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Princeton Symphony Orchestra Develops Arts Journalism Project for Princeton High School Students

Princeton, NJ—In order to keep art alive and relevant, it should be discussed and dissected as intelligently, as entertainingly, and as publicly as possible. With that in mind, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and its PSO BRAVO! education programs are partnering with Princeton High School journalism faculty to introduce an arts journalism project for students.

Eleven Princeton High School journalism students, freshmen through seniors, will participate in the program this year. Many of the students will write preview stories on the PSO’s March 10 concert, Mystical Poetry. Others will attend the concert and write reviews, forming and articulating opinions on PSO Music Director Rossen Milanov’s interpretation and musical choices, and evaluating factors such as the expressivity and technique of the ensemble and guest soloists, Margaret Mezzacappa and Zach Borichevsky. One review will be selected for publication in the PHS student newspaper, The Tower, and all of the final projects will be posted on the PSO website,

The students, all members of Courtney Crane’s Literary Journalism, Multimedia Journalism, and Journalism Internship courses, will be introduced to the concert’s two works—Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune—through a private interview session with Mr. Milanov. In addition, students will have the opportunity to hear Mr. Milanov speak about the program at a February 28 Soundtracks lecture at the Princeton Public Library, and those attending the concert will also hear his pre-concert talk at Richardson Auditorium.

“Many of these students want to pursue careers in journalism,” says Crane. “The aim of our work is for it to be hands-on and practical, and this collaboration with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra is a perfect match for this goal. I hope this opportunity both challenges and invigorates students to report in new ways and for a new audience.”

Members of the PSO staff visited and spoke to the PHS journalism class in late February, and the staff is helping to prepare the students by providing them with concert program notes, English translations of the poetry connected with the Mahler and Debussy works, and other background reading. The staff has also recommended music blogs where some of the best examples of music journalism can be found, such as New Yorker music critic Alex Ross’ “The Rest Is Noise” and Philadelphia Inquirer music critic David Patrick Stearns’ “Condemned to Music.”

PSO BRAVO!’s arts journalism project is in its first-year pilot phase. Future plans include engaging more high schools in the program, and expanding the program to involve journalism on theatre, dance, and visual art, in collaboration with Princeton’s other excellent arts organizations.

“Arts writers are in a unique position to encourage people to participate in the arts, not only by purchasing a ticket, but also by discussing what they have seen and heard,” explains PSO Education Coordinator Carol Burden. “By writing a considered response to a performance or an exhibition, arts writers can elevate the level of conversation. The PSO wants to take this opportunity to encourage young journalists to do this well, right from the start.”


The Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s acclaimed PSO BRAVO! education programs reach more than 10,000 students each year. Meet the Orchestra! establishes PSO musicians in teaching partnerships at more than 30 public, private, and special-needs elementary schools throughout Central New Jersey, and stages full-orchestra performances for elementary school students each spring. At the middle school level, Listen Up! invites students to attend Classical Series concerts and create visual art in response to the music they hear. Through Master It!, advanced high school and college instrumentalists participate in public masterclasses with world-renowned artists. PSO BRAVO! also presents a variety of activities outside of schools, including the Instrument Petting Zoo at Communiversity, programs at the Princeton Public Library and West Windsor Arts Council, and the Festival of Music and Art in partnership with the Princeton University Art Museum. From kindergarten through college, PSO BRAVO! inspires the next generation of musicians and audiences.

March 2013 Is Sing with Your Child Month

International childhood program Music Together emphasizes importance of music in children’s lives

Princeton, NJ, February 25, 2013 — March is Sing with Your Child Month, a time to commemorate the importance of making music with children. The initiative, created by Music Together LLC a leader in early childhood music education, emphasizes that music-making is integral to development, supporting their growth into healthy adults

According to Kenneth K. Guilmartin, Founder/Director of Music Together LLC, “Five years ago we developed Sing with Your Child Month. We chose March because it is a time that symbolizes rebirth, which reminds us of our most precious resource: our children. As parents and grandparents, we have only a finite amount of time to connect with our children. When we sing and make music as a family, we form everlasting bonds, which ultimately allow children to feel secure as they grow, putting them on the road to success.”

