Category Archives: Community Updates

Community update: October 2016

Epic event-a-thon
There’s nothing like an LMP event-a-thon – except, maybe, an LMP event-a-thon with headbanging…

In this edition: An epic event-a-thon, organ trail, local media & grant deadlines, and more!

LMP news

We evented, epically
e·vent, vb 1. The act of submitting events to the Live Music Project calendar.
We had an epic volunteer event-a-thon last weekend! 7 volunteers submitted 100 events in 4 hours, joining the efforts of dozens of organizations already submitting their performances to the calendar. It’s not all visible yet, but we should have the full season on our calendar in the coming weeks.

Internal organ…?
Channelling a bit of Magic Schoolbus wizardry, we took several thousand people into the guts of a pipe organ and watched with amazement as the bellows and trackers danced to music played by Susanna Valleau.

We felt your support!
A heartfelt thank you to our donors this month: Jessica Fredican, Mike Holzinger, Joachim Lyon, John Reale, and Kate Ross & Tim Schmuckal! And to our volunteers: Andrea, Brendan, Cam, Ellen, Emily, Gillian, Jon, Maggie, Marjorie, Nick, Philippa, Thomas, and Veronica. You rock! (Do you love the LMP? Join us as a volunteer or a donor!)

Community announcements

  • The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture is hiring a half-time digital media specialist.
  • KING FM is hiring for several positions – Webmaster and Internet Operations Manager, Accounting Manager, Membership Coordinator, and more!
  • Bremerton Symphony seeks Principal Bassoon and Section Horn.
  • Seattle Music Partners is seeking volunteer music tutors.
  • Second Inversion launched a Women in (New) Music blog series: an ongoing exploration into the past, present, and future of feminism in classical music which invites female-identifying artists to share their own experiences.
  • ECCHO (the Emerald City Chamber Music Organization) launched in September, providing weekly coaching to young chamber ensembles during middle and high school orchestra classes.
  • Join Town Hall Seattle for a behind-the-scenes tour of their historic building on Thursday, October 13th at 11am, complete with an outline for how they have envisioned it for the future.
  • New Music Happy Hour returns on October 27, 5:30 pm at Queen Anne Beerhall.

Notable deadlines

  • October 1 – CityArts calendar (November issue) submission deadline
  • October 6 – Seattle Magazine January print calendar submission deadline
  • October 17(ish) – Seattle Times 2016 Holiday Entertainment Guide submission deadline
  • October 19 – 4Culture Arts Sustained Support Grant application deadline
  • October 19 – Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Neighborhood and Community Arts Grant application deadline
  • October 19 – Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Arts in Parks Program Grant application deadline
  • November 2 – CityArts calendar (holiday issue) submission deadline
  • November 2 – The Stranger: Seattle Art & Performance (winter issue) submission deadline
  • Rolling – 4Culture Open Arts Grant; apply at least 6 weeks prior to event date
  • Rolling – Seattle Times calendar (digital and print); submit 14 days in advance
  • Rolling – Seattle Met digital calendar; submit 2-4 weeks in advance
  • Rolling – LMP calendar submission deadline is 1 week prior to performance date; deadline for weekend digest is Wednesdays @ 5pm
  • Rolling – Spontaneous Free Tickets may be donated up to 1 day prior to performance date

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Submit announcements for inclusion in this newsletter by the 25th of each month.

Community update: September 2016

The Opus 140 organ at Plymouth Church in Seattle.
The Opus 140 organ at Plymouth Church in Seattle. (Photo: S. Lyon)

In this edition: Exploring cultural access, organ innards, local auditions & media deadlines, and more!

LMP news

We took a look at cultural access
This week, we met with other cultural organizations to look at the barriers to cultural access – why people may not feel comfortable participating in cultural events – in order to come up with a shared definition of public access. Sometime next year, voters will be asked to approve Cultural Access Washington (CAWA), an 0.1% sales tax increase to improve access to cultural programs in King County. This will be the first time public support for arts, heritage, and culture will be submitted for voter approval – and public access is at the core of how CAWA will impact the region if passed.

