And we’re back to finish filling you in on all of the exciting things that happened at the 2013 festival!  After an exciting Alexander Technique workshop with John Henes of Northwestern University, a lovely lunch on the patio outside of the dining hall, some rehearsing, and a composers workshop on speaking about music, we loaded the cars and headed to the Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha for a performance of Music Can Tell A Story and a Young Composers Workshop!

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Festival participants Allison, Rachael, and Andrew were joined by 5HE’s Jenny to present a performance of 5HE’s music & storytelling One-Shot!, Music Can Tell A Story, for the elementary aged kids at the B&G Club.  Deborah, Kelly, and Gage were on hand to help us out with video documentation and passing out materials, as well as to observe the performance.

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MCTAS started out with Rachael reading the “I will not tease Rebecca Grimes” while the rest of the musicians accompanied her.  The performance continued with the kids indicating which instrument was playing the melody using their arms!

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Jenny helped the kids write their own adventure story by asking them to choose critical aspects of the story based off their interpretation of the music!  And to finish out the performance, the kids’ adventure story was read while the musical inspiration was played!  An amazing musical adventure was had by all, young and old!

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While Music Can Tell A Story was happening downstairs with the younger kids, more fresh inc participants and faculty members were upstairs leading a Young Composers Workshop with the high school kids at the Boys & Girls Club!  Throughout this workshop, the kids learned about writing music and graphic scores and they were given the opportunity to create graphic scores of their own while working with festival participants.

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Once their graphic scores were written, the B&G Club young composers presented them to the group, and the participating musicians used improvised music to perform what the kids had written!  The workshop ended with a question an answer session and a little bit of one-on-one time with everyone.

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After we returned from the Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha, we rounded the day out with one more set of rehearsals and composition lessons, dinner, and a well deserved night off!  Stay tuned for more fresh inc 2013 recap posts!  I promise we won’t keep you waiting as long this time!




Wow!  It’s hard to believe that the 2013 festival is over!  We all got caught up making music, attending workshops, and traveling to performances, that we got a little behind on our fresh inc recap blog posts!  Now that we’re beginning to catch back up on our sleep, I’ll be posting a recap a day to catch us back up and fill you in on all of our amazing activities!

Day 9 of the 2013 fresh inc festival was no less exciting than any of the previous days!  The morning started out with composition lessons and rehearsals, and then we had our first workshop of the day: Alexander Technique with John Henes from Northwestern University.  John spent a short amount of time introducing the Alexander Technique, explaining its importance, and answering questions.  But most of the workshop was spent doing demonstrations and adjustments with a handful of our participants.

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After lunch, we had some more rehearsals, including some coachings with composers, lessons, and the composers had a workshop on speaking about music.  They used this time to help craft & practice their introductions for their pieces at our final concerts.

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And this is just part 1 of what we did on day 9 of the festival!  We also went to the Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha to hold not one, but TWO education workshops for their students!  For the younger kids, we had fresh inc participants join 5HE member Jenny to perform our Music Can Tell A Story One-Shot! concert.  And for the older kids, we had composers and instrumentalists work together to present a Young Composers Workshop.  As you can imagine, these were both pretty exciting, which is why they’ll have their own post!  Stay tuned!






Fresh Inc 2013: Day 8 Recap

The second week of fresh inc 2013 started bright and early!  We had breakfast an hour early, and then we boarded the bus for the Chicago Cultural Center for the third performance of the festival!  We battled traffic into the city, and successfully arrived on time, and then we finished sound check in an impressively efficient amount of time.

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After our sound check, we were joined by Deborah Sobol, Creative Director of Rush Hour Concerts, for a lunch time workshop.  Deborah talked about the inception of Rush Hour, what inspired her to start the series, and her approach to programming.

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After lunch, we rushed (pun intended!) down to Preston Bradley Hall for the performance.  For the third time this festival, we were blown away by these performances.  This concert was especially exciting because not only did we have a couple of duos perform, we also heard from larger ensembles mixed with participants and 5HE members.  These mixed ensembles were an exciting preview of what’s to come on our final performances.

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After the performance, we boarded the bus back to Kenosha and made it back just in time for a social media and marketing workshop, which included James Buckhouse, director of corporate design at Twitter.  We learned about websites, social media, and using a story to promote yourself.  We finished the day out with rehearsals and a relatively early evening.