Research shows the impact early music education and participation can have not only on musical growth, but also on academic skill development and achievement. Some recent findings include: music instruction can promote key school readiness skills; music education in early childhood can have a profound impact on developing the areas of the brain integral to reading ability; and participation in music activities is associated with child and adolescent achievement outcomes in math and reading.

Guilmartin explains, “All children are born with the ability to learn music from birth. And, music learning supports all learning by promoting creativity, personal expression, and social interaction. Many adults may not realize they can contribute to the enrichment of their child’s music development, even if they don’t consider themselves ‘musical.’ A goal of Sing with Your Child Month is to remind parents that it is not important that they sing perfectly; it is important that they model the enjoyment of making music. Singing together doesn’t cost a dime, it requires no special skills, and it can have a tremendous impact on development in many areas — not to mention the joy it brings to families. The impact of singing with your child is immeasurable, and the rewards will help make the world a better place.”

Here are ways Music Together is celebrating Sing with Your Child Month:

Musical activities: Visit for family music-making activity suggestions from Music Together teachers, directors, and families. If you have an idea to share submit it to
Research and resources: Want to learn more about children’s music development? Extensive links to articles, tips, and resources are at
Giveaways: Weekly giveaways with music trivia will be hosted on Music Together’s Facebook page during March (
“One Little Owl” Music Video sweepstakes: Share your family’s lyrics to this Music Together song and be part of a new Music Together music video. Entrants have the chance to win a free semester of Music Together. To enter:
Events at worldwide Music Together centers: Visit to find a local center and join the celebration.
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary this academic year (2012-2013), Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program for children birth through seven. The curriculum, coauthored in 1987 by Guilmartin and Rowan University Professor of Music Education Dr. Lili M. Levinowitz (Director of Research), is based on the recognition that all children are musical: all children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with confidence in the music of our culture, provided that their early environment supports such learning.

Music Together offers programs for families; schools; at-risk populations; and children with special needs, in over 2000 communities in 40 countries around the world. The company is passionately committed to bringing children and their caregivers closer through shared music-making and helping people discover the joy---and educational value---of early music experiences.


Media Contact: Rodi Rosensweig, (203) 270-8929,

VOICES announces a Young Composers Project for children ages 5 to 12


VOICES’ Young Composers Project is an opportunity for children to develop their musical talents and get positive feedback from peers and professional composers. Dr. Lyn Ransom, Music Director of VOICES Chorale: “Every child who learns to talk has the ability to sing, given the opportunity. Every child who has musical opportunities can compose a song. Sometimes all children need is an occasion—a birthday, a new pet, the best food. This composition contest provides an occasion for many children to compose, and to learn from other young composers.” VOICES is dedicated to supporting the musical ideas of young children and youth, to recognizing each child’s effort, and to help create a peer network so young composers have fun sharing and planning for future pieces.

The VOICES composition contest celebrates its 25th year this season. The contest is designed for children ages 5 to 12, with the support of a parent or music teacher. The process includes

· A master class with other young composers and their families

· Socializing with other families with similar educational and music focuses

· Individual music notation sessions with students from The College of New Jersey

· Discussion with and written encouragement from an established composer

To begin the process, children 5 through 12 are invited to compose a piece of music with a vocal element. This can be for voice alone—often the first effort is a simple one or two line song. This can be the start of a personal interest to last a lifetime. Children who have participated for several years may write for a soloist, duet, or chorus—often with piano, guitar, or drum parts. The music can be written down in any kind of notation, formal or invented. Parents, piano teachers, and music teachers are invited to support, but not edit, the child’s composition, as children hear things in their own imaginations differently from adults.

Children do not need to know anything about music notation in order to enter a piece. A child can compose something, write down the words, record the music on a cell phone or other device, then send the music and MP3 to VOICES.

