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On Wednesday, we took a handful of our participants to the local YMCA to have them lead their own outreach program.

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They got to show their instruments off to the kids, and then gave them the opportunity to write their own graphic score pieces for different groups of musicians.

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Guest expert Jeffrey Nytch led a workshop back on campus. A composer, performer and educator himself, he was eager to meet our young professionals and offered some case-specific advice for them.

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Participants prepped for some outreach programs in the morning and had a bit of rehearsal time before loading up on a bus to Chicago!

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We got to St. James Cathedral for an ensemble panel featuring Peter McDowell of Eighth Blackbird and Russell Rolen of Spektral Quartet. Moderated by Dan and Stacy, participants got to ask questions from the perspective of both composers and fellow performers.

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After the panel, Fifth House Ensemble presented a program of music by Dan Visconti and Stacy Garrop for Rush Hour Concerts. The performance was broadcast on WFMT and can be heard here!

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After a relaxing day off on Sunday, students got down to business with a ton of workshops and guest speakers on Monday, and even managed to squeeze some rehearsal time in between!

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Participants took workshops on relating to their audiences and how to budget and sell their performances.

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After some student composer presentations, we welcomed composers Jim Stephenson and Daniel Dorff for guest presentations led by Stacy and Dan.

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After a morning of composer’s forums and rehearsals, it was off to the Kenosha Public Library for an amazing free performance where participants once again got a chance to show off some of their existing repertoire.

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We were treated to an original song for accordion by Sarah Grace Graves!

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And Just Duet closed things out with a unique synchronized snapping performance.

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Later that evening there were even more opportunities for performances in our second Salon Night.

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Highlights included vocal performances from two of our composers.

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5HE’s own Pablo Moreno and Jani Parsons closed out the night with some Ravel!

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The first Friday of fresh inc 2015 began with a workshop on writing bios, resumes and interview skills.

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After composer-in-residence Dan Visconti got things started, 5HE cellist Herine shared the story of one of the worst interviews she ever gave, with Dan playing the part of the arrogant interviewee.

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Thankfully, Clark was able to step in and show students where Dan went wrong, showing everyone the proper way to handle the situation.

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With no other performances on the books for the day, students buckled down and continued to rehearse pieces for the final concerts at the end of next week, while composers took part in some composers forums with Dan and Stacy Garrop.

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