Next Fest Connects

RESOURCES for artists in need
CAREER GUIDANCE in uncertain times
CONNECTION between artists and audiences



These events are presented by Next Fest Connects, an initiative of The Next Festival of Emerging Artists and Next Edge Arts, Inc.  

Based on the generosity of an anonymous donor, The Next Festival of Emerging Artists offers Next Fest Connects, a program providing a support system for artists during difficult times.

Free Online Workshops and Masterclasses 
Information, support and resources for our community – an all-star roster of music and business experts lead sessions on the creative process, career advancement, mental wellness, building an online presence, and more.

Past presenters included: Ashley Bathgate, Angela Beeching, Derek Bermel, Lisa Bielawa, James Budinich, Miranda Cuckson, Ralph Farris, Tracy Friedlander, Matt Haimovitz, Megan Ihnen, Jennifer Koh, Gabrielle Lamb, Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti, Jessica Meyer, Yuka Nagashima, Todd Reynolds, Nahre Sol, Sarah Whitney, S. Ama Wray, Jeffrey Zeigler

Upcoming Next Fest Connects Online Events

Events are free and open to the public  |   Watch previous workshop videos

Deliberate Practice with Jason Haaheim

How a Framework of Deliberate Practice Confers Diverse Skills for Unstable Times with Jason Haaheim
Thursday, April 22, 7:30-9 PM ET
details & registration

Jason Haaheim was appointed Principal Timpanist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2013. In addition to performances at New York’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Mr. Haaheim can be seen and heard performing with the MET Orchestra on television, international radio, and Live in HD movie theater broadcasts. A sought-after clinician, Mr. Haaheim gives masterclasses internationally and is a frequent coach for The Orchestra Now (TON) and the Carnegie Hall National Youth Orchestra (NYO).

Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins

Masterclass with Kelly Hall-Tompkins
Thursday, April 29, 7-8:30 PM ET
details & registration

Winner of a Naumburg International Violin Competition Honorarium Prize and featured in the Smithsonian Museum for African-American History, Kelly Hall-Tompkins is a violin soloist entrepreneur who has been acclaimed by The New York Times as “the versatile violinist who makes the music come alive,” for her “tonal mastery” (BBC Music Magazine) and as The New York Times’ “New Yorker of the Year.” As founder of Music Kitchen-Food for the Soul, Kelly Hall-Tompkins is a pioneer of social justice in classical music, bringing top artists to over 100 concerts coast to coast in homeless shelters from New York to Los Angeles and internationally in Paris.

Elaine Grogan Luttrull of Minerva Financial Arts

Arts Funding & the COVID-19 Pandemic
Tuesday, May 4, 5-6:30 PM ET
details & registration

Through Minerva Financial Arts, a company Elaine Grogan Luttrull founded in 2009, she works to build financial literacy in creative individuals and organizations through education and coaching. Her work focuses on empowerment above all else, connecting financial decisions with creative goals. She serves just over 1,000 people per year through workshops and one-on-one coaching sessions, and her goal is to make all creative individuals both financially empowered and creatively free.

Testimonials

“Next Fest has given me a platform to think outside the box and be more creative about performance platforms. My livestream through quarantineconcerts.tv was one of the highlights of my year!”

Ana Luna Uribe-Leteinturier
Graduate Teaching Assistant in Violin, Lamont School of Music, University of Denver

“I especially enjoyed Sarah Whitney’s seminar, How to Tackle What’s Holding You Back. I loved all the tangible tips that she gave on being productive while staying realistic with what you can actually achieve. One of my biggest takeaways from Next Fest Connects is this quote by Sarah Whitney: ‘Overwhelm is a goal without a plan.'”

Céline Le Vu
Drummer for modern progressive metal band, Nothing But Echoes

“Such a wonderful and helpful program, facilitating student learning while offering others the chance to watch and listen; a heartwarming and unexpected gift that lifts our spirits in this time of adversity.”

Philip Foster
Founder and Executive Director of Open Dance Ensemble

“Next Fest Connects was truly a gift during these uncertain times. By attending the masterclasses, I got the chance to discover new repertoire and the seminars gave me many useful ideas on how to build my career as a young artist.”

Nina Vanhoenacker
Cellist studying at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent (Belgium) and member of Extended Music Collective

“Next Fest was new to me, but I found the event about Angela Beeching on Instagram. I signed up for the newsletter to get notices about upcoming events. The sessions with Angela Beeching and Megan Ihnen were insightful, inspiring, and informative in many ways. I’m glad Next Fest includes business pertinent events to help burgeoning musicians support themselves. Both speakers were so great about answering questions live, and they were very gracious with their time and knowledge. Thank you for setting up such an important series, especially during quarantine!”

Dr. Natalie Groom
www.nataliegroom.com
Collington Retirement Community Artist in Residence
Clarinetist and co-founder of www.whistlinghens.com
Clarinetist and arranger of www.classicallydope.com
Connect on www.linkedin.com/in/nataliegroom

“I really appreciated the online offerings from Next Fest, even though I didn’t always attend live. Tuning into the series was a wonderful way to connect with the new music community, rouse motivation, and keep learning. Thank you.”

India Gailey

“I’ve been really enjoying the content and conversation that Next Fest has been creating! The opportunity to hear from a diverse and interesting group of artists dealing with the current state of the world has been one thing keeping me thinking about new ways to create and present my work. I am working to organize a different online festival – called zFestival, in which participants are organized into ensembles and paired with composers. During the month of July, we will rehearse (over Zoom) and attend presentations by guest artists (composers, performers, audio engineers, and everything in between). Thanks!”

Shoshana Klein
Sho K

Our workshops and masterclasses are free and open to the public, thanks to a grant from the Williamson Foundation and from generous donors like you. Please help us to continue to present these valuable resources with a tax-deductible gift.

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