The Composers Conference is thrilled to announce New Music/New Communities Initiative (NM/NC)— a project that utilizes the Conference’s role as an arts education organization to inspire and engage young musicians from underserved communities through collaborations with local music education organizations in the greater New England area. By providing these students with the tools to become composers and creators within a supportive environment, the New Music/New Communities Initiative seeks to unleash their personal artistry while fostering enduring creative relationships.
For the inaugural year, students from various local partner arts education organizations will be selected and paired with Fromm Fellow mentors during the academic year as part of a pilot project. Under the guidance of the three Conference Directors, our Fromm Fellows will work directly with the students to create a new musical work that will be performed and premiered at the Composers Conference in Summer 2022.
All three areas of the Composers Conference (Fromm Foundation Composer and Contemporary Performance Institute Fellows, and the Chamber Music Workshop) will participate with the young students, laying the foundation for greater opportunities for future generations of musicians in the new music community. For the 2021-22 season, the Conference is excited to be partnering with the Boston String Academy in Boston MA, and the Newport Strings Project from Newport RI.
Founded in 2012, the Boston String Academy (BSA) is a non-profit organization providing rigorous string instrument instruction to children in under-served communities. The program is based on the Venezuelan El Sistema philosophy that utilizes music as a vehicle for social change, and aims to provide instruction of the highest quality, laying a musical foundation that could take a child to college or conservatory. For more information about the BSA, please visit their website at www.bostonstringacademy.org.
Now in its 8th season, The Newport String Project (NSP) is a chamber music performance and youth mentoring initiative that aims to build a community that crosses boundaries of generation, heritage, and economic circumstances through access to inspiring musical experiences for all. The project is anchored by the residency of its ensemble in residence, the Newport String Quartet. NSP is dedicated to exploring the intersection between artistry, education and social change. For more information about NSP, you can visit www.newportstringsproject.org
Read about NM/NC in the Waltham Tribune.
New Music/New Communities Initiative will begin during our inaugural 2021-22 season, with our partner organizations selecting the students in Fall 2021. Students will then be paired with Fromm Fellow mentors in early 2022. After 5 months of virtual mentorship sessions, each student will have their work performed by a combination of Conference faculty and fellows during the 2022 Composers Conference.
We believe that music can create a more compassionate, ethical, and equitable world. To this end, we seek to cultivate projects that encompass the full range of creative inclusivity and representation with a greater awareness toward benefiting the community at large. The NM/NC Initiative not only helps to provide new artistic opportunities for underserved communities, it also lays the foundation for the diversification of future generations in the new music community, while serving as a model of conscientious musicianship that taps current Conference participants’ broad range of expertise and talent.
Our inaugural year of the NM/NC Initiative is funded through the generosity of composer/musician Eric Chasalow. He has donated the full sales of his new record Ghosts Of Our Former Selves. For more information about this important new work, visit https://www.ericchasalow.com to purchase a copy. The Conference thanks Eric Chasalow for his incredible gift to make this happen!
The goal of NM/NC Initiative is to provide students with the option of continuing with free composition lessons with Fromm Composer Fellows, allowing them to gain considerable composition experience through the Conference until they complete high school. For us to make this long term goal a reality, we need your financial help!
For more information about the New Music New Communities Initiative, please contact Kathryn Welter at email@example.com.
MEET OUR 2022 YOUNG COMPOSERS!
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How old are you? 11 years old
What instrument do you play? How did you get interested in your instrument? I play the violin. I saw other kids playing and I thought it would be a cool way to express yourself.
What other instrument would you like to learn about and why? I would want to learn more about the drums because I like how they keep the beat.
What excites you about the idea of composing your own music? The idea of expressing yourself through creativity and music is amazing to me And composing music for others to enjoy and listen to.
How old are you? I am 14 years old.
What instrument do you play? How did you get interested in your instrument? I play the violin. I always thought the violin was cool so I asked my mom if I could take lessons.
What other instrument would you like to learn about and why? The ukulele because I think it sounds pretty and it looks fun to play.
What excites you about the idea of composing your own music? The idea of composing my own music excites me because I will be able to hear my musical ideas and express my creativity.
How old are you? I am 11 years old
What instrument do you play? How did you get interested in your instrument? I play violin and piano. I don’t really remember how I got interested, but my brother had played the violin before and plays the piano, and I enjoy playing the piano.
What other instrument would you like to learn about and why? I would like to learn the guitar, because I’ve played it before, and I enjoyed it, but I was never able to continue playing because I didn’t have the time.
What excites you about the idea of composing your own music? It’s exciting for me that I would be able to compose my own music, and perhaps have people play it one day. Thank you for this opportunity!
How old are you? I am 13
What instrument do you play? How did you get interested in your instrument? Violin. I got into it because of after school
What other instrument would you like to learn about and why? Probably the piano. I think this because I always liked how the piano sounded.
What excites you about the idea of composing your own music? I can’t wait to be surprised by my own creation.