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February 27, 2015
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The Olmsted Academy South Girls Chorus in Louisville, KY, in tandem with the entire Olmsted Academy Middle School, will celebrate Women’s History month with a premiere of a newly-commissioned composition by Birmingham composer Ruth Elaine Schram. The piece was written specifically for the Olmsted South Girls Chorus with an emphasis on Women in History and Women in Music.
Louisville, KY, February 27, 2015 – At 6:00 pm on March 4th, the Olmsted Academy South Girls Chorus ensemble will perform a newly-commissioned work by composer Ruth Elaine Schram in celebration of Women’s History and Music in our Schools month. In collaboration with nonprofit Composers and Schools in Concert, this new work celebrates the Olmsted Academy South Girls Chorus programmatic emphasis on technique, musicianship, relationships and leadership under the guidance of choral music teacher, Ms. DeAnna Gray.
If you Google composer Ruth Elaine Schram, you will spend the next twenty-five pages reading about her long history with schools, publishers, and churches throughout the country. But for the last six months, she’s spent time with the students in Louisville teaching the chorus about creativity and the process of composition.
This new work is part of a greater school celebration that recognizes Women’s History and Music in our Schools month. “The entire school has done an amazing job of raising awareness and appreciation of an incredibly diverse range of women’s accomplishments and musical genres and styles,” says Olsted Academy South music teacher, DeAnna Gray.
Composers and Schools in Concert helps to provide youth music students the opportunity to work closely with a professional composer to learn about the process of music composition. CSIC Executive Director, Lisa Oman says, “CSIC Projects benefit schools, students, and the public with music and dialogue centered on collaboration.”
The concert will be held at 6:00 PM on March 4th at the Southwest Louisville Free Public Library located at 9725 Dixie Hwy Louisville, KY.
Composers and Schools in Concert (CSIC) is a nationwide organization based out of Santa Cruz, California. Led by Executive Director Lisa Oman, it is the only organization in the United States dedicated to providing high school students with an educational experience in the professional field of music composition through composer commissions, workshops, and a contemporary score library for young performers.