Early risers headed to the Racine YMCA for a dual educational program. Much like the Racine public library from a couple of days before, participants volunteered to be a part of these outreach activities.
Half of our participants presented our Young Composers Workshop, where they used drawing and other activities to show kids how anyone can express their musical ideas.
In the gymnasium, another group got to try their hand at presenting Music Can Tell a Story.
After lunch, Paul Wang of Northwestern University came for his annual presentation on Marketing.
Paul’s talks always tend to energize everyone in the room, and this year was no exception. Afterwards there was plenty of rehearsal to do for the final concerts coming up on the weekend!
One Wednesday we started out with composer forums and rehearsals, which continued for the better part of the day. After lunch, we welcomed Michael Lewanski (Ensemble Dal Niente), Tony Devroye (Avalon String Quartet) and Dorival Puccini (Axiom Brass) to UW-Parkside for our Ensemble Panel.
Later in the afternoon, Melissa and Dan led a workshop on Fundraising and Grants.
After dinner, we had another Salon Concert in room 184, with George Crumb’s Voice of the Whale to kick things off!
On Tuesday, a handful of participants presented their own Music Can Tell a Story performance at the Racine Public Library!
Kids at the library helped choose the musical elements that they wanted to include in their story, and participants brought them to life!
The rest of our participants had a full day of rehearsal, in preparation for our salon night tomorrow and our final concerts at the end of the week!
Week two kicked off with a workshop for our Music Can Tell a Story program. Later on, participants will have the chance to run the program for themselves with some kids at the local YMCA.
Our new recording workshop was led by Matt Koschak of Shure, and we were able to test out some live recording techniques on the spot.
After lunch, we were joined via Skype by composer Daron Hagen who spoke about Self-Publishing. Theatre Director Michael Rohd followed with a presentation on Civic Practice, which is always a highlight for us every year.
We finished the day with the College to Career workshop. Members of 5HE spoke to participants about their paths after college, and offered advise and took questions.
After some rehearsal in the morning, participants headed to the Kenosha Public Library for a run-out performance.
They got to perform repertoire of their choice, including some additional works that our composers brought to the festival.
Finally that night it was time for another salon night, offering everyone a chance to perform in a more casual environment.
On Sunday, participants got a much needed day off to prepare for the final week!