Day 1: 27 Nov (Sat)

All timings stated in Singapore Time GMT +8

100pm to 230pm | Visitors Centre, Drama Centre (live only*)

1A: Giving Voice to the Poet and Text by Toh Ban Sheng

Understanding how the text is pronounced spices up the music in a big way and gives it nuances. Coupled with the poet’s intentions, drama and tales will surely unfold. With demo ensemble.

400pm to 530pm | Zoom

1B: Asian Vocal Tapestry by Prof Eudenice Palaruan

This compositional method exploits language sound peculiarities in developing choral works.

700pm to 830pm | Zoom

1C: About the Chosen Story for the New Song by Ēriks Ešenvalds

The joy of freedom to choose a text that resonates and inspires you in creation of a new song.

900pm to 1030pm | Zoom

1D: Words into Music: Challenges and Solutions by Dr Z Randall Stroope

How does one find new and fresh texts? How about translations of texts? Can I excerpt a portion of a text? How does a composer have their "own voice" and be a servant of the text?  Where does one start setting the text - at the beginning?  And..... of course, the usual matters of actual text setting, copyright and so on

*All attendees must be fully vaccinated or produce a valid negative PET result to attend live only sessions

 

Day 2: 28 Nov (Sun)

All timings stated in Singapore Time GMT +8

400pm to 530pm | Zoom

2A: Arranging with Prof Eudenice Palaruan

Composer participants to get personal coaching on a new or unpremiered work.

700pm to 830pm | Zoom

2B: Composing with Ēriks Ešenvalds

Composer participants to get personal coaching on a new or unpremiered work.

900pm to 1030pm | Zoom

2C: Composing with Dr Z Randall Stroope

Composer participants to get personal coaching on a new or unpremiered work.

 

Day 3: 4 Dec (Sat)

All timings stated in Singapore Time GMT +8

400pm to 530pm | Zoom

3A: Remoding Method by Prof Eudenice Palaruan

This is a style of arranging whereby Western tonal music is adapted to another local mode that is neither major nor minor.

700pm to 830pm | Zoom

3B: The (Emotional) Colours Found in the Story by Ēriks Ešenvalds

What are the emotional colours in the chosen text? The importance to think about them, describing and meditating upon them.

900pm to 1030pm | Zoom

3C: I have 1000 Musical Thoughts. How do I Select the Most Effective Idea for My Composition? by Dr Z Randall Stroope

Sorting out one's creative musical thoughts has been a challenge since time began.  But it is also the essential seed of productivity.  How to match the essence of the text with your musical intent.  Is your musical "vocabulary" consistent throughout a work (melodic vocabulary, harmonic vocabulary, rhythmic vocabulary, etc.)?  Seamless combination of the art of poetry and the art of music into a new medium of its own.

 

Day 4: 5 Dec (Sun)

All timings stated in Singapore Time GMT +8

100pm to 230pm | Visitors Centre, Drama Centre (live only*)

4A: Giving Voice to the Composer by Toh Ban Sheng

Giving voice to the composer : Understanding the composers’ background, experiences, state of mind will shed some clues to the intentions and imaginations. Are there universal approaches in interpreting compositional ideas? With demo ensemble.

400pm to 530pm | Zoom

4B: Arranging with Prof Eudenice Palaruan

Composer participants to get personal coaching on a new or unpremiered work.

700pm to 830pm | Zoom

4C: Composing with Ēriks Ešenvalds

Composer participants to get personal coaching on a new or unpremiered work.

900pm to 1030pm | Zoom

4D: Composing with Dr Z Randall Stroope

Composer participants to get personal coaching on a new or unpremiered work.

*All attendees must be fully vaccinated or produce a valid negative PET result to attend live only sessions

 

Day 5: 11 Dec (Sat)

All timings stated in Singapore Time GMT +8

100pm to 230pm | Visitors Centre, Drama Centre (live only*)

5A: Giving Voice to the Interpreter by Toh Ban Sheng

Giving voice to the interpreter: Must a piece be performed exactly to the composer’s intent indicated on the pages? What are the variables that will justify a conductor’s decision as an interpreter? With demo ensemble.

400pm to 530pm | Zoom

5B: In Search of a New Vocal Hierarchy by Prof Eudenice Palaruan

Through the years, Filipino composers and arrangers have used non-conventional singing voice in their works. Many already employ male falsetto singers that soar from the low male range to the high treble range.  Others assign female vocalists that would belt the high tenor passages. A cappella arrangers use beatbox singing that imitates percussion instruments. Ethnic advocates use the multiphonic ostinato droning style. While there is an increase of new vocal sound in many contemporary choral works, there is also a decrease of abled singers supposed to fulfill the traditional choruses. An actual example is a lack of "true" basses among the Filipino choirs.
This lecture will open the question: should composers and arrangers dwell on a new vocal hierarchy in their vocal/choral works other than the traditional soprano-alto-tenor-bass

700pm to 830pm | Zoom

5C: Composition Techniques to Paint the Story by Ēriks Ešenvalds

The process of real/practical composing.

900pm to 1030pm | Zoom

5D: Starting the Compositional Journey is Exciting. Building a Career and Sustaining the Quality of the Art is Challenging by Dr Z Randall Stroope

Discussion of preparation of your scores for performances - who, what, when, where? Ideas of how to build your compositional "library" of works.  Suggestions on building and sustaining careers in composition

*All attendees must be fully vaccinated or produce a valid negative PET result to attend live only sessions

 

Day 6: 12 Dec (Sun)

All timings stated in Singapore Time GMT +8

400pm to 530pm | Zoom

6A: Arranging with Prof Eudenice Palaruan

Composer participants to get personal coaching on a new or unpremiered work.

700pm to 830pm | Zoom

6B: Composing with Ēriks Ešenvalds

Composer participants to get personal coaching on a new or unpremiered work.

900pm to 1030pm | Zoom

6C: Composing with Dr Z Randall Stroope

Composer participants to get personal coaching on a new or unpremiered work.