MusicWorks Collective (MWC), the ensemble in residence of Community MusicWorks, is the manifestation of the organization’s commitment to transformative experiences through musical performance. MWC programs music that represents individual and collective passions — ranging from Bach to the most recently-composed music of today to musical collaborations that honor the traditions of Community MusicWorks families. MWC performs in venues ranging from concert halls to corner taquerias, and seeks to animate performances with a sense of community-building and celebration of the human spirit.
CMW’s resident musicians, including the members of the MusicWorks Collective and CMW’s Fellowship Program, provide free after-school programming to youth in Providence’s South Side neighborhoods.
Resident musicians also perform regularly in the neighborhood and throughout Rhode Island. Along with regular concerts at the West End Community Center and the John Hope Settlement House, CMW’s resident musicians have performed locally at the John Carter Brown Library, The RISD Museum of Art, the Providence Athenaeum, Brown University, Providence City Hall, the Rhode Island State House, Rhode Island College, Bell Street Chapel, the Music Mansion, Washington Park Branch Library, Community Preparatory School, Paul Cuffee School, Vartan Gregorian School, CVS Highlander School, San Miguel School, D’Abate Elementary School, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and in concert venues across the state. Further afield, they have performed in Boston, New York City, and at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.