A new academic year 2018-2019
Theme: A Mile High Music Maker Road Trip
America the Beautiful. A visit to each of our nations parks and places of interest in performance and through music composition.
Our American Landscape Workshop & Concert with Susan Ogilvy and the Mile High Music Makers. May 3 & 4, 2019
The American Landscape Workshop and Concert was the culmination of a year celebrating the USA and the National Parks. Students participated in workshops in composition, solo playing on the Yamaha Clavinova and played in 3 different levels of Digital Ensembles. Held in 100 year old Sisters of St. Francis Auditorium, students worked Susan Ogilivy for two full days. Many thanks to Karen Greenhalgh, and the grandparents of Evan & Rebekah McMurray, Grandma & Grandpa Wells for their help with this event. We had a blast!
2019 Festival Cup Winners.
Creating for Colorado Composes first theme using Carol Matz National Parks video and Dr. Adriana Janse Van Rensburg's Landscape/Soundscape materials.
Our Mile High Music Makers kicked off the studio's composing theme with a unique event. Students involved in the project came together for a Saturday afternoon to begin their compositions themed with the natural world in mind. Snacks were had by all. While Students ate their snacks they watched Carol Matz Video on composing for a National Park using expressive words to spark their imagination. Students then took a walk to Pinon Valley Park where two different landscapes could be seen; Ute Valley Park and Pikes Peak and her accompanying mountains and valleys. Using Dr. van Rensburg's template, students created musical flow and defined the shape of their motives and phrases. Our young composers then returned to sit at their keyboards and create. Each student had either a lap top computer or an iPad to notate their ideas. If the photo of the empty snack table is any indication, the event was enjoyed by all.
"High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation." Charles Kettering