What if everyone plays a role in creating new music?
We think it's not a radical idea.
- What if musicians learn, from their earliest days making music, that you needn't be a composer to be a part of creating a new piece of music?
- What if we teach musicians that the partnerships which bring about new works--identifying composers, collaborating as new ideas are formulated, performing and recording--would be richer with their involvement?
The Commissioning Program of the NC NewMusic Initiative is embedding this process in the education and atmosphere of the East Carolina University School of Music.
Here at the NewMusic Initiative, we imagine the commissioning process playing out over three years, with students at the heart of each stage of the process:
Using a recent commission of students' selected composer James Mobberley as an example,
here's what a single commission's cycle looks like: