“American orchestras and major music institutions are chasing youth with ever more ambitious programs to reach, and teach, the next generation of players,” writes Michael Cooper in Wednesday’s (1/7) New York Times. A new three-year project of the Los Angeles Philharmonic will join that orchestra with “several institutions to create a more cohesive network out of the approximately 60 American music programs that have been influenced to various degrees by El Sistema” and creating “a pair of regional music camps in 2016 [for] young players from Sistema-inspired programs around the country…. Others are working to establish an American version of the kind of youth orchestra that has flourished in other countries,” such as Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the USA, which will tour China this summer with Charles Dutoit…. Some orchestras are forging closer teaching relationships with conservatories and music schools,” such as a four-year partnership between California’s Music Academy of the West and the New York Philharmonic. Other partnerships involving conservatories, universities, festivals, and orchestras covered in the article include Youth Orchestra L.A. (YOLA); the University of Michigan; Shanghai Orchestra Academy; Longy School of Music of Bard College; Aspen Music Festival and School; and Venezuela’s FundaMusical.
Posted January 8, 2015
Pictured: Musicians from the National Youth Orchestra of the USA. Photo by Christopher Gregory for the New York Times