Here are some barriers that caught our attention:

  • Information: believing you have to be a certain type of person to participate (for example, self-selecting out of a cultural event at a library because “libraries are for smart people”).
  • Transportation: being unable to attend events within Seattle if the event ends late enough that there is no bus service to your home outside Seattle (this especially impacts young people and all who rely on buses).
  • Relevance: feeling distance from a cultural program (often because the program was designed for a specific community without talking with members of that community).

Since this will be a King County initiative, 4Culture – the county’s cultural funding agency – will be responsible for developing and administering the funding program for it. You can learn more about CAWA here.

Barriers to cultural access in Washington
What are the barriers to cultural access in Washington? (Photo: S. Lyon)

We went inside an organ
Hidden rooms. Circuit boards. We took a tour of the incredible Opus 140 organ at Plymouth Church, and heard a sneak preview of organist Susanna Valleau’s upcoming concert. On Sept. 11, we’re going back in for a rehearsal – and this time, we’re taking you with us! Come along as we poke around the inner workings of this Fisk organ, and catch a few notes of some truly dramatic music. Watch our Facebook page for details.

We felt your support!
A heartfelt thank you to our donors this month: Kevin Clark, Jessica Fredican, Kiesha Garrison, Jane Harty, Mike Holzinger, Eric Niebler, John Reale, Nadine Stock, and Mitsuo Tomita. Would you like to donate too? We’d love your support! Please donate here.

Community announcements

  • Second Inversion is celebrating Steve Reich’s 80th birthday with a 24/7 marathon of his music – email Maggie Stapleton to find out how to share a favorite piece or memory during the broadcast.
  • The upper floors of King Street Station are being transformed into a cultural hub; the next public working meeting to explore possibilities for the space is September 14.
  • Sine Nomine: Renaissance Choir warmly welcomes Dr. Anne Lyman, DMA, as their new artistic director and conductor to begin their 9th season this fall.
  • Saratoga Orchestra of Whidbey Island announces auditions on September 10 and 17 for violin, cello, and substitute positions for all instruments.
  • Seattle Bach Choir is holding auditions on Sept 6 at St. Catherine of Siena Church, appointments between 4:30 and 7:00 PM.
  • Bremerton Symphony Orchestra will hold auditions September 6.
  • Bremerton Symphony Chorale will hold auditions September 6 and 13.
  • Seattle Collaborative Orchestra is seeking highly capable diverse student and community musicians who are interested in participating in an innovative orchestra devoted to mentorship and bringing classical and new symphonic works into Seattle communities.
  • Bellevue Chamber Chorus is holding auditions for experienced choral singers to join them for the 2016-2017 concert season!
  • Philharmonia Northwest will hold auditions this summer for the following positions to be filled before the start of the 2016/17 season: violin, viola, cello, horn, trumpet.

Notable deadlines

  • September 6 – Seattle Magazine December print calendar submission deadline
  • September 29 – 4Culture tech-specific project grant application deadline
  • October 1 – CityArts calendar (November issue) submission deadline (submission form also available here)
  • October 17 – Seattle Times 2016 Holiday Entertainment Guide submission deadline
  • October 19 – 4Culture Arts Sustained Support Grant application deadline
  • October 19 – Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Neighborhood and Community Arts Grant application deadline
  • October 19 – Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Arts in Parks Program Grant application deadline
  • Rolling – 4Culture Open Arts Grant; apply at least 6 weeks prior to event date
  • Rolling – Seattle Times calendar (digital and print); submit 14 days in advance
  • Rolling – Seattle Met digital calendar; submit 2-4 weeks in advance
  • Rolling – LMP calendar submission deadline is 1 week prior to performance date; deadline for weekend digest is Wednesdays @ 5pm
  • Rolling – Spontaneous Free Tickets may be donated up to 1 day prior to performance date

To receive this LMP monthly community update by email, subscribe to our newsletter and select “LMP & community news.”

To submit an announcement for inclusion in this newsletter, send 1 sentence and 1 link to: shaya@livemusicproject.org. Deadline is the 25th of each month.

