Composing Together 2017
Composing Together brings professional composers direclty into classrooms and libraries to collaborate with young people to create new music, empowering them with the knowledge that their ideas have meaning, value and the power to shape the future.
Please help us raise funds to support our 2017-2018 season, inspiring and challenging the next generation of artists, thinkers, citizens and problem solvers as we expand our school-based programs and library family concert series in underserved areas of Northern California.
Our "My Words, My Music" program is going full steam with a Poet in Residence and kids writing their own text and setting it to music with our Composers. You haven't heard anything until you hear, "Awful Waffle Falafel" by the Longfellow 7th Grade Band - an awesome combination of pre-teen joyfulness in yuck with some thoughtful musical choices to put their ideas across.
Nine classrooms are already scheduled in 2018 pending your support. We've also expanded "My Words, My Music" into a family concert program for libraries, performing in Berkeley, San Francisco, Vallejo, Petaluma and San Leandro with many more waiting.
Your support makes it happen. Please help if you can.
Here's the latest from Composing Together. We've started our "My Words, My Music" program, combining poetry and music in spoken word compositions, partnering with Alan Bern, published poet and children's librarian at Berkeley Public Library. In addition to our regular school concerts and residencies, we're adding a library family concert program this year, too! If you have connections to libraries or librarians, please let me know. And, as always, any support you can provide goes to help kids learn about themselves and the world around them by creating music together.
We'll be leaving this GoFundMe site up as a convenient place to support our upcoming 2015-16 school projects: extended residencies in 3 Oakland Middle Schools along with some assembly concerts, 2 Berkeley Middle Schools, at least one San Francisco school, and collaborations with Santa Cruz's premiere chamber orchestra, Cadenza.
Support kids, creativity and new music through Composing Together!