Kory Reeder Go Composing in the Wilderness

GREETINGS! If you don't know already, my name is Kory Reeder, I am a musician and composer from Nebraska, based out of Denton, Texas. You can find out about my work here: www.koryreeder.com

I am very excited to share that I have been selected as 1 of 6 composers invited to participate in the Composing in the Wilderness’s 2023 Lake Clark trip. The project will include travel to Alaska with a 10-day excursion into Lake Clark National Park & Preserve. We will be transported by bush planes into the remote and stunning wilderness of Lake Clark National Park where we will camp, hike, and paddle while drawing inspiration from the wildlife, geology, scenery, and dangers of their surroundings. After this, I will compose a substantial new piece for wind ensemble reflecting on the experience (personal, environmental, etc.). The work will then be performed by a consortium of ensembles including Tamey Anglley and the SFA Wind Ensemble (Texas), Carolyn Barber and the University of Nebraska - Lincoln Wind Ensemble, and The Grand Valley State University Wind Symphony under the direction of Kevin Tutt (Michigan) all set to perform the works. We plan to invite more ensembles to present the works as well. Now in its eleventh year, the unique Composing in the Wilderness program is led by adventurer-composer Stephen Lias and offered by the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in collaboration with Alaska Geographic and the National Park Service.

This excursion is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the fragile frontier first-hand, and to reflect on the environment in a public-facing, educational, and artistic setting. For a young composer, the opportunity to compose for wind ensembles is exceedingly rare, and it is extremely difficult for young composers to have the opportunity to compose for projects that guarantee more than one performance of a work. This project will provide me with the opportunity to enter this lucrative performance space and share my work with a much wider audience.

I'm excited to share that I have most of the budget covered by extremely generous funding from the UNT College of Music and the Division of Composition Studies, but need a little help to get the rest of the excursion covered. I still need to purchase my flights to and from Alaska and cover the final expenses for the whole excursion. If you are able, I would be extremely grateful for any support to make this truly unique and life-changing experience possible!
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Kory Reeder
Denton, TX

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