Persistence: A Composition Project

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Dr. Christina Hornbach, Hope College

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Through the Jacob E. Nyenhuis Faculty Development Fund at Hope College, I was privileged enough to work on a songwriting and composition project with Dr. Christina Hornbach. The goals of this summer project were to continue to work on an original musical that I have composed, and to go further in depth with this project though music notation, audio recording, legal research and performance opportunities. The intended goal for this summer was designed to help further the legitimacy of the musical and to turn a creative idea into a production that can be performed. A musical is a large work, and part of my time this summer made me realize that in order to make my creative thought a reality, I must invest much of my energy into the music and the script. Much of the time spent on this project was devoted to recording and documenting these ideas into something that people can see, touch, read and hear. Through many hours of listening, recording, writing, notating, and revising, I was able to produce a full piano vocal score of over 150 pages, a fully orchestrated demo recording of the entire musical, contact legal personnel, revise the script and hold a script reading with HSRT cast members, notate a fully orchestrated overture score as well a write a choral arrangement for the Holland Area Arts Council’s Debut spring youth arts showcase, over the course of 8 weeks.

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