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2017 FSAF Early Registration

The official opening of FSAF registration is normally in mid-March. Exceptions have been made for the few workshops on this page, so registrants can have plenty of time to arrange travel and figure out finances.




Advanced Opera and Musical Theatre Intensive

Jaunelle Celaire, Timothy Cheek, Lorna Eder, Rebecca Grimes, Chris Meerdink, instructors

Dates: MTWThF/MTWThF, July 17–28; 9:30am–5:15pm

Location: Davis Concert Hall

Cost: $625

Performance(s): Opera/Musical Theatre — 7/28, 8pm — Pioneer Park Theatre

Sing in both opera and musical theatre ensembles that will be coached and staged by outstanding opera coaches including Timothy Cheek, University of Michigan, Rebekah Grimes, Sam Houston State University, Christopher Meerdink, West Texas A&M, and Jaunelle Celaire, and Lorna Eder, University of Alaska. Registrants will participate in three master classes per week, concerts and outreach events and have the opportunity to solo with orchestra. Audition materials are due by May 31.
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Advanced String Performance Seminar

Bryan Hall, Jennifer Drake, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Robert Franz, Joseph Genualdi, Maureen Heflinger, Brian Hodges, Kathryn Hoffer, Lisa Ibias, Dawn Lindsay, Paul Sharpe, Andie Springer, instructors

Dates: MTWThF/MTWThF, July 17–28;

Location: Christ Lutheran Church

Cost: $1150

Performance(s): Concerto Concert I — 7/20, 7pm — Pioneer Park Theatre
Concerto Concert II — 7/22, 1pm — Pioneer Park Theatre
Orchestra Concert — 7/29, 8pm — Pioneer Park Exhibit Hall
Faculty and Student Chamber Music — 7/26, 8:30pm — Raven Landing

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Registration open now. Application includes two contrasting works to be submitted as unlisted YouTube links by April 15, 2017. Please send to Bryan Hall (behall2@alaska.edu). Please don't pay until you've been accepted.

The exclusive Advanced Performance Seminar offers string players a chance to play a concerto movement with a professional orchestra, and an opportunity to study classical music at the highest level while surrounded by the raw beauty of the Golden Heart Valley. In our supportive environment, mornings begin with Yoga for Musicians to prepare both body and mind for day full of music making. Performance opportunities abound, ranging from community outreach to chamber music and orchestra concerts in which registrants perform side-by-side with faculty. Registrants receive four 30-minute private lessons as well as group string classes offering technique instruction specific to each instrument. Recreational outings could include hiking, and trips to Chena Hot Springs and Denali National Park.




FSAF String Intensive

Bryan Hall, Jennifer Drake, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Robert Franz, Joseph Genualdi, Maureen Heflinger, Brian Hodges, Kathryn Hoffer, Lisa Ibias, Dawn Lindsay, Paul Sharpe, Andie Springer, instructors

Dates: MTWThF/MTWThF, July 17–28;

Location: Christ Lutheran Church

Cost: $900

Performance(s): Orchestra Concert — 7/29, 8pm — Pioneer Park Exhibit Hall
Faculty and Student Chamber Music — 7/26, 8:30pm — Raven Landing

Calling all string players! Our String Intensive includes all of our string ensemble offerings, Yoga for Musicians, and two hours of private lesson time with the instructor(s) of your choice. Study and perform in Festival Orchestra, Instrument Choirs, String Orchestra, Chamber Music. There will be many special concerts and events throughout the festival, as well as opportunities to play at venues around the community. Perform. Collaborate. Inspire.




The Art of Conducting

Robert Franz, instructor

Dates: MTWThFSat (week 1), July 17–22;

Location: Christ Lutheran Church

Cost: $800

Performance(s): Concerto Concert I — 7/20, 7pm — Pioneer Park Theatre
Concerto Concert II — 7/22, 1pm — Pioneer Park Theatre

The Art of Conducting....Are you conducting a student group and wishing you had a bit more technique and understanding of the art of conducting? Are you a student conductor who is looking for an opportunity to engage with a professional orchestra? Then this workshop is for you! The Art of Conducting is designed to help practicing conductors develop technique, gain experience conducting a professional ensemble, and connect with their core artist. Through movement exercises, meditation, conducting lessons, and rehearsal/performances with a professional orchestra students will work towards deepening their awareness of their conducting skills and creating more powerful connections with music.

This program includes private lessons, group movement classes, guided rehearsals and a final performance. This program provides an excellent opportunity to engage with your inner artist and take your abilities to the next level.

A second week of continued lessons and cover conducting with the festival orchestra and dance program is also possible. Playing opportunities in the FSAF festival orchestra are also available during the second week.




Composing in the Wilderness

Stephen Lias, instructor

Dates: July 12–25;

Location: Denali Park

Cost: $1650

Performance(s): Sounds of Nature: Alaskan Premieres — 7/25, 8:30pm — Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fairbanks Church

Now in its sixth year, the 2017 Composing in the Wilderness field course will take you to two spectacular regions of Northern Alaska: Denali National Park and Preserve and the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. Join adventurer-composer Stephen Lias for eight days exploring the stunning beauty of Denali’s wilderness and the mighty Yukon River, learning how the life of the region is reflected in the sounds you hear, interacting with scientists and interpretive rangers, and developing your creative skills through translating these ideas into original chamber music.

Following your wilderness experiences you'll be flown by bush plane back to Fairbanks where your new works will be rehearsed and performed by top performers from the faculty of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. Encapsulating inspiration, composition, rehearsal, and performance, this field course is sure to be an intensive and exhilarating creative experience.

Participants should be prepared to live in rustic conditions and be physically fit enough for strenuous mountain hikes, stream crossings, etc. Participants must also be trained composers (professional, faculty, or students currently enrolled in a university composition program) with experience preparing their own manuscripts and writing chamber music for various instruments. Those without sufficient background may be ineligible. If in doubt, email Stephen Lias at steve@stephenlias.com with questions.

Lots of additional information can be found here: http://www.stephenlias.com/calendar/citw




Creative Writing

Jeanne E. Clark, Erin Coughlin Hollowell, Daryl Farmer, Brenda Miller, Sarah Pape, Nicole Stellon-O'Donnell, instructors

Dates: MTWThF/MTWThF, July 17–28; 9:00am–4:20pm

Location: One Riverview Plaza (80 B Street)

Cost: $395

Performance(s): Creative Writing Reading — 7/28, 1:30pm — One Riverview Plaza (80 B Street)

This class is open to people with all levels of writing skills. Students will write every day under the guidance of the Festival staff. Each day will offer directed writing activities and close readings of literature from a writer's perspective. We will discuss poetry and prose, and students may write either or both. The class will focus on generating new writing. Students will practice several stages of the writing process: beginning, drafting and revising. At the end of the Festival, each writer will have a folder containing enough rough material to keep busy for months, as well as some polished pieces. These sessions will be especially good for teachers who must motivate others - and themselves - to write. The classes will also be valuable for writers who want fresh ideas and ways to focus their writing. Students who cannot attend all day should make special arrangements with Jeanne E. Clark: bellestarrgang@gmail.com. Bring pen and paper, a sense of adventure, and a sense of humor!

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