Communitas 161 and SunSneeze

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Alumnus Kevin Rank (2014) is developing two projects in the Dallas – Fort Worth area.

Communitas 161 is a concert project that brings students of various ages into retirement communities to perform for residents. The goal is to provide a meaningful experience for elders, cultivate a habit of service among students, and to encourage earnest, positive interaction across generations. Inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address in 1961 encouraging service to communities.

Communitas /kəˈmjuːnɪtɑːs//kəˈmjuːnɪtas/, from Latin

1) spirit of community, kinship
2) fellowship
3) partnership, joint possession/use/participation


SunSneeze is a new music project aimed to share new, targeted repertoire with the audience in mind.

Modern classical music is most often the work of living composers. These contemporary, musical scribes have been influenced by an incredible variety of styles and traditions. Many cite the influence of classical masters as well as more recent forms like rock, bluegrass, or hip-hop. Designed or processed sound is another idea that continues to develop within classical music. Timeless ideas like joy, celebration, and nature show continued influence too!

SunSneeze’s Kickstarter is currently live with a goal of $4,813.  Your pledge will be used to help them rent/tune/move a piano, compensate performers, document the concert, secure licenses, and ship out physical rewards associated with the campaign (ideally using eco-friendly shipping materials). Additional pledges and stretch goals will help cultivate future projects like commissioning new pieces of music!