Why a Composer Residency?
Guest-composer programs and artist residencies exist to provide a brief, intense learning partnership between a creative artist and a music entity and its community. A composer residency emphasizes the importance of meaningful and multi-layered musical exchange, insight, and immersion into the creative process; while advocating the necessity for the creation of new works, expanding repertoire, inspiring future generations of artists, and providing a crucial foundation for the recognition of new music – and its creators – within our society.
Composer Kevin Walczyk has been engaged in multiple composer residencies, master classes, recording sessions, and conference panel discussions for more than 20 years and with ensembles and/or institutions ranging from elementary school to major symphony orchestras. His university residencies have included classroom instruction, private composition lessons, audience engagement, interviews, rehearsal sessions, seminar lectures, convocation addresses, Skype sessions, and general Q & A sessions. Dr. Walczyk has been invited to speak to and work with various university music areas, including those in composition, wind conducting, music education, bands, orchestras, chamber ensembles, choirs, and jazz ensembles. Dr. Walczyk has served as a guest panelist at the Midwest Clinic, the South Regional CBDNA Conference, the Ernest Bloch Composers Symposium, the Society of Composers, Incorporated national conference (in association with the South Carolina Philharmonic), the Bowling Green New Music Festival, and the Oregon State University Wind Band Symposium.
Whether you are currently preparing a Keveli Music publication, planning to perform one in the future, considering the commissioning of a new work, or would like to invite a composer to interact with your organization, contact Keveli Music to discuss how a composer residency with Dr. Kevin Walczyk can benefit you, your ensemble(s), and your students.