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The New Millennium Composer's Forum is a CD project designed for musicians of new music to collaborate, learn, and present their art.
The New Millennium Composer's Forum is a CD project designed for musicians of new music to collaborate, learn, and present their art.
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           In late 2010, Vox Reflexa, a chamber choir under my direction, sent out a call for scores of music composed after 2000.  Our focus for the first installment of the project was to promote American composers of choral music.  Specifically, we were interested in composers who would write for soprano quintet. We received over 100 scores and settled on 12 works that we think best exemplify the elements of vocal chamber music. So with a core of singers and composers together we hope to now record all of the winning pieces and produce a CD.

          Through the vast talent resources at Indiana University, Vox Reflexa is able to produce high quality recording with little overhead (in comparison with other professional recordings of similar quality) and with great effect.  We plan on scheduling a range of 8-12 recording sessions with a production deadline of May 31st, 2012.  There are pieces that also include solo oboe and cello and we have already secured those soloists for no fee as well.

          The costs are mostly in production and post-production of the CD itself. All of the musicians and composers are donating their time and the ultimate goal is to simply get this music out into the public sphere with as little overhead as possible.  I personally think what makes this project so special is that this "forum" can be a starting place for musicians and composers to re-think the "BIG studio model" of music making for something that is equally effective and doesn't cost thousands upon thousands of dollars.

If the New Millennium Composer's Forum is a success, then we will have proven that all the music industry needs is passionate and dedicated artists, not big budgets.  In this time of economic downturn, musicians can use their creativity to survive and even flourish!  This group of dedicated individuals has put the music before the money and I hope that the public and our supporters put a modest amount of investment towards this project. 

To learn more about the project please check out our video on the kickstarter site, our website and our youtube channel.

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    An E-Copy of the Forum CD

    Donors at this level will receive an electronic copy of the completed NMCF CD (mp3 format) and the liner notes (PDF format).

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    Donors at this level will receive an electronic bundle of (PDF and Audio) music, donated by Vox Reflexa and participating composers.

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    CD download cards

    Composer Jenni Brandon is offering (1) CDbaby download card per donor at the $55 level. The card is redeemable at CDBaby.com for her CD release "Songs of California: Music for Winds and Piano". These cards can be made available by the holiday season!

    Donors at this level will also receive one (1) electronic copy or one (1) physical copy of the NMCF CD by request and an electronic copy of Vox Reflexa's Early Music CD Release (2010).

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    Custom Decorated Carol Giftcards

    Composer Brian Holmes is offering one dozen carols, printed on 11x17 cardstock, and decorated by hand, along with decorated mailing envelopes, in time for seasonal mailings. At the $100 dollar level, donors will receive a variety of award winning carols from past years.

    Donors at this level will also receive one (1) electronic copy or one (1) physical copy of the NMCF CD by request and an electronic copy of Vox Reflexa's Early Music CD Release (2010).

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    Composer Brian Holmes is offering one dozen carols, printed on 11x17 cardstock, and decorated by hand, along with decorated mailing envelopes, in time for seasonal mailings. At the $200 dollar level, donors will receive a variety of award winning carols from past years and the new 2011 edition of the carol series.

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    --- Live Performance by Vox Reflexa

    Donors at this level will receive a live performance by a small chamber group of soloists (location restrictive). Time, place, and concert program can be negotiated privately.

    Vox Reflexa will not travel more than 275 miles from Bloomington, IN.

    Donors at this level will also receive one (1) electronic copy or one (1) physical copy of the NMCF CD by request and an electronic copy of Vox Reflexa's Early Music CD Release (2010).

    Donors at this level will also receive one (1) electronic copy of Vox Reflexa's debut Early Music CD.

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    - Personalized Commission by Kelvin McNeal -
    Composer Kelvin McNeal is offering a new commission for a special donor at this level of support. Please inquire prior to donating. We want to make sure all parties are on the same page and satisfied before the donation is completed.

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