music education

    As you walk along Tanglewood’s meandering paths, it’s easy to miss a series of small wooden shacks nestled amongst the pine trees -- until you hear the sweet music emanating from within.

It’s here that the Tanglewood Music Center Fellows hone their craft and learn from the masters. For decades, talented young musicians from around the country and around the globe have been coming to the Berkshires to study with some of the best musicians in the world.

Today we’re joined by Ellen Highstein – the Director of the Tanglewood Music Center.

  The Tanglewood Music Center Fellowship Program is the Boston Symphony Orchestra's summer academy for advanced musical study. The TMC offers an intensive schedule of study and performance for emerging professional instrumentalists, singers, conductors, and composers who have completed most of their formal training in music.

Serge Koussevitzky, the Boston Symphony Orchestra's music director from 1924 to 1949, founded the school with the intention of creating a premier music academy where, with the resources of a great symphony orchestra at their disposal, young musicians would sharpen their skills.

We are joined now by three vocal fellows, Alison Wahl, Davone Tines, and Jason Weisinger.

  As you walk along Tanglewood’s meandering paths, it’s easy to miss a series of small wooden shacks nestled amongst the pine trees -- until you hear the sweet music emanating from within.

It’s here that the Tanglewood Music Center Fellows hone their craft and learn from the masters. For decades, talented young musicians from around the country and around the globe have been coming to the Berkshires to study with some of the best musicians in the world.

Founded in 1915, Seagle Music Colony is the oldest summer vocal training program in the United States, located in the town of Schroon Lake in the Adirondack Mountain Region of upstate New York.

Their summer program is a nine-week session in which 32 young artists selected through a rigorous national audition/selection process, receive intensive training in vocal technique, musicality, acting and career preparation. As part of this training, they produce six full-scale productions of opera and musical theatre each summer season for presentation to the public.

This summer Seagle Music Colony celebrates 100 years and here to tell us more is General Director, Tony Kostecki.

    Stephen Clair is the founder of - and an instructor at - The Beacon Music Factory which took up residence at Southern Dutchess Bowl earlier this fall as the new location for their classes, rock band boot camps, and private lessons.

He's a former Capital Region resident who will return to Albany for a performance with his trio, The Millionaires, tomorrow night at The Steamer No. 10 Theatre in Albany. Also on that bill - Bryan Thomas.

  “The Grand Italian Tour” is the theme of the fifth edition of the Catskill High Peaks Festival: Music with Altitude!, hosted by the Catskill Mountain Foundation, August 10–20 and presented by Close Encounters With Music, the Berkshire-based chamber music organization.

    

  Each season, more than 300 talented musicians, ages 9-18, from the greater Capital Region of New York and western New England, enjoy outstanding educational and performance opportunities as members of The Empire State Youth Orchestra.

This Friday, May 2nd – A Benefit Gala for Empire State Youth Orchestras will take place at the GE Theatre, at Proctors in Schenectady, NY.

The Gala is called “A Night at the Movies “ – it will be a movie-themed, fun-filled evening, including Red Carpet; Italian Job Safe-Cracking; Ocean’s Eleven Black Jack Table; Silent Auction; music by The Legendary Characters and much more!

Here to tell us more about that and other May offerings from The Empire State Youth Orchestra is the organization’s Executive Director, Becky Calos.

    The duo Honeyhoney - Ben Jaffe and Suzanne Santo - is playing two shows in the region next weekend.

On April 11th they’ll play a benefit concert for Arts Programs at Mt. Greylock Regional High School where Ben attended and graduated from as a mediocre student (his words). For that show, they’ll play WITH Mt. Grelock’s high school band.

They are also playing a Billsville House Concert at the Elks Lodge in North Adams, MA on April 12th.

Dan Ornstein: Music As Preschool Teacher

May 16, 2013

Each year in May, my synagogue hosts the Albany Symphony Orchestra's Tiny Tots concert series for preschool, kindergarten and first grade students from across the capital region.  Over three days, Maestro David Allan Miller, the ASO's beloved conductor, demonstrates his passion for classical music and his devotion to educating young people with a varied program of famous pieces that engage kids and their teachers in serious fun.  Dressed,  as always, as the irrepressible Cowboy Dave, he and members of the orchestra lead students on a wild musical adventure of the imagination, along with a