October Concert in Green BayWAC's Fall '97 Workshop and Concert took place at the Union Congregational Church, 716 South Madison Street, Green Bay on October 25th, hosted by Al Benner. At 2 p.m., Dr. Michael E. Edgerton from the National Center for Voice and Speech presented a workshop on extended vocal techniques. This workshop introduced extended vocal techniques found in experimental vocal music of the latter 20th-century and selected traditional music from around the world. The workshop involved descriptions of what is occurring acoustically, anatomically and musically, and these descriptions were paired with recordings and demonstrations. Attendees were given the opportunity to produce these unusual sounds.
The workshop was followed by a 3 p.m. concert of WAC members' works, featuring the Union Congregational Chancel Choir directed by Marshall Moss. Thirteen WAC composers were played comprising works for solo organ, solo voice, voice duets, voice and piano, choir, clarinets, solo viola, viola and piano, and violin and piano. The concert also included an organ work by guest composer Dinos Constantinides, Boyd Professor and Head of Composition at Louisiana State University, and Music Director of the Louisiana Sinfonietta. A program of the day's festivities can be found in the archives.
MadWAC Meeting and ElectionsWAC's Madison chapter held a general membership meeting on October 7. Several upcoming events were discussed, and new officers for the chapter were elected. They are: Mercedes Binder, Dan Maske, and Jim Schwall, Co-directors, and David Drexler, Secretary/Treasurer.
Spring WAC Conference SetThe Spring 1998 WAC Concert/Conference will be held April 3rd and 4th at Carthage College in Kenosha, hosted by Gary Verkade. Deadline for submissions is December 31st. Featured guest artists will be flautist Camilla Hoitenga and cellist David Cowley.
WACweb debut!WAC now has an Internet presence thanks to the efforts of Thomas Powell and David Drexler. Visit the site and take a look around. Please submit any suggestions or problem reports to David at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a WAC composer member, you can be listed in the Member Directory. E-mail David with your bio, list of works, contact information, and any other data you would like included. For a photo on your page, e-mail the scanned image, or send the original photo by postal mail to David. If you already have your own web site, just send a note with the URL.
There is still work left to be done on the Archives: adding more events and filling in more information (such as performers' names) for those that are there. If you hosted a conference or organized another WAC event, get in touch with David to have it listed.
Student Composition WinnerJay Mollerskov was declared the winner of the 12th annual WAC Student Competition Contest. The winning work was entitled Andromeda for alto flute, alto saxophone, glockenspiel, and vibraphone. No other prizes were awarded.
WAC Newsletter, October 1997
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