The second group of Zarin Mehta Fellows from Music Academy of the West, a partner in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, have begun their ten-day immersion in the life of an orchestral musician, part of the Global Academy Fellowship Program. The inaugural group was here in January 2015.
They arrived on Saturday, then attended the Philharmonic concert that evening. On Sunday they participated in mock auditions and attended a welcome party hosted by President Matthew VanBesien.
Monday was devoted mainly to one-on-one lessons with Philharmonic musicians, and today they participated in the first rehearsal for this week's concert. In the photo above, Mehta Fellow Mark Teplitsky shares a stand with Principal Flute Robert Langevin.
Activities during the rest of the Fellowship will include performing in a private chamber concert at The Morgan Library & Museum and joining Philharmonic Teaching Artists at schools in Queens and the Bronx.
As Teplitsky's Instagram shows, the immersion includes proper East Coast winter weather:
(Photo: Chris Lee)