E-mail response from Sara Burman RE: Synchronous Musical Interaction
8/26/2011 2:59 PM
Thank you for your email and your interest in New World Symphony’s use of technology. New World Symphony is involved in many online teaching, coaching, and other collaborations throughout the season. Activities include NWS Fellows teaching lessons and master classes via Internet2 to school-aged children both locally and abroad, NWS Education Concert Webcast, NWS Fellows receiving coaching via Internet2 (lessons, master classes, rehearsal coaching), and live connections during concerts with composers. We have also connected with other institutions and organizations for lectures. Another activity that you may be interested in are NWS WALLCAST™ Concerts. WALLCAST™ Concerts are broadcast live from inside the New World Center concert hall onto a 7,000-square-foot projection wall for the community to enjoy.
One of our Community Engagement programs, called MusicLab, has NWS Fellows going into schools both in person and via Internet2 to lead sectionals and teach lessons. More information on this program can be found at: http://www.nws.edu/MusicLab.aspx
The NWS Education Concert Webcast in its debut during the 2009-10 season reached over 8,000 students. The Webcast was a recording of NWS Education Concert that was later streamed online for one day. This concert was intended for elementary and middle school students and included narration by the Conducting Fellow. The Webcast this past season was also a success reaching over 6,500 students in Miami-Dade and Broward county school districts in a single day.
Sometimes Fellows would like a lesson with a coach who is unable to visit New World Symphony in person. We have been very successful with Fellows receiving coaching via Internet2. The performance hall, all practice rooms, and all large ensemble rooms in the New World Center are equipped with Internet2 connections. Fellows are able to connect to coaches around the globe.
During NWS concerts we have the ability to connect via Internet2 live with today’s prominent composers. The conductor and composer can have a dialogue during the performance which includes the audience and gives them a better understanding of the piece being performed. In addition during rehearsals the composer can give notes to the performers. This is especially helpful when performing a very new work.
To my knowledge we do not have any of these activities viewable online at this time. There are several YouTube videos that individuals have uploaded of the WALLCAST™ Concerts (an example of one such video is at: http://www.youtube.com/user/alexrossny#p/u/13/pXIw15K843w).
Please let me know if you have any further questions regarding these or other activities.
Manager of Coaching Activities
New World Symphony, America's Orchestral Academy