Committed to enhancing each and every concert tour experience to the fullest, no matter the client’s type, size or destination, Classical Movements ably leverages our quarter-century’s worth of deep-rooted, international contacts to foment musical and intellectual curiosity by incorporating multi-faceted educational elements, including:

  • Instrumental and choral (solo and ensemble) lessons, masterclasses and coachings
  • Destination-specific lectures on musical topics and/or cultural themes
  • Participation in extra-musical workshops, activities and sight-seeing

Education Spotlights

Prague Summer Nights

Established in 2015, as Classical Movements first foray into the world of international opera, our Prague Summer Nights: Young Artists Music Festival was carefully designed to provide the ultimate training curriculum and performance experience for conservatory-age singers and instrumentalists to travel to the Czech Republic and Austria. Unlike other audition-only festivals, however, from the beginning, Prague Summer Nights has offered intensive programs for conductors, stage directors, répétiteurs and even arts administrators. Three seasons in, and some 275 participants from more than 25 countries on all six continents later, close to 90% of all students selected to attend Prague Summer Nights have received some form of tuition assistance directly from Classical Movements. As PSN soprano Stephanie K. notes, “I made friendships that will last a lifetime and learned so much about myself as a performer. Sometimes when you are engrossed in the whirlwind of hard, dedicated work it is difficult to see your own progress. Just months after the program, I already feel a difference and ease of approach to my performing, as well as a greater awareness of not only what I can improve, but how I can improve. Having sung an opera where Mozart first conducted it is no small honor either!”

India Choral Fellowship

With the launch of our inaugural India Choral Fellowship in 2017, Classical Movements seeks to stimulate the growth and foster the development of that distinctively Indian choral tradition. Working together with local partners in New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai—blending Western classical music's rich history with the ancient and vital heritage of Indian classical music—we hope to inspire a new generation of composers, conductors, clinicians and choral musicians throughout India.

Bard Orchestra in Cuba

With conductor, author and Bard President Leon Botstein behind the podium, soloist Peter Serkin on the piano bench, the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra’s 2016 tour through Cuba was marked by a number of fruitful and impactful educational exchanges. In Santa Clara, the ensemble learned all about the traditional guajira music native to the region, care of the Grammy-nominated group Quinteo Criollo and celebrated singer Ernestina Trimiño. In Havana, in addition to Bard’s generous donation of instruments, stands and sheet music to the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba, the ensemble from Annandale-on-Hudson, New York experienced a gloriously bilingual rehearsal with Camerata Romeu, an all-female ensemble led by the indomitable maestra Zenaida Romeu.

Exchanges

Classical Movements is dedicated to facilitating collaborations between our touring ensembles and local music groups in countries all over the world.

Donations

Apart from commissioning new works through our Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program, Classical Movements also contributes to a variety of organizations and causes that are important to life on earth.

Service

Classical Movements is committed to direct action, offering opportunities to participate in preservation, rebuilding and outreach activities in destinations around the globe.

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