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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.

Shepherd School of Music Students Named for Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program

Last week, students at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music auditioned for the rare opportunity to spend a week sitting among Philharmonic musicians, learning on the job.

Today the seven lucky students selected for the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program were announced: violinists Jae-Won Bang (29), MuChen Jessica Hsieh (22), and Laura Liu (23); violist Sergein Yap (27); cellist Abraham Feder (30); and double bassists Andrew Pedersen (22) and Caleb Quillen (24).

The students will travel to New York in May 2016 for a week of immersive activities in all aspects of an orchestral player’s life — including training and playing alongside Philharmonic musicians — 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.

Congratulations!

2016 Zarin Mehta Fellows from Music Academy of the West Named

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

They came, they played, they conquered.

Ten students from Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West have been selected to participate in the second year of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program as Zarin Mehta Fellows in January 2016.

They will travel to New York for a ten-day training program, including rehearsing and playing alongside Philharmonic musicians, conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert. Described by Alan 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: Carl Anderson (20), double bass; Benjamin Hoffman (25), violin; Maki Kubota (23), cello; Nikolette LaBonte (20), horn; Rainer Saville (23), trumpet; José Martínez (30), tuba; Rebecca Reale (22), violin; Samuel Sparrow (20), clarinet; Mark Teplitsky (23), flute; and Naho Zhu (22), bassoon.

(Photo: Chris Lee)

Zarin Mehta Fellows: In Concert, In the News, in the Archive

Mehta Fellows Zarin Mehta NY Philharmonic

On Sunday the inaugural Zarin Mehta Fellows from Music Academy of the West met their "namesake," former New York Philharmonic President and Executive Director Zarin Mehta. It was at a private chamber concert for donors in Lincoln Center's Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, where the Fellows performed with Philharmonic musicians. 

Mehta Fellows Chamber Concert NY Philharmonic

The purest example of immersion in the real life of an orchestral musician, the goal of the Fellowship itself, began on Thursday night, when the Fellows performed in the subscription concert alongside Orchestra members. (They are performing in the entire run, which ends tonight.) Here are cellist Genevieve Tabby and percussionist Charlie Rosmarin during that concert's performance of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake Suite:

Genevieve Tabby NY Philharmonic

 Charlie Rosmarin NY Philharmonic

The Fellows were also featured in a New York Times article titled "Cultivating a More Youthful Orchestra":

Michael Cooper Snip NY Philharmonic

This just in! Today the Fellows are visiting the New York Philharmonic Archives. Here they are, looking at an archival score with New York Philharmonic Historian/Archivist Barbara Haws:

Zarin Mehta Fellows NY Philharmonic Archives

Photos: Chris Lee


Welcome, Zarin Mehta Fellows!

Mehta Fellows NY Philharmonic

Hail, Fellows, well met!

Over the weekend, the inaugural class of Zarin Mehta Fellows began their 11-day participation in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy program. The Fellows, selected by audition, are 10 instrumentalists from Music Academy of the West, one of our partners in the Program. Meet them in the video below!

The Fellows are already busy training and playing with Philharmonic musicians. They rehearsed Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake this morning and will perform it in concerts starting Thursday night. This typifies the uniquely intimate and rigorous immersion in the life of an orchestral musician that the Fellowship offers, and that will enrich the Fellows' musical and professional development. Other activities include coaching, chamber music, and other professional-development activities with Alan Gilbert and Philharmonic musicians at Avery Fisher Hall.

And breathing:



Photo (top) and video: Chris Lee

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