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Letter from NWS Leadership


We’re delighted to share highlights of NWS’s 2016-17 season, our 29th, and reflect on accomplishments made possible thanks to your support.

Over 80,000 people, from Fellows to audience members to tourists, enjoyed and benefited from our programs this season. We continue to pioneer new concert formats, fostering new and more diverse audiences for classical music. WALLCAST® concerts in particular are creating a sense of place and community within South Florida. We extended the impact this year by adding an Encore WALLCAST® concert series that allowed audiences to enjoy a second viewing of a favorite recorded performance.

Our Fellows are taking the lead, exemplified by Clarinet Fellow Zach Manzi. He planned and executed an innovative concert experience, which invited audience members to engage with music in creative ways. This season also marked the first year of The Independent Musician, a new entrepreneurial training course for Fellows in partnership with Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

With your continuing support of our community engagement programs, our reach into area schools has grown significantly, enabling our Fellows to pay it forward by mentoring middle- and high-school student musicians who otherwise would not have access to such high-level training. We are having a global impact, as evidenced by partnerships like the one we have established with Iberacademy in Medellín, Colombia, and a new initiative that enabled three talented high-school musicians from São Paolo to travel to Miami for a week of coaching, performance and cultural exchange.

This season, we also made an organizational commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity within our fellowship, Board, staff, audiences and programs. To inform our work we held a convening of musicians, funders and administrators, which resulted in the creation of a Bridge Plan, a blueprint for developing the careers of musicians of color. The plan has been presented at several national conferences. It has become a primary point of reference for diversity work in American orchestras.

Perhaps most exciting, New World Symphony has now launched the careers of more than 1,050 musicians who are leaders in classical music around the globe. On behalf of our Board of Trustees, our Fellows and our staff, please accept our sincere gratitude for the crucial role you play in making all of this possible. As we now begin our milestone 30th Anniversary Season, we hope to continue to count on you as partners and investors.

With gratitude,

Edward Manno Shumsky
Chairman of the Board

Howard Herring
President and CEO


NWS’s Mission, Vision and Statement of Purpose

“In a world where artistic standards and opportunities are ever more challenged, the New World Symphony program continues to offer young musicians the opportunity to fully explore their personal relationship to classical music. I look forward to a future where communities and musicians alike work together to carry forward the rich testimony our music represents.”

Michael Tilson Thomas

Co-Founder and Artistic Director

Board of Trustees & Staff


Click here for a list of NWS’s Board of Trustees and Staff.


• Fellows who won jobs in the 2016-17 season

Highlight - Mark Niehaus

Visiting Faculty

NWS alumni
† Faculty who also coached in person during 2016-17 season
Number of visits in 2016-17 season denoted after name


Cynthia Phelps
“It is always an immense pleasure to work with the talented Fellows at New World. Already beyond the student phase, ready to embrace the joy and hard work of an orchestral career, they are eager and motivated to be pushed beyond all limits. Such rare interaction is truly rewarding for both the teacher and the Fellow.”

Cynthia Phelps

Principal Viola, New York Philharmonic


Sarah Willis
“I really admire all that the New World Symphony does and loved my time as a horn coach. Sitting in the Frank Gehry-designed concert hall and listening to these enthusiastic young musicians rehearse Schubert with Michael Tilson Thomas, I had a very strong ‘I love my job!’ moment. NWS has a very special atmosphere—it prepares young musicians not just musically, but also to take leadership roles in professional orchestras and ensembles. Of course it´s vital to be dedicated to your instrument and practice as much as possible, but I love that NWS takes care of the whole package: body, soul and mind, as well as instrument.”

Sarah Willis

Horn, Berlin Philharmonic

Performance Activities

Over the course of the 35-week academic season, NWS presented some 65 concerts. Here are photos from this season’s programming.

Guest Artists and Composers

The NWS fellowship program includes frequent interactions with the world’s leading conductors, soloists and composers. NWS Fellows rehearsed and performed with the following artists, among others, during the 2016-17 season.


Roberto Abbado, Music Director,
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía,
Teddy Abrams, Music Director,
Louisville Orchestra
James Conlon, Music Director,
Los Angeles Opera
HK Gruber
Eric Jacobsen, Music Director,
Orlando Philharmonic
Bernard Labadie,
Founding Conductor,
Les Violons du Roy,
Quebec City
Reinbert de Leeuw,
Music Director,
Asko | Schönberg, Amsterdam
Juanjo Mena, Chief Conductor,
BBC Philharmonic, Manchester
Peter Oundjian, Music Director,
Toronto Symphony
Edwin Outwater, Music Director,
Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony
Osmo Vänskä, Music Director,
Minnesota Orchestra


Paul Appleby, tenor
Emanuel Ax, piano
Colin Currie, percussion
James Ehnes, violin
Renée Fleming, soprano
Ingrid Fliter, piano
Roberto González-Monjas, violin
Asmik Grigorian, soprano
Joseph Johnson, cello
Audra McDonald, soprano
Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
René Schiffer, cello
Christian Tetzlaff, violin
Lydia Teuscher, soprano
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Alisa Weilerstein, cello


Teddy Abrams
Andy Akiho
Oscar Bettison
Bernd Richard Deutsch
HK Gruber
Reinbert de Leeuw
Paul Moravec
Nico Muhly
Kaija Saariaho*
Kurt Schwertsik*
Adam Silverman*
John Supko
Christopher Theofanidis
Michael Tilson Thomas

“Singing with the New World Symphony is always thrilling for me. This ensemble offers a truly unique training opportunity for young musicians, encouraging a kind of artistic growth that is a rare luxury today. Michael Tilson Thomas has a singular gift for teaching and inspiring these hand-picked, crème de la crème young players, who benefit so much from this hothouse of musical cultivation. I was especially struck by the extraordinary dedication of these artists and their direct connection with the community. On my visit in October, they were engaged with a range of outreach activities, even voter registration drives. This sets a great example for keeping their art a vibrant part of our culture, and they will carry this experience with them throughout their careers.”

Renée Fleming, soprano

“have always enjoyed my time working with the New World Symphony, and last season’s concert was no exception. We played a very difficult program, and the Fellows came incredibly well prepared and with a willingness to do everything asked of them. I very much look forward to my next visit with these great musicians!”

Osmo Vänskä, Music Director, Minnesota Orchestra

New Work

MTT hosted the annual New Work event on April 29, bringing four world premieres to the New World Center, including his own stage production of Niccolò Castiglioni’s Inverno In-ver. Viola Fellow Caroline Gilbert performed John Supko’s broken on the wheel of night for solo viola and electronics. In JOAN or The Light Came in the Name of the Voices, poet Roger Reeves appeared alongside six Fellows—who performed both as actors and as musicians—to explore the politics of black motherhood in America. Conducting Fellow Dean Whiteside led Oscar Bettison’s orchestral version of Lights in Ashes, for orchestra and tape. The evening culminated with MTT’s vibrant stage production of Inverno In-ver. As he explained, “the piece is in 11 short movements, which in a way are like scenes in a movie and they all refer in some way to winter. We created an installation around this piece in which there is music, video, projections, dancers and performance art by the musicians.” The works by Mr. Supko and Mr. Reeves were New World Symphony commissions, supported in part by a donation from Mr. Douglas S. Cramer and Mr. Hubert S. Bush. This program was sponsored in part by Komply, Inc.

Save the date for the 2018 New Work event on February 3!


NWS by the Numbers


Play it again, New World! In early 2017 NWS launched a new WALLCAST® concert experience: the Encore WALLCAST® Concert Series, Presented by Citi. The series featured four previous WALLCAST® concert programs, giving audiences the opportunity to enjoy the WALLCAST® concert experience while catching past programs they missed, reliving their favorite programs anew, or enjoying NWS programs outside its curricular season. The series took place on evenings when the Fellows were not performing, allowing them the opportunity to witness the broadcast alongside audience members in SoundScape Park. During the Encore series, guests were welcomed inside the New World Center’s atrium to learn more about the academy and our fellowship program and purchase food and beverages from Thierry’s. Read more...






Open House at the New World Center

For the first time since the New World Center opened in 2011, NWS hosted a community-wide Open House, welcoming over 800 guests throughout the campus. Encouraged to “come and play,” visitors witnessed the full scope of our world-class venue through backstage tours, live performances, tours of the video production booth, interactive lighting and audio demonstrations, scavenger hunts, photo booths, instrument demonstrations and more. An additional 200 guests joined for the special WALLCAST® concert demonstration in SoundScape Park. NWS staff and volunteers shared NWS’s story with guests and welcomed them to experience the mission in action, offering information on NWS’s curriculum, performances, event tickets, Friends of NWS and volunteer opportunities.


The Pulitzer Centennial Celebration

On Sunday, November 20 at 2:00 PM, the New World Symphony celebrated the Pulitzer Centennial with a chamber music concert commemorating a century of the Pulitzer Prize, “100 Years of Excellence in Journalism and the Arts.”  Click here to read more!  


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

“The New World Symphony took an ambitious step forward in a national dialogue addressing racial diversity in American orchestras. The conversation began with the voices of prominent musicians of African and Latinx descent and ended with everyone having a deeper understanding of the systemic challenges and incredible opportunities that lie ahead.”

Stanford Thompson

Founder and Executive Director, Play On, Philly!

In September NWS welcomed 29 of the classical music industry’s leading musicians and administrators for the National Instrumental Mentoring and Audition Training Initiative. The two-day conference addressed the underrepresentation of musicians of color in orchestras through reflection on participants’ journeys, best practices and the creation of the Bridge Plan.

The Bridge Plan is a comprehensive matrix that charts the development of a musician from the point where they first pick up an instrument to when they obtain tenure in a professional orchestra. The plan is divided into five stages of a career and each stage has five attributes that are all needed to help a musician advance. The attributes will vary from musician to musician, but it is clear that for

under-resourced and minority musicians, this journey is very difficult: lack of financial resources; lack of access to sustained, highquality musical experiences and instruction; the impacts of unconscious bias from majority organizations and teachers; all these can hinder a musician’s progress.

For NWS, creating and implementing the Bridge Plan provided a blueprint for how we can contribute to this effort and several institutions have adopted the plan after our presentation at SphinxConnect and the League of American Orchestras convention. The New World Symphony would like to thank the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for its support in creating this plan, and Shea Scruggs for his excellent work in building the matrix.

Global Audition Training

NWS is one of five institutional partners of Global Audition Training (GAT), a program that pairs student musicians at renowned institutions of higher learning with some of the world’s foremost orchestral performers. GAT reveals an international perspective on cultural and historical nuances of audition and performance experiences. NWS Fellows learn of these diverse orchestral traditions as they perform live for a panel of judges who span three continents.
Using Internet2, Fellows perform a predetermined list of popular audition excerpts and one solo piece, and the judges are then asked to offer comments, especially indicating where technique or musical approach diverges from the artistic values of the ensemble or geographical area each judge represents.

Alongside NWS, other GAT program partners are the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, The Royal Danish Academy of Music and Royal College of Music.

The New Face of MUSAIC

This season NWS launched the redesign of MUSAIC, its online community of classical musicians and curated video library. The new platform features a catalog of more than 800 videos starring over 200 artists, as well as livestreamed events and master classes, digital discussions and curated content by leading musicians. Learn more...


Project 305

On January 31, NWS, Knight Foundation and the MIT Media Lab launched Project 305—collecting Miamians’ audio and video files from their daily lives for a crowd-sourced symphony and video that premiered October 21 as part of NWS’s 30th Anniversary Season.


Over the 107 days of submissions, NWS worked with community partners across the county, and hosted workshops for local students. Once the submission period passed, composer Ted Hearne and filmmaker Jonathan David Kane began culling over 1,150 files to create a final work that shows life in Miami through the lens of its people.


