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Cleveland Orchestra and BW Conservatory of Music announce residency partnership

The Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director Franz Welser-Möst

The Cleveland Orchestra and Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music have announced a special residency partnership for the 2018-19 season and academic year. This collaborative residency will provide educational opportunities for Baldwin Wallace music and arts administration students led by Cleveland Orchestra musicians, conductors and administrative staff.

The Factory Seconds Brass Trio, consisting of Jack Sutte, trumpet, Jesse McCormick, horn, and Richard Stout, trombone, in residence at BW."We are all looking forward to this unique opportunity and the special offerings that the upcoming season's residency with Baldwin Wallace University will provide," said André Gremillet, executive director, The Cleveland Orchestra. "Across the past decade, The Cleveland Orchestra has continued exploring a range of new ideas and programs in order to expand our education and community programs. We are constantly looking for innovative and efficient ways to reach more people - students of all ages and adults throughout the community - with meaningful musical experiences.

"The Orchestra and Baldwin Wallace have a rich history of collaboration across many decades, in which Cleveland Orchestra musicians and administrators have taught and mentored new generations of artists and arts administrators," Gremillet continued. "This will be the first time The Cleveland Orchestra and Baldwin Wallace have formally teamed up for a season-long program of offerings. It will be a tremendous experience for everyone involved."

Impact across Conservatory disciplines

Boesel Musical Arts Center Center - home to the BW Conservatory of Music"We are honored to amplify our longstanding partnership with The Cleveland Orchestra next year, and we are most grateful to BW Trustee Steve Boesel for making this possible," said Susan Van Vorst, dean of the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music. "The Conservatory's brand of excellence in professional training for aspiring young musicians is grounded in the type of experience and high standards that our Orchestra colleagues embody. Access to members of The Cleveland Orchestra through applied lessons and studio classes is a primary draw for musicians studying at BW.

Van Vorst went on to say, "It is our intention in crafting this collaboration that Conservatory students from all disciplines - performance, music education, music therapy, music theatre, composition, theory, history and literature, administration and entrepreneurship - will be impacted through their engagement with musicians and administrators who are among the world's top echelon of artistic professionals."

From masterclasses to a concert with Franz Welser-Möst

Complete details of The Cleveland Orchestra, Baldwin Wallace residency are being finalized, but will feature an orchestral concert (January 16), along with a series of masterclasses (including a conducting masterclass led by Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Conductor Vinay Parameswaran), workshops with student composers, an all-school convocation with Cleveland Orchestra artistic and operations staff, and entrepreneurship classes in collaboration with Baldwin Wallace's arts management and entrepreneurship program.

The Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director Franz Welser-Möst will perform at Baldwin Wallace University's Gamble Auditorium in the Kulas Musical Arts Building on January 16, 2019 with a program featuring works by Mozart and Richard Strauss. Tickets for the January 16 concert will go on sale in the fall at a date and time to be announced in the coming months.

Additional details of the residency programs and events will be announced leading up to the start of the 2018-19 season and academic year.

About The Cleveland Orchestra and Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music

Lembi Veskimets, viola, one of eight current Cleveland Orchestra members on the BW faculty.The Cleveland Orchestra first performed at Baldwin Wallace University in the 1920s with Music Director Nikolai Sokoloff in February 1920 and 1921 at Gamble Auditorium. In March 1959 the Orchestra played a concert under the direction of Music Director George Szell for the rededication of the Kulas Musical Arts Building. The current BW Conservatory of Music faculty includes the following members of The Cleveland Orchestra:

  • Lembi Veskimets, viola
  • Charles Carleton, bass
  • Jeffrey Rathbun, assistant principal oboe
  • Dan McKelway, assistant principal clarinet and E-flat clarinet
  • Jonathan Sherwin, bassoon and contrabassoon
  • Jack Sutte, trumpet
  • Jesse McCormick, horn
  • Richard Stout, trombone

About The Cleveland Orchestra and Education Programs

The Cleveland Orchestra was founded in 1918 with a mandate as an educational resource for all of Northeast Ohio and has a long history and extensive set of ongoing education program offerings across all levels. These include preschool programs, field trip Education Concerts at Severance Hall and in-school performances for older students, and a variety of ticket access programs for college-age students. Cleveland Orchestra musicians teach at many of the area's colleges and universities. Additional educational residency activities include those at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University Bloomington and the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. For more information, visit

About the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music

Baldwin Wallace was founded in 1845, with the Conservatory of Music launched in 1913. BW's internationally respected Conservatory of Music enrolls more than 300 students in 11 academic programs and engages 24 full-time and 36 adjunct faculty who serve as teachers, mentors and performing professionals in the Cleveland area. A BW Conservatory education is anchored in the development of outstanding foundational musicianship, providing a platform for innovation and creativity relevant to today's cultural marketplace. The program is steeped in performance opportunities that include the nation's oldest collegiate annual Bach Festival.

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