We are proud to be an ongoing collaborator with the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall. Through Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections program, Found Sound Nation brings unique composition workshops to New York City correctional facilities, hospitals, and juvenile justice secure facilities. Our workshops typically last two weeks and culminate in the production of an album of new original songs, as well as a staged performance of this work. The workshops are designed to be honest artistic collaborations between the Found Sound Nation crew, new participants, and guest artists. With Musical Connections we have also had the privilege of collaborating with truly amazing musicians from the Musical Connections roster, augmenting the impact of these creative workshops, including: Jo LawryJames Shipp and Nós Novo, Falu, Slavic Soul Party, Emeline Michel, The Toomai String QuintetBecca StevensCharlier Porter, and Joseph Lepore.

Workshops in the NYC community:
2009-2011 Musical Connections Program: free interactive performances, creative projects, and artist residencies in homeless shelters, correctional facilities, healthcare settings, and senior service organizations for those who have limited access to live music.Workshops have been held at: The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (at Beth Abraham Hospital), Riker’s Island, Horizons Juvenile Detention Center, and Crossroads Juvenile Detention Center.

Teaching Artists in NYC schools:
2009-2010 Cultural Exchange Mexico Program: Teaching artist for year-long in-school program to increase high school students’ awareness of themselves as global citizens through musical explorations. Prepared students in NYC schools for a concert at Carnegie Hall that connected with the curriculum. Worked with students and teachers in Mexico City schools.

Professional Development Workshops:
2009-2010 Weill Fellows Program: State Department-sponsored program for teachers from India, Turkey, Mexico, and New York to spend a week in New York sharing best practices. Found Sound Nation co-directors Jeremy Thal and Chris Marianetti led educators from various disciplines through a week-long workshop to explore creative engagement by participating in a musical composition process.