Community update: June 2017

A pulsar, projected during a live performance of Grisey's 'Le Noir de l’Etoile' at New Music Gathering in Ohio. (Photo: LMP)
A pulsar, projected during a live performance of Grisey’s ‘Le Noir de l’Etoile’ at New Music Gathering in Ohio. (Photo: LMP)

In this edition: LMP goes to Ohio, seeking storytellers, community announcements, job openings, local media & grant deadlines, and more.

LMP news

We talked tech in the flatlands of Ohio
In May, we set off for Bowling Green State University to meet with composers and performers at the 3rd annual New Music Gathering. We enjoyed a dozen workshops, demonstrations, and concerts (including a performance in the dark mimicking the radio sound emitted from pulsars – photo above). We also got to participate in a panel with representatives from CASH Music and New Music USA to discuss the ins and outs of building software that supports artists. We had a great time, the audience asked thoughtful questions, and Tom Steenland, founder of the Starkland record label, called it “The most interesting panel I attended… 3 sharp panelists, with an exceptionally broad overview of today’s new music scene.” We’re already looking forward to NMG2018!

We’re looking for storytellers
Do you love storytelling? We’re on the lookout for a grantwriting intern who will work closely with our executive director, Shaya, and board chair, Kevin, to keep our grant application cycle flowing as we grow our local programs and prepare to serve other cities in the fall. Kevin led the development of the innovative digital grantmaking and advocacy platform for New Music USA, and this internship will provide the hands-on experience in institutional fundraising including that non-profit organizations love to see in potential hires. Prior grantwriting experience is nice to have but not required. More important: writing skills! Grantwriting is about telling a story. Interested? Learn more about the internship here, or pass this on to an eloquent friend.

You gave big! 
We had our first-ever Give Big campaign last month, and you made us feel all warm and fuzzy with your generosity. A huge thank you to our May donors and Give Big givers: Heather Bentley, Rachel Bittner, Galen Broderick, Karin Brookes, Jennifer Chung, Jessica Fredican, Rose Gear, James Holt, Erin Jorgensen, Mike Holzinger, Jon Icasas, Wesley Kim, Nyaradzo Kundidzora, Karissa Lew, Laura Loge, Jonathan Lyon, Jane Turbiner, and Hannah Turbiner Lyon, Bill Manos, Anouk Moulliet, Sheila Oh, Lesley Petty, John Reale, Katie Skovholt, Melanie Voytovich, Virginia Wright, and three anonymous supporters, as well as Boeing, Microsoft, Nerdwallet, and Nordstrom. And to our volunteers (Andrea, Dan, Emily, Jon, Kent, Lily, Marjorie, Nick, and Veronica) and departing interns (Hailey, Jeff, and Maddie): you rock our world!

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Kevin Clark, Shaya Lyon, and Ed Harsh at New Music Gathering in Ohio. (Photo: Tom Steenland)
Kevin Clark, Shaya Lyon, and Ed Harsh at New Music Gathering in Ohio. (Photo: Tom Steenland)

Community announcements

  • The Seattle Philharmonic is looking for arts-loving community members interested in joining their board of trustees!
  • St. James Cathedral, Seattle, has immediate openings for tenor and bass-baritone singers to join the Cathedral Cantorei, the professional ensemble that supports the volunteer Cathedral Choir.
  • Chamber Music Madness presents Tuned In! Student Chamber Music Festival, providing violin, viola, cello and piano students ages 13-24 professional chamber music coaching by the Skyros Quartet, Seattle’s only full-time professional string quartet (July 10-15, 2017).
  • Northwest Girlchoir is holding auditions throughout the spring.
  • The Seattle Symphonic Band is looking for additional musicians to join the group.
  • Sammamish Symphony Orchestra is auditioning for trumpet players and section players in all string sections.
  • KING FM is hiring a program director, membership coordinator, webmaster, and more.
  • KEXP is hiring a traffic assistant and help desk technician.
  • Last chance to tour Town Hall before they break ground on renovations. Final 1-hour behind-the-scenes tours are June 1522, & 30.

Notable deadlines

Media calendar deadlines

  • Seattle Magazine – submit events 3 months ahead for the print calendar
  • City Arts – submit 6 weeks ahead for the online/print calendar (and/or send releases to
  • Seattle Times – submit 14 days ahead for consideration in the curated classical listings (online & print)
  • The Stranger submit any time to the online “Things to Do” calendar; for the quarterly Seattle Art & Performance, submit at least 5 weeks before the start of the quarter in which the event will take place
  • Seattle Met – submit 2-4 weeks ahead of event for the online calendar
  • Live Music Project – submit 1 week prior to performance date (online); deadline for weekend email listings is Wednesdays @ 5pm

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