What can make or break a residency experience?

What can make or break a residency experience?

David Cleary David Cleary:
…genial shabbiness is fine, but broken pianos and pest infestation are not…
John Duffy John Duffy:
…Much of this, I attribute to a change in landscape from Maine and Manhattan and also to the beauty of Zion…
Jason Eckardt Jason Eckardt:
…My most rewarding colony experiences have included intense interaction with non-musicians, so it is essential that there be opportunities for free interdisciplinary exchange…
Keeril Makan Keeril Makan:
…If I couldn’t produce work that furthered my development in such an optimal environment, then I needed to reevaluate my commitment to composition…
Laura Elise Schwendinger Laura Elise Schwendinger:
…The studios are beautiful, each one with a personality all its own. The pianos are kept in good condition and the staff and grounds are just wonderful…
Scott Winship Scott Winship:
…They are good places to shake up or solidify compositional practices (depending on what one’s needs are, I’ve had both happen)…