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Aiden Feltkamp

Adapting an Ever-Changing System

An ideal updated system for vocal classification would serve singers, composers, and producers. The goal is to create more flexibility for singers, a more usable tool for composers, and more detailed information for producers when it comes to casting and programming.

Golf tee piano preparation
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Alan Shockley

Beyond the 88: More no-fear piano preparations

Alan Shockley dives in deeper with detailed video demos of even more piano preparations that will allow you to continue to explore without fear!

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra onstage for a performance during the 2018 Winnipeg New Music Festival
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Harry Stafylakis

A Musical Oasis in an Icefield

I was expecting something cool but fairly low-key. This isn’t New York or LA, after all; Winnipeg is only the 7th most populous city in Canada (which has one tenth the population of the US). What I found was fairly mind-blowing. A week-long festival dedicated entirely to contemporary music from Canada and abroad. With searing −40° weather outside.

Alexa Rosenberg as Prince Orlofsky from OperaRox's Opera Rave Masquerade at the Stonewall Inn
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Aiden Feltkamp

Are Operatic Voice Types Inherently Gendered?

If a mezzo-soprano and a countertenor share the same range and often the same roles, then why are they separate types? And why is there an obvious gender difference?

Prepared piano
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Alan Shockley

Beyond the 88: A No-Fear Beginner's Guide to Preparing the Piano

Lots of pianists and composers are a bit intimidated by the idea of reaching inside the piano, or of inserting foreign objects into the instrument. For those who would like to do some exploring but are feeling apprehensive, Alan Shockley is here to walk you through a few simple preparations and give you the confidence to get started.

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Rebecca Hass

Take Better Care of Yourself By Making Small Changes

If you’re an ambitious person (and I bet you are), you probably have lots of things on your list that you’re going to start “once you have time.” That can be a losing proposition, though, because rarely do things actually calm down. Rebecca Hass is here to help you enter 2019 with a plan to prioritize and take better care of yourself by making small changes—starting now!

From a 2016 production Higglety Pigglety Pop 2016 featuring Aiden Feltkamp as Pig with soprano Sophia Burgos
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Aiden Feltkamp

Does Opera Need Gendered Voice Types?

My experience as a transgender nonbinary singer has led me to question the effectiveness of the voice type classifications that we currently have in place.

George Walker
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Gregory T.S. Walker

Devotion to a Personal Vision—Remembering George Walker (1922-2018)

In our day and age of dazzling musical talent that’s available at the push of a button or the click of a link, the music and legacy of George Walker may represent possibilities that are more and more difficult to find:  The devotion to a personal vision at a time when many composers conform to an extant musical scene. My brother and I will never forget what it was to be loved by our father.  But today any musician or music lover who’s willing to challenge themselves can share with us what he was.

Connie Frigo (saxophone), Tim Adams (perccussion) and Cynthia Johnston Turner performing the first movement of Timothy K. Adams's Charlottesville
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Cynthia Johnston Turner

Charlottesville and Citizen Artistry

It all started with a conversation. What could we possibly do as teachers and as artists to make things better? We wanted to do something more profound, more long-lasting and impactful.

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Frank J. Oteri

Roberto Sierra: Globalizing Local Experiences

Composer Roberto Sierra frequently likes to tell the story of how, when he was growing up in Puerto Rico, he would hear Pablo Casals playing his cello on television while salsa recordings of the Fania All-Stars blared outside on the street. Most of Sierra’s music—which spans numerous works for soloists, chamber ensembles, and orchestra as well as his massive Missa Latina—has forged a synthesis of these two musical realms. But the question of what kinds of music are local or global is more complex than it might initially seem.

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NewMusicBox receives major support from the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts and The ASCAP Foundation. NewMusicBox is funded in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and with support from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music and The Amphion Foundation, Inc. Support for New Music USA and its many programs and activities is provided by foundations, corporations, government agencies, and hundreds of individual contributors.