It is the middle of summer, and the sun is shining brightly, soon to set in the topographically stunning city of Seattle. Meanwhile, in the darkness of night, a South American composer goes to the bar because his Internet connection at home stopped working. While in the bar, he begins to Skype with Seattle singers, educators, and conductors who make up an ad hoc reading choir at the New Choral Music Reading Session that Chorosynthesis is hosting. This event is the third reading session of Chorosynthesis, and this time, we get to see some of the interesting personalities and lives of our composers.
Not only have the members of this ad hoc choir been able to experience the amazing compositions that are unpublished and on topics of social justice, but they also get to know more about the backgrounds of the pieces through conversations with the composers. They also get to discuss frankly and openly their perspectives of experiencing the work for the first time as a singer. This reading session is definitely not your typical reading session.
As they walk out the door, they take their music packets full of scores, including the contact information of the composers they were able to meet. Some of them will be in touch with these living composers, and they just might find the treasure that they seek for their own performing contexts as they get to know any number of these composers.
On October 2, 2016, Chorosynthesis will host its 4th New Choral Music Reading Session, sponsored in part by the University of Washington School of Music. We invite all stakeholders to join us: