New World Symphony
America’s Orchestral Academy
The New World Symphony (NWS), America’s Orchestral Academy, prepares highly-gifted graduates of distinguished music programs for leadership roles in orchestras and ensembles around the world. In the 24 years since its founding, more than 850 alumni have gone on to become leaders in the music profession worldwide.
The New World Symphony is dedicated to the artistic, personal and professional development of outstanding instrumentalists through the NWS Fellowship Program. A laboratory for the way music is taught, presented and experienced, the Fellowship Program provides intensive post-graduate training, modeled after the demands of a professional orchestra. Fellows have the opportunity to enhance their education with the finest professional preparation through a wide range of performance and instructional activities. Under the artistic direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, the program offers in-depth exposure to traditional and modern repertoire, with the active involvement of leading guest conductors, soloists and coaches. The relationships with these artists are extended through NWS’ pioneering experimentation with distance learning via Internet2. Additionally, Fellows are able to take advantage of the innovative performance facilities and state-of-the-art practice and ensemble rooms of the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center, the campus of the New World Symphony.
In the hopes of joining NWS, over 1,500 recent music school and conservatory graduates compete for about 35 available fellowships each year. The fellowships are awarded on a season-to-season basis for up to three seasons, and 86 Fellows participate in the program each year. Fellows are selected based on both their ability and their passion for the future of classical music.
The New World Symphony envisions a strong and secure future for classical music and will redefine, reaffirm, express and share its traditions with as many people as possible. To this end, NWS is committed to exploring new performance formats. In addition to traditional concert presentations, NWS has experimented with half-hour $2.50 Mini-Concerts, three-hour Journey Concerts, Symphony with a Splash, and Pulse: Late Night at the New World Symphony. Further, thousands have gathered in Miami Beach SoundScape for NWS’ free WALLCAST ™ concerts displayed on the 7,000 square foot façade of the New World Center.