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N.Y. Philharmonic Teaching Artists Complete 5-Boro School Tour

Philharmonic Schools, a program of the New York Philharmonic

In School Concerts, by the numbers:

Over the past 9 days, more than 4,400 students and 201 teachers in grades 3–5 participated in 20 Philharmonic Schools interactive concerts at 14 schools throughout New York City’s five boroughs.

The performers? One string quartet of New York Philharmonic Teaching Artists! Take a bow, Janey Choi (violin), Karen Kim (violin), Erin Wight (viola), and Mitchell Lyon (cello).

These five-borough tours happen twice each year as part of the Philharmonic Schools program.

This concert was titled Belonging: Finding How We Fit. It allowed students to explore belonging in our communities, struggling with feelings of not belonging, and celebrations that inspire feelings of belonging. Read More...

In Columbia Teachers College Keynote, Wiprud Advocates Cultural Institutions' Educational Role

On Saturday the New York Philharmonic's Vice President of Education, and host of the Philharmonic's famed Young People's Concerts since 2005, Theodore Wiprud received the Medal of Excellence from Columbia University Teachers College, also giving the keynote address at Academic Festival 2016, Teachers College’s annual homecoming event.

Ted made a case for the role cultural institutions like the New York Philharmonic play in education, both as partners with schools and through families and professional training. He also advocated children’s innate creativity — expressed powerfully through the Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers — as an asset for teaching and learning.

Watch the address above.

The Hall Is Alive with the Sound of Music Education!

It's Young People’s Concerts for Schools week, one of our favorite times of year! 

The joy on a child's face at a concert in David Geffen Hall is truly inspiring. This short video captures how Young People's Concerts and Philharmonic Schools bring music into the lives of tens of thousands of students each year, many of whom wouldn’t otherwise have regular access to arts and music education. We need your help to do so, and it doesn't take much to provide necessary assistance to students and teachers:

$100 helps support a professional development session for classroom teachers 
$75 buys journals for ten students to document their music experiences 
$50 provides materials for a session for our Very Young Composers, who create music for the Orchestra to perform, as is happening this week
$25 helps underwrite the costs of instruments (like recorders and percussion boxes) for a Philharmonic Schools classroom

Please consider giving any amount, which will help nurture a lifelong love of music for students throughout New York City! 

Donate here.

Philharmonic Teaching Artists Visit Philippines’ Ang Misyon

New York Philharmonic Education Around the World

The recently-concluded first year of the New York Philharmonic–Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership included the first-ever Young People's Concert in China, with music by Very Young Composers of Shanghai and New York City. But New York Philharmonic educational contributions around the world this summer didn’t stop there!

From Shanghai, Vice President, Education, Theodore Wiprud and two New York Philharmonic teaching artists — Katie Kresek, violin, and Stephen Dunn, trombone — went to the Philippines to visit Ang Misyon, one of the newest and fastest-growing disciple organizations of the famous El Sistema program in Venezuela.

This informal delegation spent time with Orchestra of Filipino Youth, the flagship youth orchestra of Ang Misyon, as well as nine satellite sites in impoverished urban and rural settings. They worked with kids ages 6 to 20 on musical technique, interpretation, and practice habits, and met with faculty to learn more about their challenges and needs.

Here are a few photos:

New York Philharmonic Education Visits Philippines

New York Philharmonic Education Visits Philippines

New York Philharmonic Education Visits Philippines

(Photos: Theodore Wiprud)

Harmony All Stars Ensemble Start Philharmonic Mentorship

Harmony Project All Stars New York Philharmonic

The inaugural Harmony All Stars Ensemble — nine middle- and high-school students from low-income neighborhoods in New York City selected by audition — have begun their 11-day mentorship with New York Philharmonic musicians!

Six of the All Stars attended Saturday's Young People's Concert, the first Music Director Alan Gilbert has conducted. The orchestra was dressed in their section-specific outfits provided by Uniqlo, sponsor of this season's Young People's Concerts.

Alan Gilbert New York Philharmonic Young People's Concert

Afterward, the All Stars got to meet Alan and their Philharmonic mentors. In the photo at top, the All Stars pose with Alan, violinist Hae-Young Ham (center right), violinist Anna Rabinova (center left), Vice President, Education Theodore Wiprud (back right), Harmony Program Executive Director Anne Fitzgibbon (left), and Bass Trombone George Curran (back left).

That's just the beginning. Starting Thursday, the All Stars will attend a Philharmonic rehearsal, have an intensive day of coaching and rehearsal, and perform with their Philharmonic mentors at a free public concert in the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center on May 20. See you there!

(Photos: Michael DiVito)

Musical Postcards Through One Very Young Composer's Eyes

Barbican Centre Very Young Composers New York Philharmonic

The Barbican Centre published a blog post that offers an interesting case history from the collaboration between the New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers program and Barbican and Guildhall School's Future Band, which culminated in a performance during our recent residency at the Barbican during the EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour:

As part of April’s New York Philharmonic Residency, we have been exploring ideas of musical creation without borders working with young people from East London and New York. Through musical postcards, emails, pictures, sound files and musical notes, our young composers have been sharing who they are, their cities and their musical ideas to help inspire a musical creation across the Atlantic.

The result? Pieces of music that would be performed by an ensemble of New York Philharmonic musicians and Guildhall School of Music and Drama graduates on our freeStage during the New York Philharmonic Residency.

The Barbican spoke to Graydon Hanson, one of the Philhamonic Very Young Composers, who gave a composer's eye view on the process. Check it out!

(Photo: Chris Lee)

Philharmonic Announces Partnership with Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music

Houston, we have a partner. 

We are thrilled that Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music will be the third partner in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, collaborations with institutions worldwide to train the orchestra musicians of tomorrow. 

Under the partnership, taking place next season, a group of Rice string students will travel to New York in May 2016 to train and play with the Philharmonic as Fellows in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program, and Philharmonic musicians will travel to Houston to present master classes at The Shepherd School of Music in fall 2015.

New York Philharmonic and Harmony Program Launch "All Stars" Education Initiative

NY Philharmonic Harmony Program

The NBA All Stars recently came and went, but New York City has a new set of All Stars that, frankly, we're much more excited about!

The Philharmonic and the Harmony Program have launched the inaugural Harmony All Stars Ensemble: nine middle- and high-school students from low-income neighborhoods in New York City selected by audition to participate in an 11-day mentorship with New York Philharmonic musicians.

The kids will attend a Philharmonic rehearsal and Young People's Concert, experience an intensive day of coaching and rehearsal, and perform with their Philharmonic mentors at a free public concert in the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center on May 20.

The Harmony Program, an after-school music program modeled on Venezuela's "El Sistema," provides instruments and free daily instruction to more than 200 students from more than 40 schools in underserved communities across New York City. The Harmony Program is a Partner in Philharmonic Academy Jr., a New York Philharmonic initiative providing training to pre-college students by Philharmonic musicians in partnership with institutions in the New York City area committed to strong orchestra programs.

See you May 20 for the free concert!

Above: Philharmonic Violinist Hae-Young Ham plays amid Harmony Program students at a master class at the United Palace for Cultural Arts in Washington Heights, Manhattan, January 31, 2015. (Photo: Yuan Kong, CUNY)

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