Musicambia News

New York State Council on the Arts Grant Award
October 2017

Musicambia is thrilled to announce we’ve been awarded a 3-year grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, to help support the Musicambia at Sing Sing Program.

We will receive $13,000 a year, for the next three years, from NYSCA with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York Legislature, to help fund the Musicambia at Sing Sing Program. We are so grateful to NYSCA for their support and belief in our program.

The Case for Pop-Up Conservatories in Prisons
August 2017

“’s piece on the impact of music in prisons including audio clips from the Putnamville Correctional Facility in Greencastle, IN and dialogue with Musicambia Executive Director Nathan Schram.”

Musicambia Podcast Feature
May 2017

“Our wonderful faculty member Hamilton Berry and AC Institute hosted a podcast featuring Executive Director Nathan Schram and Program Director Elliot Cole. Listen in on our conversation about Musicambia’s work around the country.” 

Broadway World Press Release
April 2017

“Musicambia has just announced that their annual gala will take place at the Dimenna Center for Classical Music on Friday, May 26th. This year’s gala will feature performances by a few former students from the Musicambia at Sing Sing Program as well as members of the esteemed faculty (Attacca Quartet, Canadian Brass, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, etc.)…” 

2016-17 Season Updates from the Director
March 2017

As we approach the end of the 2016-17 Musicambia season, I am thrilled to report that this year has been without a doubt our best yet. The positive experiences created in the Musicambia classrooms have quickly launched the program to one of the most popular and successful educational offerings at Sing Sing Correctional Facility. There is currently a reported wait-list of over 100 individuals…

Musicambia 2016 Newsletter
December 2016

Greetings from Musicambia!

The 2016-2017 season is well underway and we are thrilled to report that the program at Sing Sing Correctional Facility is flourishing. Students are busy preparing for their first Musicambia recital and collaborating on exciting repertoire that crosses all genres

Musicambia Announces First Annual Fundraiser Gala
April 2016

Musicambia is delighted to announce our first annual fundraiser gala! Join us at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music on May 7th. This event will feature Becca Stevens and the Attacca String Quartet, in addition to music and performances by former Musicambia students. Reserve your place today! 

Modfest Lecture: Nathan Schram, “Music in the Prisons”
February 2016

Musicambia Executive Director presents at Vassar College during Modfest. 

New York State Prison Program Unlocks the Power of Music New York State Prison Program Unlocks the Power of Music
Oct 2015

Musicambia has inmates at Sing Sing prison using music as rehabilitation. It’s April in New York, and the day feels full of promise and hope, the way the early spring does after many cold, hard months of winter. I’m in a room packed tightly with 21 amateur musicians preparing for a performance the following month. The men tune and talk, plug guitars into amplifiers, and fiddle with endpins and rosin.

Rite of Spring Dance Party (WQXR Review) Rite of Spring Dance Party (WQXR Review)
Sept 2015

In a weekend before tuxedo-and-gown-wearing audiences would arrive at New York’s concert halls for traditional season-opening galas, a very different kind of classical music party took place in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

A most savage Massivemuse: The Rite of Spring Dance Party A most savage Massivemuse: The Rite of Spring Dance Party
Sept. 2015

“This is probably the best event I’ve been to in New York City in the past year! My entire body hurts today, but in a good way. Thanks to Groupmuse, Musicambia, Stravinsky, and let’s not forget important names that were forgotten, Vaslav Nijinsky, the innovate choreographer, and Sergei Diaghilev, the director of Ballet Russes, who made 50% of the riot-inspiring production possible.” – Ann C., Brooklyn, NY