Partnership2Gether
Student Multicultural Music Program in Israel

December 10 - 17, 2018 (not including travel time)

This 7-day intensive program in the Western Galilee region of Israel is designed for serious violin and viola students who are interested in collaboration and social engagement through innovative people-to-people diplomacy in Israel. This opportunity is open to six musicians (violin and viola) aged 18 and older from the Partnership2Gether U.S. Central Area Consortium Communities and Budapest, Hungary who will be selected via an application, one page resume and audition video.

During the program, students will attend a world-class faculty seminar and receive dynamic, personal instruction at the Keshet Eilon Music Center, have multiple performance opportunities, attend workshops in local music schools and at the Akko Conservatory of Music, and participate in a multicultural exchange with local student musicians creating a positive impact on the community—all while experiencing the beauty of northern 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 Monday, December 10 to Sunday, December 17, 2018 (not including travel time on Dec 9 and Dec 18, 2018.)

This program is open to students connected to the following cities: (Our Partnership2Gether Communities) 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 are linked with the Akko and Matte Asher in the Western Galilee.


Application, Resume, Audition Video & Fee

  • Download your application form hereThe completed application, $25 application fee, one page resume and video audition deadline is May 31, 2018.

  • Create an audition video of two contrasting works at a maximum of 10 minutes. This video must be uploaded to a private YouTube channel.

  • Invite the following email addresses to view the video & submit your application and one page resume to the following email address:

musicexchange@tarrantfederation.org
gilad@kesheteilon.org.il
anitzhak@hotmail.com
dayaron10@gmail.com
avitalbe@jafi.org
gilk@jafi.org

The deadline for all above is May 31, 2018.

Acceptance notifications will be sent by June 21, 2018.

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Costs & Payment

  • Students are responsible for: 

    • 25$ Registration Fee
    • Round trip flight costs
    • $500* program fee for the Keshet Eilon Seminar (a special reduced price*)
    • Students are responsible for their 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 including student housing, food, transportation and touring. (See the Tentative Itinerary below - subject to change.)

Flight schedules will be coordinated so that participants will fly from one US airport together (NYC or similar). 


Itinerary (tentative)

December 10 - 17, 2018 (not including travel time)

Monday, Dec. 10, 2018

Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport
Take train north to Nahariya (2 hour ride), check into hotel, relax and refresh
7 pm: Welcome Dinner with the Israelis (Partnership2Gether volunteers and staff)

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018

Morning Practice
Meet Arab musicians for Improvisation in the Akko Conservatory of Music
Lunch and Tour The Old City of Akko
Afternoon rest and refresh in hotel
Rehearsal with violinists and others in Akko Conservatory of Music and Dinner
Evening Concert in the Akko Conservatory of Music

Wednesday - Saturday: Keshet Eilon Seminar

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018

Check out of hotel/stay at Keshet Eilon during Seminar 10 am: Arrival to Keshet Eilon
10:45 am: The program begins
11 am: Ensemble playing
1 pm: Lunch
2 pm: Personal lessons
6:30 pm: Dinner
8:30 pm: Concert or other musical event

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

10 am: Arrival
10:45 am: The program begins
11 am: Ensemble playing
1 pm: Lunch
2 pm: Personal lessons
6:30 pm: Dinner
8:30 pm: Concert or other musical event

Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

Morning and Afternoon: Personal lessons
6:30 pm: Dinner 9 pm: Concert

Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018

Morning and Afternoon: Personal lessons and rehearsals for the final student concert
4 pm: Final Student Concert
6 pm: End of Seminar

Partnership2Gether Home Hospitality Dinner

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018

Drive to Safed for Masterclass with Dr. Anna Rasnovsky (Musicians of Tomorrow) in Rosh Pina
Lunch and Workshop: Building a Violin
Tour Safed
Dinner
Evening Concert (possibly at the Safed International Klezmer Center)

Monday, Dec. 17, 2018

Perform in local community schools in Akko and Matte Asher region
Lunch
Rosh Hanikra Grottos and Northern Border Tour
Farewell Dinner
Evening: Take train directly to Ben Gurion Airport for late evening departure


Program Leadership

 Gary Levinson

Gary Levinson

 Itzhak Rashkovsky

Itzhak Rashkovsky

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.

Itzhak RashkovskyMusic Director of Keshet Eilon Music Center
 
Gilad Sheba, Managing Director of Keshet Eilon Music Center

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. 

Avital Ben Dror and Gil Klempert, Program Coordinators, Partnership2Gether, The Jewish Agency for Israel

This program is in partnership with the Akko Conservatory of Music/Strauss Municipal Conservatory and the Keshet Eilon Music Center, both located in the Western Galilee. 


About our Partners

Keshet Eilon Music Center 

Committed to nurturing the next generation of young violinists, these three-day seminars bring together promising young students and their teachers from all parts of Israel for an intensive series of masterclasses and ensemble concerts led by the Keshet Eilon Music Center faculty. Special efforts are made to locate and subsidize students and teachers from peripheral areas and from the Druze and Arab sectors. The Seminar includes instruction and masterclasses for pupils, and refresher content for teachers. Each seminar is based on a three-day format of intensive study. Between 50 and 60 violin pupils participate, alongside 15-20 local violin teachers. Through this special Partnership2Gether program, we now have the opportunity to have 6 US students, along with Gary Levinson join this group. 

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 / The Jewish Agency for Israel

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.

Read more about Partnership2Gether


For more information contact:

Kim Goldberg, Program Co-Chair, musicexchange@tarrantfederation.org or 402.968.7493

Avital Ben Dror, Program Coordinator, at avitalbe@jafi.com or 011-972-52-6091-031