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Three Stony Brook Students Join Ensemble ACJW

September 20, 2012


Twenty New Musicians Join The Academy, A Two-Year Fellowship Program Combining Performance, Education, Advocacy, and Leadership

A new class of twenty young professional musicians will join The Academy at the start of the 2012–2013 season. The Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute, in partnership with the New York City Department of Education—is a two-year fellowship designed to prepare the world’s finest young musicians for careers that combine musical excellence with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, and leadership. It offers performance opportunities and residencies in New York City and beyond, partnerships within New York City public schools—with each fellow paired with an instrumental music teacher for a year-long performance residency—and intensive professional development.

As part of the critically acclaimed Ensemble ACJW, the musicians collectively perform a number of concerts throughout the season at Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and other venues throughout New York City, including a series at (Le) Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village with programs conceived by the fellows themselves. Some program highlights of Ensemble ACJW’s six Carnegie Hall concerts this season include Zankel Hall programs led by early music specialist and artistic director of The English Concert Harry Bicket and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano. Mr. Bicket conducts the musicians in works by Bach, Gluck, and Rebel, with soprano Lucy Crowe as guest soloist; Mr. Spano leads the group in Messiaen’s Des canyons aux étoiles… with guest pianist Juho Pohjonen. Other music to be heard on Ensemble ACJW programs in the new season ranges from Tchaikovsky, Dvorák, and Schubert to premieres of new works by Samuel Carl Adams and Missy Mazzoli, commissioned by Carnegie Hall.

The Academy’s in-school residency represents one of the largest in-depth collaborations between a cultural institution and New York City public schools. Each fellow is partnered with a local public school for a performance residency that totals 25 days over the course of the year. Fellows bring mastery of their instruments as well as a professional performer’s perspective to music classrooms in all five boroughs of New York City. They team up with each school’s instrumental music teacher to build students’ musical skills through a tailored and creative approach, depending on the school’s needs. Fellows also create, develop, and perform in interactive ensemble concerts with Academy colleagues in each of the ensemble members’ schools.

Created in 2007 by Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson and The Juilliard School’s President Joseph D. Polisi, The Academy supports young professional musicians in developing careers as top-quality performers, innovative programmers, and dedicated teachers who are fully engaged with the communities in which they live and work.

Introducing the 2012–2013 Academy fellows:

Alexandria Le, Piano (Las Vegas, NV)
SUNY Stony Brook (Graduate)
The Eastman School (Undergraduate)

Clara Lyon,  Violin (Boalsburg, PA)
SUNY Stony Brook (Graduate)
The Juilliard School (Undergraduate)

Tyler Wottrich, Piano (Roseville, MN)
SUNY Stony Brook (Graduate)
University of Minnesota (Undergraduate)


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