We hear you, Miami: Project 305 reaches halfway mark

Join the #Project305 movement!

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1,000+ submissions received for Project 305!

Thank you for sharing your Miami.

Read more

Highlight - Katie Wyatt


The Independent Musician

This season saw the launch of a series of seminars and workshops designed to equip Fellows with music business, collaboration, innovation and leadership skills taught by experts from the field. These sessions, covering topics from introductions to business and contract negotiations to project development, provided Fellows career skills needed to be contributing members of their ensembles, active in their communities and to give them an understanding of what is required if they should want to start their own ventures.

The course was co-designed by teams at NWS, led by Executive Vice President and Provost John Kieser and Board member Carolina Piña, and at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, led by faculty member Gregg Latterman. Their unique curriculum frequently welcomed NWS alumni to lead discussions.

“The mission of the New World Symphony is to prepare Fellows for ‘leadership roles in orchestras and ensembles,’” says Kieser. “Part of being a leader includes being able to act and think independently in this rapidly evolving world. The Independent Musician is designed to provide the knowledge and skills through hands-on experiences that will enable our Fellows to excel as leaders in their ensembles, orchestra and communities.”

“There has never been a better time than now to become an entrepreneur. Thanks to the growth of the Internet and the power of technology and global connectivity, a great product or idea can come from anywhere, anyone, at any time,” says Latterman. “The New World Symphony is a home for Fellows to incubate. Through this course, we helped them approach classical music with an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset beyond how well they play their instrument, reaching outside the box to provide them an edge to pursue the career of their dreams.”

Testimonial - Rebekah Heller

Rebekah Heller
“The music world is evolving and expanding in many exciting ways! There is no limit to the shape and scope any individual’s career may take. Encouraging Fellows at NWS to gather the skills and courage to forge their own path was an incredibly fulfilling part of my year.”

Rebekah Heller

Performing Artist and Individual Giving Manager at ICE and NWS Bassoon Alumna 2005-08

NWS and Hitachi

The New World Center’s technological systems are a core component of its positioning as a leader in education and music performance. Six years after the launch of this new campus, NWS’s camera systems—which are used for programs such as WALLCAST® concerts, rehearsals, master classes, education concerts and special projects—had reached the end of their life cycle. Through a competitive process, NWS sought replacement technology and a partner that would continue to ensure and advance NWS’s technological advantage, choosing Hitachi, a global leader in the Social Innovation Business. Hitachi saw in NWS the opportunity to partner with an educational institution capable of pushing the boundaries of its technology, and NWS discovered a partner in line with its mission and demands for quality of the highest standard. Hitachi committed to partnering with NWS to provide stateof- the-art 4K cameras—which outperformed all others in side-by-side testing—over a tenyear sponsorship. Installation of the new 4K cameras had an immediate impact on NWS and its audiences, with its low-light recording

capabilities allowing for more theatrical presentations inside NWS’s performance hall, and for sharper, more-detailed clarity to the WALLCAST® concert experience. The acquisition and installation was the first step in a multi-phase and multiyear process that will result in an end-to-end 4K experience for videos on MUSAIC (NWS’s music education website), WALLCAST® concerts in SoundScape Park and other content that is part of NWS’s digital presence. Read more...

Business Development

The Business Development team generates over $1,000,000 annually in support of the NWS fellowship program while strengthening patron, client and community relationships through third-party use of the New World Center. Guests at private and public third-party events can learn of NWS’s innovative work through enrichment experiences illustrating the technologically-sophisticated research and development that occurs in the New World Center. These interactions educate new audiences, fortify current relationships and form the basis for long lasting and mutually rewarding new relationships. Business Development boasts over 40% annual return business through event planners giving high marks to the facility and professionalism of NWS’s event planning and production teams, and to Thierry Isambert Culinary and Event Design staff for their expertise, efficiency and professionalism.



The Brazil Foundation honored Howard Herring at its annual gala in January 2017. Mr. Herring accepted the award on behalf of NWS’s donors and Development and Community Engagement teams, who worked together to bring three Brazilian students to Miami to participate in NWS’s Side-by-Side Concert. Read more...

NWS is a Leader in the Field

Throughout the season NWS’s leadership traveled across the globe to share how NWS is pushing the boundaries of artistic expression and evolving the art form for the good of the field. Below are several of this season’s highlight events.




Stanford Graduate School of Business, Palo Alto
NWS Executive Vice President and Provost John Kieser presented a talk on audience development as part of a pilot called “Impact Program for Arts Leaders.” The pilot combined leaders from the performing and visual arts for a three-day intensive covering topics ranging from the psychology of patron engagement to educating the public to increased participation. He also advised on the invitation list and participated in the sessions.
Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia
NWS President and CEO Howard Herring discussed NWS’s progressive curriculum to prepare musicians for the future.


Internet2 Technology Exchange, Miami
NWS’s Director of New Media and Distance Education Justin Trieger and its Manger of Distance Learning and Information Technologies John Henry Dale presented a four-hour tutorial on the tools NWS employs for its Distance Learning programs. The Exchange is a convening of the community’s technology visionaries, who later visited NWS for a back-of-house tour.


National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), Dallas
John Kieser co-presented a session titled “Surviving in the World of STEM,” illustrating how numerous aspects of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) can be combined with music and delivered by digital mechanisms to help students develop competencies, skills and abilities needed to thrive in 21st-century careers.


Eastman School of Music and Institute for Music Leadership, Rochester
“Building on Trust at the New World Symphony” is a case study published by Eastman School of Music and the Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research. In it, Howard Herring and NWS Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer David Phillips discuss NWS’s transition from the Lincoln Theatre to the New World Center, delving into the Center’s multi-year planning process, from identifying program

requirements and space needs to architectural concepts to developing in-depth cost estimates and proforma operating budgets. After learning of the project’s challenges due to the economic recession in 2009, students are asked to make a case to the Board of Trustees as to whether construction should be halted until the economy improves or if operating and fundraising budgets, or other plans, should be revised.


Indiana University, Bloomington
NWS’s Vice President of Communications Craig Hall guest lectured a Cultural Marketing Class, presenting NWS’s alternate performance formats and how they are creating new audiences for NWS and our art form.

SphinxConnect, Detroit
John Kieser hosted a discussion on the NWS Bridge Plan, a holistic approach to the needs of Black and Latinx musicians that enables them from the earliest stages to develop into professional musicians.

SphinxConnect, Detroit
John Kieser co-presented a session called “Building the Pipeline,” focused on the training of musicians from early age to professional life.

Avant Première, Berlin
John Kieser moderated a discussion on “Collaboration, Creativity and Community in the Digital World,” tackling the challenges faced by artists and performing arts organizations as the digital world calls for new thinking and ways of working together.

CASE Winter Institute for Chief Development Officers, Fort Lauderdale
NWS’s Senior Vice President for Development Maureen O’Brien served as a panelist and moderator at the Council for Advancement & Support of Education (CASE), including sessions titled “Avoiding Pitfalls,” “Working with the Board,” “Serving as a Cabinet Member,” “Chief Development Officer as Senior Strategic Leader” and “Achieving Balance.”

MARCH 2017

South Florida Not-for-Profit CFOs, Miami
David Phillips hosted its bi-monthly meeting at the New World Center, where he moderated a presentation by SunTrust Bank on bank fraud and mitigation strategies.

APRIL 2017

National Performing Arts Production Workshop, Copenhagen
Justin Trieger presented a session titled “Performing Arts and Advanced Networking 101,” diving into the strengths and weaknesses of current technologies and demonstrations of leading platforms.

NEXUS 5.0: Material Science & The Future of Manufacturing, Miami
Howard Herring joined a panel discussion on Social Engineering as it relates to WALLCAST® concerts.

MAY 2017

Classical: NEXT, Rotterdam
John Kieser chaired and NWS Clarinet Fellow Zach Manzi co-hosted “Building the Exponential Orchestra,” a debate on empowering musicians.

Global Cultural Districts Network, Barcelona
Craig Hall participated in a case study about the New World Symphony, Lincoln Road, and the development and branding of global cultural districts and destinations. The conference convened more than 100 representatives of cultural districts worldwide to examine the successful elements of thriving districts, the challenges they face, programming and partnership opportunities and metrics to determine their success and relevance.

JUNE 2017

Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN Global 2017), Chicago
Howard Herring and harp alumna Lynn Williams made a presentation on WALLCAST® concert audiences, online music education and the new genre of symphonic music paired with video.

League of American Orchestras Conference, Detroit
Howard Herring, Maureen O’Brien and John Kieser were invited to join a diversity task force that met at the conference. The task force broke into sub groups working on issues such as “Building an Audition Support System,” “Establishing a Mentor Network” and “Increasing Board and Staff Diversity.”


Highlight - Miguel Perrotti

Community Engagement

Community Engagement is critical to NWS’s overall mission to prepare highly-gifted graduates of music programs for leadership roles as educators, communicators, performers and role models. The program’s array of offerings acts as dual learning experiences for the Fellows and members of the community, and provides engaging opportunities to learn about and experience music. In the 2016-17 season, NWS Fellows spent over 5,100 hours interacting with, teaching and coaching students, teachers, families, adults and seniors within the South Florida community and beyond.



NWS’s adult education programs provide intimate and interactive views into the world of classical music and symphonic musicians. NWS Fellows prepare and host pre-concert chats, Inside the Music presentations and performances, all of which are completely free. Out of the 5,100 total hours devoted to Community Engagement in the 2016-17 season, over 1,500 are dedicated to adult education.

    Select Fellows created five one-hour presentations that explored a variety of music topics, from improvisation to Beethoven’s symphonies. Audience members are encouraged to participate throughout and, for the first time, every presentation was webcast live on MUSAIC.


“Planning and executing my Inside the Music presentation - Pathologically Modern: New Paths to New Sound Worlds - was an extremely fulfilling experience. I felt the freedom to express my artistic vision of the program and NWS staff were essential in helping my vision become reality.”

Alexa Ciciretti

Cello Fellow



This season’s Side-by-Side Concert Orchestra, led by MTT, was comprised of 48 students from 31 schools and organizations. Due to the growing demand for live auditions, NWS continued its use of video prescreening. Applicants had access to Fellow-created audition videos and had the opportunity to audition alongside NWS Fellows as an NWS Connect event. Fellow adjudicators selected 40 students from Florida who were joined by 5 students from the Iberacademy in Medellín, Colombia and 3 students from São Paolo, Brazil for the concert. The concert was featured as a WALLCAST® concert, webcast on MUSAIC and, for the first time, shown on Facebook Live. Total reach of the webcast was in excess of 516,000. 


In its first year, NWS’s Brazil Initiative brought three student musicians from Brazil for a week of mentoring, musical coaching, master classes and rehearsals. Their visit culminated in the Side-by-Side Concert. The Initiative, whose costs were covered by NWS donors Keith Kohler, Miguel Perrotti, TRX investments, LATAM and many other members of the local Brazilian- American community, was aided by NWS alumni Matthew Thorpe (Violin, 1996-98) and Darrin Milling (Bass Trombone, 1994-97), who are members of the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo.


“About a year ago, the New World Symphony reached out to me and Darrin in Brazil with this initiative. We had an open call for musicians, receiving about 50 applications and video auditions from all over Brazil. Out of seven finalists, three talented musicians were selected to travel to Miami for the Side-by-Side Concert. This concert is an amazing exchange because the students are playing right next to the Fellows, which is the best way to communicate your musical thoughts. The Brazilian students can take with them the artistic and musical experiences they had that week, but also the certainty that music connects people and can reach the far corners of the world.”

