NWS Fellowship Program
In the 30 years since New World Symphony's (NWS) co-founding by Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas and Lin and Ted Arison, NWS has helped launch the careers of more than 1,000 alumni worldwide, 90% of whom are working in the field of music worldwide.
NWS is a laboratory for the way classical music is taught, presented and experienced. Its orchestra is comprised of 87 young musicians who are granted fellowships lasting up to three years. The fellowship program offers in-depth exposure to traditional and modern repertoire, communications and entrepreneurial training and personalized experiences working with leading guest conductors, soloists and visiting faculty from around the world.
More than 1,500 music school and conservatory graduates compete for about 35 available fellowships each year. The Fellows are selected based on talent and their passion for the future of classical music
Since their debut in 2011, New World Symphony's WALLCAST Concerts have been driving community around classical music in Miami.
How it works: Select NWS concerts are projected live in high-definition onto the front wall of our building, the New World Center; at 7,000 square feet, each WALLCAST is larger than life!
The live broadcasts are heard through our state-of-the-art surround stereo system, enjoyable from anywhere in Miami Beach SoundScape Park.
Residents, tourists, classical music lovers, families and curious locals are welcome to bring a blanket and a picnic to enjoy these free New World Symphony concerts under the stars.
MusicLab is a community mentorship program that brings NWS Fellows into youth music programs to work with local students. Each year, 100 young musicians from partner schools and organizations receive coaching from Fellows in one-on-one and group sessions on a bi-monthly basis throughout the schoolyear. At the end of the season, MusicLab students showcase their talent to their peers, families, and members of the community in a concert performance at the New World Center.
Today's advanced technology makes it easier than ever to reach audiences and music students wherever they may be. Our latest digital initiative, NWS Connect, is part of our ever-growing 'distance learning' programming. Through this network, we are facilitating discussions between young instrumentalists and providing online mentorship from NWS Fellows. Students are invited to participate in events such as Virtual Hangouts, webcasts, and in-person events at the New World Center. Fellows also conduct online residencies with student music ensembles around the United States via Skype and Internet2. This online community is a nurturing environment for young musicians to consider their own musical futures.
During the 2017-18 season, NWS Fellows participated in the first Community Projects week as part of the curriculum of their fellowship. The initiative allowed all Fellows to pursue musical activism based on their personal interests with their own original initiatives, from concept to execution.
These special projects guide their continued development, building on their entrepreneurial curriculum with Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, while demonstrating music's ability to have a positive impact on the community, and benefitting South Florida programs and businesses.
In April 2018, NWS Fellows created 21 music projects that spanned a variety of causes, topics and audiences in South Florida, including a listening journey in Everglades National Park, helping soothe kenneled animals at Miami-Dade County Animal Services with live classical music, performing recitals for independent and assisted living communities, and so much more. Each project leveraged a single unifying theme: music.