Student Multicultural Music Program in Israel

December 9 - 17, 2018 (not including travel time)


The Partnership2Gether Student Multicultural Music Program is a 9-day intensive program in the Western Galilee region of Israel from December 9-17, 2018 with visits to Jerusalem, Haifa, Safed and Tel Aviv. Designed for serious violin students interested in the opportunity to study with violinist Gary Levinson and collaborate, mentor and perform with students from the Akko Conservatory for Music and the Matte Asher Conservatory of Music. This unique experience is for pre-professional students who wish to hone their craft while engaging in a social enrichment initiative through innovative people-to-people diplomacy in Israel.

This exciting program is open to five violin musicians aged 16 and older from the Partnership2Gether U.S. Central Area Consortium Communities & Budapest, Hungary who will be selected via an application, one page resume and audition video.

Led by violinist Gary Levinson, Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth and Senior Principal Associate Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony, in partnership with Danny Yaron, Director of the Akko Conservatory of Music, this is your opportunity to:

  • Learn from Gary Levinson during masterclass and rehearsal sessions and from internationally renowned local teachers

  • Collaborate with Akko’s Youth String Orchestra students at the Akko Conservatory of Music and students from the Matte Asher Conservatory of Music in northern Israel

  • Perform at the Akko Conservatory of Music and other venues with Mr. Levinson

  • Tour the Western Galilee, Jerusalem, Haifa, Safed and Tel Aviv

  • Share your musical talents while experiencing the rich culture of Israel


During the program, students will receive lessons and masterclasses from Gary Levinson (, rehearse with students from the two conservatories, have multiple side-by-side performance opportunities, and participate in a multicultural exchange with local community members—all while experiencing the beauty of Israel. 

The P2G Student Multicultural Music Program is built on three principles: to strengthen musical expression, to build meaningful relationships, and to foster mutual respect. 

The program will run from Sunday, December 9 to Monday, December 17, 2018 (travel time on Dec 8 and Dec 18, 2018)

Students from Our Partnership2Gether Communities are eligible to apply. These communities include: Buffalo, New York; Dayton, Toledo, Youngstown, Ohio; Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Northwest Indiana, South Bend, Indiana; Louisville, Kentucky; Des Moines, Iowa; Omaha, Nebraska; Austin, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Texas; and Budapest, Hungary.

 Download the information flyer

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Costs & Itinerary

Students are responsible for: 

  • $26 Application Fee - pay below.

  • Round trip flight costs and flight arrangements (Logistics and suggested flights will be communicated to the students once students are accepted. Students will be responsible and free to make their flight arrangements in coordination with specified arrival and departure times.)

  • Personal health insurance

  • Any additional private meals, activities or personal items outside of the itinerary

Partnership2Gether is responsible for:

  • All ground costs and meals in the Western Galilee, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv including student housing, food, transportation and touring. (See tentative Itinerary below)
 Download the itinerary (tentative)

Download the itinerary (tentative)



Application, Resume, Audition Video & Fee

Participation in this program is conditional upon the completion of the online application form, together with your application fee, one page resume and video audition, to be submitted no later than September 30, 2018 – applications will be considered on a first-come first-serve basis. The application form will be taken down once available spots have been filled. 

Application Form: 

Application Fee:

Pay Application Fee

Deadline for submission is September 30, 2018.

It is highly recommended to apply as soon as possible, applications will be reviewed as received and acceptances will happen on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Acceptance notifications will be sent no later than October 7, 2018.



Program Leadership

 Gary Levinson

Gary Levinson

Gary Levinson, Program Co-Chair and lead faculty, is the Artistic Director of the Fort Worth Chamber Music Society, Senior Principal Associate Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, soloist, chamber musician, and world-renowned pedagogue will lead and accompany the US group of students. 

Danny Yaron, Director of the Akko Conservatory of Music/Strauss Municipal Conservatory

Kim Goldberg, Program Co-Chair and chaperone has traveled to Israel extensively as the past Partnership2Gether Chair of the Arts & Community Task Force, and as a freelance artist and designer.

Gil Klempert, Program Coordinator, Partnership2Gether, The Jewish Agency for Israel

This program is in partnership with the Akko Conservatory of Music/Strauss Municipal Conservatory located in the Western Galilee. 



About our Partners


Akko Conservatory of Music

The beautiful and modern Akko Conservatory of Music/Strauss Municipal Conservatory serves over 700 Arab and Jewish students every year who study and play music under its roof. The students take part in international concerts and competitions around the world representing their city and the State of Israel. 

The Conservatory has an academic preparatory for music studies in cooperation with the prestigious "Academy of Music” in Jerusalem which is supported by the municipality of Akko and David Friedman Scholarship Fund. The successful graduates are able to continue their academic studies at the Academy in Jerusalem. 


Partnership2Gether, a program of the Jewish Agency and the Jewish Federations of North America, promotes personal relationships between 14 U.S. Jewish communities, Budapest, Hungary and Israel’s Western Galilee through cultural, educational, social, medical and economic programs. Partnership2Gether is made up of an inclusive and active network of people focused on the mutual exchange of ideas and programs with the goal of developing relationships to strengthen our global Jewish Identity.

Our programs are dedicated to connecting people and making a difference.

Through the P2G programs, our community members can be agents of change and create stronger bonds between the people in our communities. Buffalo, NY; Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown, Ohio; Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Northwest Indiana, South Bend, Indiana; Louisville, Kentucky; Des Moines, Iowa, Omaha, Nebraska; Austin, Fort Worth and San Antonio, Texas and Budapest, Hungary are linked with the Western Galilee, the most northern part of Israel on the Mediterranean coast.

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For more information contact:

Kim Goldberg, Program Co-Chair at or 682-253-2652

Gil Klempert, Program Coordinator at or 011-972-52-6091-031