Matthew Thorpe, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo and NWS Violin Alumnus 1996-98





During the 2011-12 season, NWS inaugurated a collaboration with the Academia Filarmónica de Medellín, now known as Iberacademy. This cross-cultural exchange has proven to be of enormous value to NWS Fellows in their role as 21st century musical ambassadors. Fellows travel to Medellín five time each year to provide coachings, master classes, and to participate in a side-by-side performance. Several times during the season, Iberacademy musicians visit Miami Beach for lessons, coachings, performances and cultural exchange.



The Town Hall Master Class is an annual tradition of NWS’s Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Michael Tilson Thomas. This open forum master class began as interactions with local high schools and has evolved with distance learning technology. The Town Hall now brings students together from around the country. This year Michael Tilson Thomas hosted the event live from Miami Beach. The class featured three master class segments: one with South Florida student Matthew Hakkarainen, violin; a quintet in Atlanta comprised of members of the Atlanta Symphony Talent Development Program; and in Nashville, Aalia Hanif, flute, from the Nashville Symphony Accelerando Program. Through the use of Internet2, all three locations were able to participate in this master class together.

Leading up to the Town Hall Master Class, students from the Atlanta Talent Development Program and Nashville Symphony Accelerando Program participated in three Internet2 coachings each with NWS Fellows. Those same Fellows later traveled to either Atlanta or Nashville to provide in-person master classes, rehearsals with the student ensembles, and host round table conversations about pursuing music as a career and what it’s like to be a musician.

“As I advance my musical career, Mr. Tilson Thomas inspired me in a very profound way. His comments and tips will guide and motivate me, and continue to inspire confidence. I thank him for investing in me.”

Alisha Zamore, Atlanta Talent Development Program

Our Global Reach

The New World Symphony now has over 1,050* alumni making a difference in orchestras, ensembles and educational institutions in 26 countries around the world.

Alumni Map

We Salute our Alumni in Uniform

Alumni Profiles


Jory Herman (Bass, 2006-09) relied on almost a decade of professional work experience to prepare for and win the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s bass audition earlier this year—an opportunity he says is a dream come true. “At each concert at the Hollywood Bowl and Walt Disney Concert Hall there is a palpable energy on stage and in the audience that is addictive as a performer. In my first few weeks with the orchestra I shared the stage with John Williams, David Newman, Tony Bennett, Kobe Bryant, Lady Gaga, Vin Scully and more. It is a very auspicious time to join the orchestra as it is approaching its Centennial Season and I’m excited to see what programs and adventures my new orchestra family in L.A. will bring!”


After leaving South Beach, Jory spent seven seasons with the San Diego Symphony, where he focused on connecting with his new community in a meaningful way. “By expanding my own musical horizons in this manner, I was able to develop my own playing while serving the community.” He furthered his community work by partnering with Art of Élan, a group that pioneers unique chamber music events and brings the excitement of classical music to diverse audiences, later becoming its Director of Community Engagement.

“NWS is a training ground for every aspect of a professional life, on and off the stage. It empowers through its curriculum, by allowing Fellows an open avenue to present their ideas and passions, mentoring them in presentation and program delivery, and providing a stage that is ripe for experimentation. I was able to organize my thoughts and refine how best I might include my own performances in the Southern California cultural scene.”


In November NWS staff and trustee leadership visited Kansas City to witness NWS’s impact on the Kansas City Symphony (KCS) and community through its alumni. With over 25 former Fellows in the orchestra, KCS boasts the largest number of NWS alumni in any organization.


During their visit, NWS leaders met with KCS staff and trustees; attended a concert at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts; and hosted an alumni lunch at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, where many reflected fondly upon their years as NWS Fellows and their many life-changing experiences with MTT.

“Being a member of the New World Symphony is a highlight of my professional career. Many Kansas City Symphony musicians are part of the New World Symphony family. Because of our common training and like mindedness we are able to adjust quickly to challenges both on and off stage. Here, NWS alums have taken leadership roles in musician, management and board committees. We are able to communicate and problem solve respectfully with the goal of making the Kansas City Symphony a destination for great music. We are lucky that the Kansas City Symphony has put a strong emphasis on screened auditions. I believe that is why we have the most NWS alumni in our orchestra. I guess we may be called the ‘Old’ World Symphony.”

Alberto Suarez, Principal Horn of the Kansas City Symphony and NWS Horn Alumnus 2002-06



Philip Payton (Violin, 1998-02) spends his evenings on the Great White Way as concertmaster of Hello, Dolly! at the historic Shubert Theater. With an orchestra The New York Times calls “gleaming,” the Tony Award-winning revival featuring Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce opened in April to enthusiastic acclaim.


Philip’s Broadway success includes productions of West Side Story, Kinky Boots, Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, Harry Connick Jr. in Concert on Broadway, Spring Awakening, Next to Normal and The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess featuring Audra McDonald.

“There is an incredible variety of work in New York City, which keeps things interesting and challenging at the same time. NWS prepared me musically for everything I encounter, whether it’s learning to play with different conductors or with different players by rotating within the violin sections. Being able to study with violinists from many of the world’s most prominent ensembles was an enormous help. You take all the common advice from these masters and apply it to playing in whatever situation you’re working in and you have a solid recipe book on how to play well wherever you are.”

Philip’s performance experience in NYC extends far beyond the Broadway lights, from classical work with the American Ballet Theater, New Jersey Symphony and the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival (founded by NWS alumnus Timothy Christie), to accompanying Billy Joel at Shea Stadium and the Foo Fighters on The Tonight Show, and playing as concertmaster for Jay-Z’s Carnegie Hall debut. His outreach activities include teaching at several local music and arts programs, such as the Gray Charter School in Newark, New Jersey.

While life moves at an exciting, break-neck speed in the Big Apple, Philip says his NWS years hold his best memories.

“My time at NWS not only provided invaluable musical experience, but also unique friends that I will have for life...and it was fun as hell!”



After a four-year fellowship at NWS from 2006-10, Katherine Bormann joined the first violin section of The Cleveland Orchestra in 2011, a position she describes as thrilling and challenging in equal measure. “NWS prepared me for auditions and for orchestral life in so many ways. A fellowship means having the opportunity to learn from MTT, with his tremendous artistry and musical knowledge. Fellows delve into the orchestral literature, work with guest artists in lesson and master class settings, and are able to spend the critical, essential hours of personal practice to prepare for auditions. NWS’s training in speaking to the media, communicating with audiences and donors, and designing education concerts for specific demographics have been skill sets I’ve used repeatedly in Cleveland.”


This year, Katherine joined NWS’s Board of Trustees as its first alumni member. “It has been a tremendous honor to join the Board of Trustees of the New World Symphony! An arts organization doesn’t survive unless it has generous and intelligent stewardship, and it has been fascinating to see NWS from this perspective. There is so much to learn from the Trustees and NWS administrators, and they have all been kind and welcoming. One of the interesting things I’ve observed so far is the constant balancing of long-term and short-term goals: providing security for the extended growth and mission of the New World Symphony while remaining fluid, relevant and creative. Many of the projects a Board tackles—be it in the diverse fiscal arenas of management, or in studying needs of Fellows, or in exploring technological initiatives, or in development of audiences—require one eye on the future and one in the present.”



Percussionist Robert Knopper spent just one year at NWS (2010-11) before winning the audition for Principal Percussion of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, but he calls it the greatest year of his professional development. “While at NWS, my epic string of 42-ish daily mock auditions in the percussion rooms, SunTrust Pavilion, performance hall and playing for an orchestra and management full of incredible musicians helped me hone my musicality and precision in order to be ready for the Met audition.”


Since then, he continues to pay it forward with auditionhacker, an online hub where Robert uses his expertise to help students currently going through often grueling audition processes. Robert calls auditions the Olympics of classical music, but with perseverance and preparation, he believes anyone can win an orchestra job. “I want to make the best material and audition preparation resources widely available so that students are not held back by their means or geographical location, but only by their own work ethic.” Robert hosts over 4,400 members in his auditionhacker and percussionhacker communities, frequently supplying blogs posts, videos and training courses.

In 2014 Robert recorded his first solo album at the New World Center featuring Jacques Delécluse’s Douze Études, one of the most elaborate compositions for snare drum. Notoriously demanding, the etudes had never been recorded, and, with his album, Robert created companion resources for students, such as videos showing 11 different angles, click tracks, stickings and interviews with scholars, percussionists and Delécluse himself.



Teddy Abrams (Conducting, 2008-11) returned to NWS to lead An American Musical Journey, a three-hour extravaganza featuring a variety of works from Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein to Herbie Hancock and Teddy’s own composition. The South Florida Classical Review called him “a multitasking bundle of musical energy,” as he performed on the podium, at a keyboard, on clarinet and as composer of Overture in Sonata Form.


As Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra since 2014, Teddy continues to gain widespread acclaim for his reinventing a legacy orchestra and changing how audiences experience classical music. The orchestra recently released its first CD album in almost 30 years, featuring Teddy’s own Unified Field and Copland’s Clarinet Concerto with him as soloist. Teddy was also named as 21CM’s Pop Person of 2016, honoring inspiring people, organizations and projects in music.

This year Louisville Orchestra presented its second annual Festival of American Music, where Teddy invited his mentor Michael Tilson Thomas to co-conduct a concert featuring music by MTT’s own mentors. Teddy shared the following with San Francisco Classical Voice: “Music is one of the remaining professions where the master/ pupil relationship still thrives. Outside my own immediate family, there aren’t that many people I’ve had such a steady relationship with for two decades. This world has a lot of very talented and attractive personalities, but the number of visionaries really willing to put themselves out for what they believe, is a very small number and Michael is one of them. His experiments are part of the reason we have symphony orchestras around at all these days. In my own way, I’m trying to do the same thing. I owe everything to Michael and to New World Symphony because they took crazy risks and had a lot of faith in what I would be able to absorb.” From prodigy to pioneer: NWS alumnus Teddy Abrams



Very few sections in an orchestra require only one player, which results in fewer auditions and job vacancies than most other instruments. And if the number of opportunities is lower, the bar of excellence is much higher. Dennis Nulty (Tuba, 2003-06) shattered that bar when he was named Principal Tuba of the Detroit Symphony (DSO), a position he’s held since 2009. In his tenure there, he has witnessed an amazing re-birth and revitalization of both city and symphony.


Dennis is inspiring the next generation by teaching at Oberlin Conservatory and volunteering as much as possible to the DSO’s outreach programs. “I love working with our youth orchestra program. I remember so clearly my earliest influences and idolizing these people that worked in the business, thinking they must be super human! It’s fun to re-live those early memories and make music just for music’s sake. In a lot of ways, it reminds me of NWS. Young musicians giving their all, learning and growing together. The communal sharing of ideas and community musicians with high ideals always feeds the soul.”

Dennis credits NWS’s high standards and ideals for helping him prepare for his role at the DSO. “It was eye-opening to me to be that young—I was 22 when I moved to South Beach—and surrounded by other Fellows playing at such a high level, and matching my love for orchestral music. To see the caliber of conductors that we worked with every week is something you find nowhere else.”



Principal Harpist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago Lynn Williams (Harp, 2006-08) experienced a whirlwind summer as her Chicago Harp Quartet (CHQ) traveled to Havana, Cuba by an invitation from the Cuban Ministry of Culture. Working with the Cuban Music Institute, the CHQ led performance master classes and several performances, including collaborations with local Cuban harpists and the Youth Orchestra. The CHQ also raised funds to bring four instruments to the Institute to bolster harp education resources throughout Cuba.


In June Lynn joined NWS President and CEO Howard Herring at the Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN) to perform for its Etudes for Innovation, sharing the stage with KIN Creative Director Peter Ernstoff.

