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.
The Jeptha Program
The brainchild of alumnus Jason Naradzay, this program is offered once a month for men housed in the Mental Health Unit at Sing Sing.
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
In 2016, we offered a three day songwriting workshop at Allendale. We will be offering two one-week songwriting workshops at Allendale – first in October 2019 and then in April 2020.
We are thrilled to have been recommended for funding for a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Acting Chairman of the NEA has approved Musicambia for a grant in the amount of $10,000 for our songwriting program at the Allendale Correctional Institute in South Carolina. We look forward to working with the Arts Endowment to finalize the grant paperwork and are appreciative of the agency’s support for this project.Brooklyn Detention Complex
We provide this program in partnership with Trinity Church Wall Street. In March 2019, we offered a three-day hip hop workshop at BKDC with our partners from Trinity. In fall of 2019, we will be offering two three-day songwriting workshops for 25 men as well as a series of four concerts by guest artists for the general population at BKDC.
Columbia Girls Secure Center in Claverack, New York
We currently provide a once-monthly year-round songwriting program for young women at the Columbia Girls Secure Center in Claverack, New York. Columbia houses up to 16 girls aged 12-20 who, while under the age of 16 were convicted of committing certain designated felonies and were sentenced in adult criminal court. We would like to offer this program more frequently. If you are interested in supporting this program, please contact Executive Director, Jessie Kilguss.
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, 2017 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.
We also offer several paid opportunities for alumni to perform at public concerts throughout the year.
Musicambia and the Five Keys Charter School at the Pitchess Detention Center
We are thrilled to partner with the Five Keys Charter School to provide a 3-day songwriting program at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic, California in December 2019.
Musicambia/UMKC at Lansing Correctional
Musicambia’s newest program in partnership with the University of Missouri Kansas City. During the 2021-2022 season, Musicambia and UMKC will be unveiling a 9-month program at Lansing Correctional Facility that promises to be our most in depth and concentrated program to date.
Musicambia at San Quentin
In January of 2020, we held a 4-day pilot program at San Quentin in partnership with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the William James Association. We look forward to continuing to build this program post-Covid.