One of my favorite parts of being a composer is working with music students in a residency setting. I love collaborating with other musicians, and enjoy traveling to schools to talk about music, coach rehearsals, share a behind-the-scenes look at my creative process, and answer questions. And now, with technology today, a residency might mean an in-person visit or jumping on Skype or FaceTime.
Residencies are tailored to your school and music program. The sky is the limit. A residency may be a dress rehearsal and concert, a one-day workshop, or a week-long series of events. Or, it might be a 15-20 minute Skype session during one of your regular rehearsals. I’ve collaborated with high schools, colleges, and all-county and all-state bands in New York, Illinois, Kansas, Tennessee, Florida, Virginia, Idaho, New Hampshire, and more, and worked with choirs, composition students, saxophone students, orchestras, wind bands, entrepreneurship + music business classes.
WHY ARE RESIDENCIES IMPORTANT?
Residencies provide a valuable opportunity for collaboration and conversation about new music, performance, and music entrepreneurship among both faculty and students. Residencies also add value to your community through opportunities to engage with local schools, businesses, and concert audience members. Residencies help create a richer musical experience for all involved.
WHAT DOES A RESIDENCY INCLUDE?
It varies from school to school. I’m always open to new ideas, so feel free to make suggestions! Here are a few things I’ve done in the past:
Choir – Coach choir as they rehearse my music. Provide insight into my compositional process and explain my interpretation of the text.
Composition – Meet with composition students, one-on-one or in a group setting to review student works or share some of my own experience. Offer whatever help I can, from practical advice to musical development.
Saxophone – Work with saxophonists in one-on-one lessons or studio classes. Offer insight into my saxophone compositions and provide feedback on student performances of these works.
Wind Band – Coach wind ensemble or concert band as they rehearse and perform my music. Interact with students, answer questions, and share my experiences.
Entrepreneurship / Music Business – Speak to classes and/or groups about my experience as a music entrepreneur and the skills I use to run my business. Offer insight into the importance of networking, self-promotion, use of social media and the web, creative thinking, and leadership in the arts.
READY TO PLAN A RESIDENCY?
Great! Email me to get started. We’ll discuss your goals and ideas, any related fees, and talk about our schedules. Looking forward to working with you!