As Founder and Executive Director of CHQ, Founder and Director of the Chicago Harp Ensemble and Head of the Harp Department of Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, Lynn is a passionate pedagogue, as well as an avid arranger and composer of harp music having published over 100 original and arranged compositions.

“My time spent with the New World Symphony not only raised my performance level and gave me valuable experience, but also opened my eyes to what could be possible if I really focused on being innovative, connecting with audiences and expanding a musician’s impact on society in a creative way.”

Treasurer’s Report

Each fiscal year brings its own unique challenges and opportunities and the year ending June 30, 2017 (FY17) was no different. While NWS’s operating budget grew by 3.3% over the previous year to $16.4 million, core fundraising remained flat for most of the year before ending at a high point due to receipt of a significant bequest. It is interesting to note that this donor made the bequest based on the strength of NWS’s programming and prior to the transition from the Lincoln Theatre to the New World Center. Revenues from third-party use of the New World Center increased by 7.5% and the annual gala generated the highest gross and net income for NWS since the grand opening gala for New World Center in 2011.

On a number of key metrics, FY17 produced continued and significant progress on long-term financial goals. After weathering flat to negative results in 2015 and 2016, NWS’s endowment returned 10% for the fiscal year; the endowment is 14% higher than five years ago in absolute terms while providing over $21 million in support of operating and capital budgets over the same period. The operating budget grew 8% in five years and the annual fund is 17% higher. Total funds raised in FY17—which, in addition to what was raised during the year for the core operating budget, includes funded bequests, restricted gifts, new endowment gifts and pledges, the future portion of new multi-year gifts, and in-kind donations—has risen by 29% over the last five years. Over this period NWS has raised an annual average of 30% over and above the annual fund to support long-term stability. The importance of bequests, multi-year pledges, and endowment growth cannot be overstated. A milestone was achieved at the end of FY17 when NWS’s Reserve Fund reached a long-sought target of $5.5 million, providing meaningful contingency support for unanticipated expenses.

 Summarized annual consolidated results from NWS’s audited financial statements for the last five years are presented with this report. In addition to the core operating budget, these figures include pledges and gifts received for future fiscal years, capital improvements and the endowment; investment gains and/or losses; and depreciation and other non-operating income and expenses. For more information, please request a copy of NWS’s audited financial statements or visit our website at financials.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, the administrative staff and most especially the Fellows, I thank all of NWS’s donors, patrons and other supporters for their deep generosity and commitment to this unique and vibrant institution as we collaborate to ensure the future of classical music.

Mario de Armas
Treasurer and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees




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Ideal Balance Points
Current Financial Model
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We Thank our Donors


Carolina Piña first witnessed the New World Symphony at the Lincoln Theatre in 2005. Twelve years later, she sits on NWS’s Board of Trustees, leading the way to its third decade.


Her years of supporting NWS began as a member of Friends of NWS, where she ultimately joined its Executive Committee. Carolina credits her fellow Friends members, as well as NWS’s sense of community and culture of innovation as sources of endless inspiration, and hopes she can inspire younger philanthropists to fan the flames of NWS’s global reach.

“I consider the New World Symphony a family. It’s a place where I feel my contribution is tangible and that my time helps move its mission and vision forward. We are developing leaders, innovators, musicians that go out to lead or be part of orchestras or create new ventures. Without a doubt, we are bringing tremendous impact to those around us by leveraging the power of music.”


Zach Manzi (second-year Clarinet Fellow) believes classical music has reached an exciting turning point. “I envision a future for classical music where we design experiences that empower audience members to choose their own adventure. The possibilities for this shift are boundless.” Thanks to Zach, the future is now.


In March Zach presented “Dimensions,” a program he created and presented to disrupt the traditional barriers in the concert hall. Six Fellows shared their favorite music, asking the audience to dig deeper and discover their own connections. “I invited the audience to engage with classical music in ways they probably hadn’t been invited to explore before—doodling, writing messages and other creative responses. By empowering the audience to connect and voice their responses, I created an experience where all audience members can find a bit of themselves in this music.”

This year also saw Zach at the Classical:NEXT conference in Rotterdam, where he co-hosted a discussion on Building the Exponential Orchestra with NWS’s Executive Vice President and Provost John Kieser, and, in Coconut Grove presenting his own TEDx talk titled “I’m Not Talking about Classical Music.”

With Tuba Fellow Jarrett McCourt, Zach created NWS Offstage, a webisode series that gives high-school musicians a behindthe- scenes peek at the lives of Fellows, including their inspiring and embarrassing moments, warm-up routines and instrument hacks. “I want people to know there’s a lot going on inside our minds and hearts. Music is most inspiring when the performers are really invested in it—and that’s exactly how we feel.”



Many Fellows participate in NWS’s Trustee-Fellow Mentorship Program, where they are thoughtfully paired with a Trustee that shares common interests. The program offers a unique opportunity for Fellows to engage with Board members as they share their musician’s perspective and NWS experience. Trustees provide social and worldly guidance, offering broad outlooks from their own careers and community involvement.


“I especially enjoy meeting our creative, achieving Fellows and learning the role NWS is playing in their professional development and their understanding of the issues confronting classical music,” says longtime Trustee Rose Ellen Green, shown here with her mentee Viola Fellow Jarrett Threadgill. Fellows and Board members often develop friendships that carry on long after a Fellow has left NWS. Many alumni express the profound impact Trustees have had on them, both personally and professionally.


Hilary Glen

In the final year of her fellowship, Dr. Hilary Glen (Cello, 2014-17) created and presented “Heard It Through the Grapevine” in January. The program explored the various connections that exist between wine and music and was co-hosted by Hilary and master sommelier Virginia Philip. The New World Center’s performance hall was transformed into a tasting room, complete with special, customized tables that rested over seats.


“Heard It Through the Grapevine” is the result of the Fellows’ entrepreneurial curriculum, where Fellows submit proposals for innovative new concert formats of their own design, aimed to reach new audiences. Selected Fellows work with NWS staff to bring their creative concepts to reality.

“These projects provide Fellows with valuable experiences. NWS carefully selects well-rounded musicians to become part of the orchestra, but it is easy to get tunnel-visioned and become limited to the bubble in which you exist. This project presents challenges and forces you outside of your comfort zone. I think, especially in a time when big changes are being made in the classical music industry, the more communication between the administration and performers, the better. This project forces that communication and understanding on both sides. From my perspective, I was able to take life skills we learn as musicians (teamwork, conflict management, etc.) and translate and adapt them into the language of the administrative world.”

Hilary now resides in Atlanta, performing as Assistant Principal of Atlanta Opera, Acting Principal of the Columbus Symphony and teaching for the Atlanta Music Project.



NWS patron Rita Green Wallach passed away on September 4, 2016. Mrs. Wallach was a singer and teacher who loved classical music and opera. An early subscriber to NWS concerts and a loyal, but modest, donor to the annual fund, she was a frequent attendee at concerts in NWS’s former home, the Lincoln Theatre. While her extended illness unfortunately prevented her from ever attending performances at the New World Center, her legacy will live on thanks to her commitment to the arts in her estate plan.


Mrs. Wallach’s estate was divided between five causes that were meaningful to her, including the New World Symphony. We were grateful to receive an incredibly generous gift of $2.3M from Mrs. Wallach’s estate, which will strengthen our ability to provide artistic and educational programs that benefit our Fellows and this community. We will be forever grateful to Mrs. Wallach for making provisions for our future in her estate planning.



When the New World Center opened in 2011, Benjamin Hein made the most of his short walk to the campus by attending more and more events, eventually subscribing to as many series as possible and becoming a dedicated donor. “Being a Patron of NWS allows me to engage with Fellows beyond the concert experience and to fully understand the scope of NWS’s mission. I now have a much deeper understanding of what the Fellows are going through in terms of preparing for auditions, working with visiting faculty and their community engagement commitments. There is this other side of the Symphony you cannot comprehend if you only engage as a concertgoer.”


Running companies in the Bahamas and Miami, Benjamin connects with the Fellows’ entrepreneurial spirit, enjoying fruitful friendships with many as they exchange ideas and recommendations for books and music. “This year a Percussion Fellow invited me and a friend to participate in a mock audition, explaining the preparation process and allowing me to act as judge. It was enlightening to witness how hard he was working. I find their dedication and talent so inspiring.”

Benjamin credits his early study of piano, clarinet and oboe with successes in his academic and professional life. “I feel strongly about music, specifically classical music, in education and society. It is heartwarming to watch the annual Side-by-Side Concert, knowing how meaningful that experience is to every child on stage. I am always so moved by the caliber of the young local musicians and share their excitement in being able to play in such an amazing venue alongside NWS Fellows. It’s something we’ll all never forget.”



It was a friend’s invitation that brought Francinelee to her first NWS concert, an experience she said had her on the edge of her seat and applauding between movements. She simply could not contain her excitement. Her husband exclaimed, “Just look at you; your eyes are shining! Why are we not involved here?”


Since then Francinelee has been a devoted Patron and Legacy Society member, ensuring that the needs of NWS Fellows are met through a generous inclusion in her estate plan. Her enduring devotion to the arts extends to her 22-year tenure as a Trustee for Miami City Ballet.

“Music is the most ancient artform. Because it is based on heartbeat, it has the most universally profound effect on the human spirit, causing it to rise with elation and joy. Music makes us love more deeply, work more devotedly, forgive more freely, share more willingly and become the finest person we are created to be. This is the reason the nourishment music provides is essential to humankind. It is the responsibility of every human being to contribute to the world we share. May the gift of beautiful music continue to be an inspiration to every soul.”


We are pleased to recognize the following donations made between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.


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Citibank, N.A.
Bruce and Martha Clinton,
  The Clinton Family Fund
Frank Family Charitable
  Foundation, Mary and
  Howard S. Frank
Jane and Gerald Katcher
John S. and James L.
  Knight Foundation
Bruce and Suzie Kovner,
  The Kovner Foundation
Miami-Dade County Department
  of Cultural Affairs*
Rita Green Wallach Family Trust

The Micky and
  Madeleine Arison Family
Fairholme Foundation, Mr. and
  Mrs. Bruce Berkowitz
Carnival Corporation & PLC*
Northern Trust Bank,
  William L. Morrison
Karen Bechtel and
  William Osborne
Nicholas and Susan Pritzker
  through their donor-advised
  fund, The Scorpio Rising Fund,
  at Vanguard Charitable
The Rockefeller Foundation
Susan D. Kronick and
  Edward Manno Shumsky
Mr. William Strong
TriStar Capital
Volvo Cars of North America

Stephen Bittel Family
  Philanthropic Fund
Blavatnik Family Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Adam Carlin
Crystal & Company
State of Florida, Department of
  State, Division of Cultural
  Affairs, the Florida Council on
  Arts and Culture
Rose Ellen Greene
Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd.
Kleh Family Foundation,
  Mr. and Mrs. Bill Kleh
The Miami Foundation
Sir Michael Moritz and
  Ms. Harriet Heyman
Helena Rubinstein Philanthropic
  Fund at The Miami Foundation,
  Diane and Robert Moss
National Endowment for the Arts
Patricia Papper*
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP,
  Mario de Armas
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Scaglione,
  Park West Foundation
Sol Taplin Charitable Foundation
Jack Taylor Family Foundation,
  Elizabeth A. and Mitchell G. Taylor
World Fuel Services Corporation,
  Ira M. Birns

