The Festival is a multi-week experience comprised of performances, individual lessons, coachings, workshops and masterclasses for 30 participating string players, composers, choreographers and dancers. With residencies and performances in Connecticut and New York, Fellows create their own programs of study, participate in workshops and recording sessions of new works, and explore multi-disciplinary collaboration and improvisation.
Our 2022 Festival features renowned guest artists, masterclasses, workshops and in-person and virtual collaborations. String players collaborate and perform alongside Guest Artist composer/vocalist Pamela Z, and perform world premieres by composer/violist and Resident Entrepreneurial Artist Jessica Meyer, hornist Jeff Scott (Imani Winds, Oberlin Conservatory), composer/pianist Liliya Ugay and Peter Askim (The Next Festival’s Artistic Director).
Other activities include collaborative sessions led by dancer/choreographer Darshan Singh Bhuller and composer Aaron Jay Kernis, career workshops with Alecia Lawyer (ROCO, oboist), a composer workshop, mentorship with social media/marketing consultant Jamie Benson, and more!