Young Composers Contest 2021

Make Music Day

In the spring of 2021 the Make Music Alliance offered its second annual composition contest for composers aged 13-21.

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre of May 31 – June 1, 1921, young composers were invited to write a song for an overdubbed, a cappella baritone singer, using text from a first-hand account of the massacre by B.C. Franklin. A panel of distinguished judges, including composers Hiroya Miura and Trevor Weston, composer/conductor Francisco Núñez, and soprano Talise Trevigne, selected 3 winning pieces, and one honorable mention.

Congratulations to the winners!

Winning Composers

  • Alisha Heng
  • Isaac Pagano-Toub
  • Gavin Tomasco

Honorable Mention

  • Philomena Nesci

Winning composers will also receive a free copy of Finale music notation software, courtesy of Make Music Inc.

Prizes generously provided by Finale

Contest Entry Details

  • The Contest is open to applicants between 13-21 years old at the time of entry.
  • Entries can be created in any notation software. (If you wish to use Finale, it is available for a free 30 day trial.) Contestants must submit both PDF and MusicXML files of their composition.
  • All submissions are due by 11:59pm EST on Monday, May 31, 2021, emailed to
  • All licensing rights to pieces submitted will remain with each composer.
  • Compositions must be written for a cappella baritone(s). You may choose to write for a single unaccompanied voice, or for up to six baritone voices. (If your piece is selected and recorded for Make Music Day, all of the voices will be recorded by the same singer and overdubbed together.) Our singer’s vocal range is G2 to E4 in chest voice, F4 to C5 in falsetto. Please write mainly in the middle of the range. Do not write extensively at either extreme. Please do not hang out on E4 for extended periods of time unless you want it very loud or very soft.
  • Compositions must use excerpts from the text of the B.C. Franklin’s document “The Tulsa Race Riot and Three of its Victims”. No other text may be used. Some suggested passages are given below.
  • Compositions must be no more than three-and-a-half minutes long. Composers may submit no more than one composition each.
  • There is no fee to apply.
  • Three winning entries will be selected. Winning composers will receive a free, full copy of Finale music notation software, and will have their pieces recorded and released on Make Music Day.

Click here for the complete contest rules (pdf).


Hiroya Miura

Hiroya Miura, a native of Sendai, Japan, has been active as a composer and performer in North America. Acclaimed by Allan Kozinn of New York Times as “acidic and tactile,” Miura’s compositions explore “the continuous change of balance” amongst traditions, players, instruments, and sound objects. For the 2019-20 season, Miura has composed a micro-opera, Sharaku Unframed, for shamisen player Hidejiro Honjoh and San Francisco’s Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and Galactic Monarchs, a shakuhachi concerto, for John Kaizan Neptune and Prague’s BERG Orchestra. He was awarded the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Arts and Literary Arts residency, la Napoule Art Foundation residency, HB Studio Residency, and Willapa Bay AiR residency, amongst others. He is Associate Professor of Music at Bates College, where he teaches music theory and composition, and directs the college orchestra. He is also Artistic Director of Columbia University’s IMJS/Japanese Cultural Heritage Initiatives, and serves on the Advisory Board for the Composers Conference.

Francisco J. Núñez

Francisco J. Núñez, a MacArthur Fellow and Musical America’s 2018 Educator of the Year, is a composer, conductor, visionary, leading figure in music education, and the Artistic Director/Founder of the Young People’s Chorus of New York (YPC), renowned worldwide for its diversity and artistic excellence. Since he founded YPC in 1988, Mr. Núñez has established recognition among composers of the child’s voice as a significant instrument for making music. As a composer himself, Mr. Núñez wrote his first choral work, Misa Pequeña, at age 15, winning early acclaim for seamlessly fusing a wide gamut of cultures and musical idioms. Today, he composes countless compositions and arrangements in all musical formats and styles, from classical to pop, commissioned from him for choirs, orchestras, and solo instruments. Among Mr. Núñez’s many awards and honors are an ASCAP Victor Herbert Award and the New York Choral Society’s Choral Excellence Award.

Talise Trevigne

American soprano Talise Trevigne begins 2020 with her celebrated portrayal in the title role Porgy and Bess at The Atlanta Opera, her new artistic home. A TAO Company Principal Artist in Season 2020-21, Miss Trevigne sings Nedda I Pagliacci during the season and makes appearances in the company’s special events; she joins Cincinnati Symphony for her recital debut in a specially devised program of French repertoire under the baton of Louis Langree, and partners with Donald Runnicles for an Atlanta recital focusing on Mahler before joining Boston Lyric Opera for an exciting new episodic opera series devised for the small screen, curated and directed by James Darrah. Last season’s highlights include her return appearance with CBSO for Tippett’s A Child of our Time in performances in the UK and Germany conducted by Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. She made her Lyric Opera of Chicago debut as Kitty Hart (Sister Rose (c)) Dead Man Walking and joined the Metropolitan Opera cast of Porgy & Bess to cover the title role. She was nominated for a 2016 Grammy Award in the category Best Solo Classical CD for her rendition of Christopher Rouse’s Kabir Padavali with the Albany Symphony.

