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October 17, 2016–
April 22, 2017

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Students Write Music On Computers For The Composition Project

About the project

Northeast Indiana area fourth grade students nominated by their music teachers participate as FAMEous Student Composers and collaborate with FAME’s Composers-in-Residence David Crowe for Fort Wayne and Christopher Cheever for Wabash to create a musical composition.

During the music composition and “composium” sessions, the FAMEous Composers compose, notate, and orchestrate their very own musical signature compositions, then creatively collaborate with their Composer-in-Residence about how their musical ideas are to be orchestrated into the project composition. The Composers-in-Residence orchestrate the student composers’ musical ideas into a symphonic piece themed in conjunction with FAME’s yearly cultural focus.

Each student receives a score of the music with his/her contribution highlighted. This project meets education standards of MENC: The National Association for Music Education.

Composition Project: Fort Wayne

Time table:

  • October 9, 2016 by 4 pm: Registration forms due to the FAME office
  • October 17-20, 2016, 4–6 pm: Composition and “Composium” sessions with Composer-in-residence David Crowe at Haley Elementary School
  • October 20, 2016, 5:30–6 pm: “Creative Dance” session at Haley Elementary with Fort Wayne Ballet Youth Company Director Lauren Ettensohn
  • March 4, 2017, Saturday, noon–1 pm: “Creative Dance” session at Fort Wayne Ballet Studio
  • March 18, 2017,  Saturday, 10–11 am: Final “Composium” session in Jefferson Room C at the Grand Wayne Center
  • March 19, 2017, Sunday, 3 pm: Celebration of Youth Concert featuring Premiere Performance of Composition Project and Fusion of Concert Colors artwork in the Anthony Wayne Ballroom at the Grand Wayne Center

David Crowe is this year’s Composer-in-Residence for the Fort Wayne Composition Project. The composition will be premiered at the annual FAME Festival in March at the Celebration of Youth Concert on Sunday afternoon by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Symphony and Concert Orchestras along with an originally choreographed work to the composition by the Fort Wayne Ballet Youth Company.

Each student receives a score of the music with his/her contribution highlighted. This project meets education standards of MENC: The National Association for Music Education.

To Participate

Register your school in the FAME Composition Project by completing the online registration form, by emailing FAME at info@famearts.org, or by calling (260) 247-7325. School membership is required.

Composition Project: Wabash

Time table:

  • Sept. 26, 2016: Registration forms due to Judy Ward
  • Sept. 30, Oct. 7, Oct. 14, and Oct. 21, 2016: Sessions with Composer in Residence Christopher Cheever at Sharp Creek Elementary School
  • April 22, 2017: Premiere performance at Honeywell Center

Christopher Cheever is this year’s Composer-in-Residence for the Wabash Composition Project. The composition will be premiered at the annual FAME Festival in April at the Celebration of Youth Concert on Saturday afternoon by the Wabash Community Bank directed by Bob Urbani with an originally choreographed work to the composition by the dancers from Wabash Valley Dance Theatre directed by Lisa Mattern.

To Participate

Register your school in the FAME Composition Project by completing the online registration form, by emailing FAME at judyw9538@gmail.com or by calling (260) 571 2279.  School membership is required.

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