TC Partnership with International Chamber Orchestra of America

TC Partnership with International Chamber Orchestra of America

ICOA Young Artists Program

String Orchestra (Ages 13-18)

Teachers College is partnering with the International Chamber Orchestra of America (ICOA) this fall to launch the ICOA Young Artist Program - String Orchestra for string players between ages 13-18. Our first academic year includes 12 rehearsals, 6 workshops, 4 masterclasses, and 3 concerts.

Young musicians will be taught by professional performing artists and educators supervised by Prof. Lori Custodero from Chamber Music Society of Lincoln CenterThe Juilliard SchoolColumbia University’s Teachers College, and Mannes School of Music, playing collaboratively in a string orchestra comprised of students and educators.

The program provides talented musicians professional orchestral training that aims to enhance the artists’ musicianship, while building extra-musical skills including but not limited to: effective collaboration, social awareness, and interpersonal communication. 

Instrumental sectionals rehearsal will have a maximum of 10 students to allow for more individual attention (average teacher-student ratio 1:8).

*Selected students will be Performing at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center with ICOA in 2017.           

ICOA's Unique Approach

  • Regular weekly rehearsal session
  • Sectional rehearsals led by faculty
  • Collaborative and constructive pedagogical methods
  • Side-by-side collaboration with professional musicians 
  • Non-competitive atmosphere 

Targeted Workshops

  • Dalcroze method for orchestra ensemble
  • Improvisation for strings 

Masterclasses in solo repertoire

  • Guest faculty
  • One-on-one instruction

Young Artist Soloist Selection

  • Concerto opportunity with Orchestra
  • Other solo performing opportunities 

Performance Opportunities 

  • Carnegie Hall performance 
  • Performing with ICOA at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center 

Benefits for Students

Instruction focused on individual development

Improving musicianship and collaborative skills

Enhancing skills in instrumental technique

Establishing relationships with prestigious faculty and musicians

Preparation for conservatory 

Program Details

Age: 13-18 years old 


12 two-hour rehearsals 

6 workshops

4 masterclasses

3 Concerts in prestigious music venues


Teachers College, Columbia University

525 West 120th Street, New York, NY 10027

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