Community Update: August 2016

LMP board meetings are long, productive, and requiring of sunset breaks.
LMP board meetings are long, productive, and requiring of sunset breaks. (Photo credit: M. Holzinger)

In this edition: We’re officially a 501(c)3, local auditions & job openings, media deadlines, and more!

LMP news

  • We’re officially a registered 501(c)3!
    Hot on the heels of incorporating in WA state, we are now officially also recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. This means you can support us in a way that is also tax-deductible. Please support us!
  • We got spontaneous!
    Pssst. This is our best-kept secret. Through our Spontaneous Free Tickets program, we have given away more than 200 free concert tickets this year. The tickets are donated by local performing arts organizations like the Seattle Chamber Music Society, Northwest Sinfonietta, and Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra. We want to give you tickets. Get in on this goodness!
  • We stayed happy!
    It’s been rough for some of us to maintain our sparkly happy glow under Seattle’s weirdly cloudy “summer” skies, but one thing that has helped immensely is the New Music Happy Hour that we co-host with KING FM’s Second Inversion! It was wonderful to sip and snack among a few dozen friendly smiles on July 19. We’ll continue to meet monthly-ish; subscribe to receive dates as we schedule them. (Yes, NMHH has its own mailing list!)

Community announcements

  • Emerald City Music seeks an arts administration intern for the Fall semester, August 21-December 1, 2016. Email info@emeraldcitymusic.org for more information.
  • Music of Remembrance is currently taking applications for the full-time position of development associate.
  • Town Hall has job openings for event staff, house manager, development director, and more.
  • The upper floors of King Street Station are being transformed into a cultural hub; the next public working meeting to explore possibilities for the space is August 10.
  • Thalia Symphony will hold auditions for all string sections and principal bass on August 16, or by appointment.
  • Bremerton Symphony Orchestra will hold auditions August 23 & September 6.
  • Ensign Symphony & Chorus will be auditioning tenors and basses for their 2016/2017 season on August 25.
  • Philharmonia Northwest will hold auditions this summer for the following positions to be filled before the start of the 2016/17 season: violin, viola, cello, horn, trumpet.
  • Northwest Chamber Chorus is holding auditions on Sunday afternoon, August 28 at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church in Seattle.
  • Bellevue Chamber Chorus is holding auditions for experienced choral singers to join them for the 2016-2017 concert season!
  • Seattle Bach Choir is holding auditions on Sept 6, 2016 at St. Catherine of Siena Church, appointments between 4:30 and 7:00 PM.

Notable deadlines

  • August 5 – Seattle Magazine November print calendar submission deadline
  • August 10 – The Stranger’s Fall issue of Seattle Art & Performance submission deadline (publication date: September 14)
  • August 15 – CityArts October calendar submission deadline
  • August 15 – 4Culture Conductive Garboil grant application deadline
  • September 29 – 4Culture tech-specific project grant application deadline
  • Rolling – LMP calendar submission deadline is 1 week prior to performance date; deadline for weekend digest is Wednesdays @ 5pm
  • Rolling – Spontaneous Free Tickets may be donated up to 1 day prior to performance date

To receive the LMP monthly community update by email, subscribe to our newsletter and select “LMP & community news.”

To submit an announcement for inclusion in the newsletter, send 1 sentence and 1 link to: shaya@livemusicproject.org. Deadline is the 25th of each month.

Community Update: July 2016

Researching summer music festivals during our summer event-a-thon. (Photo: J. Icasas)

In this edition: An event-a-thon, local auditions, media deadlines, and more.

LMP news

  • We had an event-a-thon!
    With summer festivals under way and orchestras announcing their new seasons, there are a ton of great concerts to add to the LMP. So we gathered together on a Saturday morning with volunteers, bagels, a magically endless supply of coffee, and a banana or two and submitted more than 90 (yes, NINETY!) events to the calendar. Thanks to Anna, Jon, Marjorie, Kevin, Maggie, Emily, Jennifer, Nick, and Cam for epic eventing. (Sound like fun? Join us next time!)
  • We got happy!
    Together with Second Inversion, we hosted a happy hour for musicians, new music enthusiasts, non-musicians, and curious bystanders to come together and share ideas, create connections, and strengthen Seattle’s ever-growing network of artists and musicians. Ideas were spawned, connections were made, and we had such a great time that we’re hosting another happy hour on July 19. Many thanks to LMP board chair and friend Kevin Clark for organizing. See you there!

