About the Partnership with Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music

The New York Philharmonic Global Academy partnership with the Shepherd School of Music of Rice University, in Houston, Texas — one of the nation’s foremost orchestral training programs — brings Zarin Mehta Fellows to New York City as part of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship program. The visit offers comprehensive and far-reaching career preparation through an unparalleled window into the real life of the orchestral musician. The partnership also includes visits by Philharmonic musicians to Houston to coach rehearsals.

In April 2017 six young instrumentalists from the Shepherd School’s wind, brass, and percussion studios participated in a week of immersive activities in New York, including training and playing alongside Philharmonic musicians; mock auditions; individual lessons and chamber music sessions coached by Philharmonic musicians; and participation in the Philharmonic’s educational programs. The program culminated with a chamber music concert featuring the Fellows alongside Philharmonic musicians.

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When the Shepherd School was announced as the first U.S. conservatory Global Academy partner, Shepherd School dean Robert Yekovich said: “The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University prides itself on the exceptional quality of its orchestra program. The invitation to participate in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy is recognition of our success in preparing orchestral musicians at the highest professional level. The Global Academy’s intensive week filled with performing, auditioning, and mentoring experiences is an ideal blend of educational activities for young musicians aspiring to win positions in major symphony orchestras. We feel privileged to partner with the Philharmonic as they endeavor to broaden the impact of their educational efforts.”

The Global Academy Fellowship Program, in association with the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, is supported in part by The Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation, Inc. and an anonymous donor, and other gifts made toward the Zarin Mehta Fund. Additional support provided by Shirley Young/US–China Cultural Foundation.