Hello from fresh inc 2014! After almost a year of planning, we’re finally all together on campus at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside for the 2014 festival. We’re excited to have 44 young instrumentalists and composers here with us on campus, and composers-in-residence Stacy Garrop and Dan Visconti are back for another action packed festival.
Everyone arrived on Sunday afternoon, and after we unpacked and ate some dinner, we continued the fresh inc tradition of opening night smores, which, to be honest, is one of the best parts of the festival — we get to spend a few hours getting to know each other without having to worry about having an instrument in our hands, and we get to stuff ourselves with a delicious melty mess of graham crackers, chocolate, and mallows. What better way to get to know each other?!
The first day of the festival, Monday, started with an opening meeting, and then we went straight into concert auditions. During the festival, we have four separate run out concerts, and we open the programming of these up to include works that participants bring to the festival.
The composers all got together for their first forum, which included introductions of everyone, and then Stacy & Dan lead a session on notation and CVs & resumes.
Eric Snoza kicked off our headshot photo-shoots — each participant leaves the festival with a new set of professional headshots.
After lunch, Melissa & Jenny lead 5HE’s Arts Start-Up workshop, which talks about the forming of a new business and all the various options you have. Additionally, we organized our participants into groups and assigned them their own new venture project. Each group will create a hypothetical business proposal for one of our fresh inc performances. Towards the end of the festival, each group will present their business plans!
We continued the afternoon with our first rehearsals, and it’s been really exciting to hear the halls fill with music and experience the notes moving from the page to the ear.
After dinner, we had our first salon night, which featured members of 5HE performing Luna de Cuernos, our recent graphic novel collaboration with our wind quintet.
We’re almost through day 2 of fresh inc, so stay tuned to hear what we’ve been up to today!
Day 11 of fresh inc started with a run through of our Nichols Hall final performance. All instrumentalists who were performing and all composers who were having their pieces played came together with faculty to not only play the program in concert order, but also to rehearse piece introductions! And Carole & the concert operations volunteer, composer Nick Baskin, took lots of notes on what chairs and stands got moved where between pieces!
We continued the morning with lessons and rehearsals, and after lunch we had another block including a composer forum, lessons, and rehearsals. Plus a number of participants spent the time they weren’t in rehearsals or lessons preparing for their final business plan presentations or practicing!
Next up was a publishing workshop! Lawson White, president of Good Child Music, was Skyped in for the first half of the presentation, and Stacy and Dan finished the second half with additional publishing and contracting information.
After the workshop, we had some more rehearsing and lessons, and then we headed to dinner.
Thursday night, our amazing participants decided to organize an additional salon night! We had only scheduled three participant salon nights (plus the faculty one on the first day), but the participants felt that there was so much music that needed to be shared and given the chance to perform, that they would give up a free night to have an additional salon. And wow, was it totally worth it! Our final salon night was filled with incredible music, including pieces by composers at the festival and traditional rep that ended up not being programmed on a final concert, and more spirit and a greater sense of community than any of us on Team 5HE could have hoped for for this amazing group of musicians!
2013 fresh inc festival Closing Concert Recordings
Nichols Hall, Music Institute of Chicago
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Alexander Cooke – Apricity
for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, french horn, violin, viola, cello, double bass, and piano; Performed by Melissa Snoza, Crystal Hall, Jason Paige, Kelly Kasle, Kelly Hofman, Timothy Steeves, Marta Honer, William Gage Ehmann, Eric Snoza, Deborah K. Hui
Rene Orth – Come and Go
for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, french horn, violin, viola, cello, double bass, and piano; Performed by Emlyn Johnson, Allison Pickett, Jennifer Woodrum, Karl Rzasa, Kelly Hofman, Danielle Simandl, Katie Kroko, Herine Coetzee Koschak, Andrew O’Connor, Ryan Greene
Jake Heggie – Statuesque
Movements I and V
for mezzo-soprano, flute, clarinet, saxophone, violin, cello, double bass and piano; Performed by Megan Ihnen, Emlyn Johnson, Jason Paige, Jonathan Hulting- Cohen, Danielle Simandl, Herine Coetzee Koschak, Milo Fultz, Jani Parsons
2013 fresh inc festival Closing Concert Recordings
Bedford Concert Hall, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Tomás Gueglio – Sur la !ûte traversière
for clarinet, flute, violin, cello, piano, and percussion; Performed by Emlyn Johnson, Jennifer Woodrum, Andrew Williams, W. Gage Ehmann, Ryan Greene, and Chris Sies
Day 10 at fresh inc dawned nice and sunny, and most of our participants were able to have a slow start to the day. First thing that morning, we had a run through rehearsal for our Make Music Chicago Grand Final concert, which included GRIME by fresh inc composer Evan Williams.
We continued the morning with rehearsals and composition lessons, and the festival composers were all assigned a time to meet with a 5HE member to practice their spoken introductions of their pieces for our final performances.
Chicago artists Ezra Claytan Daniels, of Black Violet writing and illustrating fame, joined us for lunch before our afternoon of workshops!
After lunch, Ezra lead a Music and Storytelling workshop, during which he talked about the artistic process he used while he was collaborating with 5HE to create Black Violet. fresh inc participants were given the chance to create and present their own music & storytelling presentations using an excerpt from the first movement of Mendelssohn’s Trio in D minor.
We took a quick break after Ezra’s workshop, and then Melissa and Eric led the group through the Putting Your Audience Center Stage workshop.
After one more rehearsal block and set of lessons, we had dinner and were able to unpack some of the things we talked about during the day.
Day 10 closed with our third salon night, during which we heard even more incredible music by our amazing participants! Featured this night were a number of pieces that were rehearsed at the festival but ended up not being programmed on one of our final concerts.