Programs

 

Young Artists Auditions
This program is designed to discover up-and-coming young musicians and provide them an opportunity to showcase their talents. Winners of the Classics Alive Young Artists Auditions are selected based on exceptional musicianship, technique, ability to communicate as a performer, and future potential. The jury is given the flexibility to select multiple winners. Cash awards are offered to the winners as well as performance opportunities throughout the year. Four instrumental categories in each age division allow for all age groups and instrumentations to participate and compete - with the top division grand prize winner receiving performance opportunities to perform concerti with professional orchestras in the Emerging Artists Partnership as well as receiving professional management through Classics Alive Artists management company. The objectives are to give the students a goal to work toward, expose them to realistic critique of their skills by highly skilled professionals in the field, provide positive feedback for excellence, and to motivate them to improve their skills for the following year.

Residency Program
Classics Alive Artists presents a professional artist in an 3 to 4 day ALL EXPENSE PAID residency program for Youth Orchestras. Activities include Q&A sessions, masterclasses, discussions about "Career Paths In Music" and "Audience Development", outreach to schools in the community, and more. Each residency will culminate in a final performance with the youth orchestra. The Classics Alive Residency Program is designed to provide meaningful musical experiences for young musicians. One youth orchestra will be selected for the 2018-2019 season. Any U.S. Youth Orchestra may submit an application. Orchestras will be selected based on the answers to the questions on the application. Application deadline is May 15, 2018. Decision will be made in July, 2018. See photos from our latest residency program. The ages of student musicians range from 11 to 17, The youth orchestras may be associated with a specific school or could be community based. The goals are to expose young musicians with an up close and personal interaction with a professional musician, to motivate them to higher learning, to hone their skills, and to learn more about careers in music.

Classics Alive Presents
One of our missions is to provide music concerts to local communities.  Classics Alive Presents accomplishes that goal by featuring our professional roster of outstanding musicians as well as the Classics Alive Young Artists Auditions Winners in recital. These recitals are generally held in small, intimate settings in private homes. See what's coming up.

The Classics Alive Young Artists Ambassador Program
A community engagement program which benefits seniors, children, and adults with disabilities and/or long term illnesses, as well as underserved segments of our population. Young musicians who are part of the Young Artists Ambassador Program showcase their talents in concerts for senior living centers, local community centers, hospitals, and libraries in their local communities. Semi-finalists of the Classics Alive Young Artists Auditions are invited to participate in this program. See what's coming up ...

Emerging Artists Partnerships Program
Classics Alive Artists is privileged to have collaborative relationships with select symphony orchestras and recital series nationwide. Through this program, our Young Artists have the opportunity to play concerti with these orchestras, perform solo recitals, and to participate in community outreach activities in the host cities. Our partner orchestras/organizations include:

  • Boulder Chamber Orchestra -  Bahman Saless, conductor
  • Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthews -  Tom Neenan, conductor
  • LA Virtuosi - Carlo Ponti, Music Director
  • L’Ermitage Foundation Recital Series – Renee Cherniak, Artistic Director
  • Livermore-Amador Symphony – Lara Weber, conductor
  • Saratoga Symphony - Jason Klein, conductor
  • Tulare County Symphony Orchestra – Bruce Kiesling, conductor

If you are an orchestra or presenter and are interested in partnering with us, contact us so we can start a dialog.

See Upcoming and Past Performances

Artists in Schools Program
The Artists in Schools program sends a professional artist into a Kindergarten or 1st grade class to provide a 45-minute music class, once a week, for 12 weeks. The goal of the class is to introduce the musical concepts such as Rhythm and Movement, Introduce a cardboard violin and bow, proper holding of the violin and bow, proper bowing technique, and progressing to actual playing on a real violin.

Commissioning New Works
One of our core missions is to build classical music audiences by exposing youth to the art form using unique and interactive approaches. One way we do this is by commissioning orchestral arrangements of popular themes. Our latest one being the Beatles Fantasy for violin and orchestra which incorporates favorite Beatles' melodies in an orchestral setting. This has been very successful in "filling the seats" of concert halls.

The Classics Alive Internship Program
This program gives high school and college music students the opportunity to volunteer to work for Classics Alive and utilize and enhance existing skills such as photography, video recording, video editing, public relations, research, and social media. The internship fulfills community service requirements and bolsters resumes by providing real-life work experience supporting the arts. Apply to become an intern.

Outreach Program
We provide outreach programs in which professional musicians visit schools to provide an "up-close and personal" experience (See photos of our outreach) to underserved students who would not ordinarily be exposed to classical music. Read a review of a recent Outreach Program by Lindsay Deutsch. Click here for a printable flyer which describes the activities of our outreach programs.

Instrument Loan Program
We provide loaner instruments to students who would otherwise not be able to afford an instrument. Depending on the value of the instrument, the instrument is loaned free of charge, or the student is only required to insure the instrument for damage. Fill out Request Form

Scholarship Program
We provide scholarships for motivated young musicians who cannot afford lessons.
If you are interested in underwriting a scholarship to a deserving student, please email us with the student criteria (e.g., need-based, skill-based) and instrument you would like to support. All scholarship donations are tax deductible.

Meet the Maestro Program
"Meet the Maestro" program is designed to give kids (and parents) a behind the scenes look at famous orchestra conductors. Read the interesting interviews and if you have any questions that you would like us to ask a conductor, send us an email.

Provide Role Models
We provide role models for the youth of today by publicizing the achievements of their peers who strive to excel and achieve their goals.

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