Musicambia at Sing Sing Correctional Facility
Musicambia at Sing Sing currently serves 32 inmates (increased from 25 in FY17) who were admitted to the program based on a record of good behavior. Every other weekend between September and June, our dedicated faculty of world-class artists, offer men incarcerated at Sing Sing a diverse syllabus that focuses on instrumental music instruction, music theory, composition and ensemble performance skills.
Students demonstrate a wide variety of musical skills. Some have spent years as Musicambia students, some are picking up an instrument learned in childhood, and others are discovering music for the first time. As good concerts are a collective responsibility, our more experienced students are required to mentor their less experienced colleagues throughout the year to strengthen the ensemble and build teamwork skills. In addition to our regular workshops, we also currently organize six recitals featuring Musicambia students performing works by inmate composers each year, with audiences as large as 300 people, including inmates & Corrections Officers.
Faculty members travel to Sing Sing on a rotating schedule, with some attending as often as twice a month. While these frequent visits are the most expensive aspect of the program, they are also what make Musicambia successful. Students respond positively to seeing the same faces return every week. They recognize that the faculty is investing time and energy in the program, and this increases their own drive to succeed in their musical studies.
Musicambia’s teaching artists are among the finest professional musicians and teachers in the nation. They hold positions in the Attacca Quartet and Canadian Brass, and teach at prestigious universities including Mannes College of Music, Yale and Princeton University.
Musicambia at Putnamville Correctional Facility in Indiana
The program at Putnamville Correctional Facility in Indiana, that we run in partnership with DePauw University, is in its second year.
The collective goal is to create a long-term musical presence both at Putnamville Correctional Facility and in other facilities throughout the state of Indiana. After our successful 4-day pilot program last season, Indiana State Department of Corrections showed glowing interest in developing Musicambia programs throughout the state. This season, the goal of our partnership with DePauw University and Putnamville Correctional Facility is to show how our pilot program can be scaled upwards in regards to faculty presence, time on site, and men served.
Due to the fact that our faculty is based in NYC, this program will take place over the course of a week or select weekends through the year. Our vision for the future is to train local musicians to run this program based on Musicambia’s syllabus and pedagogy.
Musicambia at Allendale Correctional Institution in South Carolina
Info coming soon
Musicambia Alumni Program
Musicambia Alumni Program. The musical work we do in prisons is extremely important but it is only the beginning. A journey with music is lifelong and we are finding new ways to help our alumni expand this journey after their reentry into society. One of the ways we developed this idea was through our first ever Holiday Alumni Concert which took place on December 16th in the Resnick Education Wing of Carnegie Hall. This concert not only featured the staff and alumni of our Sing Sing program but was fully produced by Jason Naradzay, a violinist and alumni of that very program.
Additionally, we are pursuing paid opportunities for Alumni to become mentors in a music program at Rikers Island.
We also offer several paid opportunities for alumni to perform at public concerts throughout the year.