Decoda Wind Ensemble

Named as the first-ever Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall, the classical artists of Decoda first collaborated with one another in the renowned Ensemble ACJW fellowship program created by The Juilliard School, Carnegie Hall, and the Weill Music Institute. This year's Festival Appearance features a wind ensemble (Catherine Gregory, flute; James Austin Smith, oboe; Brad Balliett, bassoon; and David Kaplan, piano) drawn from the highly respected 30-member group. 


About the Artists


The thirty-two artists of Decoda first collaborated in the renowned Ensemble ACJW fellowship program created by Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. They now extend that relationship as an affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall. With the mission of providing meaningful musical experiences for all, Decoda has taken performances to schools, hospitals, and prisons as well as to prominent international concert halls. Decoda has also been invited to perform at the White House at an event dedicated to the arts and criminal justice reform.

In the 2016–17 season, Decoda is happy to be making return appearances at the Barbican, with Joye in Aiken, DePauw University, and in Merida, Mexico. They will also present projects with new partners in the United States, Scotland, and South Africa.

Decoda musicians will again lead an intensive two-week session of the Decoda | Skidmore Chamber Music Institute at Skidmore College this summer for young musicians to explore leadership and community service through the intensive study of chamber music. Students learn how to fully engage their audiences and communities through scripted interactive chamber music performances while improving their own performance and public speaking skills. For the last five years Decoda has participated in Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections Program, undertaking creative projects at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, New York; Beth Abraham Health Services and Clinton High School in the Bronx; and the Valley Lodge shelter in Manhattan. 

Member musicians rotate in and out of Decoda as their personal schedules permit and as Decoda’s performance schedule requires. Appearing here in Aiken are James Austin Smith (oboe), Catherine Gregory (flute), Brad Balliett (bassoon), and David Kaplan (piano).