fresh ventures

Kickstarter: Lost Islands, a project by the Cygnus Trio

The Cygnus Trio (alums 2017) has recently launched a Kickstarter for their upcoming tour in August! They start touring in Montreal on August 10th and will be traveling through Ontario to the Algoma region. To help make this a reality, please consider donating to assist them with travel costs, venue rentals, artists and composition fees! …

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Kenosha Symphony Woodwind Quintet Premiers Haley Woodrow quintet

In February, the Kenosha Symphony Woodwind Quintet premiered Haley Woodrow’s (alum 2017) piece entitled Place of the Pike: Then and Now. A new work inspired by Kenosha history was made possible by a commission from the Kenosha Community Foundation, an award given to Haley through fresh inc! The piece also won a composition contest at the MACRO …

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2013 Alum premiers Stacy Garrop's Alto Saxophone Concerto

In April, Jonathan Hulting – Cohen (fresh inc 2013) premiered Stacy Garrop’s new concerto for alto saxophone and wind ensemble on April 14th, 2018. Quicksilver was commisioned by a consortium of 15 universities! The premier can be found by following this link. Stacy, Jonathan, and the UMass Amherst Wind Ensemble, led by maestro Matthew Westgate, was …

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Shelby Blalock finalist for American Prize in Composition

Shelby Rawlings Blalock, alum from 2017, was recently announced as a finalist for the American Prize in Composition with her piece entitled Out of Ashes! To hear her piece, click here.  “Out of Ashes” is a journey from trauma and loss, to hope and new life. The title was inspired by the legend of the …

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Christopher Culp on TEDxBuffalo

Christopher Culp (fresh in 2012) recently spoke at a TEDx conference in Buffalo.Christopher’s research focuses on the intersection between existentialism, sound studies, and queer theory. He is currently a sexual health educator providing safer sex workshops, LGBTQ+ Youth Empowerment training, and outreach on PrEP, PEP, and HIV/AIDS research. He has taught kindergarten through college level. …

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Admiral Launch Duo album release on Albany Records

The Admiral Launch Duo explores new sounds for harp and saxophone. Equally at home in acoustic and electroacoustic settings, saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen and harpist Jennifer R. Ellis have developed their repertoire through ground-breaking commissions, unexpected transcriptions, and improvisation. They have collaborated with composers including Angélica Negrón, Dylan Arthur Baker, Matthew Browne, ChristineHedden, Jasper Alice Kaye, Natalie …

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Duo Caprice Premiere

2016 fresh inc alum Emma Schmiedecke, cello, and her ensemble Duo Caprice will be giving the world premiere of “To Begin Anew – Prelude for Obo and Cello” on January 26th, 2018 at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The piece was commissioned in collaboration with alum Matthew Kennedy.

Composition Alum Named Semi-Finalist for The American Prize

Composition alum Shelby Blalock has been selected as a semi-finalist in the Orchestral Division of the American Prize for her composition Out of Ashes! The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit national competitions in the performing arts providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances by …

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