Ensemble Models for 21st Century Musicians


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This webinar will be hosted online on March 17, 2014 at 8PM EST by Polyphonic.org. To attend, you’ll need a computer (or smart device – read more here) and a good internet connection. Register in advance to get email reminders and a direct link to join the webinar on March 17 (feel free to join 5-10 minutes before the start time). You’ll be automatically muted during the webinar but feel free to ask questions during our live Q&A session at the end. Please email us at info@polyphonic.org with any questions or concerns.

Come hear from three panelists representing organizations where innovative models of ensemble performance are thriving. They will share ways their organizations are creating innovative opportunities for music making and compelling programs for audiences around the country and the world. They will also discuss their visions for the future and what new ideas and initiatives may be on the horizon.


Polyphonic.org webinar | Gavin ChuckGavin Chuck is the Managing Director and a founding member of Alarm Will Sound. As a composer, he has written original work and made arrangements for Alarm Will Sound. As a music theorist, he has taught at the Eastman School of Music, the University of Michigan, and Northwestern University. He was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica and lives in Chicago.

Polyphonic.org webinar | Ayden AdlerWith a background as a performer, writer, teacher, and administrator, Ayden Adler serves as Senior Vice president and Dean at the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy. At New World, Dr. Adler has expanded the Fellowship Program to include major focuses on audience engagement and leadership development, in addition to orchestral training and musicianship. She also is leading the development of NWS’s digital arm, MUSAIC, which will feature a “virtual” library with content provided by NWS and its premiere educational partners and be shared with conservatories and university music schools worldwide. Previously, Dr. Adler served as Executive Director of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. As the public face of this fiercely democratic organization where musicians work collaboratively to make artistic decisions, Dr. Adler provided direction and leadership towards the achievement of Orpheus’ artistic and administrative goals. During her tenure, Dr. Adler expanded the Orpheus Institute, through which Orpheus musicians mentor the next generation of musicians and business leaders in shared leadership, entrepreneurship, and communication.

Dr. Adler also served as Director of Education and Community Partnerships for the Philadelphia Orchestra and as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Director for Learning Development. As an artist, Dr. Adler performed as a tenured member of the horn section of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra for ten years and taught horn, natural horn, and music history at the Eastman School of Music. Her academic research has focused on the history of orchestral institutions. She regularly gives presentations at national and international conferences that address issues of civic and economic relevance, diversity, and cultural values in the context of historic and current business practices at arts institutions. Dr. Adler holds degrees from Princeton University (A.B.), The Juilliard School (M.M.), and the Eastman School of Music (M.A., D.M.A., Ph.D.).

Polyphonic.org webinar | Emily WozniakEmily Wozniak is the Founder and Executive Director of Sound ExChange, an organization devoted to transforming the live concert experience and deepening the connection between performers, audiences, and music. Through Sound ExChange, Emily leads a variety of projects involving collaborations within the fields of visual art, multimedia, and modern dance. Locally, Sound ExChange has won awards through Eastman’s New Venture Challenge, the New York State Business Plan Competition, and Digital Rochester. Most recently, Sound ExChange was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Farash Foundation to pilot a “creative collision” project with the Rochester Institute of Technology, Microsoft Studios, and local Rochester schools.

Emily studied horn performance, music education and arts leadership at Eastman and completed the coursework for her MM degree during the fall of 2013. Outside of performance and education, Emily has extensive experience in fundraising, including a summer internship in the Development Department at the Aspen Music Festival and School. In addition to her work with Sound ExChange, Emily works in Advancement at Eastman and is an instructor in the Arts Leadership Program.

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Kristijan Bogdanovski