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The collaboration between The Academy—a Program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education (ACJW) and Skidmore College comprises two five-day residencies in October and February that involve professional composers, Academy fellows and guest musicians and includes informal outreach performances throughout the campus, compositional readings, coaching sessions, outreach to local schools and organizations, a pre-concert lecture/panel, and a final performance by the Ensemble ACJW, featuring original works by the resident guest composer.

The ACJW residency was born from a proposal developed by Carnegie Hall and The Juilliard School to improve arts education in New York City public schools and to train a new generation of professional musicians dedicated to arts education. In this program, post-conservatory fellows present a series of public concerts in various ensemble configurations to hone their performance skills. With the initial help of a New York State Music Fund grant, Carnegie Hall expanded this series to include four performances dedicated to new music, two held at Carnegie Hall and two at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs – the Carnegie Hall Premieres.

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Inaugurated in 2007, past guest composers include:
 
Spring 2014 George Friedrich Haas
Fall 2013 Andy Akiho
Spring 2013 Missy Mazzoli
Fall 2012 Samuel Carl Adams
Spring 2012 Sleeping Giant
Fall 2011 Ryan Gallagher
Spring 2011 David Bruce
Fall 2010 Timothy Andres
Spring 2010 David Bruce
Fall 2009 Daniel Bernard Roumain
Spring 2009 Marc-Andrew Dalbavie
Fall 2008 Kayhan Kalhor
Spring 2008 Angel Lam
Fall 2007 Bright Sheng
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