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Philharmonic Musicians Coach Youth of Harmony Program

Harmony Program Coaching 

As we did in April, on Saturday, November 2 the Philharmonic provided an afternoon of free coaching to the young students of the Harmony Program, an El Sistema–inspired program. The event took place at United Palace Theatre in Washington Heights, Manhattan.

The Harmony Program is the largest El Sistema–inspired youth orchestra program in New York City. Founded by Anne Fitzgibbon, Harmony Program provides daily after-school music lessons to children from economically disadvantaged communities. In the spirit of El Sistema, the Harmony Program emphasizes the influence of music-making on social development, encourages learning through ensemble playing, fosters a supportive community for program participants and families, and requires of all involved a high degree of commitment to daily music study.

"This master class is a highlight of our year, and we’re so grateful to the New York Philharmonic for making it possible," said Fitzgibbon. "One of our young students was so inspired that he asked his trumpet teacher for the day, Paul Murphy, how to join the Philharmonic. Paul told him that musicians do a lot of auditions and are not always successful, so they have to keep trying. That message is exactly what we try to impart to our kids."

The musicians who coached included Marc Ginsberg, Principal Second Violin (pictured); Anna Rabinova, violin; Judith Nelson, viola; Nathan Vickery, cello; Mindy Kaufman, flute; Pavel Vinnick (substitute); Paul Murphy (Teaching Artist); George Curran, bass trombone; Victoria Aschheim (Teaching Artist); and Michael Adelson.

(Photo by Mike Fitelson)

Full House for Glenn Dicterow's 'Fireside Chat'

Glenn Dicterow and Barbara Haws 

Lincoln Center's David Rubenstein Atrium was packed for last night's Insights Series event with Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow. It was the perfect launch to this season's Insights Series events, all of which are free.

Philharmonic Archivist Barbara Haws engaged Dicterow in elevated and entertaining conversation, playing off photographs and video, that allowed Dicterow to reflect on his tenure and give attendees a glimpse behind the curtain.

Here's one real-time Twitter review, from @GeorgeMathew:

Beautiful "fireside chat" tonight hosted by Barbara Haws with @nyphil concertmaster Glenn Dicterow celebrating his incredible 34year tenure.

Join us October 28 for the next Insights Series event, with Esa-Pekka Salonen and Leila Josefowicz.

Conservatory Collaborations: Mark-Anthony Turnage

Conservatory Collaborations: Turnage 

Last week, as part of the Philharmonic’s Conservatory Collaborations program, composer Mark-Anthony Turnage met with graduate-student composers from NYU, Columbia, and City College to share insights about his piece Frieze, which opened the recent concerts featuring Beethoven's Ninth.

In addition to presenting free roundtable discussions with guest artists, Conservatory Collaborations offers graduate students and young professionals in conducting and composing free access to New York Philharmonic rehearsals. To find out more, click here.

Back to School Partnership Program

School Partnership Program 

To kick off each new school year, teachers of the Philharmonic's School Partnership Program (SPP) from all five boroughs gather at Lincoln Center to participate in Professional Development workshops led by New York Philharmonic Teaching Artists. Teachers and Teaching Artists work together to set goals, deepen their partnerships, and discuss strategies to engage each SPP student.

In addition, new SPP teachers are welcomed with a workshop to introduce them to the program (see photo). This year the 20 Teaching Artists are partnering with 186 teachers to serve more than 4,300 students.

Learn more about the Philharmonic's Education program. The program includes Young People's Concerts, the first of which this season is October 12 at 2 p.m.

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