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Ashley Danyew, Steve Danyew
Co-Artistic Directors, Westminster Chamber Music Workshop
Monday, March 19, 2019
As musicians, we love to put on concerts, perform for others, showcase our friends, and share our passion for music with all kinds of audiences. Organizing a concert or a series of events can seem daunting, and we often make excuses why it’s not possible or won’t be successful. In this webinar, we will discuss how we made music happen in our community – from finding sources of funding, to finding performers and venues, to building a local audience base, and more! We will use the Westminster Chamber Music Workshop (WCMW), a chamber music series based in a small New England town as a case study for thinking about creative ways to make music happen in any community – large or small. This webinar will give you the tools to create your own opportunities for music-making and presenting. There is always a way to make it happen - we just need to be creative!
Pianist Ashley Danyew is active as a collaborator, chamber musician, and studio teacher. A James M. Barnett Jr., Foundation Scholar, Ashley received her B.A. in Music, cum laude from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia. She recently completed an M.M. in Music Education at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York and received the Certificate in Arts Leadership from Eastman’s Institute for Music Leadership. Currently, Ashley is the Director of Music at the First Congregational Church of Westminster, Adjunct Faculty at Fitchburg State University, and Co-Artistic Director of the Westminster Chamber Music Workshop. Ashley’s interests include studio teaching, chamber music performance, community music education, and innovative concert programming.
Steve Danyew’s music has been hailed as “startlingly beautiful” and “undeniably well crafted and communicative” by the Miami Herald, and has been praised as possessing “sensitivity, skill and tremendous sophistication” by the Kansas City Independent. He is the recipient of numerous national and international awards from organizations including BMI, ASCAP, SCI, CBDNA, Octarium, the Shoreline Chorale, the Delaware Valley Chorale, Ithaca College, Austin Peay State University, Keene State College, and more. Danyew received his B.M. from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and holds and M.M. and Certificate in Arts Leadership from the Eastman School of Music. Additionally, Danyew has served as a composer fellow at the Wellesley Composers Conference and the Yale Summer Music School at Norfolk.
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