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Evolution: Classical | Classical Music Summer 2020






Evolution: Classical is a three-week career development program for classically trained instrumentalists and vocalists. The residency's mentor group will be led by the Gryphon Trio and will include an inspiring group of internationally recognized performing artists, artists from other creative and performing arts disciplines, career advisors, arts managers, and presenters. 

Applicants will be required to conceive and submit a unique 45- to 60-minute minute musical program with their application. This musical program will serve as the focal point of the participant’s Evolution: Classical experience and must be ready for performance at the start of the program. Submitted programs must be original musical curations (like a live music set list) that can/will be performed by the applicant throughout the residency.

Programs should convey an artistic point of view, theme, and aesthetic arc. They should also include a creatively combined selection of some or all of the following: movements of longer works, short pieces, art song, popular song, arrangements, new creations, improvisations, and vocal recitations.

Applicants with an established genre focus – early music, core classical, contemporary, classical/jazz/improv/global hybrid – are encouraged to include selections that reflect their current areas of genre and stylistic preference and strength. Applicants are encouraged to take risks when combining these selections with music that offers emotional and intellectual contrast and continuity, and that stretches the applicant beyond their inherent or learned/adopted curatorial restrictions and barriers.

What does the program offer?

Evolution: Classical is intended to  supplement previous university and/or conservatory training with workshops, coaching, lessons, lectures, and public performances. The program will support, challenge, and empower participants through daily group discussions and interactions that will help to define artistic point of view and hone interpretive and communication skills. Presentations, consultations, and experiential learning opportunities will offer insights into the fundamental issues that underlie successful career development, programming, and marketing strategies.

In addition to offering public performance opportunities throughout the three-week residency, Evolution: Classical will also offer unique participant/mentor collaboration opportunities with artists from other disciplines that will result in the creation and performance of engaging and impactful concert experiences at the end of the session.  

During the first week of Evolution: Classical, participants will present segments of their curations and receive mentor/peer feedback in a group setting. Participants will receive feedback on interpretation and musicianship, technical proficiency, program curation, and stage presence. Lectures and workshops offered this week will help remove creativity barriers and explore the cultivation of an authentic artistic point of view.

In the second week, ensembles, collectives, and individuals will work with a professional mentor artist from another discipline to explore the opportunities and challenges tied to various forms of collaboration. Some of these collaborations may involve additional repertoire assigned by the Gryphon Trio or mentors. Week two and three will also offer mentor concerts and presentations, individual lessons, coaching, career mentoring sessions, and performance opportunities. 

Week three will focus on the continued development curations and collaborations, and will culminate with a three-day mini festival showcasing this work. 

Who should apply?

Evolution: Classical is ideally suited for classically trained emerging/early career instrumentalists (strings, piano, winds, brass, percussion) and vocalists who are interested in expanding their capacity to forge an inspiring and sustainable career in music and the arts.

Chamber ensembles and unique collectives (pre-existing or formed for participation in this residency) of any instrumental and/or vocal combination and size, collectives combining classical and non-classical instrumental and vocal traditions, and soloists are welcome to apply.

Applicants will be required to submit audio and video materials demonstrating a very high level of musicianship and technical proficiency, an artistic rationale supporting their proposed 45- to- 60-minute musical program, and will be required to express what outcomes they hope to take away from the Evolution: Classical experience.


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*Financial Aid up to 100% is available to cover tuition (meal plans and accommodations are not eligible).

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Modern Composition with Gavin Bryars





Check out the report on Gavin's 2018 session here.Gavin Bryars is without a doubt one of the world's most celebrated living composers. He emerged to the musical establishment in the early sixties, playing bass with improvisers Derek Bailey and Tony Oxley - his relationship with improvisation was short lived, and by the late 60's he was working with John Cage, Cornelius Cardew and John White. His first major works - The Sinking of the Titanic (1969), originally released on Brian Eno's Obscure label in 1975, and Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet (1971) - were released in new versions in the 1990s, selling over a quarter of a million copies.

Opera and ballet have formed important strands in Gavin's practice - he has written four full-length operas, working with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera, Mainz Opera, Long Beach Opera and the Opera de Paris, alongside such renowned directors as Robert Wilson, Georges Delnon and Jean Lacorrnerie. Hi has worked with Opera North Projects and the Royal Shakespeare Company since 2006, and his collaboration with Merce Cunningham, Biped, toured worldwide with the Cunningham Company.

Elsewhere in Gavin's extensive catalogue of works can be found vocal works written for The Hilliard Ensemble, and commissions for Bournemouth Sinfonietta, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Primavera Chamber Orchestra and London Sinfonietta. His background in the visual arts has resulted in works for the opening of the Tate Gallery in Liverpool, an installation in the Chateau d'Oiron, commissioned by the French Ministry of Culture, a work for the Tate Gallery St Ives, and a project for the Valencia Architecture Biennale. This visual arts affinity has also led to highly successful collaborations with David Byrne, Bruce MacLean, Bill Culbert, Juan Munoz, Christian Boltanski, Will Alsop and others.

This course will take Gavin's work as a starting point to examine compositional forms and strategies, working closely with the group's existing practice and methods, with the aim of each student developing a finished work for performance at the end of the session. Students from all musical backgrounds are welcome, whether classically trained, improvisors, sound artists, installation artists, conceptual artists or favouring any other approach. The session will include:

Individual tuition sessions, examining and developing each student's existing work and practiceGroup sessions examining different types of musical material, including vocal music (both solo and ensemble), string music, opera, music for dance, composing in relation to music from the past, and arranging the music of othersEvening events showing Gavin's work in opera and filmDevelopment of each student's work for final performance by the group at the end of the course

The sessions will be accompanied by optional outdoors activities led by CAMP crew, including guided mountaineering, visits to local beauty points, and downtime to hang out, relax, enjoy the local food and wine, and learn informally from Gavin, the CAMP crew, and your fellow students. Following the course, further support of the work developed will come in the form of performance and releasing opportunities via Fuse Art Space and our range of in-house record labels.

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