Trevor Weston

Trevor Weston’s music has been called a “gently syncopated marriage of intellect and feeling.” (Detroit Free Press) Weston’s honors include the George Ladd Prix de Paris from the University of California, Berkeley, a Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and residencies from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the MacDowell Colony. Weston co-authored with Olly Wilson, chapter 5 in the Cambridge Companion to Duke Ellington, “Duke Ellington as a Cultural Icon” published by Cambridge University Press. Weston’s work “Juba for Strings” won the 2019 Sonori/New Orleans Chamber Orchestra Composition Competition. In 2021, he received an Arts and Letters Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Christopher Dylan Herbert (Baritone)

Christopher Dylan Herbert is a baritone who performs frequently throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. He is a two-time GRAMMY® nominee. He has soloed with The San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, performed with International Contemporary Ensemble and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and he regularly presents Winterize – an outdoor adaptation of Winterreise with transistor radios. He frequently develops new opera and concert works, including commissions by Hannah Lash, Gregory Spears, Laura Kaminsky, and Ellen Reid. Dr. Herbert holds a B.A. in Music from Yale University, an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University, and a D.M.A. in Voice from The Juilliard School. He is the head of the voice program at William Paterson University in New Jersey, and he is the baritone in the critically acclaimed ensemble New York Polyphony. His current research focuses on the music of the eighteenth-century Ephrata Cloister in Pennsylvania.

The Tulsa Race Riot and Three of its Victims

by B.C. Franklin
from the National Museum of African American History and Culture (Smithsonian)
Link to full manuscript

Some excerpts:

I saw the top of stand-pipe hill … lighted up by the blazes that came from the throats of machine guns.

‘What? An attack from the air too?’ I asked myself. Lurid flames roared and belched and licked their forked tongues in the air. Smoke ascended the sky in thick, black volumes and amid it all, the planes — now a dozen or more in number — still hummed and darted here and there with the agility of natural birds of the air.

During that bloody day, I lived a thousand years…

I thought of the place the preachers call hell and wondered seriously if there was such a mystical place — it appeared, in this surrounding — that the only hell was the hell on this earth…

B.C. Franklin (1879–1960) was an attorney in Tulsa, Oklahoma for 52 years. After surviving the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, he led a legal battle against the Tulsa City Council, which passed an ordinance that would have prevented the black people of Tulsa from rebuilding their community. Franklin prevailed before the Oklahoma Supreme Court, and by 1925 Tulsa again had a thriving black business district.


Presented by

JackTrip Lessons: Monday, June 21

This is a participatory event which will begin on Zoom where further instructions for participation and troubleshooting will be offered. Join at this Zoom link (Meeting ID: 827 9445 9261, Passcode: jacktrip).

1:00 PM EDT – 9:00 PM EDT: Make Music JackTrip
Synthia Payne [IN]

JackTrip is audio technology that facilitates low-latency uncompressed audio over the internet. Everyone is welcome to a Zoom session (link above), where Synthia Payne will cover the basics, and answer your questions about JackTrip installation and operation. The following link will outline the system requirements for running the open source version of Jacktrip on a computer or on a standalone Virtual Studio device. Click here for instructions.

Synthia Payne has a 15-year history with JackTrip, beginning as a grad student who collaborated with JackTrip creators Chris Chafe and Juan-Pablo Caceres, and musical pioneer, Pauline Oliveros, Synthia is a seasoned vocalist and musical improvisor with experience producing and performing in hundreds of online music sessions over the years. When Jacktrip became a critical need for those wanting to continue playing music together during the COVID-19 pandemic, Synthia was thrilled to become a consultant and support agent for JackTrip including CCRMA’s open-source JackTrip software and the JackTrip Labs’ Virtual Studio device. She also became an instructor for JackTrip Training through NowNet Arts. Synthia holds an MFA in Digital Arts and New Media from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Presented by

Brass Lessons: Monday, June 21

All lessons will be livestreamed on Zoom at this link.

1:00 PM EDT: Accessing Creativity Through Technical Awareness
John Fedchock [FB] [SITE]

Targeting common technical hurdles to facilitate creativity as a jazz artist.

Since his emergence on the scene in 1980, John Fedchock has established himself as a world-class trombone soloist, a heralded bandleader, and a Grammy-nominated arranger. An in-demand performer and writer in New York City for over 25 years, his critically acclaimed John Fedchock New York Big Band has become a marquee group, showcasing Fedchock’s trombone and arranging as well as the band’s all-star soloists. The band’s four CDs have all received high praise from critics and extraordinary success on national jazz radio charts. In recognition of his formidable arranging skills, Fedchock received a 2003 Grammy Award nomination for “Best Instrumental Arrangement”. His John Fedchock NY Sextet has performed throughout the U.S. and at international jazz events, and his John Fedchock Quartet has received considerable attention due to significant national jazz airplay. Fedchock began his career as a jazz trombonist with the legendary Woody Herman Orchestra. He toured with Herman’s “Thundering Herd” for 7 years, during which time he was musical director and a featured soloist. He served as musical coordinator and chief arranger in the production of Herman’s last two Grammy Award nominated albums. Fedchock has toured with T.S. Monk, Gerry Mulligan’s Concert Jazz Band, Louie Bellson’s Big Band and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, and has performed as a soloist around the world.

