AddThis ShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid [email protected] York Philharmonic musicians visit Rice Shepherd School of Music for Global Academy auditionsHOUSTON – (Oct. 26, 2015) – Musicians from the New York Philharmonic will be holding auditions at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music Nov. 1-3 for the Philharmonic’s Global Academy. Members of the media are invited to observe as Shepherd School students rehearse with members of the New York Philharmonic.The academy is a fellowship program that includes customized collaborations with partners worldwide that offer intensive training of pre-professional musicians by New York Philharmonic members. The Shepherd School has the distinction of being the first school of music selected for this prestigious partnership.These auditions are the first in a multiyear partnership between the New York Philharmonic and the Shepherd School. A group of student string players will be selected to travel to New York in May 2016 for immersive coaching, outreach and performance opportunities with the New York Philharmonic.The Nov. 1-3 visit includes a rehearsal of Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68 with the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, during which the visiting members of the New York Philharmonic will play and coach onstage alongside the students.What: New York Philharmonic musicians Michelle Kim (violin), Cynthia Phelps (viola), Eric Bartlett (cello) and Max Zeugner (bass) will rehearse with and coach Rice’s Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra.Interview opportunities include Matthew VanBesien, president and executive director of the New York Philharmonic, and Robert Yekovich, dean of the Shepherd School.When: Monday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m.Where: Stude Concert Hall in Alice Pratt Brown Hall, Rice University, Entrance 8 or 18.For more information about the Shepherd School’s partnership with the New York Philharmonic, visit http://music.rice.edu/news/2015/042215.shtml.For more information, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations, at 713-348-6327 or [email protected] Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6.3-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here.