Teachers and families who would like their children to participate can submit a recording and three written copies of the child’s music by March 1, 2013. Entries should include the child’s name and age, assisting adult’s name, phone number, address, and child’s background in music and a $12.00 processing fee, to:

VOICES Composition Contest, P.O. Box 404, Pennington, NJ 08534

Deadline for submissions: March 1, 2013

Email submissions of scanned music and MP3 files can also be accepted. For more information email or call our program chair, Shirley Piercy, 215-598-0783 (H), 215-350-0682 (CC).

Children are treated to an informal master class with other children their age. This is followed by a public performance for family and friends on April 16, 2013. The children can choose how their piece is performed--- by themselves, by soloists from VOICES, or by the chorus or any combination of the options. Following last year’s concert, two eleven-year old composers were seen dancing and giggling on the porch of Music Together in Hopewell, where the concert takes place. Additionally several youth composers were highlighted in our fund raiser in May. Everyone was delighted that the program highlighted one of the premier programs of VOICES for youth. It was clear to all that the program had been a success.

Also visit and subscribe to VOICES’ Newsletter for updates on latest events

at Again, for additional information on this program, please contact Shirley Piercy at 215-598-0783 / 215-350-0682 (cell), or email at .

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VOICES programs are made possible in part by the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission through funding from the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012




Auditions for All Children Ages 7 to 10 Take Place Monday, October 22

Weekly After-School Rehearsals Begin Thursday, November 8

October 17, 2012...In a celebration of its 25th anniversary season, the Young People's Chorus of New York City will expand its award-winning music education program to even more of the city's schoolchildren through the launch of its first after-school community chorus, the Young People's Chorus of New York City in Washington Heights (YPCWH).

YPCWH, the first community chorus in a new YPC initiative, will be located at P.S. 366 (Washington Heights Academy) and was established in partnership with Washington Heights Academy Principal Renzo Martinez. YPCWH auditions for children ages 7 to 10 will take place on Monday, October 22, and weekly after-school rehearsals begin on Thursday, November 8.

"We are so excited to be able to extend YPC's mission of inclusion and artistic excellence to the diverse Washington Heights community and grateful to State Senator Adriano Espaillat for introducing us to this wonderful school in his district," said Francisco J. Núñez, YPC artistic director, founder and MacArthur Fellow. "It is a thrill to work with Washington Heights Academy Principal Renzo Martinez who believes, as we do, in opening doors to the community's children, and through music, transforming not only their lives but also the attitudes of society."

State Senator Adriano Espaillat said: "Bringing the Young People's Chorus of New York City to Washington Heights is an incredible opportunity to connect a great program with our vibrant community. The expansion of the Young People's Chorus uptown will mean high quality, comprehensive music education for our youth; a fact particularly important given that study after study demonstrates the long-term benefits of music education. Together, we will continue to bring quality education and services to our community, and support our children and families."

Taught by YPC-trained conductors and accompanied by professional pianists, this YPC curriculum, based on the Francisco Núñez method, provides children with a comprehensive music education that exceeds national standards, as well as a path to higher education and a haven where schoolchildren throughout the community can meet and bond.

Auditions take place on Monday, October 22 at Washington Heights Academy at 202 Sherman Avenue from 3 to 6 p.m. Appointments to audition for the YPCWH after-school community chorus can be made by calling 212-289-7779, Ext. 26.

All children ages 7 to 10 are welcome to audition. No previous musical experience is necessary; just a commitment to attend weekly classes.

Weekly rehearsals, beginning November 8, will take place every Thursday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. during the academic school year through May, in preparation for upcoming performances. During the second or third year of the program YPC plans to create a second division for children from 12 to 14 years of age, some of whom will include children from the first round as they advance in age and skill level.