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Sari and Arthur Agatston
Akerman LLP – Andrew Smulian
  and Neisen Kasdin
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Akin
Sarah Arison and Thomas Wilhelm
Mr. and Mrs. Nadim Ashi, SC
  Property Acquisition LLC
The Batchelor Foundation, Inc.,
  Mr. and Mrs. Jon Batchelor
City National Bank
Margarita and Armando Codina
Adrianne and Jerry L. Cohen
Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Cypen
Dr. Chantal d’Adesky-Scheinberg Faena
Maxine and
  Stuart Frankel Foundation
Funding Arts Network
Ann and Gordon
  Getty Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Halpryn
Mr. and Mrs. Harry M. Hersh
Jackson Health System
Carolyn and Mark Keller
Mr. Mark Kingdon and
  Mr. Alon Rehany
Maura and Richard Kobusch
League of American Orchestras
Mr. and Mrs. Enrique Lerner
Alan and Diane Lieberman
Mr. and Mrs. Louis K. Meisel
City of Miami Beach,
  Cultural Affairs Program,
  Cultural Arts Council
Nordic Aviation Capital
Merle and Michael Orlove
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Owens
Ms. Carolina Piña
Alfonso Conrado Rey
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey T. Roberts
Jackie Soffer and Craig Robins
Ruth° and Marvin Sackner
SaludArte Foundation
Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust
Susan and Sheldon Schneider
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
Jennifer Stearns Buttrick and
  Matthew W. Buttrick,
  Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler
  Alhadeff & Sitterson, PA
Stephen Muss Foundation,
  Mrs. Sandra Muss
SunTrust Bank, John J. Geraghty
Michael Tilson Thomas and
  Joshua Robison
Turnberry and Associates
Dr. and Mrs. Richard J. Wurtman

Bottega Veneta
Mr. Douglas S. Cramer and
  Mr. Hubert S. Bush
Mr. George Dandrige and
  Mr. Marcos Tychbrochjer
Meredyth Anne Dasburg
  Foundation, Mr. and
  Mrs. John Dasburg
Cindy and Robert
  Friezo Foundation
Natalie Gordon
JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
Ana and Neisen Kasdin
The Wege Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation,
  Mr. Richard T. Sanz
Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Abud
Acordis International
Florence and Sheldon Anderson
Louise Austin
Bacardi USA, Inc.
Bank of America
Benjamin P. Baum
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Bogen
Irma and Norman Braman
Mr. Robert R. Brinker and
  Ms. Nancy S. Fleischman
Mr. & Mrs. William Broeder
The Shepard Broad Foundation
Buzz Auction
Mr. Harry Richard Quadracci
  Cabrera, The Windhover
Trudy and Paul Cejas
CHANEL Boutique at
  the Bal Harbour Shops
Citizens Interested in Arts, Inc.
Stanley and Gala Cohen
Phillip Lloyd Coleman,
  Coleman Family Trust
The Cowles Charitable Trust
Edward and Mary Crawford
Mr. and Mrs. John Despres
Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Edelstein
Mrs. Anne Flippin
Forte Dei Marmi, Mr. and
  Mrs. Riccardo Silva
Dr. and Mrs. David F. Frankel
Elliot M. Friedman and Beau Bogan
Marvin Ross Friedman and
  Ms. Adrienne bon Haes
Dr. & Mrs. Phillip Frost
Barbara and Richard Furman
The Russell And Ronalee Galbut
  Family Foundation, Mr. and
  Mrs. Russell Galbut
Mr. and Mrs. Emile Geisenheimer
Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Glogover
Steven Gombinski and
  Ms. Yvette Costas
Ms. Patti A. Gordon
Mr. and Mrs. Werner Grob
Saul and Jane Gross
Andrew C. Hall, Esq. and
  Gail S. Meyers
Diane Star Heller
Howard Herring
Mr. Jose M. Hevia
Mr. and Mrs. Larry J. Hoffman
Dr. Bruce Horten and Aaron Lieber
1 Hotel & Homes
Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Howard
HSBC Private Bank USA
Investor Solutions, Inc.
Komply, Inc.
Judith and Richard Jacobs
Ms. Nedra Kalish
Ms. Linda Heller Kamm
The John Kieser Family
Carol Ann Kiryluk
Mr. Keith Kohler
The Elizabeth C. Lambertson
Mr. and Mrs. Richard LeFrak
Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Leibowitz,
  Louis Leibowitz Charitable
Dr. and Mrs. Richard Levitt
Alfred A. Lewis
Dr. and Mrs. Richard E. Litt
Mrs. Jay W. Lotspeich
Theresa and Richard Lubman
The Machado Family
Joy and Fred Malakoff
Martin Z. Margulies
Mr. Jose Roberto Marinho
Ruth Ann Marshall and
  Patricia Houtz
Dr. and Mrs. John L. Mason Sr.
Jorge and Amanda Mejia
Mr. and Mrs. William L. Morrison
David and Melanie Niemiec
Mr. Daniel Nir and Mrs. Jill Braufman
Mr. and Mrs. Oppenheim
Linda and David Paresky
Mr. David R. Parker and
  Mrs. Marian E. Davis
Miguel Perrotti
Yara Perrotti
Perry Ellis International, Inc.
Dorothy and Aaron Podhurst and
  Podhurst Orseck P.A.
Mr. G. Daniel Prigmore and
  Ms. Marcia Hayes
Publix Super Markets Charities
Dr. Stephen Roper and
  Dr. Nirupa Chaudhari
Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.
Ms. Judith Schalit
Mr. Martin A. Schultz and
  Ms. Alla Brunstein
Lois Siegel
Riccardo and Tatyana Silva
Mr. and Mrs. Rod Sintow
Ms. Deborah Slott
Carol and Irv Smokler
Sara Solomon
Jean and Eugene Stark
Cliff and Janet Stein
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen M.
Ms. Dorothy A. Terrell
The Robert and Jane Toll
Fernando Fiuza de Souza/TRX
Verity Partners, Inc.
Teresa Galang-Viñas and
  Joaquín Viñas
Peter and Judy Weissman

Toby Lerner Ansin
Banco do Brasil Americas
Mr. & Mrs. Morton Bender
Helene Berger*
Carol E. and Myles P. Berkman
Dr. and Mrs. Wil Blechman
Mr. and Mrs. James Bodnar
Katherine Bormann
Dr. Matthew Budd and
  Ms. Rosalind E. Gorin
Dr. and Mrs. Maurice Burg
Mr. Samuel I. Burstyn
Mr. James Chace
Conagra Foods, Inc.
Tracey Corwin
Mr. George Crowley
Victoria Cummock
Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Darty
Mrs. Fanny Dascal
Mr. Manuel F. Diaz and
  Mrs. Barbara Anger-Diaz, Ph.D.
AMD Family Fund
Dr. and Mrs. Gilbert Drozdow
Mr. Edward W. Easton, Sr.,
  The Easton Group
Dr. Alfred and Susan Feingold
Claudia and Ricardo J. Fernandez
Paula and Michael Finkle
Betty and Joseph Z. Fleming
Jill and Harold Gaffin
Steven and Barbara Galen
Monica and Ernest Gambaro
Pamela Garrison
Niety and Gary Gerson
Dr. and Mrs. Peter A. Gorski
Ms. Monique Halberstein
Ms. Francinelee Hand and
  Mr. David Siegel
Benjamin E. Hein
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hertzberg
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Kamin
Hideko and Harold Klebanoff*
Denise & Jack Korngold
Dale and Stephen Kulvin
Elie and Burt Landy
Sandra Lansing
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Lefton
Louise Levin, Sefra Alexandra
  Levin and Jesse Alexander Levin
Ann and William Lieff
Lionstone Development LLC,
  Mr. Diego Lowenstein
Luria Family Foundation,
  Mrs. Gloria Luria
Mr. Rene H. Males
Sylvia Meeker
Mr. and Mrs. David Melin
Morrison Brown Argiz & Farra,
  LLC, Mr. Tony Argiz
Mr. and Mrs. Art Murphy
Nelson Family Foundation,
  Shirley Sarna and Steve Nelson
Mr. Jack Nieman and
  Mr. Rick Reder
Tamara and Daniel Nixon
Dr. and Mrs. Mark E. Oren
Ms. Christa Paul
Pella Rolscreen Foundation
David J. Phillips and
  Denis J. Jacobs
Dr. and Mrs. Alan Rapperport
Carmen and Donna Romeo
Candace Ruskin
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sands
Dr. and Mrs. Robert D.
Diane S. Sepler*
Janet and Joseph Shein
Everett “Rett” Sheslow
Anita and David Shpilberg
David and Holly Siegel
Sandra and Charles° Simon
Ms. Marilyn Singer
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Sirkin
Nancy and Edward Stavis
Rita and Robert Swedroe
Ms. Roselyne Swig
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Taub
The Traberts
Ms. Jessica Wade Pfeffer
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Werner
Anne Laurence Jaffe
Mr. Ohad Jehassi
Ms. Florencia Jimenez-Marcos and
Mr. Xavier Gonzalez-Sanfeliu
Ms. Carin Kahgan Esq.
Leonard Kaplan and Marcia Simon
Mr. and Mrs. John Karlton
Herbert King
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Kokiel
Dr. Virginia Kopelman
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Korchin
Mr. George D. Krupp
Mr. Leonardo Lanaro and
Mr. Thierry Adam
Lynne Rosen & Roger Langer
Wendy G. Lapidus
Dr. Maurice H. Laszlo
Linda and Murray Laulicht
Lynn and Paul Leight
Winston T. Lett, Esq. and
Frank Benoit
Simon and Bonnie Levin
Daniel R. Lewis
Renée and David Lieberman
Mr. and Mrs. Norman H. Lipoff
Mr.° and Mrs. Harriet Lonschein
Dr. and Mrs. Alberto Luchtan
Jose Lutzky and
Elizabeth Camargo
Flavia and Christiano Marchesini/
M2 Connection LLC
Mr. Mark Mandel
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Markfield
Moses Maimonides Fund of
The Erie Community Foundation
Jade Matarrazzo
Mrs. Nanette Mayer
Mr. Sean McCormick
Charles Leigh McMurray
Dr. Marvin L. Meitus°*
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Meyers
Miami Magazine
Richard Milstein and Eric Hankin
Mr. Jonathan E. Minsker
Mr. and Mrs. Sami Mnaymneh
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Mooney
Ms. Nerrisa E. Morris
Ms. Dale Moses
Faye Munnings
Ms. Avis L. Neiman
Ms. Maureen O’Brien
Mr. and Mrs. Huber R. Parsons, Jr.
Honey and Phil Pearlman
Tom and Debra Newell-Pitmon
James P. Pober
Eckhard Podack
Marilyn and Al Pollans
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Posman
Mr. and Mrs. Hal Prince
Bill and Melissa Quesenberry
Delora Shapiro and Victor Raab
Thomas C. Ragan and
James K. Brehm
Claudia and Irving Redel
Aaron Resnick
The Ress Family Foundation,
Esta and Lewis Ress
Dr. and Mrs. Paul Richman
Stephen Richman
Brooke Roberts-Webb
David and Marian Rocker
Hazel and Lawrence Rosen
Virginia L. Rosen
Dr. and Mrs. Robert R.
Mrs. Ruth Rosenwasser
Mr. Miguel Rozensztroch
and Mrs. Janie
Mr. Rodolfo Ruiz

