ENSEMBLE ACJW is an inspirational collective of outstanding post-graduate musicians from The Academy that has earned accolades from critics and audiences alike for the quality of its performances as well as its fresh and open-minded approach to performance and programming. In a variety of venues, they have played a wide range of music—from works written centuries ago to those completed days before—with verve and total commitment to their art.
The group performs its own series at Carnegie Hall and regularly appears at Paul Hall at The Juilliard School. As part of a partnership with Skidmore College that began in 2007, Ensemble ACJW gives master classes to university students and performs for the Saratoga Springs community both in concert halls and in informal settings around town. The group also performs its own series at Carnegie Hall and regularly appears at Paul Hall at The Juilliard School.
All Ensemble ACJW members are alumni or current fellows of The Academy, a two-year fellowship program created in 2007 by Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson and The Juilliard School’s President Joseph W. Polisi to support the finest post-graduate musicians develop their careers as top-quality performers, innovative programmers, and dedicated teachers who are fully engaged with the communities in which they live and work.
Fellows of the two-year Academy program—chosen for their musicianship, but also for their leadership qualities and commitment to music education—come from some of the best music schools in the country, including the Curtis Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, Mannes College The New School for Music, New England Conservatory, and Yale School of Music.
In addition to performance opportunities at the highest level, a robust program of professional development is an essential part of The Academy. Fellows partner with New York City public schools to share their artistry with—and become central resources for—music classrooms in the five boroughs. In their second year, the fellows also develop innovative, community-based group projects. Among those produced in recent years were a collaboration with residents of a Bronx family apartment complex, a pen-pal program that paired young students with professional musicians, and a performance of George Crumb’s Voice of the Whale in the American Museum of Natural History’s Millstein Hall of Ocean Life.
Exemplary performers, dedicated teachers, and advocates for music throughout the community, the fellows of The Academy that make up Ensemble ACJW are redefining what it means to be a musician in the 21st century. Visit acjw.org to learn more.