For the past quarter century, the Young People's Chorus of New York City, has provided children of all ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds with its award-winning program of music education and choral performance, while advancing a model of artistic excellence and humanity that enriches the community. Under the leadership of Francisco J. Núñez, YPC has become one of the most celebrated and influential youth choruses in the world and a model that is being adopted by other U.S. cities and countries outside of the U.S.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


Alan Pierson, Artistic Director

Announces auditions for the


BPYO has a place for all students with any level of experience

String auditions take place:

    October 14, 21, and 28, from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Brooklyn Phil Office

20 Jay Street, Suite M16, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Students should be prepared to perform two pieces of music as well as play one scale in any key. The music portion of the audition will be followed by a short interview with parent and student. At least one parent or legal guardian must accompany each student to the initial audition.

To schedule an audition, or to acquire more details on this program, please call 718-488-5700 or email

The Brooklyn Phil Youth Orchestra (BPYO) offers innovative ensemble training to dedicated, young students throughout Brooklyn and New York City. Deeply committed to the musical, intellectual and social growth of young musicians, the BPYO offers an intensive yet positive rehearsal environment in which all students are engaged at a high level and encouraged to excel.

The Orchestra’s focus on exceptional musical training—which features master classes with Brooklyn musicians and mentoring with Brooklyn Phil Artistic Director Alan Pierson—unites young musicians from varied backgrounds into a cohesive artistic unit. The exceptional staff, led by BPYO Music Director Nicole Federici, works with students at every rehearsal, providing them the mentoring they need to experience significant personal growth through music-making.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Chorus America Announces Children's/Youth Chorus Conducting Masterclass in Cincinnati, OH

Chorus America will hold a Children's/Youth Chorus Conducting Masterclass, January 18-21, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio featuring the Cincinnati Children's Choir and the May Festival Youth Chorus. Hosted by the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, this training program provides conductors with podium sessions in children's/youth repertoire, focused enrichment sessions, private coaching lessons, interactions with master conductors, and valuable networking forums.

There are three ways to participate:

Conductors may apply to participate in the Masterclass as Conducting Fellows. The Fellows program is designed for working professionals in the choral field, age 22 or older. Conducting Fellows will lead children’s and youth ensembles in assigned excerpts from major works of children’s/youth repertoire during podium sessions coached by lead faculty Duain Wolfe and Rollo Dilworth. Applications for the Fellows program are due October 19, 2012. Up to 16 applicants will be selected for the Fellows program; Fellows will be announced by mid-November.
Associates receive private lessons with a coach on an area chosen by the Associate and may include a personal video review session. Associates also observe Conducting Fellow podium sessions and participate in enrichment sessions on essential topics for professional development led by faculty members and special guests. Deadline for registration is January 4, 2013.
Auditors observe podium sessions and participate in general enrichment sessions. Deadline for registration is January 4, 2013.

Find out more and apply.

For additional information, please contact Programs Assistant Anne Grobstich at 202.331.7577 x244 or

Thursday, August 23, 2012

ArtistWorks Gives Interactive Online Instruction

The highly anticipated ArtistWorks Classical Music Campus will launch on September 19th it was announced today. This first-ever online, interactive classical music school features unparalleled, classical music instruction from world-renowned teaching artists in five core orchestral instruments including flute, trumpet, clarinet, violin and french horn. Also included in the new Classical Campus are current ArtistWorks classical piano and classical guitar schools.


ArtistWorks Classical Campus teaching artists include Jeffrey Kahner (Principal Flutist, Philadelphia Orchestra, Curtis Institute); David Bilger (Principal Trumpet, Philadelphia Orchestra, Curtis Institute); Ricardo Morales (Principal Clarinetist, Philadelphia Orchestra, Curtis Institute, Juilliard, Temple University); Bill Caballero (Principal French Horn, Pittsburgh Orchestra, Carnegie Mellon University School of Music), Nathan Cole [Violin, First Associate Concertmaster, Los Angeles Philharmonic] as well as guitarist Jason Vieaux (Curtis Institute, Cleveland Institute of Music) and pianist Christie Peery Skousen (Peabody Institute).

