National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center - Music Participant
Artistic Director, Pam Arciero
Music Director, Melissa Dunphy
Online Application Deadline: March 3, 2017
Conference Dates: June 10-18, 2017
Composer/performers are invited to apply as Music Participants for the Natonal Puppetry Conference in Waterford, CT, June 10-18, 2017. Music Participants are given the unique opportunity to collaborate with puppetry artists as they create new works for the stage. As a music participant you will work with the artists and directors to help tell their story with music. You will be challenged with evoking the mood of scenes and characters from multiple pieces, ranging from playful to dark and haunted themes. Ideal candidates are composers with a strong performance and improvisation background and familiarity with or willingness to experiment with different styles and genres of music.
What can you expect? Your schedule will change as you and the puppeteers prepare for two public performances at the end of the week, fully comprised of original work created at the conference. Roughly, each day you can expect about three to five hours directly collaborating with ensembles, three to five hours of private composition, and an hour or two in workshops and masterclasses. You may optionally end each day mingling and networking at the campus bar where participants entertain each other in boisterous nightly puppet slams.
Compositionally, you may optionally write for or collaborate with the other music participants to create rich scores for live performance. Although the emphasis will be on live music, you will also find opportunities to pre-record work, especially when using electronic music elements.
Music participants will be mentored by composer/performer Melissa Dunphy. You will also receive mentoring from the puppetry directors, including individuals who’ve performed with the Jim Henson Company, and been featured on stages across the world.
This role is part of the main conference, but you also may apply for the pre-conference. Please note that involvement in the pre-conference intensives may be subject to qualifications of the applicant.
Music participants are not charged tuition for the main conference, simply housing and meals at $500 USD. If you wish to also attend the pre-conference intensive, your cost for those three days is an additional $500 USD, which includes tuition, room, and board. There is a $75.00 discount if you attend both programs for a total of $925 USD. There is also a Music Participant Scholarship for which you may apply.
More information and online application ($35 application fee) at http://www.theoneill.org/summer-conferences/puppetry/
Melissa Dunphy, Music Director