Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Convention

Filed under: Projects,Sacred Harp and Shape Note Music
Posted by jesse on March 14, 2004 at 10:12 pm

This Saturday and Sunday (while celebrating my 23rd birthday which occurred on Friday, I attended the Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Convention in Northampton. The WMSHC is one of the biggest and best conventions in the Northeast and this year’s convention was spectacular, with well over 300 singers in attendance and 128 leading about 200 songs.

Attending last year’s convention lead me to begin writing shape note music, and in the wake of this year’s convention, I’m hoping to finish work on my first set of compositions and begin arranging some performances. I’m now working on a couple of new pieces as well as porting all of my old compositions from Finale NotePad to Sibelius. As I make these changes, I will also update the shape note section of this site to include full-size scores as PDF and GIF files as well as MIDI files for each piece represented. I will also add a selection of new shape note pieces I composed since posting the current selection.

I’m planning on working with Pamela Slea and Laura Neuman to provide my shape note pieces with words, but I have plenty of pieces and I am eager to work with any interested writers. Please email me or fill out the form on the Contact page if you are interested.

More Good News

Filed under: Announcements
Posted by jesse on March 11, 2004 at 2:00 pm

I’m happy to report that two close friends of mine, who are also applying to masters programs in new music fields, have been accepted into their first choice programs. Anne Rhodes has been accepted with guaranteed funding for two years as a vocal performance student at Wesleyan. Dan St. Clair, a friend of mine from Wesleyan, and an advisee of Ron Kuivila has been accepted at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with the Sound Department’s only fellowship.

Congratulations to Dan and Anne.

Going to Rensselaer

Filed under: Announcements,School
Posted by jesse on March 8, 2004 at 1:28 pm

After talking with Kathy High, my advisor at Wesleyan, Ron Kuivila, and my friends and family, I’ve decided to accept Rensselaer’s offer of admission. I’ll be working toward an MFA in Electronic Arts in the iEAR program, and will begin my studies this fall, arriving before August 15, when training for my Teaching Assistantship begins.

Accepted at RPI and SAIC

Filed under: Announcements,School
Posted by jesse on March 2, 2004 at 6:33 pm

Over the weekend Kathy High from Rensselaer called to tell me that I’ve been accepted into their MFA program in Electronic Arts with a guaranteed two-year funding package. The faculty are enthusiastic about working with me, and I was accepted from the largest and most competitive applicant pool in the history of the program. The funding package will cover the full cost of tuition and provide me with a $12,000 stipend each year. I would be a Teaching Assistant my first year as a graduate student and would have ‘Professional Development’ responsibilities during my second year.

I also received word from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago that I’ve been accepted into their MFA in Studio Art program through the Sound Department.

I’m currently discussing my options with friends, family, and former teachers. I am excited to have so many wonderful programs from which to choose, and am pleased that I will be able to work in a stimulating artistic environment this fall as I had hoped.