Community announcements

  • The Seattle Symphony launched a multi-year commitment to respond to homelessness through artistic projects, residencies, and access to performances.
  • The Rainier Symphony announced that Jeffery Lund has accepted the position of music director and conductor with the orchestra.
  • Emerald City Music seeks event volunteers and an artist home host in the Seattle Area for the week of July 11-16. Contact Andrew Goldstein for details.
  • The upper floors of King Street Station are being transformed into a cultural hub; the next public working meeting to explore possibilities for the space is August 10.
  • Thalia Symphony will hold auditions for all string sections and principal bass on August 16.
  • Bremerton Symphony Orchestra hold auditions August 23 & September 6.
  • Philharmonia Northwest will hold auditions this summer for the following positions to be filled before the start of the 2016/17 season: assistant concertmaster, viola, horn, trumpet.

Notable deadlines

  • July 5 – Seattle Magazine October print calendar submission deadline
  • July 15 – CityArts September calendar submission deadline
  • July 20 – CityArtist Projects Grants application deadline (workshop on July 6)
  • July 25 – LMP monthly community announcements submission deadline
  • July 29 – Seattle Times Fall Arts Guide submission deadline (publication date: September 14)
  • August 1 – GiveCamp 2016 application deadline
  • August 10 – The Stranger’s Fall issue of Seattle Art & Performance submission deadline (publication date: September 14)
  • Rolling – LMP calendar submission deadline is 1 week prior to performance date; deadline for weekend digest is Wednesdays @ 5pm

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Open rehearsals are a great way for listeners to experience the collaborative aspect of music-making. The Fulton St. Chamber Players held an open rehearsal at Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum earlier this month. (Photo: S. Lyon)

Community update: June 2016

Exploring our reasons for getting involved with the LMP during our community kickoff meeting in March. (Photo: J. Icasas)
Exploring our reasons for getting involved with the LMP during our community kickoff meeting in March. (Photo: J. Icasas)

In this edition: The LMP is officially a nonprofit (!), Seattle Symphony’s Philip Glass photography competition, a new-music podcast, and more.

LMP news

  • We’re a nonprofit!
    The LMP began as a side project in September 2013; in March 2016, we formalized the organization as a Washington State nonprofit corporation. We’re here to support our community for the long haul, and we’re thrilled about it! Meet the wonderful team that is making this possible.
  • We had a community kickoff meeting!
    Earlier this year, we gathered with friends and colleagues from across the community to eat chili, get creative with post-its, and talk about the current state and future plans of the LMP. We explored our reasons for being involved (“passion is contagious,” “love of the arts,”good people,” “fostering community,” “desire to build and contribute”) and hopes for the future (“the audience is as diverse as the city,” “musician-audience interaction is safely encouraged,” “musical organizations share resources and information”). We were encouraged and inspired by the incredibly passionate, talented, committed community we are in.
  • We shadowed a few orchestras
    Making music is a collaborative process, and we love collaboration. Every few months, our intrepid executive director, Shaya, tags along with a local orchestra as they prepare for a concert, telling their stories along the way. Read about what it’s like to conduct an orchestra while playing piano, the compositional muse of sorting algorithms, and how a collection of teenage chatter inspired a new work for girlchoir and orchestra.

