The MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, in partnership with the Toledo School for the Arts, initiated a year-long, intensive after-school opportunity for a select group of TSA students. All ages are welcome to apply. Five BGSU doctoral music students will form a teaching consort and will meet with the students weekly on Tuesday afternoons after school. Meetings will rigorously explore a wide variety of creativity techniques, focusing on music composition. The highest priorities of this project are the development of personal expression, critical thinking and becoming well-versed in many styles of new music and art.
Meetings between the BGSU teaching consort and TSA students take place every Monday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. October 26, 2010 through October 14, 2011. Over the summer break, students continue to work and share ideas online through blogs, online chats and videos.
Each student writes an original musical composition as his/her final project. All of these new works will be rehearsed, publicly performed and recorded by Mantra Percussion, a professional New York-based percussion ensemble at the 2011 Bowling Green New Music Festival in October..
Students have the opportunity to attend select world-class performances at BGSU and other venues (concerts, master classes and lectures) transported and supervised by TSA and BGSU personnel.
This ambitious project is primarily funded by the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.