Claire Nalven is Striking Up the Band: How RYWE Grew From a Group of 17 to 43!

RSC Conservatory News

2 minute read. As the Rivers Youth Wind Ensemble (RYWE) is preparing an exciting program for their December 4, 2022 concert, RYWE director Claire Nalven recently shared that: “There is nothing more joyful than watching students grow and develop their artistic voices through playing an instrument and participating in a youth ensemble. When I joined, there were 17 students in …

An Interview with RSC’s 44th Commissioned Composer: Creating Community Through New Music

RSC Conservatory News

5 minute read. “Look, there’s a swan!” Andrew List, Berklee College professor and renowned composer who has been commissioned by ensembles including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, pointed towards the bird as it spread its wings across the water.  We were standing on Nonesuch Pond’s sandy shoreline while the wind embraced the trees and danced. List closed his eyes for a …

RSC Dominates Fidelity Investments Young Artists Competition

RSC Conservatory News

The Rivers School Conservatory had a spectacular showing at the Boston Pops’ Fidelity Investments Young Artists Competition this year, taking three of the four grand prizes. Congratulations to Andrew Kim (15, cello student of Ron Lowry), Fei Yang-Sady (14, violin student of Jin-Kyung Joen), and Adalia Wen (14, guzheng, piano student of Sandra Hebert)! The Fidelity Competition is designed for …

RSC Summer Programs: Inspiration and Friendship

RSC Conservatory News

As parents know, it can be a challenge after a long school day to motivate kids to pick up their instrument and practice. During the school year, students juggle extracurriculars and academics, and music can slip down in the list of priorities in a busy schedule. That all changes at RSC’s Summer Programs. These programs provide a special time when …

Ready to Grow: Rivers Youth Orchestras Are Moving Full Steam Ahead

RSC Conservatory News

Auditions for Rivers Youth Orchestras have arrived! Scaled back during the COVID years, these ensembles are roaring to life and pre-pandemic levels. Growth has been a long-time theme for RYO. Back in 2001, it launched with one Preparatory Orchestra for elementary school-aged students. RYO Music Director and conductor of the Rivers Youth Symphony Christopher Memoli explains, “We thought the kids …

The Magic of RSC Summer Programs

RSC Conservatory News

Many parents are familiar with the challenge of motivating kids to practice their instrument. During the school year, students have additional activities to juggle along with academics. Music may be one more thing to fit into their busy schedule. That all changes during RSC’s Summer Programs. This is a special time when students can focus on two things: improving their …

Broadening Perspectives with Master Classes

Meghan Laska Concerts, Conservatory News, Faculty, Students

“Part of what makes music so great is that if you put 10 musicians in a room, you’ll get 15 opinions. There is not just one way to make music,” says cellist Bruce Coppock, chair of RSC’s Chamber Music Department and director of RSC’s ChamberMusicLab. “That’s why it’s so important for young musicians to hear different perspectives – and to …

43rd Annual Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young

Meghan Laska Conservatory News, Faculty, Students

Friday, April 1 – Sunday, April 3, 2022 Forty-three years ago, The Rivers School Conservatory pioneered a unique model to bring together young performers, composers, and audiences. The launch of the Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young not only began a beloved tradition at RSC, it also set the bar for such events around the world. The three-day event …

RSC Students Performed at Carnegie Hall

Meghan Laska Conservatory News, Students

Congratulations to RSC students Audrey and Henry Tushman, who performed at Carnegie Hall on Dec. 4! Both siblings were First Place winners of the American Protégé International Music Talent Competition and performed in the winners’ concert in New York City. Watch an interview with Henry in Musicale: Interview with Henry Tushman | Musicale – YouTube