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May 31, 2015 Choral Arts Initiative worked with select composition students from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach: Jeffrey Wu, Cristina Lord, Magnum Nadal, James LaPiana, and Kevin Capacia. The students were able to have their works brought to life for the first time during a special Composer Workshop Reading Session. Composers were able to receive feedback from the Choral Artists and Artistic Director, make real-time adjustments to their score, and take preliminary recordings. This collaboration with the Composition Department at California State University, Long Beach began in the early fall when Artistic Director Brandon Elliott presented a discussion on "Composing for Choir."
Evan Mooney, Education & Community Outreach Director added: "We are so excited to be able to work with student composers in our community. As we continue to expand as an organization, we have plans in place to offer even more opportunities for student and young-emerging composers in our community." Brandon Elliott reflected after the event: "What's most important here is that students are writing for chorus. It has been my observation that many students focus specifically on instrumental works, which is wonderful in its own right. However, it is our goal here at Choral Arts Initiative to encourage more students to write for chorus."
This Composer Workshop is a part of Choral Arts Initiative's expanding Education & Community Outreach programs which have been partially underwritten by Wells Fargo. As a 501(c)(3) organization, Choral Arts Initiative's Education & Community Outreach programs rely solely on generous supporters. To learn more about how to give to Choral Arts Initiative, click here.
Lorraine Joy Welling