Divergent Studio
New Music Workshop for Performers and Composers

Rescheduled Dates: July 27-August 7, 2020
Application Deadline: February 15, 2020
Notification: March 15, 2020

Join us for Divergent Studio, a 10-day immersive new music experience focused on interdisciplinary tools and holistic creative practices for contemporary musicians. Featuring collaborations with resident new music ensemble loadbang, guest composer/performers Eve Beglarian and Angélica Negrón, and Longy’s cutting edge contemporary music faculty, participants form a tight-knit community centered around conversations about new directions in musical practice. 

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Performers

Led by the members of one of the country’s most active new music ensembles, loadbang, and the virtuosic pianist Donald Berman, you will plunge into an intensive 10 days of studying and performing works by some of the most exciting composers of our time!

Highlights for Performers

Instrumentalists and singers can attend as a pre-formed ensemble or as individual performers who will then be placed with other musicians to do a deep dive into the world of contemporary chamber music.  Led by the members of one of the country’s most active new music ensembles, loadbang, and the virtuosic pianist Donald Berman, you will plunge into an intensive 10 days of studying and performing works by some of the most exciting composers of our time! 

Program Highlights for Instrumentalists/Singers 

  • Daily coachings and masterclasses with loadbang, pianist Donald Berman, and other Divergent Studio faculty 
  • Project-based seminars that explore topics including microtonal ear training, performing with electronics, strategies for learning difficult music, grant writing, career development, and improvisation  
  • Daily faculty and participant concerts 
  • Working closely with the composer participants to develop new works at Divergent Studio 
  • Performing for and with guest composers Angélica Negrón and Eve Beglarian 
  • Off-site community building through outdoor excursions, group meals, and local sporting events 

Composers

With guest composers Eve Beglarian and Angélica Negrón alongside Longy’s own composition faculty, Divergent Studio’s composition program provides the freedom to develop your own individual voice in a collaborative and community-driven setting.

Highlights for Composers

With guest composers Eve Beglarian and Angélica Negrón alongside Longy’s own composition faculty, Divergent Studio’s composition program provides the freedom to develop your own individual voice in a collaborative and community-driven setting. Participants will receive world premiere performances from Divergent Studio’s faculty ensembles:

  • loadbang (Baritone Voice, Trumpet, Trombone, Clarinet) 
  • Transient Canvas (Bass Clarinet, Percussion) 
  • Woodwind quintet (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn) 
  • Soprano Voice with Piano  

Program Highlights for Composers 

  • Daily lessons and masterclasses with guest composers Eve Beglerian and Angélica Negrón, as well as Longy composition faculty Aaron Helgeson, John Morrison, and Jeremy Van Buskirk 
  • Workshops in creative wellness, experimental practices, computer-aided composition, and methods for interdisciplinary collaboration 
  • Working closely with the performer participants to develop new works at Divergent Studio 
  • Daily faculty and participant concerts 
  • Off-site community building through outdoor excursions, group meals, and local sporting events 

From top: loadbang, Angélica Negrón

Eve Beglarian

Testimonials

“Being around so many open-minded and enthusiastic performers and composers let me engage more with contemporary music than I ever have before. And with all of the guest artists lending their thoughts and expertise, loadbang ensured we left with the professional tools necessary for modern musicians.” – Andrew Santiago (2019 Divergent Studio, flutist) 

“Longy’s Divergent Studio was the most fulfilling experience I’ve had in my journey as a musician thus far. Performing on multiple concerts and working closely with composers were just two highlights of my time there. An incredible place to make new music and new connections!” – Rebecca Reeder (2019 Divergent Studio, clarinetist)

“The faculty set a welcoming tone, encouraging free flow of ideas among composers and performers. It was a treat to work in such a collaborative and exciting atmosphere, with inspiring concerts and guest composers to propel our creativity! – Joy Blanchard (2019 Divergent Studio, composer) 

2020 Faculty
Guest Composers

Eve Beglarian
Angélica Negrón 

Performance Faculty

Donald Bermanpiano
loadbang
Andy Kozartrumpet, loadbang
Will Langtrombone, loadbang
Adrian Sandi, clarinet, bass clarinet, loadbang

Composition Faculty

Aaron Helgeson
John Morrison
Katherine Pukinskis
Jeremy Van Buskirk 

Guest Performers

Transient Canvas
Corrine Byrne, soprano
Rachael Elliott, bassoon
Kemp Jernigan, oboe
Sooyun Kim, flute
Rane Moore, clarinet
Hazel Dean Davis, french horn

Program Directors

Aaron Helgesonco-director
Andy Kozarco-director

Transient Canvas

Tuition and Schedule

Early Bird Tuition — Prior to June 7
(Deposit due April 15, 2020)

$900 – Full Tuition
$425 – Longy Student (Current/Incoming)
$200 – Deposit Only (subtracted from tuition when final payment is made)

NOTE: Divergent Studio will currently run as scheduled. If the workshop is canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, all payments will be fully refunded.



Accommodations

Students who need accommodations may stay in the dorms at Lesley University, which is approximately a 5-minute walk from Longy. According to demand housing can be arranged at Lesley University. Learn more

Questions

If you have any questions regarding the institute or how to apply, please contact us at: DivergentStudio(at)longy.edu