How do you make sure that choral music stays relevant? Mix it up—VocalEssence style. 2015 was the launch of VocalEssence ReMix, a program breathing new life into choral music by encouraging break-out musical artists—whether you sing in a rock band or play classical music—to write for choirs. And we just received funding to create a second year of this amazing program!
Four talented, emerging composers/songwriters will be selected to have a six-month one-on-one composer mentorship as they each write two choral works, one of which is suitable for high school-level choirs. Completed works may be for voices with or without instruments, which may include acoustic, amplified, western, world, electronics, or even turntables! The VocalEssence Ensemble Singers will premiere works at the March 8-11, 2017 American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Conference in Minneapolis, specific date/time to be announced. Through this program, VocalEssence ReMix encourages the creation of innovative works in a wide range of styles, while providing the artists with:
- a mentorship with renowned composers Libby Larsen, Carol Barnett, J. David Moore or Timothy Takach
- a performance by the professional VocalEssence Ensemble Singers
- access to an audience who may want to perform your music
- possible publication through VocalEssence Music Press
Listen the 2015 VocalEssence ReMix compositions on our SoundCloud page, and watch the video below featuring Dessa and ReMix Composer-Mentor Timothy Takach to learn more. Applications are due July 1, 2016. Apply today!
VocalEssence ReMix is a collaboration between VocalEssence, the American Composers Forum and the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota.
This program is made possible through the generous support of the Jerome Foundation.