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UNIQLO To Dress Orchestra for Young People's Concerts — Match Colors with Your Favorite Section!

UNIQLO NY Philharmonic

Starting Saturday, UNIQLO will dress the Orchestra for Young People's Concerts (YPCs). Strings will be dressed in red or pink; brass in blue; woodwinds in green; percussion in orange; and the harp and keyboard in light blue. Children are invited to come dressed in the color of their favorite section!

In addition, UNIQLO and the New York Philharmonic are conducting a clothing drive for New York City homeless shelters during this season's YPCs in Avery Fisher Hall. Please bring gently used clothing and place them in the bins located on the Grand Promenade. UNIQLO and the Philharmonic have also donated 50 tickets for Saturday's YPC to the New York City Department of Homeless Services.

Arrive early for YPC Overtures, new features that let you engage with the Orchestra — in person, through live performance, and on-screen:

1:00–1:30 PM: Orchestra Meet and Greet on the Grand Promenade

1:00–1:45 PM: Storytime in the Helen Huntigton Hull Room, 2nd Tier (recommended for children ages 7 and under)

1:10–1:30 PM: Very Young Composers Showcase in the hall

1:30–2:00 PM: YPC Countdown in the hall

Click here for info plus a podcast and TuneUp! learning materials that you can enjoy whether or not you can join us Saturday.

PHOTOS: Philharmonic Teaching Artists Begin Season at Fall Retreat

The Philharmonic’s Teaching Artist Faculty recently kicked off its 21st season with their annual Fall Retreat at the Bronx’s beautiful and inspiring New York Botanical Garden

This group of talented musicians and high-level educators, who serve the Philharmonic Schools and Very Young Composers programs, gathered on September 17 & 18 for a series of professional-development workshops that tackled both musical and educational topics. Drawing inspiration from the surrounding gardens, the faculty made creative connections between nature and their work in the schools. 

Their work also focused on this year’s theme, Intrinsic Motivation, exploring Daniel Pink’s three essential elements of intrinsic motivation: autonomy, mastery, and purpose (discussed in his book Drive) and Carol Dweck’s research on how fixed versus growth mindsets impact learning. 

Thus armed, our Teaching Artist Faculty swings into high gear spreading their new insights and renewed energy across New York City’s five boroughs to their 200 partner teachers and 5,000 students.

Below: The New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist Faculty gathers for its annual Fall Retreat, this year at the New York Botanical Garden.

NY Philharmonic Teaching Artists Fall Retreat

Below: Teaching Artists Andrew Roitstein (left) and Erin Wight (right) compose a short piece as part of a workshop that will help them better understand how Mendelssohn uses repetition in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the focus of this year’s Young People’s Concert™ for Schools.

NY Philharmonic Teaching Artists Fall Retreat

Below: Teaching artists and apprentices (from left clockwise: Jihea Hong-Park, Justin Hines, Amanda Hudson, Stephen Dunn, Paul Murphy, and Katie Kresek) explore the links between mastery and intrinsic motivation.

NY Philharmonic Teaching Artists Fall Retreat

Below: The New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist Faculty gains new understanding on the topic of intrinsic motivation as they lead and participate in a series of mini-workshops in different gardens throughout the New York Botanical Garden grounds.

NY Philharmonic Teaching Artists Fall Retreat

Great News: $23 Million in Arts Funding for NYC Schools

Mayor Bill de Blasio New York City Scott Stringer Carmen Farina Ted Wiprud NY Philharmonic

It's a great day for arts education: Mayor Bill de Blasio, Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced today a plan for how New York City will spend $23 million in arts funding for NYC schools. 

The plan: the City will hire 120 new arts teachers at underserved middle and high schools, improve arts facilities, and foster partnerships with cultural institutions across NYC. The new investment will offer new music, dance, visual arts, and theater classes and activities for thousands of students.

Our own Vice President of Education, Theodore Wiprud, is Co-Chair of the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable, and he was there on the podium with Mayor de Blasio for the announcement. 

Wiprud and his Co-Chair, Kati Koerner, provided this statement: “The arts education practitioners and cultural institutions that make up the Roundtable applaud the Mayor, the City Council, and the Chancellor’s decisive leadership in directing such a significant amount of funding in the FY15 City budget toward a variety of innovative arts education initiatives. Our members are excited about the range of meaningful opportunities the Mayor’s plan will afford for us to partner with schools. Together, we can ensure that the peerless cultural resources of this City are used to deepen arts learning for all students from pre-K through high school.”

