Artistic Vitality

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Pre-Con: Toolkit for Conductors

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 8:00 am 12:00 pm $245
$325 non-member

Location: Marshfield Room, Third Floor

Co-presented with the Conductors Guild, this seminar will center on topics important to conductors with ten plus years of experience. We’ll demystify the music director selection process and explore strategies for stimulating your own artistic growth through various forms of continuing education. Additionally, the seminar will provide resources to help conductors manage their personal brands and successfully communicate with boards, executives, and orchestra staff.

Speakers: John Farrer, music director, Roswell Symphony Orchestra; Delta David Gier, music director, South Dakota Symphony; Jim Hirsch, principal consultant, Chicago Sinfonietta; Susan Lape, executive director, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras; Matthew Oberstein, vice president, Opus 3 Artists; Lidiya Yankovskaya, music director, Chicago Opera Theater

This pre-conference seminar is part of the Artistic Vitality Track.

This seminar is made possible by generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Programming Black Music: Five Centuries, Four Continents, and Endless Possibilities

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 2:30 pm 3:45 pm

Location: Center for Black Music Research, 618 S. Michigan Ave., Sixth Floor

This session is limited to a maximum of 20 participants. If you wish to attend, please RSVP here. 

This is an interactive, hands-on session showcasing the instrumental scores of Afro-descendent composers as part of a visit to the Center for Black Music Research (CBMR) library and archives.

The Center for Black Music Research is an independent research unit of Columbia College Chicago that is devoted to documentation, research, preservation, and dissemination of information about the history and current expressions of Black music on a global scale.

In this special tour and workshop, participants will explore and examine the CBMR’s extensive archival holdings—including manuscript scores, non-commercial recordings, and unique documents—related to the history of classical music throughout the African Diaspora. We will use these resources in a discussion on best practices in programming Black music alongside pieces from the standard repertoire and in conjunction with repertoire expansion initiatives. The session will also offer guidelines on how to utilize the CBMR’s resources as well as practical tips on how to identify repertoire options for your season planning.

Speakers: Laurie Moses, archivist and digital librarian, Center for Black Music Research; Melanie Zeck, research fellow, Center for Black Music Research; Managing Editor, Black Music Research Journal

This session is part of the Artistic Vitality Track. 

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Championing Women Composers

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 8:45 am 10:00 am

Location: Salon 12, Third Floor

Join us for a deep dive into the challenges, successes, and experiences shared by some of America’s leading women composers. Participants will include national winners of the League’s Women Composers Readings and Commissions Program, an initiative of the League of American Orchestras administered by American Composers Orchestra with support from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. They will be joined by leading women composers in the greater Chicago area and will also participate in the discussion. This roundtable discussion will provide insight into the women’s professional journeys, key lessons learned, and a discussion about how we can provide more opportunities, resources, and equity for women composers.

Speakers: Stacy Garrop, composer; Robin Holcomb, composer; Chen-Hui Jen, composer; Wang Jie, composer; Tania J. León, composer, conductor, distinguished professor, CUNY; Andreia Pinto-Correia, composer; Shulamit Ran, Andrew MacLeish Distinguished Service Professor of Music; Artistic Director, Contempo (the Contemporary Chamber Players), The University of Chicago; Augusta Read Thomas, composer; Andrea Reinkemeyer, composer; Xi Wang, composer; Lidiya Yankovskaya, music director, Chicago Opera Theater

This session is part of the Artistic Vitality Track.

Made possible by generous grants from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation and The Joyce Foundation.

Sponsored by WFMT Radio Network.

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Social Impact Beyond the Concert Hall: A Musicians’ Panel

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 8:45 am 10:00 am

Location: Salon 3, Third Floor

In this session, recipients of the League’s Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service and other musicians share how they are using their musical resources to improve the lives of others beyond the concert hall. They’ll discuss their work in hospitals, educational settings, and special musical projects that make a significant impact in their communities.

Speakers: Jeffrey Barker, associate principal flute, Seattle Symphony; John R. Beck, principal percussion, Winston-Salem Symphony; Jody Chaffee, community engagement director, flute, Firelands Symphony Orchestra; Erin Hannigan, principal oboe, Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Ahmad Mayes, director of community engagement & learning, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Juan R. Ramírez Hernández, violin, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

This session is part of the Artistic Vitality Track.

Made possible by a generous grant from Ford Motor Company Fund.

This session is sponsored by Partners in Performance.

