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Expert individual instruction with composition and instrumental artist faculty.

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New music presented in new ways – create performance experiences for audiences of all types.

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"fresh inc is a captivating experience for a young performer or composer at the beginning stages of a career in the arts. It instills in each participant a love of making and writing music that is innovative and barrier breaking — and pushes us as musicians to embrace the new with open arms. Alongside 5HE, we’re redefining what it means to belong to the world of classical music. Watch out world!"
- Danielle, Class of 2013

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Today, we had the distinct pleasure of performing at the amazing Rush Hour Concerts at St. James Cathedral in downtown Chicago. Even Millie couldn’t believe the splendor of the picturesque St. James Cathedral. She couldn’t help herself – she got all lit up! Before the show, we had a special session with Rush Hour visionary, Deborah Sobol. She contextualized for us the importance of keeping music in our daily lives, and encouraged us all to continue to look around us at […]

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One of the sessions we looked forward to most happened on day 6 of fresh inc, in which we were joined by graphic novelist Ezra Claytan Daniels, one of 5HE’s favorite collaborators and the mastermind behind our landmark Black Violet series. Millie loves Ezra! (oh, and hey – if you want to check out Black Violet on your iPad, click here, or check out our album on iTunes!) Ezra started by showing the complex process behind creating Black Violet, from […]

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It’s day 5, and we start with the usual marathon of rehearsals. Over these two weeks, we rehearse all 24 new works that have been written for the festival, along with many established pieces both new and old. Festival participants join members of 5HE in mixed ensembles for rehearsals and performance, which is our favorite way to make music and learn. Today’s workshop is on marketing and psychographics, exploring what happens when artists put their audience at the center of […]

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