Composers and Schools in Concert (CSIC) launched in late 2010 to give high school music students the opportunity to work closely with professional composers. Led by CSIC Director Lisa Oman, it is the only organization in the United States dedicated to providing high school age students with the experience of working with a professional composer. Through musical collaborations, students are offered invaluable insight into the career of a professional composer.
On May 8, twenty-four Louisville high school students will join professional composer Wendell Yuponce for a production of Sounds of Louisville. Students from the J. Graham Brown School Band Program, (Louisville, KY), led by Band Director K. Michelle Lewis, will present original compositions. In 2011, the students took pictures of downtown Louisville, and since then, they have worked to underscore their images with a piece of music, under the direction of Lewis and insight from Yuponce. From January through April the students participated in eight online mentoring sessions with Yuponce, who helped the students further their musical ideas, and guided them toward the culmination of a suite of music called Sounds of Louisville.
CSIC Projects are engaging events, which benefit schools, students, and the public with music and dialogue centered on collaboration between composers and schools. Student ensembles are offered individual lessons and master classes, as well as a final performance open to the public.
The Sounds of Louisville will be performed in the Brown Auditorium at the J. Graham Brown School in Louisville on May 8, beginning at 6:00 PM.
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