Annapolis Young Artists Program

Founded in 2014 by cellist Natalie Spehar, the Annapolis Young Artists Program (AYAP) serves as a unique opportunity for community musicians to develop high-level performance technique as well as entrepreneurial and leadership skills. Led by faculty members and guest artists that have excelled as performers as well as entrepreneurs in a variety of disciplines, AYAP members work with fantastic mentors that have used innovation to stand out in a highly competitive professional environment. AYAP fosters creativity, diligence, effective communication and community, inspiring a valuable and versatile skill set in all its participants.

AYAP is thrilled to open its workshops and performance opportunities to members of Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts this season. 

AYAP Guest Artist Workshops

Ages: 
9+
Member: 
90.00
Non-Member: 
115.00
 
 
 
Saturday, August 29 | 10 - 11:30 am - “Listening to Classical Music for Study and Enjoyment” Workshop with AYAP Faculty member Zack Stachowski
In this AYAP group session, faculty member Zack Stachowski will demonstrate an effective approach to listening to classical music. He will address specific aspects of recordings that add to listening enjoyment and explore how this can influence and inform one’s own approach to performance.
 
Saturday, September 12 | 10 - 11:30 am - Member Performance Class with AYAP Faculty
AYAP members perform for one another and share constructive feedback in a studio class format. The class is moderated by AYAP Faculty members, including musicians from Annapolis and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras.​
 
Saturday, September 26 | 10 - 11:30 am - “Exploring the Visual Elements of Classical Performance” Workshop with NYC Producer, Justin Nardecchia and AYAP Director, Natalie Spehar
NYC movie producer Justin Nardecchia joins AYAP Director Natalie Spehar to talk about stage presence and concert production. Together, they will explore the visual elements of a music performance and share tips on how to create an engaging environment for presenting art and music.
 
Saturday, October 24 | 10 - 11:30 am - Workshop with Invoke Bowed and Fretted String Quartet
Invoke joins AYAP members to discuss composition, improvisation in a chamber setting, and helpful tips for collaborating with fellow chamber musicians.​
 

Saturday, November 14 | 10 - 11:30 am - Member Performance Class with AYAP Faculty
AYAP members perform for one another and share constructive feedback in a studio class format. The class is moderated by AYAP Faculty members, including musicians from Annapolis and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras.
 
Saturday, November 21 | 10 - 11:30 am - “Trends and Techniques in Contemporary Classical Music” Panel Discussion with NYC Artists Paperwing
New music architects” - Paperwing - spend a morning with AYAP students discussing classical new music trends and demonstrating interesting extended techniques in classical music. In addition, the group will share some tips for collaborating with composers and strategies for gaining support for one’s own new music project.
 

AYAP Fall Concert Series

Invoke Bowed and Fretted String Quartet
Friday, October 23 | 7 pm

Invoke Quartet highlights the “new sound of the American quartet”, performing original compositions off of their album “Souls in the Mud.” 

 

Paperwing in Concert   
Saturday, November 21 | 7 pm

“New music architects” - Paperwing - present an evening of accessible contemporary classical music. 

 

AYAP Member Recital  
Saturday, December 5 | 3 pm   
Tickets: $6

Members of AYAP & AYAP Reach (an Annapolis-based music volunteer organization) perform their current repertoire for the Annapolis community.

 

 

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