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Stacy Garrop’s Residency with CUSO

The residency of Stacy Garrop is made possible through Music Alive, a residency program of the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA that aims to bring new music to the forefront of our nation’s orchestras and the communities whom they serve. This national program is designed to provide orchestras with resources and tools to support their work with composers and new music, capitalizing on the power of composers and their creativity to build new paths for orchestras to heighten their relevancy and deepen their relationships with their communities.

Music Alive prioritizes collaborative work and immersive experiences for composers, orchestra musicians, artistic leadership, and community members, to demonstrate the power and value of living composers working at the center of American orchestras. Stacy Garrop’s Music Alive residency with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra focuses on three major goals:

− workshopping, rehearsing, and developing new works
− mentoring composers less experienced with the orchestral field
− creating public access to the artistic process

The artistic collaboration by CUSO, Music Director Stephen Alltop, and Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Stacy Garrop brings the vitality of new music to the central Illinois region with several programs and performances for the 2017-18 CUSO season.

Free CUSO Chamber Concert: Legends

September 6, 2017 | 5:15 p.m. at I Hotel, Champaign

Music of Destiny CUSO Season Concerts at Krannert Center

Portions of Garrop’s Mythology Symphony will be performed alongside masterworks by Mendelssohn and Beethoven for Music of Destiny on March 2, 2018, and with the works of Mozart and Mahler for Music of Titans on April 28, 2018.

Overture Composition Competition

Composers of all ages are invited to submit a work of up to three minutes for performance by the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra during the 2018-19 season. Five finalists will be selected to participate in a workshop and reading session on Saturday, March 3, 2018. The deadline for submission of scores is January 1, 2018.

Orchestra Workshop and Reading Session

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Five composers will have their finalist entries read and workshopped by the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra. The session will be open to the public. After the workshop, up to two winning compositions will be selected for performance during the CUSO 2018-19 season, and Dr. Garrop will mentor the winning composers.

CUSO 2018 Youth Concerts at Krannert Center: The Composer’s Toolbox

April 9–10, 2018

Maestro Stephen Alltop, Stacy Garrop and CUSO will present four performances of this interactive, educational concert for area grade-school students. This program guides students through the creative world of the composer as CUSO performs Stacy’s work, Blurrr.

Music in the Schools Composer Visits

Dr. Garrop will visit area grade schools to present a one-hour interactive program and musical performances to introduce students to the basic building blocks of music, demonstrate what a composer does, and lead them in composing a short piece for performance by the visiting CUSO brass quintet. They will also perform some of her works from Legends of Olympus, which offer musical portraits of Greek gods Helios, Aphrodite, Hermes, and Apollo.

Visiting Composer Day for High Schools

Dr. Garrop will visit area high schools and give presentations to students from orchestras, bands, choirs, and music theory classes. Presentations will discuss the composing process, careers in music, and she can give a few composition lessons to interested students.

Visiting Composer Institute for Universities and Colleges

Dr. Garrop will conduct two-day residencies at area universities and colleges with composition programs, offering a complete series of 60–90 minute educational and professional development sessions on the process of composing, writing vocal music, composition pedagogy, the music business for composers, rehearsal techniques for composers, and one-on-one career/business mentoring sessions.