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New World Symphony (orchestra)

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The New World Symphony is an American orchestral academy based in Miami Beach, Florida. Established in 1987, the organization is a training ensemble for young musicians in their 20s in preparation for professional careers in classical music.[1] Since 2011, the New World Symphony has its headquarters in the New World Center.[2]

New World Symphony
New World Center wallcast with Johannes Moser playing.jpg
Members of the New World Symphony playing the Dvorak Cello Concerto, with soloist Johannes Moser as seen during a 2011 live outside "wallcast" at the New World Center
500 17th Street

United States
Coordinates25°47′28″N 80°07′59″W / 25.791°N 80.133°W / 25.791; -80.133Coordinates: 25°47′28″N 80°07′59″W / 25.791°N 80.133°W / 25.791; -80.133
TypeFull-time orchestral academy
Artistic directorMichael Tilson Thomas

In 1987, Michael Tilson Thomas established the New World Symphony, with initial financial assistance from Ted Arison, the founder of Carnival Cruise Lines. Thomas and Arison had similar visions of a training orchestra for young conservatory graduates to assist them in finding employment with professional orchestras. The New World Symphony gave its first public concert on 4 February 1988 in Miami.[3] By the time of Arison's death in 1999, he had contributed $62M USD to the organization.[4]

The New World Symphony offers three-year fellowships, where the programme offers a wide range of performance and educational opportunities in both domestic and international venues. The program offers opportunities for fellows to design and present their own concerts, which often feature seldom-heard works for unusual instrumentation. The training also includes mock auditions, financial management, donor and media relations, as well as opportunities for teaching in local schools.[4]

The New World Symphony presents a season of concerts from September to May at the 756-seat concert hall of the New World Center.[5] Performances include full-orchestra concerts, a chamber music series, a new music series, percussion consort series, small ensemble concerts, a family series, and special festivals and recitals.

On June 29, 2011, the New World Symphony Orchestra received the first place award for "Adventurous Programming" (group 2 orchestras) from ASCAP for its strong commitment to new American music.[6]

According to The New York Times, the attendance to NWS had declined nationwide by 10.5 percent between 2010 and 2014, but despite it, the orchestra managed to celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2018.[7]


  1. ^ John Rockwell (December 17, 1989). "Reviews/Music; New World Symphony, A Youthful Conduit". The New York Times. p. 94.
  2. ^ Anthony Tommasini (January 27, 2011). "A Voyage of Discovery As a New Hall Sets Sail". The New York Times. p. C12.
  3. ^ Allan Kozinn (February 7, 1998). "Music Review: Celebration and a Sampling". The New York Times. p. 16.
  4. ^ a b Daniel J Wakin (February 18, 2007). "The Face-the-Music Academy". The New York Times. pp. 1–6.
  5. ^ Nicolai Ouroussoff (January 23, 2011). "Gehry Design Plays Fanfare for the Common Man". The New York Times. p. C1.
  6. ^ League of American Orchestras: "ASCAP 'Adventurous Programming' Awards Presented at League of American Orchestras Conference in Minneapolis", accessed August 16, 2011.
  7. ^ Sean Erwin (April 25, 2018). "New World Symphony: Classical music and a genius for community building". Miami Herald.

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