Music in Schools
Music from Angel Fire is honored to welcome Young Artists—students from conservatories and universities—who reach into K-12 schools in northern New Mexico throughout the year.
In August of most years, students from the Curtis Institute of Music in Pennsylvania come to New Mexico to present 45-minute in-school concerts across the region as they participate in the Music from Angel Fire festival. In other seasons, collegiate musicians from New Mexico universities present similar concerts and mentoring. Last year, Music from Angel Fire and the Young Artists reached 28 schools.
The concerts are offered free to communities supported in part by private gifts and the National Endowment for the Arts as well as New Mexico Arts. Music in Schools has taken Young Artists to schools in Angel Fire, Eagle Nest, Cimarron, Española, Pojoaque, Raton, Las Vegas, Los Alamos, and beyond. If you are interested in bringing the Young Artists to your school, please contact Music from Angel Fire at education@musicfromangelfire.
For high school and middle school musicians, this is often the highlight of their year, opening their minds to new possibilities of excellence. Although Music in Schools provides immediate inspiration and benefits to students, Music from Angel Fire recognizes that music helps many first-generation college students win scholarships that pay for their education, in any field of interest, in return for performing with a college band or orchestra.
Residency Music Workshops
During the August festival, Curtis Institute of Music Young Artist ensembles work closely with local and regional band teachers with on-site residencies that include group lessons, ensemble and individual coaching, master classes, side-by-side performances, and concerts in schools across northern New Mexico.
During the spring of each year, student ensembles from the University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, and Eastern New Mexico University present similar programs for students in Eagle Nest, Cimarron, Española, Pojoaque, and Los Alamos.
For high school and middle school musicians, this is often the highlight of their year, opening their minds to the possibility of excellence. In addition, music helps many first generation college students win scholarships that pay for their education in any field of interest in return for performing with the college band or orchestra.
Now in its 21st year, Young Artists from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia serve as mentors and peer-role models during the “Concerts for Youth” and Residency Music Workshops.
These Young Artists also perform side-by-side on the Main Stage concert series next to their mentor teachers. This remarkable experience is thrilling to observe as an audience member and is unduplicated in New Mexico.
Many Music from Angel Fire Young Artists have gone on to prestigious roles including newly appointed London Symphony Orchestra conductor Karina Canellakis and Chicago Symphony Orchestra Principal Oboist William Welter.