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The first Saturday of fresh inc 2013 was completely dedicated to rehearsals for instrumentalists and lessons & forums for composers.  Our participants have been working hard in the practice room, rehearsal room, and composition rooms, and we are continually blown away by the levels of dedication, hard work, talent, and spirit we’re seeing here on campus!  We ended Saturday with our second salon performance of the festival!

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An exciting outcome of Saturday, aside from the phenomenal work that happened in the rehearsal and forum rooms, is the finalizing of the programs for our two final performances!  Click here to see which pieces will be played on each of our two final performances.

Sunday was our day off at the festival!  Some people went to the beach, some people (ahem, me) went to the Mars’ Cheese Castle and the Outlet Mall, others went to see the new Superman movie, and almost everyone slept in! Stay tuned to see what fresh things happen in week 2!


Nichols Hall, Music Institute of Chicago
Saturday, June 22, 2013
7:00pm, free admission


Stacy Garrop, Frammenti
Melissa Snoza, Crystal Hall, Jennifer Woodrum, Andrew Williams, Clark Carruth, Herine Coetzee Koschak, Eric Snoza, Jani Parsons

Tomas Gueglio, Sextet
Latitude 49: Jason Paige, Andy Hall, Timothy Steeves, Jacobsen Woollen, Jani Parsons, Chris Sies

John Dorhauer, Puzzle Lunch Tulips Cheezborger
Latitude 49: Jason Paige, Andy Hall, Timothy Steeves, Jacobsen Woollen, Jani Parsons, Chris Sies

Danielle Rabinowitz, Mo(u)rning
Melissa Snoza, Jacobsen Woollen, Deborah K. Hui

Jabez Co, the Jabberwock
Megan Ihnen, Melissa Snoza, Rita Andrade, Milo Futz, Jennifer Ellis

Patrick O’Malley, Rhapsody
Allison Pickett, Andy Hall, Kelly Hofman, Katie Kroko, Matthew Kline

Alexander Cooke, Apricity
Melissa Snoza, Crystal Hall, Jason Paige, Kelly Kasle, Kelly Hofman, Timothy Steeves, Marta Honer, William Gage Ehmann, Andrew O’Connor, Deborah K. Hui

Rene Orth, Come and Go
Emlyn Johnson, Allison Pickett, Jennifer Woodrum, Karl Rzasa, Kelly Hofman, Danielle Simandl, Katie Kroko, Herine Coetzee Koschak, Eric Snoza, Ryan Greene

Jake Heggie, Statuesque
Megan Ihnen, Emlyn Johnson, Jason Paige, Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, Danielle Simandl, Herine Coetzee Koschak, Milo Fultz, Jani Parsons


Bedford Concert Hall, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Dan Visconti, Ramble and Groove
Karl Rzasa

Evan Williams, GRIME
Andrew Williams, Rachael Claire Eid-Ries, William Gage Ehmann, Andrew O’Connor

Matthew Entwistle, Midnight Arboretum
Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, Andy Hall, Jani Parsons

Nick Baskin, Aubade
Emlyn Johnson, Clark Carruth, Jennifer R. Ellis

Matthew Kline, Four Perspectives
Crystal Hall, Kelly Kasle, Marta Honer, Chris Sies

Shawn Jeager, In Old Virginny
Megan Ihnen, Eric Snoza

Justin Giarrusso, September Scrapbook
Jennifer Woodrum, Danielle Simandl, Jacobsen Woollen, Ryan Greene

Kevin Wilt, Groove Incubation
Marta Honer, Rita Andrade, Jacobsen Woollen, William Gage Ehmann, Eric Snoza, Milo Fultz

Grace Xu Schott, Lift Your Voice Up To The Clouds
Megan Ihnen, Clark Carruth, Deborah K. Hui

Seunghee Lee, Quintet
Crystal Hall, Jennifer Woodrum, Danielle Simandl, Rita Andrade, Matthew Kline

Tomas Gueglio, Sur la flûte traversiére
Emlyn Johnson, Jennifer Woodrum, Andrew Williams, William Gage Ehmann, Ryan Greene, Chris Sies

Patrick O’Malley, Changes
Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, Andrew Williams, William Gage Ehmann