I received information on what seems to be a beautiful opportunity to compose in Alaska. Here is that information:

2013 Composing in the Wilderness Field Seminar

A one-of-a-kind experience for adventurous composers. Draw inspiration from Alaska’s wilderness, write original music about it, and hear it performed – all within two weeks!

July 10-23, 2013

Expanding on the success of the 2012 Composing in the Wilderness field seminar, this year the course will visit two spectacular regions of Northern Alaska, Denali National Park and Preserve and the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. You’ll spend eight days exploring the stunning beauty of Denali’s wilderness and the might Yukon River, learning how the life of the region is reflected in the sounds you hear, interacting with scientists and interpretive rangers, and developing your creative skills through translating these ideas into original chamber music. Our time in Denali will be focused on absorption and observations, while our time in Yukon-Charley will be spent on reflection and composing.

Following our wilderness experiences we will return to Fairbanks to work with top performers from the faculty of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival on our new pieces. A public performance will take place as part of the Arts Festival. Encapsulating inspiration, composition, rehearsal, and performance into only two weeks, this field seminar is sure to be an intensive and exhilarating creative experience. Participants must be trained composers (professional, or currently enrolled in a university composition program) with experience preparing their own manuscripts and writing chamber music for various instruments.

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Space is limited (only nine participants allowed), so don\’t delay. Registration will be available soon on the website of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival.

This unique workshop is offered as a collaboration between:

Alaska Geographic
Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival
Denali National Park and Preserve
Yukon Charlie Rivers National Preserve
Denali Arts and Humanities Alliance
The Murie Science and Learning Center

Summary of the 2012 class can be found at: http://www.nps.gov/dena/historyculture/composition.htm

Feel free to contact Steve Lias with questions.

Dr. Stephen Lias
Professor of Composition
Assistant Director for Graduate Studies
School of Music
Stephen F. Austin State University

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