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


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

Stacy Garrop – Bohemian Café
for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and bass

Quinn Jacobs – Voices You Never Hear
for violin, saxophone and piano

Patricia Wallinga – Opheliad
for piano and voice

Ralph Lewis – social pressures on the moon
for flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone and bassoon

Zachariah Thomas – Nocturne
for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn

Ayanna Woods – Major Key: a snap story
for flute, violin, viola and cello

Kyle Rotolo – Follies, Illusions & Fallacies
for flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, bass clarinet and bass

Qingye Wu – Carnival of the Mountain World
for four cellos

Zachary Green – what have you to do with serious things?
for voice, viola and piano

We got to sleep in a little bit before a late morning soundcheck for our final concert at UW-Parkside’s Bedford Concert Hall. After we had lunch, it was time for the big day!
























As always, we had an amazing time performing in this beautiful space. Will Pearson’s Mark J. Ralph made excellent use of the acoustics with some unique staging.













After the performance, musicians and audience members got to mingle at our annual reception, and relax with some drinks and hors d’oeuvres.





































Before the final send-off, we got the entire group together to take photos in the concert hall. There were some serious ones, but we prefer the goofy ones.

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Most importantly, we took our annual pass-out photo in Bedford Hall.













Thanks to all of our amazing participants! We can’t wait for next year!