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New World Symphony

Miami Dade County

Julisa Fuste, Senior Director of Foundation and Government Relations

The New World Symphony (NWS), America’s Orchestral Academy, offers a three-year postgraduate fellowship program focused on orchestral performance and musicianship, audition preparation, audience and community engagement, leadership development and wellness. Cofounded in 1987 by Michael Tilson Thomas and Ted Arison, NWS seeks to expand the musical and professional horizons of its 87 fellows beyond traditional conservatory training. Dedicated to the artistic, personal and professional development of outstanding instrumentalists, the NWS fellowship program provides the opportunity for fellows to enhance their musical education with the finest professional training.

Because of DCA...

the New World Symphony has maintained its abiding commitment to artistic excellence and has solidified its reputation as the world's foremost post-graduate orchestral academy.
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NWS has launched the careers of more than 1,100 musicians. Alumni are members of orchestras around the country, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony. They also work in symphonies and chamber orchestras in countries around the world. In addition, many alumni have chosen careers in chamber music, music education and arts management.

NWS presents approximately 70 ticketed performances each season. Presentation formats include traditional, contemporary, family-friendly, educational and late-night concerts, as well as several innovative formats designed by the fellows themselves. NWS’s community engagement programs are learning experiences for the fellows and for institutional partners in the South Florida community, across the U.S. and internationally. Support from DCA has enabled NWS to provide South Florida audiences with world-class artistic programming while offering its fellows the tools to become active community members as advocates, educators and mentors. Additionally, DCA supported several of NWS’s European tours and residencies between 1999 and 2004, helping to establish NWS’s important  international reputation.