Connecting with Audiences: Residency, Educational, and Community Programming
This chapter goes beyond individual performances in formal concert settings. Here we're focusing on residencies and residency work—what is also referred to as community engagement activities, educational programming, or outreach.
The term residency can be confusing. Traditionally, residencies referred to artist-in-residence opportunities, long-term teaching and performance positions for ensembles (occasionally for soloists) at colleges or universities. These positions are quite difficult to attain as they are generally offered only to wellestablished groups. It's nice work if you can get it, but these are not the only kinds of residencies available. There are also residency positions that aim to develop emerging ensembles; some of these lead to graduate degrees or diplomas, and offer coaching with distinguished faculty members.
In recent years, the definition of “residency” has been extended to include shorter-term engagements for teaching artists, sometimes with performance and teaching activities at multiple sites. The term residency is now used to describe anything from a touring musician's weeklong stay in a community, doing several children's programs at schools, to an ensemble's concert series at a museum, or an ongoing teaching and performing partnership with a university. These are all considered residencies, no matter what the duration, and whether or not the artists actually live in the community.