The Creation Project has given me an opportunity that many professional composers can only dream of. 

 

Present Music places composers in residence with young people to assist students in composing and creating meaningful musical works of their own.  Known as the Creation Project, the program always culminates in a public performance of the students’ compositions.  The public presentation is a concert performed by the participating students, sometimes in collaboration with Present Music’s professional musicians.

Upon completion of the ten week residency students have learned:

More than 1,000 students take part in the Creation Project annually. 


Living composers work with Milwaukee-area schools & community groups

2013-14 season Creation Projects are with Milwaukee Montessori School, Urban Ecology Center and Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra.  Our partnership with the Urban Ecology Center’s Music of Nature serves students from more than a dozen schools around the Washington Park area, and our residency with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra results in world premieres on almost every concert!

MYSO Creation Project student conducting Senior Symphony in a spring concert at Uihlein Hall. Photo: Michelle Hoffman

2014 World Premeires

Milwaukee Montessori School

·         7th and 8th graders, Milwaukee Montessori School, written in conjunction with composers Eric Segnitz and Ruben Piirainen, performed February 7, Milwaukee Montessori School

Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra

·         Andrew Crapitto, Odyssey of a Restless Soul, performed by MYSO’s Sinfonia February 23, Shattuck Music Center Auditorium, Carroll University

·         Liam McCarty, Reverie, written for Senior Symphony, performed March 9 at Bader Concert Hall, UW-Milwaukee

·         Samantha Carter, Une tempete d’hiver, performed by the Selttiks String Quartet, a part of MYSO’s Davidson Chamber Ensembles Program, on March 30 at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

·         Timothy Reinholz, Morning Danced, performed by Transfigured Strings, a string quartet from MYSO’s Davidson Chamber Ensembles Program, on March 30 at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

·         Carlos Meyers, Fluctuating Tides, written for MYSO’s Junior Wind Ensemble. To be performed May 4 at Uihlein Hall

·         Joshua Baerwald, Sailboat, written for MYSO’s Chamber Orchestra. To be performed May 17, Shattuck Music Center Auditorium, Carroll University

·         Malik Johnson, Friendship Variations, written for MYSO’s String Orchestra, to be performed May 17, Shattuck Music Center Auditorium, Carroll University

·         George Papajohn, An Unspoken View of Unresolved Symphonies, written for MYSO’s Philharmonia to be performed May 18, Shattuck Music Center Auditorium, Carroll University

·         Brendan Farrell, Patterns of Chemistry, written for MYSO’s Percussion Ensemble, to be performed May 18, Shattuck Music Center Auditorium, Carroll University

Urban Ecology Center

·         Music of Nature Creation Project, to be performed April 26, Earth Day Service, Urban Ecology Center, Washington Park

 

Our education program is made possible by generous donors in our community. We thank these organizations for making the Creation Project possible:


For more information on supporting the Creation Project or to host a program at your organization, call Christine Liu at (414) 271-0711 x4 or email cmliu@presentmusic.org.