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!

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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.

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

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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.

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

Today was the first of two big performance days! We traveled to Chicago to perform our final concert at Roosevelt University’s Ganz Hall.

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The Rogue Trio performed a piece by Quinn Jacobs titled Voices You Never Hear.

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LUNA Voice & Piano Duo also got a couple of chances to shine at the Ganz Hall concert!

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Qingye Wu’s piece called for all four of our cellists. We had a wonderful first concert at Ganz Hall, and after a relatively late night it was time to head back on the bus to Kenosha for the second performance at UW-Parkside’s Bedford Hall!

Despite the heavy amount of rehearsals happening for the final concert, we did have a great workshop via Skype with floating heads of composers Hummie Mann and Austin Wintory.

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Hummie Mann’s focus has been in the film industry, having worked on scores and orchestrations with the likes of Mel Brooks and Peter Yates. He is also the creator of the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring program.

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Austin Wintory, a Fifth House collaborator and Grammy-nominated composer, is a leading force in video game music. He was able to offer his unique perspective on that industry as a complement to Hummie’s.

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We spent the rest of the night running through both final concerts, including program order, set up and staging.

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.

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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.

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In the gymnasium, another group got to try their hand at presenting Music Can Tell a Story.

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After lunch, Paul Wang of Northwestern University came for his annual presentation on Marketing.

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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!

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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.

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Later in the afternoon, Melissa and Dan led a workshop on Fundraising and Grants.

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After dinner, we had another Salon Concert in room 184, with George Crumb’s Voice of the Whale to kick things off!

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