Community announcements

  • John Cage Musicircus is seeking artists to participate in a celebration of Cage’s works at Town Hall in November; paid artist spots are available.
  • The upper floors of King Street Station are being transformed into a cultural hub; the next public working meeting to explore possibilities for the space is August 10.
  • Congratulations to violinist Takumi Taguchi (age 15) and pianist Alexander Lu (age 16), winners of the 2016 Young Artist Awards Competition presented in partnership by Seattle Chamber Music Society and Classical KING-FM 98.1; hear them perform on KING FM’s NW Focus Live, June 24th at 8pm.
  • The Universal Language Project (in partnership with Second Inversion) has launched a new podcast, which features 20-minute composer interviews followed by recordings of new work – often from the premiere, live in all its unedited glory.
  • Philharmonia Northwest will be holding auditions this summer for the following positions to be filled before the start of the 2016/17 season: assistant concertmaster, viola, horn, trumpet.
  • Using The Light by Philip Glass as your inspiration, share your photos with the hashtag #TheLightSSO on Instagram and Twitter to receive two complimentary tickets to the Seattle Symphony performance on June 30.
  • The Thalia Symphony Orchestra announces the appointment of Joseph Pollard White as music director starting with the 2016-2017 season; Maestro White is guaranteed to generate excitement with his programming and the enthusiasm he inspires in his players.
  • Join musicians from Emerald City Music for a summer hike up Issaquah’s jaw-dropping Tiger Mountain, with a chamber music performance at the peak, on July 16.
  • Registration is open for Tuned In! Summer Student Festival, an intensive and comprehensive musical learning experience for students aged 13-20, with renowned violinist Dr. Quinton Morris.
  • The Hummingbird Suzuki Academy has launched a prenatal, baby, and toddler Suzuki music program dedicated to music ability development from age zero in the Seattle area.
  • The Northwest Mahler Festival will be holding auditions June 14 and 15 for all string, wind, and percussion principal positions for its 20th Anniversary Festival Gala Concert on July 17.
  • Second Inversion and the Live Music Project are hosting a happy hour on June 22 for musicians, new music enthusiasts, non-musicians, and curious bystanders alike to come together and share ideas, create connections, and strengthen Seattle’s ever-growing network of artists and musicians.

Notable deadlines

  • CityArts August calendar – submit events by June 22
  • LMP community news – submit announcements by June 25 (1 sentence, 1 link)
  • LMP calendar – submit concerts 1 week prior to performance date; deadline for weekend digest is Wednesdays @ 5pm
  • Seattle Magazine October calendar – submit events by July 5

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Seattle Collaborative Orchestra rehearses at University Christian Church last fall. (Photo: S. Lyon)
Seattle Collaborative Orchestra rehearses at University Christian Church last fall. (Photo: S. Lyon)

February New Music Concerts

The Live Music Project and Second Inversion have partnered to create a monthly calendar of new music performances in Seattle, Eastside, and Tacoma.

This genre – also known as art music, indie-classical, new composed music, modern classical, contemporary classical, and many other names – is the cutting edge of classical composition and improvisation, and we invite you to check it out!

The ensembles on this flyer will be displaying it at their own events. Feel free to share, download, and distribute it too!

If you’d like to be included in the flyer, please submit your performance to the LMP calendar and drop a note to maggies@king.org.

Here’s the flyer (click to enlarge):

New music concerts in Seattle, Eastside and Tacoma: February, 2016
New music concerts in Seattle, Eastside and Tacoma: February, 2016

New series: About the artists

The Live Music Project is about music and community. As we enter our third month, and prepare to expand beyond Seattle, I continue to discover more about this city’s wonderful musicians.

This learning process, and the community’s rich musical and personal experience, are inspiring, and I would love to share as much of that with you as I can.

The eagerness of young artists, passion of conductors, collaboration of orchestras, intense focus during rehearsals — these are among the topics we will explore from time to time.

Come along for the ride.

Launch news!

I am happy to announce that the Live Music Project is now live in its first city: Seattle.

There’s something for everyone: orchestral concerts, student recitals, children’s events – you name it.

Check out the following for a sample:

Together, we have made the Live Music Project a wonderful place to find classical music in Seattle, and my hope is to bring that experience to other cities as well. Please share with friends, family and musicians. The more events and listeners, the more useful the site will be to all.

Finally, thank you for your contributions of time, patience and support to help this site come to fruition. Your encouragement and feedback have been, and continue to be, a driving force of this project.

Shaya

P.S. Your feedback is welcome!