Our mission here, is to promote hands on, shared music-making, and hopefully spark interest for students and audiences to want to continue to be involved in music-making opportunities. We’ve noted, from visits to public school programs and discussions with music teachers, that there is a noticeable dip in the recruitment and retention of students in many music programs. We hope that this project will help to support and promote these programs by creating an opportunity for public school students to work alongside Eastern Standard in preparing and presenting the premieres of these new engagement-focused works. Together, we are partnering with ensembles and programs throughout the country to promote the creation of these engagement-focused pieces that will involve a collaboration between Eastern Standard and ensembles of different configurations. The end product will be a collection of pieces for Eastern Standard and ensemble (band, orchestra, and flex instrumentation), levels 2-4, which include opportunities for the students in the ensembles to shine, and also encourage audience contributions within the performance. These pieces are NOT intended to be a "Triple Concerto"--but, rather, to create an opportunity for all of us to share in music-making and fun, and get everyone in the spaced involved in the performance! The pieces would also offer some opportunities for students to experience a variety of roles (and engage with different National and State-standard benchmarks), and would also involve audience participation, the aim, again, being to create a fun shared experience for everyone.
Our first iteration of this project was premiered on November 15, 2022 with Katelynn Bedell and her students at P.S. duPont Middle School in Wilmington, Delaware. The work was written by Robert Litton and entitled "A Grand Day Out". Crafted in a "story-telling" style, the work features narration and sections for the audience to contribute their own improvised and creative input (sounds, movements, images, words, etc) in the performance.
Keep checking back here-we will continue to post more information about upcoming projects and collaborative opportunities!