“We want every child to feel the spark that comes from learning something they are passionate about," Mayor Bill de Blasio said. "And so often, it’s taking up an instrument, honing an artistic craft, or performing for the first time that helps a young person come into their own for the first time. The investments we are making here won’t just help our students explore music, dance and the arts. They will help these children grow in a way that helps them succeed in school and in life.”

Photo: Ed Reed for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio

Wiprud Honored by Music Educators' Association of New York City

Theodore Wiprud NY Philharmonic 

Anyone who's had contact with New York Philharmonic Education, or attended Young People's Concerts or School Day Concerts in recent years, would recognize Theodore (Ted) Wiprud. On May 1, Wiprud, Vice President, Education, was recognized and honored by the Music Educators' Association of New York City (MEANYC) for making a real difference in our community through his dedication to music education.

"Music teachers share with all of us at the Philharmonic a passion for music, and for infusing other people's lives with music," Wiprud said.  "I am honored to receive this recognition on behalf of all our musicians and teaching artists who devote their lives to music's transforming power."

The photo shows (left to right) Dr. Steven E. Schopp, executive director, New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA); Ted; Marc Greene, past president, NYSSMA; and Michelle Turner, president of MEANYC.

Jon Deak Honored by InterSchool Orchestras of New York

Jon Deak NY Philharmonic 

On April 7 Jon Deak was honored by the InterSchool Orchestras of New York for his innovations in music education, in particular the creation of Very Young Composers at the New York Philharmonic.

The ceremony was held at a gala ball at Chelsea Piers. Anne Fitzgibbon, herself an innovator in the creation of the Harmony Program, inspired by the El Sistema youth orchestra movement, presented the award.

The photo shows New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist Richard Carrick, Jon, and Anne Fitzgibbon, Executive Director of the Harmony Program.

Today at 1PM: Help Alan Gilbert Launch WQXR Instrument Drive

WQXR Instrument Drive NY Philharmonic 

Today at 1 p.m., you can meet Alan Gilbert, help kids learn music, hear some free live music, and de-clutter your apartment.

Come to the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center for the launch of the WQXR Instrument Drive. Alan is bringing an old violin he doesn't need. If you have an old instrument you've been storing and really should accept you're not likely to use, and we bet you do, bring it down. It'll go to a local student whose life can be enriched by learning music.

The Drive lasts until April 7. If you can't make the event today, you can drop off any "gently used" orchestra and band instruments at points throughout the Tri-State Area.

Teaching Artist Avery Griffin’s Vocal Ensemble Wins Grammy

Roomful of Teeth 

Although we didn't win either of the two Grammys for which we were nominated, we are thrilled that Roomful of Teeth, the vocal ensemble including one of our Teaching Artists, Avery Griffin, did. Brad Wells & Roomful of Teeth's recording Roomful of Teeth won for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.

Best Classical Instrumental Solo went to Evelyn Glennie with the Albany Symphony, David Alan Miller, conductor for their performance of Corigliano's Conjurer - Concerto for Percussionist and String Orchestra. Yefim Bronfman's recording of Lindberg's Piano Concerto No. 2 with Alan Gilbert and the Philharmonic was nominated.

Best Contemporary Classical Composition went to Maria Schneider's Winter Morning Walks. The Lindberg concerto, in the same performance listed above, was nominated.

Congratulations to all

Staten Island's P.S. 78 Joins School Partnership Program

P.S. 78 Joins School Partnership Program 

The New York Philharmonic welcomes P.S. 78 The Stapleton Lighthouse Community School in Staten Island as our 17th and newest partner school in the School Partnership Program. Special thanks to The Staten Island Foundation for introducing us to this wonderful school and making this partnership possible.

Begun in 1994, the School Partnership Program gives elementary schools the unique opportunity of integrating the Orchestra into the life of the school. Philharmonic teaching artists use major orchestral repertoire to teach students, their teachers, and parents how to listen, perform, and compose, preparing them to hear concerts in their own school and at the Philharmonic, and establishing music as an essential element of the classroom and of the school community.

From left to right: Dan Peck, Stephen Dunn, Thomas Boulton, Jenny Ney, Betsy Dubovsky (Executive Director, Staten Island Foundation), Laura Jean Watters (Program Officer, Staten Island Foundation), Louis Bruschi (Principal, P.S. 78), Paul Murphy.

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