Day 4 kicked off with an exciting first for the festival! Internationally-touring bluegrass group Henhouse Prowlers joined us for an extended workshop on improvisation techniques.

Fifth House has gained so much by performing with Henhouse Prowlers as part of the Voices from the Dust Bowl program that we were excited to bring them in and pass some of that on to our participants.

We split our large group up between 3 rooms, and the members of Henhouse rotated throughout the session to focus on arrangement, accompaniment and solos.

The workshop culminated in a large group performance of two bluegrass tunes that Henhouse brought in, and then they treated us to a lively performance of one of their own songs.

After lunch, two more workshops sandwiched a block of rehearsals. First up was Arts Startup, where participants were given a chance to quickly draft a mission statement and share it with everyone.

Later that evening was College to Career, where members of Fifth House detailed their unique career paths and answered questions about their journey.

Finally, after dinner it was time for our first participant-led Salon Night! Cellist Sam Johnson graciously stepped up to host, and we had some truly incredible performances!

We started off Tuesday morning with a trip to the Milwaukee Art Museum, our first of many run-out concerts this year!




























Music on the program varied from the performers’ own compositions to traditional repertoire, to contemporary works – one of which was written by a former fresh inc composer.

We returned for the first part of our public speaking workshop, followed by a whole lot of rehearsal time!

We started our first full day with an opening meeting and introductions to get everyone acquainted before launching into rehearsals and composer forums!

Conductor and arranger Cliff Colnot was our first guest expert of the 2017 festival. He led some tuning exercises with the help of a few volunteer musicians.

Our composers-in-residence Stacy Garrop and Dan Visconti showed some examples of the right way for a composer to join the rehearsal process…

…and the wrong way.

We closed out day one with our faculty salon, featuring music by Dan and Stacy performed by Fifth House Ensemble

It was a beautiful Sunday as most of our participants arrived to get checked in and get to know each other! We had a cookout on the quad at UW-Parkside to get things started.

We were especially excited to see a ton of returning participants for the 2.0 track this year!

And there were s’mores!

After some ice breakers and games, Deuce’s alter-ego Springbo made his traditional appearance. He treated the participants to The Cat Song and The CTA Song (the dyslexic Cat Song).


2016 fresh inc festival Closing Concert Recordings
Bedford Concert Hall, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Sunday, June 19, 2016

Will Myers – Dusty Pines
for violin, viola, cello and bass

Kevin Kerr – lost@see?
for oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon and bass clarinet

William Pearson – Mark J. Ralph
for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn

Joseph Tolonen – He Remembers
for string quartet

Lydia Dempsey – April Showers
for oboe, bassoon, trombone, horn and piano

David Flowers – Tangents
for violin, viola, cello, bass and piano

Rachel Matthews – The Pathless Woods
for violin, saxophone and piano

Matthew Kennedy – Textures and Lines
for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano