On Saturday, August 13th, IN MEDIAS ARTS will host a unique Singer/Composer Collaborative workshop with Chicago-based composer Ross Crean at First Congregational Church in Granby, Connecticut.

Free for both singers and composers, this all-day event begins in the morning with a discussion about composing for the voice, lead by guest clinician Ross Crean. Then, singers and composers will be paired together and spend the daytime working with one another to create a new composition. Composers may be paired with a solo singer, two singers, or an SATB ensemble (dependent upon participation) allowing for a wide variety of art song or choral compositional options. Teams may leave the church to work off campus if they wish, or they may remain on campus where Ross will be available to answer questions and help guide teams through the collaborative process.

That evening, all teams will reconvene for an optional dinner at a nearby restaurant, followed by a performance of each piece, where the composers will have a chance to hear constructive feedback from the other participants on their piece. Composers are encouraged to bring any sketch books or texts they have that they may be interested in setting to music.

This event is for singers and composers to get a chance to work together, learn from one another, and listen to and perform some experimental compositions that were composed literally that day. Participation is free.

To RSVP, please fill out the information form below. If you have any more questions, please contact us at inmediasarts@gmail.com or view the event's itinerary below.

ComposerSingerCollaborativeItinerary.pdf

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Guest Composer Ross Crean:

“When Ross Crean writes music it is not to casually entertain his listeners. No, instead he writes his music with a driven purpose of speaking from one heart to another. An attempt at communication that can be understood across the globe. His world is shaped by the reality before him, and he often uses music as his voice to speak out with questions regarding equality and social justice. When one hears his work, they hear stories accompanied by music that stirs you deep, undertones of humanity.” - Access Contemporary Music

Composing and creating music with a focus on the evocative and lyrical, Ross Crean began his professional music career as an operatic Bass-Baritone, specializing in avant-garde and Contemporary Classical music, many of which were his own works. A prolific collaborator, he has received commissions from and worked with numerous artists including internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Heidi Skok (formerly with the Metropolitan Opera), Oberlin College, Opera on Tap Chicago, and Loyola University Museum of Art. 

A graduate of Illinois State University in Music Theory/Composition, he has studied with Stephen Taylor, David Feurzeig, and Nancy Van de Vate. He began training in several vocal styles in his teens, including rock, opera, sean-nós (traditional Gaelic singing), and Indian and Middle Eastern vocal ornamentation. 

His emotionally-violent monodramas "Missa Dementia", "The Mysteries of Uncle Archibald", and "Xenophysius Obscura (The Stranger’s Nature in Darkness)“ brought the composer/performer much critical acclaim throughout Europe. In 2005, Crean founded his own record label, Knight & Thorne Music, and has performed worldwide as a solo artist. His musical work has been featured on Skope TV, Much Music, Fuse TV, and Comcast OnDemand. Ross was most recently signed to Navona Records/Naxos America to record his opera “The Great God Pan”, due out in Summer 2017. He is currently Resident Composer and Creative Director for Nebula Creatives, based in Chicago.

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