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Dr. Christopher Abissi and
Dr. Gail Comer
Drs. Mercedes and Edward Ajhar
Sonia Alden Foundation, Inc.
The Amphion Foundation, Inc.
Mr. T.C. Armstrong
Mr. Philip F. Balbi
Ms. Georgette Ballance
Joanne and Michael Bander
Mr. Richard D. Banziger
Bared Family Foundation,
Patricia Bared
Mr. and Mrs. Barry Beracha
Ms. Marilyn Berens
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Berke
Mr. and Mrs. Peter L. Berkley
Linda Binder
Mr. Hal Birchfield
Mr. Ira M. Birns
Sylvia Blau, Sam Kenner and
Paulette Mintz
Steve Brint and Mark Brown
Richard and Margaret Brodsky
Dr. Jack and Ilana Burstiner
Mr. David Byrnes
Mr. Richard Chera
Judith and Carl° Chestler,
Chestler Family Fund
Mr. Rajan Chopra
Mr. and Mrs. James Clark
Mr. and Mrs. Jerome J.
Cohen Esq.
Mr. Joseph M. Cohen
Moj and Robert Danial
Maria Z. O. de Aranjo
Joan DePontet
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Dolkart
Ms. Jeanne Donovan Fisher
Dr. and Mrs. Melvin Drucker
Dr. and Dr. Ranjan Duara
Harry F. Duncan Foundation,
Ms. Anneliese Duncan
Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Eckstein
Mr. Stuart Eichner
Edward and Diane Eisenberg
Mrs. Sondra Epstein
Mr. T. Willlard Fair
Jeanne and Joseph Farcus*
Mr. Mark Feldberg and
Ms. Emilyn Page
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Ferriss
Mr. and Mrs. John R. Frank
Richard French and
Jacqueline Greenberg
Andrew W. Frey and
Ms. Ali Codina
Susan Gay
Lenore Gaynor*
Dr. and Mrs. Larry Gilderman
Mr. and Mrs. Salomon Gold
Sharon and Alex Goldring
Robert Govaerts
Olga Granda-Scott
Stanley Greenstein
Mr. and Mrs. Alfredo Gutierrez
Arlene and Richard Haft
Mrs.Diane Halpryn
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Haridman
Mrs. Lydia Harrison
Ms. Grace Heising
Mr. and Mrs. Juan Diego Henao
Thomas M. Henderson
Mr. and Mrs. Carlton Heustess
Bechily Hodes Family Foundation, Mr.
Scott Hodes and
Mrs. Maria Bechily Hodes
Marilyn Holifield
Naomi and Burton Honig
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Horvitz
Mr. and Mrs. John Rutherfurd
Mr. Daniel Sachar and
Mrs. Kate Lampen-Sachar M.D.
Sydney and David Schaecter
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Scheck
Mr. Jorge Seminario
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Shabel
Mrs. Ruth Shack
Ms. Jayne Shapiro
Mr. Mark Silverman
Julie and Gary Simon
Ms. Valerie Sitler
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Skor
Lourdes Lopez and
George Skouras
Ms. Susie Spiwak and
Dr. George K. Merijohn D.D.S.
Clara Sredni
Stephen Stansell
Dolores Stern
Mr. Edward M. Syring III
Mr. and Mrs. Jaime Sznajder
Ms. Barbara Tejada
Ms. Annette Torres
Dr. and Mrs. Michael B. Troner
Tropic Ocean Airways
Charles Turner
Liat and Tali Tzur
Suzanne & Neil Useden
Mr. Michael Valerio
Thomas van Straaten and
Nadine Asin
Dr. and Mrs. Luis Villa, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen R. Volk
Mr. Thomas Wade
Renata and Keith Ward
Nora and Ted Weinreich
Gregg and Hyon Whiteside
Norma Kipnis Wilson and
Allan P. Wilson
Denise Ledee and Gary Winston
Mr. Paul S. Woehrle
Mr. and Mrs. Sid Workman
Dr. and Mrs. Stanley Worton
Ms. Pin-I Wu

Anonymous (2)
Mr. Ken Abdo
Dr. and Mrs. Kip Amazon
Mr. Michael Arias and
Mrs. Kris Kramer Arias
Mrs. Evelyn K. Axler
Mr. Michael Baskin
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Berkowitz
Ms. Zsuzsi Berner
Miss Catherine Cai
Mr. Miguel Capriles Cannizzaro
Mr. Sean Chibnik
Jonathan J. Cohen
Ms. Maureen Daffner
Mr. and Mrs. Tony Deering
Richard Donovan and
Susan Fawcett
Mrs. and Mr. Maryellen
Lea and Gil Epstein
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Feltman
Mr. Neil Folberg
Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Friedman
Ms. Maria N. Hernandez
Dr. Christopher Gentile and
Gary Schwartz
Mr. Ben L. Giller
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Goldstein
Dr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Halloin
Mr. and Mrs. Eleazer Hirmes
Dr. and Mrs. Andrew Hirschl
Ms. Adriana Horne
Mrs. Sigrid Huth
Mamaina Century Fund
Dr. and Mrs. Stanley Jacobs
Florence and Bernard Jacobson
Florian Jouin & Richard Tojdowski
Ms. Whitney Kimmel
Mr. and Mrs. Elliot Lemelman
Dr. and Mrs. Warren Lieberman
Dr. Martin and
Mrs. Barbara Liebling
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Lingle
Ms. Monica P. Lopez
Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Lubow
Lucy Maisel
Dr. and Mrs. Adolfo Maldonado
Helen and Samuel Marcoschamer
Serge and Margaret Martin


Ms. Marcia Martinez and
Mr. Michael L. Laas
Mr. Tim Mauche
Ms. Laura Maydon
Mr. Jesse A. McLaughlin
Mr. and Mrs. Don Michelson
Mr. Jere & Dr. Jean Miles
Gordon R. Miller, M.D.
Mr. Richard L. Morris Jr.
Ms. Caroline L. Morrison
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Mosheim
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Mowerman
Jonathan Newberg
Ms. Sharon Newman
Dr. Morton Notarius
Mr. and Mrs. John Olsen
Marnie and Larry Paikin
Lona D. T. Palmero
Ms. Alexandra Peters
Mr. Theodore Raab and
Mrs. Pat Tinker Raab
Sabadell United Bank
The Suzi Salowe Family Trust
Mr. Oliver Salza
Ms. Yesica Schaaf
Marian Siegel
Mr. Stanley Siegel
Drs. Gail and Leo Silverman
Dr. and Mrs. Bernard Silverstein
Ms. Marie Eve Sirois and
Mr. Bret Sheldon
Ms. Ebony C. Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Don R. Solomon
Mr. Robert Stone
Mr. Gary Stuart, Esq.
Mr. Mark Thiel and
Mr. Peter Garcia
Judith Rood Traum and
Sydney Traum
Mr. Trevan Van Buren
Mrs. Linda Witham
Ms. Marjorie Zolot

