Summer Singing in Alabama

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Posted by jesse on August 22, 2005 at 7:03 pm

Thanks to grants from two organizations, I’ve been able to travel twice to Alabama this summer to deepen my understanding of Sacred Harp and shape note music, the community singing style that has played into recent projects of mine, such as Lawrence and Shade and Rapture/Rupture, and that continues to inform my practice as an artist.

The Joe Beasley Memorial Foundation, named for a deceased Sacred Harp singer from a long-time singing family, awarded me a grant “for the preservation and promotion of Sacred Harp and shape note music” that enabled me to attend Camp Fasola, a five-day-long camp in Anniston, Alabama featuring lots of singing, and lessons on Sacred Harp history and technique.

I also received a travel grant from The Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Community, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting community-based singing from The Sacred Harp, that enabled me to travel to Alabama to attend the Camp, as well as All Day Singings in Muscadine, Henagar, Ider, and Dutton, Alabama.

I am thankful for the support of these organizations, as well as the Sacred Harp Musical Heritage Association, which organizes and runs Camp Fasola.

More Good News

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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

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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

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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.

Accepted at CalArts

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Posted by jesse on February 21, 2004 at 7:41 pm

I heard from CalArts today that I’ve been accepted into their School of Music as a first-year MFA student in Composition/New Media.

I’m also eagerly awaiting word from the three other schools to which I’ve applied. RPI, in particular, was already making decisions when I visited earlier this month. Mills College, however, sent me a note indicating that they would notify me in early April.

Applications Are In

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Posted by jesse on January 28, 2004 at 11:44 pm

I just finished the fourth and final application for graduate school on which I’ve been working. I’ve now applied to CalArts, Rensselaer, Art Institute of Chicago, and Mills College. I’ve been talking over the phone with faculty from these four schools about their MFA programs, and I’m hoping to visit Chicago and RPI in the near future.

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