What is a Composer Club?
A composer club is a group of people who combine their resources to support the development of new music through commissioning. By commissioning music (paying composers to write a new piece for a specific purpose or event) individuals or organizations become active participants in the creation of a legacy of music for the future.
The West Michigan Symphony and its Composer Club is commissioning Austin Wintory to write “Epic!” for the 2016-17 season, with its world premiere performed by the West Michigan Symphony November 11, 2016. This will be the beginning of a three-year relationship with Austin, with one new work produced each season.
Click here to join this exciting collaborative experience as part of the Composer Club with a gift/pledge of $500 for year one or $1,500 for all three years.
Receive the following benefits each year you belong to the club:
• An invitation to a rehearsal of the new work;
• One pair of tickets to the world premiere for your use or to share with friends or family;
• Meet Austin Wintory at a private reception where he will discuss the new piece with the members of the Club;
• The commissioning organization and club members are acknowledged on the first page of the musical score and in the performance program;
• Club members will receive an archival recording of the world premiere performance and a print of the signed musical score.
Our composer-in-residence, Austin Wintory
Austin Wintory is versatile composer; he writes music for the concert halls, chamber music, music for jazz groups, and music for movies and video game scores. Austin is the first composer to be nominated for a Grammy award for video game music. Austin is excited to collaborate with WMS in that he can write music that he feels “utterly compelled” to write.
“…I don’t tend to think of myself as a composer, I tend to think of myself as someone who uses composition as the tool of choice to kind of slightly engineer my surroundings in such that I can live in a world that’s somehow slightly different from the world as it existed prior to my life, and nudge it in some direction that seems like a world that I’d rather live in.
Every piece of music, and it doesn’t matter if it’s some smaller more incidental piece on a film, or if it’s a concert work you spend a year on, has the responsibility to move reality toward some idealized superior version from the kind of status quo starting position you began with.”
We feel the same way. With each performance were trying to move people, change people, change the world around us in small and big ways, and hopefully make the world a better place.
Why should you join the Composer Club?
The reasons why people commission music are personal and varied. People may choose to join the club as a special gift to themselves or for someone else, a couple may decide to commemorate their anniversary, a symphony board member or regular donor may join the club as an organizational show of support, or a fan of a specific composer may join to further that artist’s career.
“As a conductor I act as a coach to help the musicians play at their best, to help them play with passion and full engagement. The composer creates that sound, and as a result the best thing we can do in a musical organization is participate in the creation of new music. In the old days this function was taken on by the holy church and noblemen. And now it is our responsibility.”
– Scott Speck, WMS Music Director
If you have questions about joining the Composer Club, call 231.726.3231 and ask for Andy. Or, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.