fresh ventures

Alum composes for The Crossing Choir and for a new opera

Ayanna Woods (composer, ’16) composed the music and words to the world premiere of Shift, a new film part of The Crossing Votes: 2020; a pre-election project put on by The Crossing Choir, which premiered on November 2nd, 2020. Woods was also part of a group of composers who wrote the opera, FORCE! an opera …

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Megan Ilhnen co-presents Black Meridian

Megan Ilhnen (mezzo-soprano, ’13) of Megan Ilhnan & Alan Theisen present… premiered Black Meridian, a theatrical recital of new music with the theme of distortion of space and time around the presence of black holes. The recital is performed in two parts, “Event Horizon” and “Singularity” and features works by Sarah Bareilles, Michael Oberhauser, Jamie …

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Composition alum awarded Fire Island Residency, releases new single with fellow alumni

Dan Langa (’17) was awarded residency at Fire Island National Park, starting in May 2021. “For the residency I will be creating an electroacoustic work for the park using field recordings I will take during my stay at Watch Hill in the spring. My goal with the project is to explore to relationship between man–made, …

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Prize winning composition starts duo ~, is commissioned for multiple new projects, and releases new pieces

Maya Miro Johnson (’19, composition) started a new performance art duo with Sarrah Bushara, called ~ [pronounced two]. They are working on both their first large commission with Zeitgeist and a digital concert performance with Fidget. Johnson was admitted as one of the youngest students ever selected for a conducting fellowship at Aspen Music Festival …

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Alums premiere new flute pieces, featured in Oregon Arts Watch

Composer Sarah Jordan (’20) recently connected with two other Fresh Inc alums, flutists Robin Meiskins (’16, ’17) and Victoria Calderone Moreira (’19). Meiskins has an impressive following on her Youtube channel; notably releasing a series titled “100 Days of New Music.” In November 2020, Meiksins posted a performance of “Embers,” a solo flute piece written …

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