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 […]
Dean SuzukiPhoto by Ryan Suzuki Over these past months that I have been writing this column, I have urged composers to go beyond the assembling and ordering of pitches and consider a larger, broader musical palette and look outside of the discipline of music for inspiration and even activity. Among other things, I have suggested […]
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 […]
Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt’s “Oblique Strategies”
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, […]
Daniel Felsenfeld in the woods.Rear Screen Projection by Randy Nordschow In her seminal novel A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf famously wrote: “…a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” That was then, in post-Victorian England. Now, here in America, all artists—not just women—need these […]
David Cleary, John Duffy, Jason Eckardt, Keeril Makan, Laura Elise Schwendinger, and Scott Winship describe defining moments.
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 […]
Cheryl Young, executive director of MacDowellPhoto by B.A. King In conversation with Molly Sheridan Videotaped by Amanda MacBlane Transcribed by Randy Nordschow and Frank J. Oteri Beginnings The Application Process The Colony Community Collaborations & The People Behind the Scenes Interacting With the Outside Community Future Plans Read a complete transcript of the interview (104KB […]
The establishment of the Sylvia Goldstein Award award was announced at Lincoln Center‘s Clark Studio on February 10 to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of Ms. Goldstein, a tireless advocate who supported the careers of three generations of American composers during a half century in the music business.