For additional information please visit:

Thursday, August 23, 2012

YPC Commemorates Those Lost on 9/11

Tuesday, September 11 - 8:46 a.m. - Ground Zero

The Young People's Chorus of New York City conducted by Artistic Director/Founder Francisco J. Núñez will open the day of 9/11 commemorations on Tuesday, September 11 at 8:46 a.m. by singing the National Anthem at Ground Zero before the annual reading of the names of those lost at the World Trade Center 11 years ago. They will close the ceremonies afterwards.

Tuesday, September 11 - 7:00 p.m. - St. Patrick's Cathedral

Later that day at 7 p.m., the Young People's Chorus of New York City returns to St. Patrick's Cathedral (Fifth Avenue at 50th Street) for its free annual "An Evening of Remembrance and Celebration" concert presented by The September Concert Foundation.* Joining YPC and Mr. Núñez will be the New York Choral Society conducted by NYCS Assistant Conductor Malcolm Merriweather and the Cathedral Choir of St. Patrick conducted by Dr. Jennifer Pascual. The Reverend Monsignor Robert T. Ritchie, the rector of St. Patrick's Cathedral, has issued an invitation to all of the public to come together to remember the souls of those lost and to comfort the living. Seating for this free concert begins at 6:30 p.m.

The Young People's Chorus of New York City was founded in 1988 by Francisco J. Núñez to provide children of all cultural and economic backgrounds with a unique program of music education and choral performances that seeks to fulfill every child's potential, while demonstrating a model of artistic excellence and humanity that enriches the community.

*Each year on and around September 11, the September Concert Foundation invites musicians everywhere to come out and create music, bringing people together to reaffirm a hope for peace and to celebrate life and universal humanity.

Monday, April 23, 2012 - April 30, 2012

Adolf Fredrik Choral Festival, Stockholm, Sweden

YPC's Cantare at International Choral Festival in Sweden

On Monday, 50 boys and girls from YPC's Cantare division led by YPC Associate Conductor Elizabeth Nunez hopped off a United flight in Stockholm, Sweden. (Thank you United, a leading sponsor of this trip.) Cantare is one of six of the world's top youth choirs participating this week in the Adolf Fredrik Let the Future Sing International Choral Festival. The other choruses are the Toronto Children's Chorus from Canada, the Lastekoor Ellerhein from Estonia, the Little Singers of Armenia, the Guangzhou Experimental Middle School Choir from China, and the Cantemus Children's Choir from Hungary. Cantare is the first American chorus ever invited to take part in this prestigious choral festival. Capacity audiences are expected at each of the festival's six concerts, which culminate April 30 on Walpurgis, a celebration marking the end of winter and the beginning of spring, a Scandinavian custom that began in the 18th century.

Experience the journey with them on the YPC BLOG. Here are the first photos of Cantare in Sweden. CLICK HERE for more.


Saturday, June 9, 2012 | 3:30 pm and 7:00 pm

YPC Spring Concerts | 92nd Street Y

Culminating YPC's 2011-12 season, the most eventful in the chorus's history, with two major awards and recognition for the artistry and the effect of the program on its members and the community from everyone from composers, artists, music critics, and even President and Mrs. Barack Obama, for the first time YPC is scheduling two Spring Family Concerts at the 92nd Street Y in anticipation for the demand for tickets. Both will take place on Saturday, June 9: the first at 3:30 p.m. and the second, at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 30.

3:30 p.m. concert tickets are $15, $25, and $50

7:00 p.m. concert tickets are $20, $30, and $60

All tickets are available at the 92nd Street Y box office or by calling 212-415-5500.

$150 Concert Sponsor tickets are available for the evening concert only and can be purchased by calling the YPC office at 212-289-7779, Ext. 10



The orchestra, under the direction of conductor Robert Loughran has just returned from its tour to Argentina in February 2012, the first such tour of a South American country by the orchestra, following its successful 2010 China tour. The PHS Orchestra performed music by Ástor Piazzolla and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

The ensemble's Winter concert, given in preparation for the tour, will air on The Classical Network and sometime in March.