The interaction among our NMOP composition and performance faculty, the members of our ensemble-in-residence, our visiting master artists, and all participants is integral to the emphasis we place on accessibility at the New Music On The Point Festival. Participants marvel at the program’s intimacy, accessibility, and networking opportunities found at NMOP.
Composer participants work closely with Composition faculty in private lessons, master classes and seminars, as well as with our performance faculty, the visiting master artists, and the participating performers. Each participating composer has the opportunity to write one new work for either instrumental chamber ensemble OR vocal chamber ensemble, as assigned by the composition faculty. The new compositions are 5-7 minutes in length and are premiered on the final concerts at an off-campus venue. Participants receive a high-quality live recording of their works.
Performers co-perform with and are coached by the members of the JACK Quartet and the performance faculty. They also work with the composition faculty, the visiting master artists, and the participating composers. Performers have the opportunity for individual instruction, master classes, ensemble coaching, and performing on the nightly Salon concerts and community events. On the final concerts, each performer joins with other performers to premiere new pieces by their assigned participant composers. Vocal seminars include an emphasis on diction, musicality, new music techniques, and vocal chamber music performance, with attention geared toward each singer’s specific needs.
“I am blown away by the program you have created for new music! The freedom to express ourselves, enjoy the teachings of others, and have the release of all that academic tension is beautiful and I was often brought to tears listening to my new colleagues perform. I can’t tell you what a safe haven you have created for us, especially as vocal musicians. We are constantly judged out in the “real” world, and to have two weeks of non-judgment to hone our crafts and work with such a talented group of faculty and colleagues is a breath of fresh air. Compared to other summer vocal institutes, NMOP is by far superior in content.”
—vocal participant 2015