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  • Composer Residencies
  • Keynotes
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Interaction Between the Composer, Commissioner, Conductor, Choir, and Community

There are two types of interaction with a living composer:

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Formal interactions require a much larger amount of planning, energy, and resources because they most often involve the composer traveling to the location of the choir. The biggest benefit of the formal interaction is that it is an in-the-flesh experience, where all of the people who have a role in the project come together to create something new.


One-time guest rehearsals between the composer and the choir.  These involve the choir performing and the composer responding to and shaping the choir’s performance.

Composer Residencies

Extended periods of interaction that can range from several days to up to a year where the composer works repeatedly with the choir, including possible keynotes and composition masterclasses.

Guest Conducting

When the composer is invited to conduct the premiere of a performance or a group of works centered around a specific theme, genre, or composer.

Guest Appearances

The composer attends a performance without any musical responsibilities.  This often involves a meet and greet after the concert, or a reception to meet important contributors to the project.

Key Notes

Talks from 30-90 minutes, centered around a specific theme.

Example keynote topics:

  • Creativity
    • The Anatomy of Creativity: From Inspiration to Publication
    • The Power of Story: Text, Meaning, and Music Making
  • Composition
    • Dynamic Collaborations: The Process of Collaborating with a Composer
    • Creating the Resources You Need: Funding Collaborations and Commissions
    • Composer Masterclasses
  • Conducting/Performance/Rehearsal Technique<