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Stacy Garrop’s Residency with CUSO


Composer Stacy Garrop’s Music Alive residency with CUSO continues for its final year with the 2018-19 season. Stacy’s residency 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 2018-19 CUSO season.

Free CUSO Chamber Concert: Messages from Gaia

September 5, 2018 | 5:15 p.m. at I Hotel, Champaign

As a prelude to the CUSO 2018-19 season, “Our World, Our Music,” join Maestro Stephen Alltop and CUSO musicians for a chamber concert performance of Stacy Garrop’s new music celebrating the beauty of our planet.

“Our World, Our Music” CUSO Season Concerts at Krannert Center

All the World’s A Stage: January 26, 2019 | 7:30 p.m., Krannert Center

CUSO welcomes Carol Cook, principal viola with the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, to perform Stacy Garrop’s new viola concerto, Krakatoa, a work that is as dramatic and explosive as the title suggests.

Terra Nostra:  March 9, 2019 | 7:30 p.m., Krannert Center

Stacy Garrop’s Terra Nostra is a beautiful new work for soloists, choruses, and orchestra that celebrates the beauty of our planet and expolores how we can find a balance for living within the Earth’s resources.

CUSO Music Alive Composers Institute

February 22–23, 2019 | I Hotel, Champaign

In partnership with New Music USA and Music Alive to promote the creation and performance of new music and the mentoring of composers, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra will host a Composers Institute in Champaign, Illinois, on February 22 and 23, 2019. CUSO Music Director and Conductor Stephen Alltop, and Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Stacy Garrop invite college-level composing students and recently graduated composers who live within a 200-mile radius of Champaign-Urbana to participate. There is no fee to participate. The deadline to register is January 28, 2019 and enrollment is limited to a total of forty students.

Orchestra Workshop and Reading Session

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 1:00–3:30 p.m., I Hotel & Conference Center, Champaign

The Institute will culminate in a Reading Session of two to four new works by composer participants, which will be workshopped by the full orchestra. The public is invited to attend the Reading Session to observe the creative process of rehearsing and refining new music, with feedback given by Dr. Alltop, Dr. Garrop, and CUSO musicians. The Reading Session will contain a 15-minute Q&A with the audience, our chosen composers, Dr. Alltop, and Dr. Garrop.

Education Justice Project, Danville Correctional Center

Stacy Garrop and CUSO are pleased to collaborate with the Education Justice Project, a program of the University of Illinois. Stacy will conduct several music education presentations to EJP students at the Danville Correctional Center.

Stacy Garrop’s 2017-18 Residency Programs & Performances

Free CUSO Chamber Concert: Legends

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

2017-18 Music of Destiny Season Concerts at Krannert Center

Portions of Garrop’s Mythology Symphony were 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 were 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 were selected to participate in a workshop and reading session on Saturday, March 3, 2018.

Orchestra Workshop and Reading Session

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Five composers had their finalist entries read and workshopped by the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra. The session was open to the public. After the workshop, two winning compositions were selected for performance at the April 27, 2019, concert. Read more about winning composers Maya Benyas and Roger Zare.

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

April 9–10, 2018

Maestro Stephen Alltop and CUSO performed Stacy’s Blurrr for Orchestra to more than 3,000 grade school children who attended the free educational concerts. This program guided students through the creative world of the composer. Educators were provided with a comprehensive study guide and informational materials about orchestral instruments, the concert music, and the composers for classroom learning prior to the concert, to enhance the learning experience.

Music in the Schools Composer Visits

Dr. Garrop visited six 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 also performed 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 visited several area high schools and gave presentations to students participating in orchestras, bands, choirs, and music theory classes. Presentations discussed and demonstrated the composing process. Stacy also gave one-on-one composition lessons to interested students.

Visiting Composer Institute for Universities and Colleges

Dr. Garrop conducted one-two day residencies at several 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.