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Sarah Quartel – Connecting with Composers

Sarah Quartel – Connecting with Composers


one of the things I love doing is
connecting with choirs and conductors through Skype so I will frequently meet
up with people online that way to to talk about a piece or to give some
feedback I love skyping with choirs that are
doing my music it’s such a great thing to get to chat with young musicians who
want to ask about being a composer or ask a little bit about what I’ve written
another way I think that’s so important for composers to get their music out
there is to have great recordings and an age of YouTube and all of these
platforms we can really share what we’re doing by having great recordings out
there and as a composer during a variety of performances all the way from
professional groups make a recording and send it to me or high school groups post
a video on youtube I love seeing what people are doing with my music and every
interpretation is different and then of course having those recordings out there
they’re they’re great tools for for other singers to get to know the music
other conductors to get to know the music when I look at how education has
changed over the past few years I look at what our kids are exposed to
in the media how they are now bringing us pieces that they want to sing whereas
you know kids helping with repertoire selection maybe wasn’t such a thing a
few years ago I had the the great opportunity at the a CD a conference in
Salt Lake City to have a peace of mind conducted by Bob Chilcott called wide
open spaces not long after that that conference I received an email from high
school student who said do you think you could help me get my my choir director
to perform your piece you know I want to sing it at school could you help me do
that and so with our kids exposed to so much I think I’ve seen kids really want
to take a role in in what they sing there
excited I’ve heard this I heard somebody sing this can we do this piece and I
think that’s that’s great I love it when my students in the past have brought me
pieces that they want to sing what’s been surprising to me is is is when I’m
feeling that love feeling kind of removed from performance you get these
lovely little messages from choristers that sing your work and it’s it’s the
the accountant from New Jersey who sends you a message who said that your piece
was meaningful to him or the the high school singer from Eastern Canada who
sends you a message to say that the piece was meaningful to her it’s those
things that in those moments of feeling feeling lonely as a composer and and
removed from you know why we create it’s those moments that surprised me and and
carrying me on

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