During the 2011-12 season, the New World Symphony in partnership with Fundación SaludArte and NWS Board Member Tanya Brillembourg, inaugurated a unique collaboration with the Academia Filarmónica de Medellín (AFMED), now called Iberacademy. NWS Fellows travel to Medellín, Colombia to offer instrumental coaching, private lessons, master classes and side-by-side performances with the young musicians of Iberacademy. Multiple times during the season, Iberacademy musicians travel to the New World Center in Miami Beach for several days of additional coachings, lessons, chamber music sessions and performances with NWS Fellows. With the support of Skype and Internet2 connectivity, supplemental work with the Medellín musicians occurs throughout the season. Throughout the course our work together over 45 Colombian musicians have continued on to graduate studies in North America or Europe or are performing and teaching as professionals in Medellín. This cross-cultural exchange has proven of enormous value to NWS Fellows in their role as 21st-century musical ambassadors, advocates and engaged teachers.