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.
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