About this project
Now that I've reached my goal with a couple more weeks left, an explanation is in order for what will be done with any amount that exceeds $5500. Any dollar over my goal will go into a Commissioning Fund, specifically dedicated for commissioning new works from women composers. Any profit that I receive from my CD will also go directly into this fund. I am excited to expand my goal of celebrating women in composition and music even farther!
Why back this project?
Do you love the tuba, music and/or the arts in general? Are you interested in experiencing new music that you may have never heard before? Do you want to celebrate women in the arts? If you said yes to any of these questions, you are in the right place!
Why this project? My Inspiration:
Throughout history women composers and performers have struggled for recognition of their works. The mid-to-late 20th century represents the first period when women were recognized as having potential as performers and composers. Similarly, the tuba has been an instrument predominately played by men, with women performers not accepted as equally capable until approximately the last 40 years. As a woman tuba player I am excited to showcase talented 20th century women composers through the recording of a CD of selected works for the tuba that have not yet been recorded. Through the commissioning of two new works by women composers I am thrilled to bring new compositions into the relatively small catalogue of music for the tuba by women composers.
Recording and producing a CD is expensive! I will use the money raised to cover costs of the recording engineer, recording space, and CD production.
Who are the composers? (**commissioned)
Elena Firsova, Russian composer.
Sofia Gubaidulina, Russian composer, member of the musical academies in Frankfurt and Hamburg, Germany and the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.
Libby Larsen, American Grammy award-winning composer, founder of the Minnesota Composers Forum.
**Inez McComas, American composer, Adjunct Professor of Music at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Elizabeth Raum, Canadian composer, principal oboist with the Regina Symphony Orchestra.
**Asha Srinivasan, Indian-American composer, Assistant Professor of Music at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI.
Barbara York, American composer, concert accompanist, choral & theatrical music director.
Interested? What to support? Here's how:
Contributions from $1 on up are invaluable to making this celebration of women composers a reality! All you have to do is click the green "Back This Project" button on the right side of the page. From there you'll be prompted to complete your purchase with Amazon.com. Your card won't be charged until the project is successfully funded at the end of the project deadline. Don't forget, Kickstarter is an all or nothing venture! If I don't reach my goal, I don't receive any pledges of support...so please help spread the word and tell your friends and family to celebrate women composers! (plus there are some pretty sweet rewards...check 'em out)
What happens if the $5500 goal is exceeded?
That's a great question. Right now I plan to continue bringing new music by women composers into the world. I'll start by commissioning additional composers, with the eventual goal of recording another CD of all works that I've commissioned. The overarching goal remains the same....celebrate women in composition and music!
Risks and challenges
I've worked hard to make sure my timeline is doable and all my ducks are in a row, but when it comes to artistic projects there are always risks and challenges. There could be delays in the CD production and distribution; elements of this stage could be somewhat out of my control.
Please understand that this project means a great deal to me and the composers involved, and I'll do everything I can to make sure my goals and promises to you are met. I'll have frequent updates for all backers, and am happy to answer any questions or concerns at any point in the process!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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