After closing out day 1 of the festival with a performance of Luna de Cuernos by our faculty members, we kicked day 2 off with a rehearsal techniques and coaching do’s & don’ts workshop.
Jenny & Deuce gave some tips & tricks for getting the most out of your rehearsal time, and Dan & Stacy demonstrated their now famous Goofus & Gallant rehearsal coaching.
Dan walked in eating Milanos and showed ways for a composer to NOT coach a rehearsal, and then Stacy came in and saved the day demonstrating good ways for composers to interact with ensembles during a coaching.
We continued the morning with fresh inc 2.0 meetings between faculty members and fresh inc 2.0 participants, who are participants who are attending the festival for the second time and are working on specific projects. While these meetings were happening, the rest of the morning was spent in rehearsals and composition lessons.
After lunch and another set of rehearsals, Eric & Jenny lead a public speaking workshop — a fresh inc staple! Participants had the chance to demonstrate piece introductions, and Eric switched things up and asked them to introduce the same piece for both an audience of standard concert goers and a room full of kindergarteners!
The rest of the afternoon was filled with lots of rehearsing, practicing, and lessons.
After dinner, we had our first guest expert workshop. Genevieve Theirs, creator of Sitter City, soprano, and entrepreneur, talked to us about her various ventures, how she started them, and how she’s balanced her new ventures, artistic career, and personal life.
Stay tuned for more updates from fresh inc 2014 — day 3 includes our third annual performance at the Milwaukee Art Museum!