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State Theatre New Jersey’s artist residencies let people get “up close and personal” with professional performing artists. Each year, thousands of students and adults participate in a variety of activities, from hands-on workshops and masterclasses to performances, informances, and lectures. Artist residencies may be as brief as one or two days or as long as several months, and include both outreach and performance components. All programs are offered free of charge.
Some residency activities bring participants to the State Theatre to learn from the world-renowned performers who appear on our stage. Other residencies take artists into the community, reaching out to disadvantaged and underserved groups who have little or no access to the arts.
Most of State Theatre New Jersey’s residency programs are targeted to specific audiences and open by invitation only, though some events are open to the public.
State Theatre New Jersey’s 2019-2020 Artists-in-Residence are violinists George Meyer and Suliman Tekalli, Center for Musical Excellence Artists. They will be in residence for 6 weeks overall, from the end of February to mid-May 2020. During that time they will share their talents at schools, senior centers, libraries, residential treatment facilities, correctional institutions, corporate offices, and other places throughout Central New Jersey. Their activities will include both teaching and performing. Keeping with the State Theatre’s commitment to make the arts accessible to all, residency programs will be provided at no cost to most host sites.
The residency will conclude with a free public recital, featuring George Meyer and Suliman Tekalli, on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 3pm. The concert will take place at the United Methodist Church, located across the street from the State Theatre. (Tickets are free, but advance reservation is required.)
Violinist and composer GEORGE MEYER, a Center of Musical Excellence Young Artist, has performed his own compositions in various settings, including the Aspen Music Festival, the Telluride and RockyGrass Bluegrass Festivals, the Rome Chamber Music Festival, and the Kyoto International Festival. He has appeared in performance with his father, bassist Edgar Meyer, and with Jerry Douglas, Mike Marshall, Sam Bush, Fred Sherry, and Paul Neubauer. George’s recent commissions include pieces for Astral Artists (for violinist Katie Hyun), Chamber Music Northwest, and Bravo! Vail. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, he holds degrees from Harvard College and the Juilliard School.
Violinist SULIMAN TEKALLI, a Center of Musical Excellence Artist, has established a unique voice as an exciting and versatile soloist, chamber musician, and composer. He has performed with orchestras throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central America, Europe, and Asia. He and his sister, pianist Jamila Tekalli, frequently perform together as the Tekalli Duo. Deeply committed to making classical music accessible to all, Suliman has shared his talent by teaching and performing in classrooms and a variety of community settings. A native of Daytona Beach Florida, he attended the Juilliard School, Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Yale School of Music, where he completed his Artist Diploma.
State Theatre New Jersey’s 2019-2010 artist residency is in partnership with THE CENTER FOR MUSICAL EXCELLENCE, a non-profit organization that nurtures and supports gifted young musicians who wish to pursue their advanced education and life in music in the United States. The residency program gives CME’s Young Artists valuable experience in performing and teaching in a wide variety of settings.
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