MusicaNova Orchestra policy for Educational Outreach and Collaboration
MusicaNova will seek out and establish collaborations with schools, colleges, and music education foundations, identified as a key success factor for growth in the Musica Nova, Inc. Strategic Plan. Such collaborations are a wonderful opportunity for two-way engagement, including the opportunity for professional musicians to provide instruction and insight, and for students to learn by performing in MusicaNova-sponsored concerts and artist development workshops.
MusicaNova’s Educational Outreach and Collaboration Keys to Success
1) MNO Visits the School
Our primary school engagement activity. MNO artists (conductor, soloist, composition fellow, orchestra members) visit a school to present a program or master class for a class visit, assembly, or selected group of students. As we grow, MNO may add repeatable programs for various grade levels that could be offered to several classes at a school or to multiple schools in a district.
2) The School Visits MNO
This offers at least two significant opportunities:
- Invite partner school or organization musicians to attend orchestra rehearsals to see how a professional orchestra prepares for a concert. (Requires scheduling and coordination between MNO and the school.)
- Emphasize the “youth free with a paid admission” policy and get more partner school and organization musicians, their families, and non-musician students at Orchestra and Young Artists Series concerts.
3) MNO and the School Collaborate on a Performance
Orchestra concert collaborations continue while we explore new opportunities:
- Individual top-level partner school and organization solo musicians will be candidates for the Young Artists Series of concerts. Producing more than five such concerts per season is possible.
- Multiple individuals or ensembles from partner schools or organizations, both instrumentalists and singers, will be candidates for public Collaborative Concerts, with outside marketing and publicity. Performers could be from one or more schools. (This was recently done with the ASU Guitar Ensembles.)
- Individual instrumentalists will sit in with the orchestra and/or vocal ensembles will provide choral music as appropriate. This requires long-range planning with orchestra programming, as well as preparation of student resources. Student artists will need a high level of skill, and must commit to a rigorous preparation, rehearsal, and performance schedule for each concert.
History of MusicaNova’s Educational Outreach and Collaboration
In recent years, the MusicaNova Orchestra (MNO) has conducted a number of outreach activities with schools. MNO Conductor Warren Cohen, a MNO Composition Fellow, and an Orchestra or Young Artist concert soloist visit schools or other venues shortly before a concert to talk about their experiences as musicians and to demonstrate some of their playing. In recent seasons over 700 student and faculty lives have been touched on each visit day.
Some examples over the last few years include:
- April: Conductor Warren Cohen visited Tempe High School
- January: Warren Cohen, conductor and guitarist Fábio Bartoloni visited Tempe High School and Connolly Middle School.
- November: Conductor Warren Cohen and Composition Fellow and pianist Karalyn Schubring visited Tempe High School and Connolly Middle School. Over 700 total students and faculty in attendance.
- April: Warren Cohen, conductor, Composition Fellow and pianist Tengku Irfan, and composer and violist Graham Cohen visited Tempe High School and Connolly Middle School. Over 700 total students and faculty in attendance.
- October: Warren Cohen, conductor, and David Kwak, violin: Tempe High School, October 2014 (Assembly, over 500 students and faculty in attendance)
- March: Warren Cohen, conductor: Tempe High School, March 2014 (Orchestra class visit, 40 students)
- February: Eric Lin, piano: Dobson High School, February 2014
- January: Bobae Johnson, violin: Tempe High School, January 2014
- November: Conductor Warren Cohen and clarinetist Alex Dergal visited Desert Canyon Middle School
- October: Conductor Warren Cohen and pianist Jessica Zhang, piano visited Tempe High School
- January: Conductor Warren Cohen and pianist Anna Han visited Tempe High School
- November: Conductor Warren Cohen and violinist Elli Choi, violin visited Tempe High School and theArizona School for the Arts (ASA)
- January: Ruth Slenczynska, piano: Master Classes, January 2012
- October: Conductor Warren Cohen and cellist Peter Eom visited Tempe High School
- April: Violinist Adrian Anantawan gave an AZ-ASTA Master Class
Many MNO events include collaboration with school musicians in orchestra or other concerts, including:
- Aritst-in-Residence at Tempe High School for the 2016-17 school year, working with 150+ student musicians in the orchestra program, and inviting 65+ selected students to join the orchestra for two concert programs:
- Seven Nation Riff, Bruckner Symphony No. 5 and Dia de los Muertos, October-November 2016
- Intangible Heritage, Symphonic music from the Mariachi tradition, April 2017
- ASA choir members singing at orchestra concerts:
- Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem, April 2013
- Mozart Vespres Sollenes, January 2012
- ASA musicians playing at orchestra concerts:
- Don Giovanni Act I Finale, April 2013
- Mahler Ninth, April 2012
- The BASIS-Cactus Wind Ensemble played at a Chamber Music at Steinway program (now Young Artists Series), May 2013
- Individual BASIS and ASA students playing at Steinway or Young Artists Series concerts