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Composers + Orchestras: Evolving for Relevance

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 11:00 am 12:15 pm

Location: Salons 5 and 8, Third Floor

Join New Music USA and Music Alive partners to explore the roles and relationships of composers and new music within the orchestra world. Drawing on the experiences of the Music Alive cohort of composers, we will explore and identify creative solutions for enhancing and strengthening the composer and orchestra relationship. The session will begin with a series of speed-dating style one-on-one conversations with opportunity for large-group sharing near the end.

Speakers: Lembit Beecher, composer; Anna Clyne, composer; Stacy Garrop, composer; Ed Harsh, president and CEO, New Music USA; Hannibal Lokumbe, composer; Sam Reising, community platform strategist & grantmaking manager, New Music USA; Scott Winship, director of grantmaking programs, New Music USA; Theodore Wiprud, composer
This session is part of the Artistic Vitality Track.

Music Alive is made possible through a lead grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with additional support from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, The Amphion Foundation, and The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund.

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History of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass: Innovation and Impact

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 2:30 pm 3:45 pm

Location: Buntrock Hall at Symphony Center, 67 E. Adams Street

CSO trumpeter John Hagstrom presents a look back through the history of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s renowned brass section. He will highlight important developments and key musicians shaping the orchestra’s powerful and unified sonic impact and explain how it has been passed on through successive generations of CSO musicians. Several historic CSO brass instruments will be displayed, and Hagstrom will perform several selections on trumpets played by former CSO trumpeters going back 100 years and more.

Presenter: John Hagstrom, trumpet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra

This session is part of the Artistic Vitality Track. 

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Life in Music in the 21st Century: Next Gen Musicians’ Perspective

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Friday, June 15, 2018 8:45 am 10:00 am

Location: Honore Ballroom, Lobby Level

The upcoming generation of musicians—Civic Fellows of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 100-year-old training ensemble for young professional musicians—discuss their experience as emerging orchestra members and how today’s industry landscape as well as cultural and societal shifts inform their career development. We’ll hear their take on the role of performing artists who care deeply about both artistic and community impact, balancing the pursuit of artistic mastery with an intrinsic drive for civic duty, and the importance of musician leadership in shaping the future of the orchestral field.

Speakers: James Hall, manager, community programs and civic orchestra engagement, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Jonathan McCormick; Tara Lynn Ramsey, violin; Midori Samson, bassoon; Danielle Wilson, cello

This session is part of the Artistic Vitality Track.

This session is sponsored by Newzik.

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Programming Black Music: Five Centuries, Four Continents, and Endless Possibilities

Session Date Start Time End Time
Friday, June 15, 2018 11:00 am 12:15 pm

Location: Center for Black Music Research, 618 S. Michigan Ave., Sixth Floor

This session is limited to a maximum of 20 participants. If you wish to attend, please RSVP here.

This is an interactive, hands-on session showcasing the instrumental scores of Afro-descendent composers as part of a visit to the Center for Black Music Research (CBMR) library and archives.

The Center for Black Music Research is an independent research unit of Columbia College Chicago that is devoted to documentation, research, preservation, and dissemination of information about the history and current expressions of Black music on a global scale.

In this special tour and workshop, participants will explore and examine the CBMR’s extensive archival holdings—including manuscript scores, non-commercial recordings, and unique documents—related to the history of classical music throughout the African Diaspora. We will use these resources in a discussion on best practices in programming Black music alongside pieces from the standard repertoire and in conjunction with repertoire expansion initiatives. The session will also offer guidelines on how to utilize the CBMR’s resources as well as practical tips on how to identify repertoire options for your season planning.

Speakers: Laurie Moses, archivist and digital librarian, Center for Black Music Research; Melanie Zeck, research fellow, Center for Black Music Research; Managing Editor, Black Music Research Journal

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Reflecting Our Communities Through Music

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Friday, June 15, 2018 11:00 am 12:15 pm

Location: State Ballroom, Fourth Floor

How can the orchestral experience help address and reflect pressing community concerns via artistic programming? A panel will describe how their orchestras have approached translating civic concerns into vibrant, core series programming and then lead participants in a thoughtful discussion about how orchestras can listen and respond to their evolving communities.

Speakers: Lorenzo Candelaria, associate provost, University of Texas at El Paso, Mei-Ann Chen, music director, Chicago Sinfoneitta, Isaac Thompson, vice president, artistic planning, New York Philharmonic

Moderator: Jesse Rosen, president and CEO, League of American Orchestras

This session is part of the Artistic Vitality Track.

This session is generously sponsored by An Evening with Jorge Calandrelli, Legendary Arranger to the Stars.

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