The New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy (NWS), is dedicated to the artistic, professional and personal development of outstanding young musicians. Its fellowship program provides top graduates of music programs in the United States the opportunity to enhance their music education with the finest professional training.

After an intensive three-year program of performance and training, NWS Fellows emerge from the experience prepared for professional positions in orchestras and ensembles around the world. In the 21 years since its founding, more than 700 alumni have gone on to make a difference in the music profession worldwide. In the hopes of joining this program, over 1,000 musicians compete for about 35 available fellowships each year.

As a result of this unique educational environment, the New World Symphony has achieved an international reputation for creating new models of orchestral training and performance. Renowned guest artists from around the world bring their diverse stylistic approaches to NWS, where they foster meaningful professional relationships with the Fellows, maintained through personal contact and the academy’s pioneering experimentation with Internet2 technology.

The New World Symphony’s fellowship program consists of an in-depth course of instructional and performance activities designed to expand the musical and professional horizons of NWS Fellows beyond conservatory training.

• Master Classes, Coachings and Private Lessons
New World’s coaching program is unique in its depth and breadth, bringing internationally acclaimed conductors, soloists, and some 100 mentors from the world’s great orchestras to conduct an intensive schedule of master classes, private lessons and sectionals with New World Fellows.

• Audition Training and Performance Psychology
The New World Symphony prepares each Fellow for the make-or-break experience of the orchestral audition. Each year, NWS holds an intensive four-day audition training seminar
with visiting coaches from major orchestras. NWS provides training by former Olympic sports psychologist Dr. Don Greene, who has been a pioneer in adapting the strategies of sports psychology to help musicians achieve optimal performance in high-pressure settings. In addition, Fellows regularly hold mock auditions to help prepare for upcoming professional auditions.

• Performance Opportunities
Performance opportunities include numerous full-orchestra concerts, a chamber music series under the direction of Scott Nickrenz, a new music series, small ensemble concerts, a family series, and special festivals and recitals. The program also offers Fellows the opportunity to design and present their own concerts, which often feature seldom-heard works or unusual instrumentation.

• Communications Training
NWS emphasizes that musicians must be able to express themselves verbally as well as musically. To that end, Fellows receive training in communications and stage presence, the scope of which includes speaking to audiences from the stage and engaging in informal conversation with patrons and audience members, as well as media interview techniques.

• Community Engagement Training
Training for community engagement is an essential part of the NWS program, with activities ranging from mentoring in local schools to free concerts in community centers, churches and synagogues. These activities provide real-life experience in establishing a direct artist-to-audience connection while sharpening presentation, speaking and teaching skills.

The New World Symphony’s success may be measured in part by the more than 700 alumni who are active in the music profession worldwide. There is a New World Symphony presence in nearly all of America’s major orchestras, as well as symphonies and chamber orchestras in Europe, South America and the Far East. In addition, many New World Symphony musicians have chosen career paths in chamber music, music education and arts management.

NWS has built a global community of the world’s finest performers, educators and composers who directly transfer their music knowledge and insight to New World Fellows, both in Miami Beach and via Internet2. Internet2, with its enormous bandwidth, speed and quality, offers a medium perfectly suited to the rigorous demands of musical distance learning, making it possible for artists to address the subtlest aspects of technical and musical performance. In 2001, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded the New World Symphony a $200,000 technology grant launching NWS’ Internet2 activities. Internet2 is now an integral part of NWS’ overall education mission.

Since its inaugural concert on February 4, 1988, the New World Symphony has been heard in such prestigious venues as New York’s Carnegie and Avery Fisher halls, London’s Barbican Centre, Paris’ Bastille Opera and Cité de la Musique, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Rome’s National Academy of Santa Cecilia. NWS has been televised on PBS, London Weekend Television and Univision. Concert tours have included performances in Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, Great Britain, Israel, Japan, Italy, Monaco and across the United States. Most recently, Carnegie Hall presented the New World Symphony in two all-Shostakovich programs with guest artist Yo-Yo Ma.

The New World Symphony has made eight recordings to date. In January 1997, BMG Classics released NWS’ first recording on the RCA Red Seal label with Mr. Tilson Thomas leading the musicians in works by Heitor Villa-Lobos. A second disc for RCA Red Seal, released in September 1998, is entitled New World Jazz and features Mr. Tilson Thomas leading the orchestra in vibrant interpretations of jazz-inspired works by 20th-century composers. On Argo/Decca, the Grammy-nominated Tangazo, featuring Latin American classics with Michael Tilson Thomas; Four Parables, with John Nelson conducting contemporary American music by composer Paul Schoenfield; Defining Dahl: The Music of Ingolf Dahl and Coptic Light both conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. In September 2001, Tuck and Roll, a disc of works by Steve Mackey, was released on the BMG Classics label, and White Mares of the Moon, a disc of chamber music by Dan Welcher, was released on CRI label.