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The Conservatory Project is an initiative of Performing Arts for Everyone's Millennium Stage. It is a semi-annual event occurring in February and May, designed to present the best young musical artists in classical, jazz, musical theater, opera and more from our nation's leading undergraduate and graduate conservatories, colleges and universities in performance at the Kennedy Center.

The Conservatory Project, inaugurated in May 2004, creates an ongoing showcase for our nation's exceptional young talent and introduces Washington audiences to young musicians destined to have important careers.

Conservatory Project 5th Anniversary

October 5th 2008 at 6pm in the Concert Hall

The culminating event of Arts Across America, this concert features the dynamic string trio Time for Three with young talent from 14 of the nation's leading conservatories and conductor Teddy Abrams. In this free concert they will perform the evocative and inspiring Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland alongside American Suite, an eclectic collection of traditional songs arranged by Ranaan Meyer and Time for Three and orchestrated by John B. Hedges.

Classically trained string musicians and graduates of the Curtis Institute of Music, Time for Three—made up of violinists Zachary DePue and Nicolas Kendall and bassist Ranaan Meyer—transcends traditional performance genres. Equally comfortable offering their own arrangements of shorter classical works and popular hits, whether Brahms or the Beatles, they continue to write and perform all manner of music.

While a student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Teddy Abrams participated in the inaugural Conservatory Project in May 2004. A recent graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and an ongoing participant in the Conservatory Project, he directed and conducted the Curtis Institute's Benefit Concert for music education in Philadelphia in 2007 and won the 2007 Aspen Composition Contest with his string quintet, Erinnerungen. He has conducted the New World Symphony in performances in Miami Beach, Washington D.C. and Carnegie Hall, and has also conducted the Symphony Parnassus of San Francisco.

The Conservatory Project 5th Anniversary Ensemble Orchestra includes:

Violin
Ka Chun Gary Ngan (Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York)
Leonie Bot (The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco, California)
Peter Vickery (Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington, Indiana)
Rodolpho Vieira (Northwestern University School of Music, Chicago, Illinois)
Viola
Meredith Crawford (Oberlin Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio)
Meredith Harris (The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, Houston, Texas)
Cello
John Popham (Manhattan School of Music, New York, New York)
Felix Umansky (Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, Ohio)
Flute
Burak Besir (Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts)
Clarinet
Alexis Lanz (New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, Massachusetts)
Bassoon
Matthew Morris (University of Michigan School of Music, Theater & Dance, Ann Arbor, Michigan)
Percussion
Ben Folk (The Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Piano
Sheng-Yuan Kuan (The Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland)

Past Seasons of the Conservatory Project