy students having the opportunity of a lifetime — in music by Beethoven, plus R. Strauss and Wagner. 

Fellows from Shanghai Orchestra Academy Experience a Week as a Philharmonic Musician

Last week the New York Philharmonic hosted the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program’s first international Zarin Mehta Fellows, four students from the Shanghai Orchestra Academy selected by audition for a week-long immersion in the life of an orchestral musician. The Fellows rehearsed and performed Beethoven with the Orchestra, led by Music Director Alan Gilbert, in the Concerts in the Parks. They also had one-on-one lessons, toured the Philharmonic Archives, and explored New York City.

Rice University Fellows Begin Immersion with New York Philharmonic

New York Philharmonic Global Academy 

Five students from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music are in New York City for the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program, described by Music Director Alan Gilbert as “an unparalleled window into the real life of the orchestral musician.”

During their New York residency, which runs through May 29, the Zarin Mehta Fellows train and play alongside Philharmonic musicians under the direction of David Robertson at David Geffen Hall, and rehearse and perform chamber music with Philharmonic musicians. The fellows also participate in mock auditions, take lessons with Philharmonic musicians, attend a seminar by Jennifer Johnson titled “What Every Orchestral Musician Needs to Know About the Body,” tour the Philharmonic Archives, attend concerts, and meet with management. The photo above shows the Fellows in an Orchestra Committee Panel Discussion on May 23.

Violinists Jae-Won Bang, MuChen Jessica Hsieh, and Laura Liu; violist Sergein Yap; and double bassist Caleb Quillen make up the latest group of Zarin Mehta Fellows, selected by audition in the fall of 2015 when Philharmonic musicians traveled to Rice to teach, also as part of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy partnership between the Philharmonic and the Shepherd School of Music.

Follow along at home through Zarin Mehta Fellow Laura Liu's excellent Instagram account:

 

(Top Photo: Chris Lee)

Music Academy of the West Fellows Begin Ten-Day Immersion with New York Philharmonic Jan. 2

Music Academy of the West Zarin Mehta Fellows New York Philharmonic 2016

They’re coming.

Ten students from Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West, that is.

The lucky ten are coming to the Philharmonic January 2–12 for the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program, an immersion in all aspects of an orchestral player’s life, from audition to performance. They are the second group of Zarin Mehta Fellows from Music Academy of the West, a partner in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy.

They’ll take lessons from, rehearse with, and shadow Philharmonic musicians, rehearse and perform in a private chamber concert at The Morgan Library & Museum, take mock auditions, and join Philharmonic Teaching Artists at schools in Queens and the Bronx.

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