Creative and Collaborative Performance Residencies

Establishing a 21st Century paradigm for audience engagement and career exploration.

Director of Creative and Collaborative Performance Residencies, Anna Elashvili

Decoda is dedicated to sharing our real world knowledge and expertise of life as a musician in this rapidly changing field.
Through numerous residencies at universities and conservatories around the world, we engage students through workshops on scripting interactive performances, community service, entrepreneurship, chamber music skills, and by performing side-by-side Decoda/student chamber music concerts.

Residencies have included:


London’s Guildhall School for Music and Drama
Denmark’s Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus
Glasgow’s Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Princeton University
Skidmore College

SUNY Purchase College
University of Washington
University of North Carolina
University of South Carolina

DePauw University
Vassar College
Gettysburg College
Lawrence University
Curtis Institute of Music
University of Michigan
University of Wisconsin-Madison

In all the years that I’ve been associated with music education, I’ve never previously encountered such a sure-fired formula to deliver exciting and innovative outreach work as Decoda brought to the Guildhall School last year. Not only are they first class musicians, but their approach to outreach gave our students a wonderfully secure and engaging framework for presenting their chamber music repertoire. But the most striking feature of their work was that all the groups involved in the project reported that they were inspired to play significantly better as a result of thinking about their repertoire the Decoda way.
— Jonathan Vaughan, Director of Music at Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Chamber Music Concerts

Decoda|Skidmore Chamber Music Institute, 2015 - Festival participants perform Villa-Lobos Woodwind Quartet with faculty member, Alicia Lee.

Decoda offers exciting mixed-instrumentation concerts, premiering pieces by the most talented emerging composers, as well as championing the old masterworks. Demonstrating our highly-developed interactive and fundamental performance techniques helps to engage and excite.
We also organize side-by-side faculty/student concerts, giving students the opportunity to play with professionals. Decoda brings this unique way of learning to schools around the world.

Community Engagement and Entrepreneurship

Decoda|Skidmore Chamber Music Institute, 2015 - Interactive performance by DSCMI students for elementary school kids.

Performing in community venues is emphasized and incorporated into our curriculum. Decoda organizes and prepares students to perform in nearby senior centers, elementary schools, and/or shelters. They say a performance is worth a 100 hours of practice. These concerts will bring joy to the community, confidence to students, and exposure to the school. Through this work, students also learn how to build relationships with community leaders, helping them to continue this work beyond our residency.

Chamber Music Coachings

Michael Mizrahi coaching Dvorak Piano Quintet - “a subito p perhaps?”

Decoda is comprised of world-class chamber musicians with an extensive and diverse repertory; We teach, perform, and inspire excellence globally. We are also adept at coordinating students into groups, appropriately matching levels, and selecting repertoire.

Seminars and Workshops

Decoda|Skidmore Chamber Music Institute, 2015 - Students participating in an interactive performance seminar.

Decoda offers seminars and workshops on entrepreneurship, speaking from the stage, scripting interactive performances, overcoming performance anxiety, chamber music skills, rhythm, and improvisation. 


Interdisciplinary Collaboration

T.Riley's "In C" at NYU - When music meets technology, anyone can make music!

Decoda also offers the opportunity to integrate our work with other departments, whether it be dance, theater, math or science. Our collaboration at SUNY Purchase College for example includes a joint project with students from both the Conservatory of Theatre Arts and the Conservatory of Dance, for which a unique choreography of Stravinsky’s “Soldier’s Tale" is created.