A significant part of Reflections mission is to bring in new audiences to classical music. We want people of all ages and backgrounds to listen to music and understand it better. One of the ways we do this is by juxtaposing music with other art forms, which may give people different paths, through the other arts, to find their way in as listeners.
In addition to the events themselves, each program will have an educational component to it, which anyone can access at any time through our website. We hope that educators will use our website as an online resource.
When post-pandemic life resumes, Reflections will also continue to offer in person residencies in schools .
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Bruce Wolosoff leading a group of young musicians at the Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor, NY
Over the past 13 years, Under Gil Morgenstern's leadership, Reflections offered residencies, where he worked directly with students of all ages and capabilities. Bruce Wolosoff will continue these activities and expand the educational activities to embody Bruce’s belief that anyone can create, and that the best way to learn about something is by doing it.
“I believe that people have so much music inside of them, music which is their soul’s expression, music which we can bring forth into the world where it might connect with other people’s hearts and imaginations. It is part of my mission to show everyone that this is possible, that they have these innate gifts and abilities that they might not even realize. I am there to provide some guidance and to give them confidence in their inherent birthright as musical creators and thinkers.” – Bruce Wolosoff
Wolosoff’s belief that students need to be creatively engaged in their learning has been the driving force behind a lifetime of teaching. A highlight of this was his work for eight years as Artist-in-Residence at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton, NY, where he conceived and launched a highly innovative program of teaching music through participation in a "creative orchestra" of young students, who learned music by composing, performing, and conducting their own and each other's music. Most of these students had little or no previous musical training and several of them have gone on to become professional musicians after this experience.
“Bruce's work with our students on the Hayground Creative Orchestra has been innovative and inspiring, and Bruce has proven time and again that anyone can think in music. Through his Creative Process, Bruce shows us that inspiration is infinite and creative possibilities boundless….All you need is the desire and courage to express yourself.”
- Arjun Achuthan, Hayground faculty and board member,
"What a great project you are involved in-BRAVO!!!! I am sure you are creating the future composers for us all."
-Joan Tower, renowned American composer and educator
Wolosoff plans to hire young musicians, who he will train in his Creative Orchestra method to lead Reflections Artist-in-Residency Programs in schools, which he will supervise. These programs, while having obvious benefits for the students, will have the added benefit of employing young musicians and exposing and encouraging them to participate in their own charitable activities during their careers to come. He is also interested in other types of educational activities, such as collaborations with existing youth music groups.
In the meantime, taking a page from his activities at Hayground school, Wolosoff is considering a program where he posts a subject on the Reflections website for students to use as a prompt to compose their own music, and posting some of the resulting student work in a special section of the site.
As Wolosoff said then, "Some of the different points of departure that I’ve used ... have been musical responses to paintings, haiku, a contemporary pop song, the concept of “metamorphosis”, and silent film."
A gift to Reflections has never been more valuable. The challenging economy continues to threaten arts programs in our schools. Your support makes it possible for Reflections to create intensive residencies in schools, working not only with aspiring musicians, but with students of all academic subjects to understand how an educated student becomes a cultured adult through an appreciation of the arts.