The Cleveland Orchestra launched its landmark Miami Residency project in January 2007. Many master class sessions are held with members of the orchestra over the course of each spring semester. Additionally each year brings an unparalleled opportunity for select composition students; an opportunity to have a work read by members of the Cleveland orchestra. Ensembles ranging from string quartet to the full orchestra have rotated each year. Composition students submit scores to the faculty for the year’s selected ensemble which are then judged. The chosen scores are then sent to the orchestra which prepares for the reading session in advance. Beginning in 2010 a new and exciting collaboration began between members of the Cleveland orchestra and members of the New World Symphony. Part of that collaboration was a combined chamber music concert which included 2 scores by Frost school of music composition students (selected by representatives of both orchestras) for performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Miami.
The mere presence of the highly acclaimed New World Symphony in nearby South Beach would count as a major asset and benefit for any composition program. The opportunity to hear recent works by the most dynamic composers of our time, including Thomas Ades, John Adams, Kaija Saariaho, Sven Tuur, James Macmillan, Michaal Daugherty, James Mackey, just to name a few of the most recent, is nearly unparalled among today’s performing orchestras. Established in 1987 by conductor Miichael Tilson Thomas as America’s first orchestral training academy, the ensemble is comprised of 3 year “fellows” representing the very finest players from colleges and conservatories of music around the country. The major orchestral and chamber music of the 20th and 21st century continues to be the focal point for New World, with many composers invited as either conductors of their works, or able to work with the orchestra through the innovative use of Internet 2 live streaming. January of 2011 will usher in a significant new era for New World with the opening of their state of the art concert hall, designed by architect Frank Gehry.