New World Symphony’s impact, at 30

Posted on: April 26, 2018

The New World Symphony, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, “not only changed Miami’s music scene, it transformed the performance of classical music nationwide,” writes Sean Erwin in Wednesday’s (4/25) Miami Herald. “NWS did this by acting for three decades as a cross between a think tank, research center and business incubator. From the outside, the orchestra mission looks straightforward—to mold graduates of elite conservatories and university music programs into the ultimate orchestra players while also fielding a world-class performing ensemble…. Fellows join the orchestra for terms of three years with an occasional fourth. [They are taught] how to converse with the public, meld into an ensemble, speak to journalists, generate interesting programming ideas, schmooze with donors, and teach…. At the New World Symphony Center audiences view free simulcast performances from Soundscape park…. Katie Wyatt, a former viola fellow with NWS who now serves as executive director of El Sistema USA [says], ‘My time at New World really encouraged and prepared me to think outside the box and to think about how success is a combination of how preparation meets opportunity…. Nearly as many NWS fellows pursue entrepreneurial careers as a result of their training as pursue traditional careers.’ ”

Posted April 26, 2018

Pictured: A New World Symphony Wallcast concert outside the New World Center in Miami Beach. Photo by Rui Dias-Aidos