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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.

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.

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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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