About our organization:
The Vermont MIDI Project (a 501c3 non-profit organization) has been in existence since 1995. The Project was formed for the express purpose of using new technology in the teaching of music composition in the classroom, with an emphasis on K-12 schools. Participation continues to grow. In the past year numbers have grown from 37 to 59 member schools. Approximately 7000 students in grades 3-12 currently participate in the program, with more schools & students from around the country being added every year.
Because our membership now includes schools and students outside Vermont now and that's one reason we're changing our name to Music-COMP for Music Composition Online Mentoring Program. The name change, which more accurately reflects the mission of the program and the spread of membership to states like Indiana, Virginia and Connecticut, will be completed by July 1, 2012.
Our student composers work individually or in groups to write music using technology. Teachers in participating schools are trained in teaching music composition in the classroom through a Summer Institute, workshop opportunities, and ongoing support from the Project Coordinator. Students upload compositions to our password-protected website for mentoring by professional composers. A dialogue is established online between mentors and students, continuing as the work is revised, until it is finished.
Twice each year, the project presents live performances of selected student compositions played by professional musicians. Opus 24 will take place at the Town Hall Auditorium in Ludlow, VT on Wed. May 2, 2012. A record number of 98 student compositions are currently in process on the mentoring website. They are supported by eleven professional composer mentors from Vermont as well as New York City, Montreal, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Massachusetts.
On April 9, 2012, around 22 compositions will be selected for the performance by string and woodwind players. Students will attend an afternoon rehearsal session with the musicians where the young composers guide the musicians in rehearsal of the composition. An evening performance is open to the public and free of charge.
Our goal is to raise $6,800 to help defray the costs of the professional mentors who guide the composition process over approximately 12 weeks. The funds will also support the professional musicians who perform the students' compositions. Our goal is a modest $6,800. The cost to produce these concerts is more than the amount we are trying to raise and is supported in part by student participation fees and advertisements in the program.
Why should you contribute:
The most powerful argument for supporting Opus 24 rests in the power of the creative work our students are doing.The most common reaction we regularly receive from people unfamiliar with the Vermont MIDI Project is that they can't believe that elementary, middle, and high school students can write music like this. You can hear all the selections from the Opus 23 concert from December, 2011 here, but please remember to come back and contribute to our Opus 24 project.
David Morgan, a high school student who had a piece performed in Opus 23 remarked, “Working with live musicians on a piece that you’ve heard before on computer playback is like watching a movie on a home television- comparing that to a big movie theater. Everything is bigger and more immersive….”
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