How about the various people on an airplane headed from New York to Amsterdam? Or Boston to Cancun?
Or the musicians gathered in and by a conservatory? At Juilliard, we had at one time (students and teachers): Dorothy Delay, Felix Galimir, Milton Babbitt, Doug McLennan, Gerard Schwarz, Russell Sherman, Julius Baker, Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg, Stephen Hough, Nigel Kennedy, and me.
In Boston today, at New England Conservatory, there are: Paula Robison, Eliot Fisk, Russell Sherman, Kim Kashkashian, Jason Moran, Miriam Fried, Richard Stoltzman, Anthony Coleman, and me. I have to stop — oh, except that Wayne Koestenbaum was once the piano student of NEC faculty member Wha Kyung Byun. This is a community whose members seldom “meet.”
In the choice of students (and faculty) to bring into a school, we are having long-range effect on the community within our walls (social engineering), and eventually on the world.