Evolution: Classical 2023

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Evolution: Classical 2023

Evolution: Classical is a program for classically trained instrumentalists and vocalists interested in artistic development. You will discover and cultivate new and authentic approaches to program curation, and hone the skills required to build an impactful and engaging artistic practice. The program provides a supportive, inclusive and inspiring environment for those working in both traditional ensembles and non-traditional collaborative entities.

This two-part hybrid program is centred on a concert curation and collaborative presentation process that allows you to bring greater depth, clarity,and authenticity to all of the components that make up the concert experience. This includes curation, event conceptualization and production, and audience engagement.

What does the program offer?

Led by the Gryphon Trio, Evolution: Classical brings participants together with international performing artists, thought leaders and creative innovators. As a community they work towards creating a series of collaborative, curated final performances, and in the process explore the challenges and choices that musicians encounter as they continue to develop their artistic practice and pursue career advancement.

Evolution: Classical will unfold in two sessions, the first occurring online over two weeks, and the second taking place in residence at Banff Centre’s performing arts facilities in Banff National Park. Applicants must be available to take part in both sessions in order to be considered for participation.

Session One online via Zoom: June 12 – 23, 2023

Over the course of five 90-minute group meetings and two 60-minute individual mentor sessions, you will have the opportunity to engage with mentors in a talk and play presentation of their proposed curations. The process is designed for peers and mentors to provide feedback that ensures preparedness for the on-campus experience.

Session Two on campus: July 31 – August 19, 2023

The on campus schedule will include daily group meetings, individual music and curation development coaching, and performance opportunities. Sessions will focus on deep listening, collaboration, improvisation and movement, career development, public speaking, Right Relations and diversity/equity/inclusion.

You will have 24-hour access to studios, large studios will be available for group work and small individual spaces for private practice.

The program concludes with public concerts that include excerpts of individual entity curations as well as collectively conceived collaborative components.

Who Should Apply?

This program is primarily designed for musicians with Conservatory/University Western Classical music training. Collaborative entities specializing in other music traditions and creative disciplines with at least one classically trained member are also welcome to apply. Although solo applications will be considered, applicant groups of two or more individuals will be given priority consideration.

We welcome musicians of all ages (18+), backgrounds, gender identities and expressions to apply.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2023
Session One (Online): June 12 – 23, 2023
Session Two (On campus): July 31 – August 19, 2023

Financial aid of 100% is available to cover tuition, and financial aid of 50% is available to offset food and accommodation costs.

For more information and to apply online visit banffcentre.ca.

Evolution: Classical 2023 performer on stage

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