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Evelyn Aimis Fine Art, Evelyn Aimis
Mr. Clifford Ain
Mr. Daniel Alvarez and
Ms. Holly Henningson
Mr. Porter Anderson
Apple Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Arrigo
Amelia Karenina Balonek and
Faquiry Diaz Cala
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Bates
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Bernstein
Mr. and Mrs. Findlay Black
Ms. Manya Blechman
Ms. Rachel Lauren Bleemer
Ms. Amy Bloom and
Ms. Maria Hernandez
Mr. and Mrs. Irving Bolotin
Barry Boren and
Caryn Tanis Boren
Mr. Dave Boyd
Judge Leonard Braman
Mr. Austin Brinson
Mr. and Mrs. David Bruggen
Mr. Joey Brutus
Leigh-Ann A. Buchanan
Mr. Charles H. Buckwalter and
Mr. Vincent Lombardi III
Sarah Campbell Smith, Esq. /
Akerman LLP
Ms. Pamela Chamberlin and
Mr. Bernard Perlmutter
Mr. Stuart Chase
Josephine C. Chesley
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Cohen
Mr. and Mrs. Gerhard Dahl
Mr. Gilles Danard
Mr. and Mrs. Denver Dash
Mr. Rhett Del Campo
Mr. Louis A. Duvin and
Ms. Iva Kosovíc
Ms. Patricia Elias
Ms. Pepi Ertag
Benjamin Evans
Clement Fatovic and
Rebecca Mandelman
Ms. Rebecca Feigen
Mr. Rey Figueroa and
Mrs. Jessica Shults-Figueroa
Mr. Kevin M. Fitzmaurice
Dr. and Mrs. Gary M. Flax
Merle B. Frank and
Martin G. Rothman
Edgar Galvin
Mrs. Kathleen Gardner
Marget Gelin
Mr. and Mrs. Martin J. Genauer
Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Gershon
Mr. James Glen and
Mrs. Constance Cook Glen
Dr. and Dr. Paul A. Gluck
Mr. and Mrs. Jacobo Gold
Ms. Dorthy O. Weinstein and
Mr. Robert Goldberg
Ms. Pauline A. Goldsmith
Dr. and Mrs. Lucien Gordon
Mr. David Gray and Ms. Elisa Lau
Mr. and Mrs. David Grunebaum
Mr. Jason Haim
Ms. Julie Halpern
Carl Hellman
Mr. and Mrs. Arturo Hendel
Mr. Gary Hershdorfer
Ms. Nicola Hudson
Mr. Vincent E. Huens De Brouwer
Dr. Michael Hughes and
Ms. Judith Taylor
Ms. Nicola Ianeselli
Ms. Maya Ibars
Mr. Daniel Jachtchenco
Mr. Denis Jacobs and
Mr. David Phillips
Mr. Kai Jacobs
William J. Jones, Jr.
Priscilla and Al Klomparens
Ms. Ivonette Leite
Matthew Levy
Mrs. Rose Lippner
Mr. Christopher Lunding
Ms. Gabriele Magdanz
Angela and Thomas Marroccoli
Mr. Douglas Martin
Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Mayzurk
Dr. and Mrs. Barry Meiselman
Ms. Syma Mendelsohn
Mr. Scott E. Modlin Esq.
Mrs. Miki Moran
Ms. Mashall Morel
Dr. and Mrs. Jerome Moskowitz
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Mullen
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Nash
Mr. Francisco Neira
Carolyn Nichols
Ms. Seok Selene Oh
Peko Tea House
Mr. Nicolas A. Pisano
Mr. Thomas J. Porto and
Mr. Eugene P. Walton
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Poses, Esq.
Ms. Michelle Poulin
Mr. Anthony Prisk
The R.J.F. Sunflower Trust Fund
Mr. Yuri Rebello
Mr. Joe Reid and Ms. Judy Loft
Ms. Aura Reinhardt
Mr. Max Rivadeneira and
Ms. Carolina Pataky
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Robbins
Mr. Luis Rodriguez
Victoria Rogers
Dr. David Rosenbaum
Mr. Douglas Rosenthal
Ms. Stacy Sagel
Ms. Ana Santos
Dr. Markus Schmidmeier
Mr. Ronald Seidle and
Mr. Fred Vega
Ms. Ann-Kathrin Seif
Dr. & Mrs. George Sfakianaskis
Ms. Susan Shine
Judge and Mrs. Paul Siegel
Ms. Sofia Silveyra
Vicki and Bob Simons
Mr. Gerald Siverson
Sharon & Howard Socol
Mr. and Mrs. Leon Srebrenik
Mr. and Mrs. Henry S. Stolar, Esq
Mr. Carlos A. Taminez and
Ms. Tabatha Siu
Mr. and Mrs. Joel D. Tauber
Ms. Nancy Terminello
Ms. Dorothy Thomas
Mr. William Vallier
Mr. Michael Villasana
Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Wagner
Stewart & Beth Wald
Ms. Liza Walton
Mr. and Mrs. Earl L. Wiener
Robert Wilder
Ms. Harriet C. Wolf
Dr. and Mrs. Jack Wolfsdorf
Mr. and Mrs. Allan Yarkin
Mr. Larry Zemanek
Anonymous (2)
Dr. Rosa Abraira
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Aledda
Mr. Ted Allen
Mr. Adrien Allez and
Ms. Vanessa Nunez
Mr. Felix Altaras
Janinne and Neil Alter
Mr. Jean-Pierre Altier
Amazonsmile Foundation
Isabel B. Anderson
Ms. Summer Angel
Ms. Sabrina Anico
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Apfel
Mr. Toni Arce
ArtCenter South Florida
Ms. Svetlana Astafurova
Mr. Bruce Backman
Ms. Susan Bannon
Dr. and Mrs. Earl Barron
Mr. Stephen Barrow
Ms. Joanne Baseman
Ms. Carina Bendeck
Mr. and Mrs. Eric S. Benedict
Mr. Scot Bennett
Ms. Rosanna Bermejo Martinez
Mrs. Irmengard Bettendorf
Mr. Robert Bickers
Dr. and Ms. David Billings
Barbara and Alan Bisno
Ms. Barbie Blanco
Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Blattner
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Blonsky
Dr. Judith Bloomfield
Ms. Judith Bluth
Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Bodner
Ms. Beth Boleyn
Mr. Christopher Bomgaars
Mr. Martin Bookspan
Mr. Miguel Borroto
Dr. and Mrs. Walter G. Bradley
Ms. Carol Brafman
Judge and Mrs. Leonard Braman
Ms. Marta Bret
Ms. Linda Brickman
Ms. Marlene Broad
Ms. Harriet Brookman
Dr. Mary Lou Brotherson
Mr. Alberto Calabro
Mrs. Judith Carney
Mr. Alvaro Castillo
Mr. Erich Cauller
Mr. John Charles
Mr. Ravi Chiravuri
Mr. and Mrs. Alan Cohen
Mr. David Cole
Mr. and Mrs. Terence Connor
Ms. Lane Convey
Ms. Maria Cosin
Mr. William Cranshaw
Ms. Patricia Craven
Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Crawford III
Mr. Robert Cuevas Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Cushing
Mr. George Dalsheimer
Mr. O. Townsend Dann
Ms. Carolyn Davis
Ms. Leticia de Mello Bueno
Mr. Sebastian Demarco
Mr. Jason Dimond
Ms. Bonnie Dockter
Ms. Sarah Doss
Dr. Paul Drucker
Ms. Simone Dunn
Mrs. Phyllis D. Ehrlich
Judge Spencer Eig
Dr. Monica L. Elliott
Ms. Jodi I. Engelberg
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Englebrecht
Mrs. Elisabeth S. Evans
Dr. and Mrs. Joe Falvey
Mr. Michael E. Fass and
Ms. Janet T. Munn
Jeffrey Feldman
Dr. and Mrs. Wallace Feldman
Ms. Tamara Feola
Mr. J W. Field Jr.
Ms. Marcelle Fischler
Ms. Barbara J. Fox
Mr. Lloyd A. Freeman
Ms. Teresa Fuentes
Ms. Elizabeth Funt
Mrs. Barbara C. Gaynor
Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Gerstl
Marc Giosi
Marilyn “Lynn” Girsh
Dr. and Mrs. Eugene L. Gitin
Dr. and Mrs. Philip Glatstein
Mr. Joseph Goldstein
Mr. and Mrs. Julian Goldstein
Ms. Susan Gordon
Ms. Adele J. Gottdiener
Mrs. Molle Grad
Ms. and Mrs. Malcolm Graff
Mr. Jeffrey Greene
Ms. Dana Hagendorf
Mr. Craig Hall
Mr. and Mrs. George Halliwell
Ms. Alisa Hamilton
Mr. Elliott Harris
Mr. Tomes Hauff
Ms. Patricia Heinz
Mr. Dale Hendricks
Ms. Lynn Herald
Dr. and Mrs. Fred N. Herman
Debra Hess
Mr. Robert Ivanschitz
Dr. and Mrs.° George Jacobson*
Ms. Elizabeth Janowitz
Mr. Farrokh Jhabvala
Mr. Jack Johnson
Ms. Lisa Johnson
Mr. Aaron Karger
Iris Katzman Household
Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Kaufman
Mr. Robert Kay
Ms. Ashley Kebrdle
Frederick Kent
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur John Kerr Jr.
Ms. Stacy Kilroy
Mr. Aaron Kinnari
Jim Kirwan
Ms. Ruth Klein
Ms. Susan Knapp
Ms. Erica Knowles
Mr. Craig Knox
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Kogos
Mr. Alan Konigsburg
Ms. Monica D. Korff
Mr. Scott Kranz
Mr. Tom Krasner
Mr. Ian Krassek
Ms. Michelle Kucharczyk
Dr. Annette M. La Greca
Mr. Sebastien Laboureau
Ms. Evelyn LaRusse
Ms. Jean Lawrence
Ms. Linda Lee
Mr. Christopher Lentz
Mr. Edward Lesen
Dr. Joni Leterman
Mr. Frederic Levine
Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Lewis
Mrs. Barbara Lichtiger
Ms. Natalie Liebman
Ms. Claire Lightstone
Mr. Gregory Lindeblom
Michael Linville
Mr. Arthur A. Lorch
Ms. Miriam Maer
Mr. Steven Magida
Mr. Paolo Magrelli
Prof. and Mrs. Thomas R. Malek
Ms. Mey Marani
Mr. R. Duff Masterson
Ms. Melissa Meade
Julie Medico
Mayra Michel
Mr. and Mrs. W Jost Michelsen
Ms. Alma Miller
Mr. Brad Miller
Mr. Derek Miller
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Millhauser
Mr. and Mrs. James R. Peoples Jr.
Michael Peregon
Ms. Beatriz Perez
Mr. Ruso Perkins
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Peterson
Dr. and Mrs. Gerald Pinnas
Mr. Edward Preston
Ms. Charlotte Probst
Mr. Aaron Puckett
Jennifer Puckett
Mr. Warren Purvis
Ms. Barbara Raduns
Ms. Nina M. Ramirez
Mr. David Rauceo-Walters
Mr. Albert Ray
Dr. and Mrs. Sorrel Resnik
The Ress Family Foundation,
Esta and Lewis Ress
Gary and Vanessa Ressler
Mr. Austin Rhoads
Mr. Ruben A. Roca
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Rockind
Mr. Horacio Rodriguez
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Roller
Ms. Estela Romand
Dr. Floyd Rosen
Mr. Amos Rosenbloom and
Ms. Marsha McDonald
Mr. and Mrs. Eliot Rosenkranz
Mr. Steven Roth
Mrs. Doris Rudnick
Ms. Barbara Rudziecka
Ms. Karen Rumberg
Dr. Joseph Sachs
Mr. Sergio A. Sanchez
Mr. John Sanders
Ms. Maeve-Anne Sandiford
Ms. Dara Schoenwald
Ms. Sara Schreiber
Mr. David Segrera
Mr. John Seidman
Ms. Terri Siegel
Mr. James Sigsbee
Mr. Nelson Silveira
Mr. Gordon H. Silver
Mr. Rand Smith
Drs. Mark and Cynthia Soloway
Mr. Pierre Soulier
Sabatino and Spindel
Mr. Bernard Spinrad
Mr. Nick St. Cavish
Mr. Alan Stark
Ms. Pamela Stebbins
Mr. Dennis Steinberg
Dr. and Mrs. Norman Stokes
Mr. Amos Stoll
Norma Jean Ober and
Robert Stone
Ana Suarez
Mr. and Mrs. James R. Sullivan
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Tafeen
Ms. Telsys Tarallo
Alan Thomas
Dr. and Mrs. Richard Thurer
Ms. Jane Torres
Dr. Takeko Toyama
Mr. Robert Troy
Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Tuck
Ms. Laura Unger
Mr. David Uthe
Mr. Luis Valdes
Ms. Eda Valero-Figueira
Dr. and Mrs. Frederick Van Paznak
Ms. Adis Vila
Ms. Melissa Virguez
Ms. Katherine Wald
Rabbi and Mrs. Bruce Warshal
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Wartzok
Mr. Ronald Webb
Ms. Jennifer Weinberg
Mr. Daniel Weiss
Mr. and Mrs. David Welton
Warren Wepman
Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Winn
Mr. Stuart Wolf
Mr. Mike Woodward
Dr. Chris Wunsch
Nina Piken-Yarus and Gary Yarus
Mr. Allan Yudacufski
Susan & Bob Zarchen

Anonymous (5)
Isabel B. Anderson
Dr. Brian Bagnall
Mr.° and Mrs. George Bergmann
Mr. Hal Birchfield
Mary Bravo°
Mr. James Chace
Stanley and Gala Cohen
Tracey Corwin
Dr. Chantal d’Adesky-Scheinberg
Richard Donovan and
Susan Fawcett
Mr.° and Mrs. Michael B. Elder
Francis Fox
Elliot M. Friedman and
Beau Bogan
Mr. Marvin Ross Friedman and
Ms. Adrienne bon Haes
Natalie L. Gordon
Arlene and Richard Haft
Mr.° and Mrs. Warren Hagler
Ms. Francinelee Hand and
Mr. David Siegel
Mr. Hubert Harriman
Benjamin E. Hein
John Hurford°
Vicki and Chris Kellogg
Mr. Allen Charles Klein and
Mr. Bliss Hebert
Mr. Steven Kline
R. Kirk Landon° and
Pamela Garrison
Simon and Bonnie Levin
Dr. and Mrs. Richard E. Litt
Celia° and Kurt° Loewenthal
Ralph M. Lutrin° and Alfred A. Lewis
Ms. Mary Mackenzie°
Joy and Fred Malakoff
Mr. Rene H. Males
Martin Z. Margulies
Dr. Jules Oaklander°
Ms. Christa Paul
Frances° & Lawrence° Perelman
Randy° and Hannah° Polansky
Ruth° and Marvin Sackner
Dr. Virginia Salus
Ms. Marjorie Schell
Herman Selinsky°
Diane S. Sepler*
Madeleine B. Sternlight°
Martha and Stephen M. Sullivan
Ms. Valerie L. Viglione
Teresa Galang-Viñas and
Joaquín Viñas
Rita Green Wallach°
Ruth Weiss
Ms. Bonney Wikkering
Paul S. Woehrle
Drs. Judith and Richard Wurtman

1 Hotel & Homes
American Airlines
Bacardi USA, Inc.
Biltmore Hotel
Goslings Rum and Jefferson Bourbon
Chateau d’Esclans
Chef Paul Aceto
Circa 39
The Confidante Hotel
Coral Gables Cinema
Cultured Magazine
Diario Las Americas
Elia Gourmet
Sofy Encanto
Estrella Damm
Forte dei Marmi
Andrew François
Michael Frigo
Friends of WLRN
Gale South Beach
Halo Vino
HD House, LLC
JetSet Miami/Aryan Rashed
Sebastien Laboreau
LATAM Airlines
Tomas Loewy
Marcum LLP
Menin Hospitality
Michael Giletto,
Private Executive Chef
Miami Children’s Museum
Miami Design District
Mondrian South Beach
Family of Dr. Henry Ring
OM Movement Studio
ORA Nightclub
PĒKŌ Tea House
Sarah Peters
Ben Potts
Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa
Raw Juce
David Ramos
Estella Romand
Jessica Ryou
The Sagamore
Clare Semes
Sofia Silveyra
SUGARCANE raw bar grill
Southern Glaer’s Wine & Spirits
Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler
Alhadeff & Sitterson, PA
Thierry Isambert Culinary and
Event Design
Total Wine & More
Justin Trabert
Chad Turner
Villain Theater
Veronica Vidal
W Miami
Dean Whiteside
Yamaha Music Corp., Piano Division

