What can make or break a residency experience? Keeril Makan

The best residency programs provide the all-important combination of time, financial support, work space, and ideally, other interesting artists with whom to interact. Each retreat experience that I have had has been a response to the particular compositional challenge that presented itself at the time. When I spent a year in Helsinki on a Fulbright, […]

Another View on Lou: Lou Harrison—A Personal Publishing Memoir

Don Gillespie with Lou Harrison at Cabrillo, 1982 I have known Lou Harrison both as a personal friend and as a professional colleague in music publishing at C. F. Peters for nearly three decades. Two days before Lou’s death, New York’s Focus Festival (honoring Harrison) had concluded with his rarely heard Elegiac Symphony, devotedly performed […]

What can make or break a residency experience? Jason Eckardt

Both artist colonies and their residents share the responsibility for a residency’s success. To me, one of the most important issues is privacy. Colonies should go to great pains to make sure that their residents are not interrupted by phones, faxes, e-mail, staff, other colonists, or noise while they are working. Even the awareness that […]

What can make or break a residency experience? John Duffy

Three things attracted me to The Mesa: 1. I was offered a fee to come and compose. 2. The Mesa offered a quiet house, car, and weekly stipend for groceries. 3. The Mesa arranged three lectures at local schools and opportunities to rehearse my music with local singers, all of which brought me into communities […]

What can make or break a residency experience? David Cleary

I’ve been to eight arts colonies in the U.S. and overseas and have found such experiences invaluable—a godsend to someone like me who has a full-time job and many outside commitments. They’ve allowed me to compose numerous works that otherwise wouldn’t exist. Successful colonies offer four things: good food, a quiet, well-maintained studio space, helpful, […]

Not a Happy Camper

Frank J. OteriPhoto by Molly Sheridan I like to describe myself as an admirer of the great indoors. Whether I’m working on a music article or a piece of my own music, I am at my most inspired either at home, at my office here at the American Music Center, or in a musty used […]