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Category: Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research

Spinning Plates, Entrepreneurship, and the Social Relationships of Ensemble Residencies

0 John Pippen

Over the last few decades, many American schools of music have embraced the repertoire and missions of new music ensembles. Boundaries are broken, venues explored, students challenged, and new sounds ring out. What a change from the 1980s, when musicologist Susan McClary argued that “both popular and postmodern musics are marked as the enemy, and

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Third Coast Percussion’s “Currents”: Branding in Support of an Artistic Mission

0 Third Coast Percussion

As a touring percussion quartet, devoting an entire concert to new works for our group sometimes seems like a luxury. The logistical pressures of unfamiliar venue layouts, small stage sizes, and traveling with instruments, combined with the musical demands of presenters and unfamiliar audiences, means that we often stick with what we know while we

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PRJ Grant Recipient Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble Reflects on May 2015 Concert

0 Kayleigh Butcher

Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble’s Season Closer Concert for the 2014-15 season: Spatial Palettes took place on Sunday, May 17, 2019 at 8:30pm at Constellation Chicago. We commissioned 3 new pieces with the generous support of The Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research. One from Monte Weber, another from Levy Lorenzo, and another from Eliza

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Are You a Musical Code-Switcher?

0 Daniel Isbell, Ph.D. & Ann Marie Stanley, Ph.D.

Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? 1. You perform with the symphony in the afternoon, then change out of your formal black, throw your music stand in the trunk, and head straight to a gig with your rock band. 2. On Sunday morning, you accompany a gospel church service, then have an intense chamber

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Hidden Messages: New Vintage Baroque’s Second Season

0 Francis Liu

It seems counterintuitive: how is it that so many musicians dedicate their lives to the study and practice of repertoire written so long ago by composers who no longer walk the earth? Look deep into the music, however, and one will find within it a vitality that is ripe for the harvest. This vitality is

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PRJ Grant Recipient Hotel Elefant Reflects On “speakOUT” Concert

0 Mary Kouyoumdjian & Leaha Maria Villarreal

Hotel Elefant’s “speakOUT” spring 2015 concert by was hosted by the downtown New York venue SubCulture on International Women’s Day, representing female artists who utilize music to reflect on issues both personal and political. The generous funding from the Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research helped present cutting-edge works by women, with works specifically

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Grants Available! Apply for a 2015 Paul R. Judy Center Grant!

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Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research Grant Program Apply for a 2015 Grant by September 1, 2019 This grant program is intended to provide funding for research, events, and new initiatives related to innovative ensembles. Applications for funding will be accepted on an annual basis; grants will range from $500-$2,000. The total amount awarded

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Why Are People Starting New Orchestras?

0 Stephen Danyew

In “today’s arts climate,” which is often characterized by tales of diminishing audiences, revenue, and interest, why would anyone start a new orchestra? That is a question that Jennifer Melick considers in an intriguing article in the recent Symphony Magazine.  Melick spotlights eight recent orchestra startups and looks at the goals and creative ideas behind

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PRJ Center Grant Recipients The Weckmann Project and Musica Nuova Reflect on Their Collaboration

0 Amanda Keil

The Weckmann Project and Musica Nuova were joint recipients of a 2014 Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research grant, which supported our presentation of two staged productions of Heinrich Schutz’s Christmas Oratorio. Nearly 300 audience members joined us on December 6 and 7, 2014 at Zion German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brooklyn Heights, where

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Paul R. Judy Center Grant Recipient: Musica Nuova & The Weckmann Project present The Christmas Oratorio by Schutz

0 Stephen Danyew

Looking for something fun to do this weekend in NYC? Check out this exciting production, funded in part by a 2014 Paul R. Judy Center Grant: Musica Nuova and The Weckmann Project present The Christmas Oratorio by Heinrich Schütz What: Musica Nuova and The Weckmann Project Present The Christmas Oratorio When: Satruday, December 6, 7PM and

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We’re Going to Brag (But Just a Little)

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So—most of you reading this know that Polyphonic.org is an initiative of the Institute for Music Leadership at the Eastman School of Music, and some of you also know that our site is funded by Paul R. Judy, a philanthropist and former CEO of A. G. Becker, an investment banking firm. But, only a small

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Be An Entrepreneur! Get Outside Your Comfort Zone!

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How many times have we musicians heard those phrases? Do they mean that we should try to be like Janice Martin, the violinist who plays while hanging upside down?  My most recent experience is not quite that dramatic….. “What time is the lunch break?”  I asked the stage manager, knowing that he was the one

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Why Orchestras Need Entrepreneurial Musicians

0 Stephen Danyew

In the latest edition of Symphony Magazine, the League of American Orchestras President and CEO Jesse Rosen discusses the rise of “musician-led” ensembles such as Alarm Will Sound, The Knights, and more.  He also makes the argument that American orchestras are full of entrepreneurial musicians whose ideas should be tapped to keep orchestras at the

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League Conference 2013: Learning from New Ensembles

0 Ann Drinan

Moderated by Norman Ryan, Vice President of Composers and Repertoire at Schott Music Corporation, the panel for this session included Amy Garapic, Co-Executive Director of Contemporaneous; Beth Perdue Outland, Vice President of Community Engagement  and Strategic Innovation, Indianapolis Symphony; Jen Richards, Managing Director, eighth blackbird; and Julia Rubio, Executive Director of the Black Pearl Chamber

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