The English Concert in America, Inc. (TECA) is a non-profit corporation created to strengthen ties between The English Concert and the United States. Members of TECA become closely involved with the life of one of the world’s leading chamber orchestras, particularly in the US.
The English Concert in America (TECA) is dedicated to promoting appreciation of early musical performance, and to bringing the brilliant sounds of Harry Bicket and The English Concert to American audiences.
To continue developing and providing opportunities for The English Concert to appear in front of American audiences, however, we need the support of friends and patrons such as you. It is only through the generous contributions of members that we are able to bring The English Concert and their guest artists to the United States. Members of TECA become closely involved with the life of one of the world’s leading chamber orchestras.
TECA holds 501c3 status with the US Inland Revenue Service, enabling donations to be fully tax-efficient.
TECA Fellowship programme
The English Concert in America (TECA) announced the inaugural TECA Fellowship, an annual grant and opportunity for professional training and experience, that will be awarded to a select number of graduates in the field of historical performance who have demonstrated exceptional talent and musical growth.
The TECA Fellowship was conceived by TECA's board members together with TEC Artistic Director Harry Bicket, who comments, "There is a dearth of opportunities for conservatory graduates of period performance to grow and develop artistically while at the same time starting their careers in the outside world. The opportunity to play alongside, and be mentored by, members of The English Concert is one which is mutually beneficial, as well as highlighting the orchestra's commitment to help nurture the next generation of talented players."
The first Fellowships have been granted in conjunction with The Juilliard School. The selection of Fellows was based on recommendations from Juilliard's Historical Performance faculty in consultation with Harry Bicket and representatives of The English Concert. Benjamin D. Sosland, Assistant Dean of Juilliard's Historical Performance department, remarked,"This new partnership with The English Concert is especially exciting because it extends our students' educational experience beyond their time at Juilliard. It's a fantastic bridge to the professional world and we are enormously grateful to Maestro Bicket and the TECA board for realizing such a valuable program."
The 2014 Fellows are Ignacio Prego (Harpsichord), Jude Ziliak (Violin), Beiliang Zhu (Cello), and Adriane Post (Violin). Prego, Ziliak and Zhu made their TECA debut on April 28, and along with Post, joined The English Concert at a special Private Benefit on October 23rd at the Playhouse at the Rockefeller Estate. Visit TECA's website for more information and click HERE to meet the 2014 fellows.
The English Concert is fulfilling its commissions from Carnegie Hall, New York to present three Handel operas-in-concert in three successive seasons, the first one took place in 2013 with his early operatic masterpiece, Radamisto. David Daniels led a cast that included Brenda Rae, Luca Pisaroni, Joélle Harvey and Patricia Bardon, and the performance was directed by The English Concert's Artistic Director, Harry Bicket, himself no stranger to conducting Handel at the Metropolitan Opera and other great US opera houses.
'The fine period-instrument band The English Concert deftly conducted from the harpsichord by Harry Bicket ... magnificently rendered …'The New York Times
'... pure celestial joy ... this ageless music on period instruments led masterfully by maestro Bicket …'
Handel's Theodora came to the US in January 2014 and The English Concert will be back in October 2014 with a performance of Alcina with Joyce Di Donato and Alice Coote.
Members of TECA
Anon • Renee Barrick • Bill & Bunny Beekman • Audrey A Boughton • Elizabeth & Ralph Brown Jr • Thatcher & Sally Brown • Elizabeth & Blake Cabot • Maria Campbell • Gregory C Carroll • Alex & Louise Dye • Brandon Fradd • Barrett Freylinghausen • Kathleen Gerard • Richard Gilder & Lois Chiles • Gordon & Maggie Gray • Edward & Susan Greenberg • Rachel & George Gumina • Alan Hilliker & Vivien Liu • Sophie Hughes • Christian K Keesee • Ionel & Miriam Klipper • Harold Koda & Alan Kornberg • Hans P Kraus Jr & Mariana Cook • Rebecca & Richard Lindsey • Gregory Lorenz & Carrie Sykes Lorenz • Ken Moore • Melanne Mueller • Ted & Berneil R Mueller • Nancy Newcomb & John Hargraves • Marc & Jean Ostrow • Gordon & Dailey Pattee • Anne & Joseph Pierson • Mary L Pierson • Mr & Mrs Leon Polsky • Luke Ives Pontifell • Tatiana Pouschine & Richa Strother • Emily & John Rafferty • Susan & David Rockefeller Jr • Andrew Solomon • Sarah Solomon • Sarah & Howard Solomon • Ann & Adam Spence • F Stanford Straton & Amy Straton • Hugh & Helene Tilney • James Torrey • Mr & Mrs Ronald L Welburn • Steve Winn • Grant & Hope Winthrop
Directors of TECA
Luke Ives Pontifell (President)• Melanne Mueller (Vice-President & Treasurer) • Bunny Beekman • Sally Brown • Nicky Oppenheimer • Anne Straton Pierson • Hugh J Tilney
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The English Concert in America, Inc. is a not-for-profit nonstock corporation organised under the Delaware General Corporation Law. Registered office: Corporation Service Company, 2711 Centerville Road, Suite 400, City of Wilmington, County of Newcastle, Delaware.