On Tuesday, a handful of participants presented their own Music Can Tell a Story performance at the Racine Public Library!

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Kids at the library helped choose the musical elements that they wanted to include in their story, and participants brought them to life!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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After some rehearsal in the morning, participants headed to the Kenosha Public Library for a run-out performance.

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They got to perform repertoire of their choice, including some additional works that our composers brought to the festival.fresh-inc-raw-2047-x2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally that night it was time for another salon night, offering everyone a chance to perform in a more casual environment.

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On Sunday, participants got a much needed day off to prepare for the final week!

Day 6 kicked off with a workshop on writing bios and resumes, followed by interview skills.

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After reviewing some examples of CVs and cover letters, participants were asked to comment on what worked and what didn’t, and left with some instructions on the best practices for revising their own.

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Dan and Herine gave a mock interview based on one of Herine’s most horrifying real-life hiring experiences, and Clark came in to save the day and show us what a great interview should look like.

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The rest of the day, composers and instrumentalists broke out for comp presentations and rehearsals to prepare for the next week!

Everyone loves playing their instrument first thing in the morning, right? Well, it seemed appropriate for our educational workshop.

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Thankfully, we had no trouble getting participants involved for this one!

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Clarinetist James Falzone led our first improvisation workshop. After some brief performance examples, he invited volunteers to come up and try some guided improvisation on their instruments.

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We packed a lot in this day, with another workshop led via Skype by James Buckhouse (Dreamworks, Twitter) and an in-depth budgeting, sales and contracts workshop for the full group of participants.

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To cut loose after a long day, we had our first open salon night, were participants were free to perform other pieces that they brought to the festival, or new collaborations that they worked on with others in their short time here so far!

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