The Adler Group
Bernyce and Samuel° Adler
Sarita Alitowski
American Express Company,
Howard Fulton
AMG, Asset Management Group, Inc.
Lin and Ted° Arison
Commissioner Stanley Arkin
David Auerbach
Roberta Rymer Balfe
Mary Ellen and B. Thomas° Barnard
Barnett Bank of South Florida, NA
Benjamin P. Baum
Mr.° and Mrs. Adolph J. Berger
Carmen and Karl° Bishopric
BMW of North America, Inc.
Bowne of Miami, Financial and
Corporate Printers
Irma and Norman Braman
Mary Ellen and Morris C. Brown
Burdines, The Florida Store
Sonia and Franco Burini
Ann B. Bussel
Capital Fund Foundation
Hedy° and Donald° Carlin
Carnival Cruise Lines
CenTrust Bank
Mr.° and Mrs. Alvah H. Chapman, Jr.
Citicorp Savings of Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Cohan
The Continental Companies
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Contina
Cordis Corporation
Mr. George M. Corrigan, Jr.
Christine Cromwell
Karen and Michael DeFelice
Deloitte, Haskins & Sells
Rita and Harold Divine
Drexel Burnham Lambert
Eastern Airlines
Edward W. Easton
Ensign Bank, FSB
Jeanne and Joseph Farcus
Claudia and Ricardo J. Fernandez
Fine Jacobson Schwartz Nash Block &
England Foundation, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Fine
Larry Fletcher
Florida Power & Light
Howard S. Frank
Joel Friedland
Rosemary J.° and Richard I. Furman
Gabooney Foundation
Lenore Gaynor
Harold E. Gelber
Gene’s Catering Service, Inc.,
Gene Singletary
Dennis A. Gitlin
Donald J. Glazer
Teri S. Glazer
Dalia and Saul° Glottmann
Ana Goldberg
J. Arthur Goldberg
Michael Goldberg
Jeannette Golding
Dr. and Mrs. Sergio Gonzalez-Arias
Mr. ° and Mrs. Jerrold F. Goodman
Estelle° and Emil J.° Gould
Mr. and Mrs. Clark E. Graebner
Grand Bay Hotel
Morton L. Hammond, M.D., P.A.
Judith and John Hannan
Clara Keyes Hardin
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel° Neal Heller
Robert F. Hudson, Jr. °
Mr. and Mrs. John G. Immer
Dr. and Mrs.° George Jacobson
Mr. and Mrs. H. Jerome Joseph
Mr. and Mrs. Barry Karch
Jane and Gerald Katcher
Kelley Drye & Warren
Kidder Peabody & Co., Inc.
J.I. Kislak Mortgage, Corp.
Mr.° and Mrs. Harold D. Klebanoff
Hank Klein and Lisa Sloat
John S. and James L. Knight
Carole and Ronald Korn
Lady Pauline Kostuik
Mr.° and Mrs. Irwin E. Kott
Mr.° and Mrs. Cal Kovens
Carol and David Kunstler
Lawrence Plumbing Supply, Co.,
Joseph Lawrence
Marvin H. Leibowitz
Rhoda and Morris Levitt
Dr. and Mrs. Richard L. Levitt
Dr. and Mrs. Norman C. Liebman
Ann and William Lieff
Dr. Birgit Rose Loewenstein
Luria & Son, Inc., Gloria and
Leonard° Luria
Dr. & Mrs. Berge H. Markarian
Dick McGonigal
Marilyn McGonigal
Peter McGrath’s Sound Components
McKean Paul Chrycy Fletcher & Co.
Dr.° and Mrs.° Marvin L. Meitus
Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs
Miami Savings Investment Corp.
Mr. and Mrs. Gene Milgram
Foundations of the Milken Family
David W. Mills
Dr. and Mrs.° William T. Mixson
Yiska and Peter Moser
Sandra and Stephen Muss
National Foundation for Advancement
of the Arts
Omni International Hotel
F. Warren O’Reilly, Ph.D.
Patricia and Emanuel° Papper
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind,
Wharton & Garrison
David L. Paul
Peat Marwick Main & Co.
Potamkin Lincoln-Mercury
Claudia and Alan Potamkin
Christy and Earl Powell
PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP,
Mario de Armas
Leonard J. Rapaport
Rasco, Reininger & Dannheisser, P.A.
Linda and Wendall Ray, Radisson
Mart Plaza
Dr.° & Mrs.° Maurice Rich
Rosalind and Daniel° Richter
Bill Rollnick and Nancy Ellison
Michael I. Rose, M.D.
Alan P. Rosefielde
William S. Ruben
Ryder System, Inc.
Irela Saumat
Jose Saumat
Gloria and Howard° Scharlin
Mr. and Mrs. John G. Sellars
Diane S. Sepler*
Richard Sepler
Dr. and Mrs. Alan Serrins
Sharon Steel Foundation
Helene and Frank Shear
Sheraton Royal Biscayne Beach
Resort & Racquet Club
Sheraton River House
Mr.° and Mrs. Egmont Sonderling
Southeast Banking Corp. Foundation
Southern Bell
Spec’s Music, Inc.
Dorothy° and Martin° Spector
Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey J. Springer
Steel Hector & Davis
Mr. & Mrs. Harry M. Steele
Dorothy and Paul Stein
Sun Bank/Miami, N.A.
Dr. Ernst Swietelsky
Texaco, Inc.
Michael Tilson Thomas and
Joshua Robison
Tishman Speyer Properties
Jackie and Robert Traurig
Donald J. Trump
Dr.° and Mrs.° Paul N. Unger
U.S. Security Insurance Co., Inc.
Mr. & Mrs. Milton J. Wallace
Bradley A. Weiser
Douglas Weiser
Mr.° and Mrs. Sherwood M. Weiser
Warren Weiser
Rene and Jay° Weiss
Seth Werner
Norma Kipnis Wilson and
Allan P. Wilson
Yamaha Music Corp., Piano Division
Marilyn and David Zinn
Uzi Zucker Philanthropic Fund


*Generous donors who have supported the New World Symphony since its founding
° In memory


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Annette Fromm
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Steven Galen
Larry Gamble
Elizabeth Genova
Jim Glickman
Nancy Glickman
Lyndon Godsall
Lucia Goncalves
Itziar Gonzalez
Judy Goodwin
Florence Graff
Malcolm Graff
Nancy Harrington
Kaylan Hernandez
Vera Hochberg
Audrey Hoesch
Carlos Howard
Alphonso Jaime
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Jerome Jordan
Danielle Koch-Harf
Anne Kuite
Barbara Lang
Rosa Lang
Alix Langer
Gabriela Leme
Hanzel Lepe
Rosa Mary Lerner
Barbara Limond
Richard Limond
Hsiwen Lin
Nelly Lopez
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Patsi Mednick
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Salvatore Miraglia
Karen Moody
Morgan Moore
Ana Raquel Moraes
Marty Mueller
Lana Mullen
Elina Mukmineva
Carol Nesker
Maria Nordlund
Karen Paige
Marie Pelissier
Kathrin Peters
Pepper Prigal
Sira Ramesh
Sebastian Rojas
Allan Rosier
Vivian Saffer
Suzanna Sanders
Daniel Simonetta
Daniela Sosa
Eugene Spencer
Martha St. Charles
Cara Stiebel
Mayer Stiebel
Zulia Taub
Adriana Tesone
Mario Villani
Fredric Walker
Wende Weber
Estelle Weinstein
Bonita Whytehead
Darrell Windle
Jean Yzer


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“Growing up as a young girl in Cali, Colombia, I was always passionate about classical music. I fell in love volunteering with the New World Symphony eight years ago and look forward to every season. As a volunteer who has the privilege working alongside a great staff and group of young musicians, I feel like I get to experience the exhilaration and the beauty of the Frank Gehry design over and over again. Being Colombian, I also enjoy meeting and interacting with the visiting young musicians from the Iberacademy in Medllín when they are here, and continue to communicate with the musicians throughout their journey. As a retired Commodity Specialist and Logistic Coordinator, I am happy that I am able to share my passion for this great institution and the arts with both patrons and other volunteers.”

Nelly Lopez

NWS volunteer since 2009

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Gala: Making the Connection


NWS celebrated its 29-year commitment to community engagement for its annual gala, Making the Connection. The event highlighted three of NWS’s community engagement programs and four alumni who have made community work a priority in their careers. It also featured a performance with NWS’s visionary Co-Founder and Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas with a special appearance by six-time Tony Award-winner and recent National Medal of Arts honoree, Audra McDonald. Over 440 guests, led by Gala Chairs Stephen and Sabine Bittel, paid tribute to NWS’s mission to provide meaningful cultural programs to the South Florida community and beyond, while preparing young musicians for careers in the world of classical music. Sponsored by Volvo, Bacardi and Total Wine and More, the evening raised over $1.7 million.

Save the date for the 30th Anniversary Gala on February 10, 2018!

Corporate Partnerships

In 2016-17 NWS significantly increased its collaborations with corporate partners, who in turn enjoyed unprecedented access and exposure to the New World Symphony’s Fellows and audiences.

NWS reaffirms its shared commitment to enriching communities through music, art and culture with these valuable partners.

Courtesy of Carnival Corporation

Carnival’s Founder, the late Ted Arison, and his wife Lin co-founded the New World Symphony (NWS) with Michael Tilson Thomas in 1987. Over the past three decades, Carnival Corporation has been a staunch supporter of the organization’s mission of providing a training ground for young talented musicians, building upon Arison’s belief that “the arts are the soul of our nation.”


Beyond enriching the lives of musical talent from around the world, the New World Symphony through its performances and outreach initiatives for students and families has exposed the world of classical music to tens of thousands of individuals of all ages, ultimately developing not only future fans of this amazing art form but future artists, as well. For 29 years, the New World Symphony has played a key role in South Florida’s cultural renaissance and remains one of the most important arts organizations in our community. Carnival Corporation is extremely proud to continue its support of NWS, its Fellows, and its continued contribution to the cultural landscape of Miami.

The success of the New World Symphony, combined with Carnival’s support of a diverse group of local cultural and arts-related organizations, has brought national exposure to the South Florida arts scene, helping to propel the region into one of the country’s most vibrant and active arts communities.

The creation of the New World Symphony embodies Carnival’s desire to be a good corporate citizen by supporting the arts and charities in the communities where its employees live, work and play. Arison’s vision of creating a nurturing and engaging environment to train young musicians for leadership roles in orchestras and ensembles throughout the U.S. and beyond is a wonderful and lasting legacy that is carried on today, three decades later by Carnival Corporation.

“The vision of the New World Symphony belongs to all who love music and want the United States to excel in developing world-class musicians for our country’s leading orchestras and ensembles.”

Ted Arison, Co-Founder of New World Symphony


Friends of New World Symphony

Friends of New World Symphony has engaged Miami’s cultural community for over ten years, inviting young music lovers and philanthropists to make a difference. Through chic social events and carefully curated concert subscriptions, Friends offers its members opportunities to channel their passion for music, while cultivating friendships and professional contacts. The program builds a strong foundation of leaders and ambassadors who champion NWS’s mission through education and community efforts while increasing its pipeline of donors and corporate partners.

In the 2016-17 season, Friends presented more than 15 events and concerts, exposing its over 450 members to a broad range of programming both on and off the stage.


2016-17 BOARD

Chad Turner, President
JD Henao, Vice President
Carolina Piña, Special Projects Leader
Dana Hagendorf, Marketing & Communications Chair
Maya Ibars, Events Chair
Keith Kohler, Treasurer & Sponsorship Chair
Jessica Wade-Pfeffer, Secretary & Membership Relations Chair
Liza Gallardo Walton, Vice Chair, Marketing & Communications
Giselle Real d’Arbelles, Vice Chair, Events
Jennifer Weinberg, Vice Chair, Sponsorships


Click here to see Executive Committee & National Council 


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The New World Symphony is a 501(c)(3) organization (Federal Tax #59-2809056). NWS is registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (Registration #CH503). A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll-free (800-435-7352) with the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.

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