We’ve shifted from a trimester system to semesters this year, giving us the shortest summer this school has had in its near-50 years of existence.  For our composers, that means we’re hitting the ground running much sooner than usual.  Here’s a rundown of some of the things we’ve got going for the first few weeks of classes.

  • Aug. 21 – Welcome Seminar and pizza party
  • Aug. 22 – begin work on entries for Winston-Salem Symphony competition, percussion ensemble, Espina-Ruiz debut, nu concert
  • Aug. 26 – Composers in the Hood planning committee meeting
  • Aug. 26 – Seminar on extended techniques for double bass with guest bassist Paul Sharpe of the ensemble Low and Lower.
  • Aug. 26 – Steve Reich 75th birthday celebration at Krankie’s bar, with performances of Different Trains, Vermont Counterpoint, etc. by Carolina Summer Music Festival.
  • Aug. 27 – guest composer Heitor Periera
  • Aug. 31 – Cirque du soleil collaboration meeting
  • Sep. 9 – Cirque du soleil improvisations
  • Sep. 16 – Seminar I on composing for percussion ensemble
  • Sep. 20 – performance by saxophonist Taimur Sullivan of New York Counterpoint by Steve Reich, Pimpin’ by Jacob ter Veldhuis and more.
  • Sep. 24 – guest violist Carol Rodland performs the premiere of Augusta Read Thomas’s Dream Catcher
  • Sep. 29 – deadline for scores for Low and Lower
  • Oct. 1 – performance of Joseph Schwantner’s Percussion Concerto by the school orchestra
  • Oct. 1 – Ninetieth Birthday Concert for composer Margaret Sandresky

A lot of ground to cover, and that’s before the semester really starts heating up.

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