2:00 PM EDT: Creative Practicing: Staying Engaged While Having Fun in the Practice Room
Andrew Hitz [FB] [SITE]

Andrew Hitz is a soloist, clinician and speaker who has appeared in over 40 states and 30 countries including Japan, Brazil, Russia and Singapore. He is probably best known for his time as the tuba player and co-owner of Boston Brass. Andrew has also performed with the National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Kennedy Center Honors Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound and as a soloist with the U.S. Army Blues and the Marine Band of Mexico. As an Educational Ambassador for Jupiter Band Instruments, Andrew has presented at over 20 state music educator conferences and taught master classes at some of the finest music schools in the world including the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, the Royal College of Music in London and The Juilliard School in New York City. He is a host of The Brass Junkies and The Entrepreneurial Musician as well as the founder of Hitz Academy, an online school featuring lessons, clinics and live workshops like Inside the Practice Room and Winning the Audition.

3:00 PM EDT: “The Brass Pillars” – Covering the Basics for an Effective Warm Up Routine
Buddy Deshler [FB] [SITE]

Trumpet Artist Buddy Deshler is an ambassador for the transformative powers of the arts, champion of living composers, and agent for change in the instrumental music field. His bourgeoning career has taken him around the country, as well as internationally, and has allowed him to share the stage with ensembles such as the King’s Brass, The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, Foden’s Band, his own Vice City Brass, The Phoenix Brass Collective, and as of 2017, the illustrious Dallas Brass. In addition, Buddy has performed with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, York Symphony, Williamsburg Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Washington Chamber Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, American Festival Pops Orchestra, and more. His international performances have taken him to Le Domaine Forget in Quebec, the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, and Santiago de Cuba. As a performing artist for XO Brass, Denis Wick, Smith-Watkins cornets, and Hercules stands, Mr. Deshler tours nationally, conducting lectures and clinics everywhere from middle school through college students. His educational programs and masterclasses focus on sound pedagogical approaches to practice and the business acumen necessary for a modern career in music. His clinic, “The Entrepreneurial Student”, instills the idea that one can develop and execute the skills necessary to jump start a career in music while still being a “student” and has been presented at numerous colleges throughout the United States. As an educator, Mr. Deshler serves as President, Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the nonprofit organization “Brass Institutes of America” which encompasses the The Fredericksburg Brass Institute and Tidewater Brass Institute, two weeklong summer music festivals offering a rich immersion in master classes and seminars, large and small ensembles, instrument exhibits, participant recitals, and free concerts featuring renowned guest artists. Deshler is also an active member of the International Trumpet Guild by occupying the role of Youth Day Coordinator as well as being a frequent session host of Trumpet Ensemble Reading Sessions and Chamber Music seminars. Buddy presently resides in Potsdam, NY where he serves as Visiting Assistant Professor of Trumpet at SUNY Potsdam, Crane School of Music. He holds a B.M. in Instrumental Performance and an Artist Diploma from the Frost School of Music, University of Miami, a M.M. from the Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University, and is completing his D.M.A from Arizona State University. His primary teachers have included Phil Snedecor, Craig Morris, and Josef Burgstaller.

4:00 PM EDT: Clean Your (Practice) Room! – Declutter Your Physical and Mental Space to Streamline Your Progress
Lance LaDuke [FB] [SITE]

Learn actions you can take TODAY to get rid of the excess “stuff” in your LIFE (and in your HEAD), so you can focus on what is TRULY important.

Internationally known as an educator, performer, and creator, Lance LaDuke teaches at Carnegie Mellon University as Assistant Teaching Professor in Music Entrepreneurship and Euphonium. Lance teaches business, marketing and communications (as part of the CMU Music Entrepreneurship Program), euphonium, created the Modern Musicking Show, co-created the Exploded Ensemble and directs the Tartan Tuba Band. Additionally, he coaches and mentors a variety of budding entrepreneurs and chamber ensembles. Lance is a former member of Boston Brass and the US Air Force Band in Washington DC, has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra the Pittsburgh Symphony, the River City Brass and the Brass Band of Battle Creek. He has taught and/or given masterclasses at some of the world’s finest conservatories, including Juilliard, the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Lance co-wrote and produced “ Band Blast Off, ” a highly successful band recruiting video and maintains an active speaking career, sharing his thoughts on entrepreneurship, practice, leadership, and self-development. His book, “Music Practice Coach, Five Workouts to Get the Most Out of Your Practice Time!” is available as a free PDF download through this site. Lance is an Educational Ambassador for Jupiter Band Instruments and is the co-host of The Brass Junkies Podcast.

5:00 PM EDT: The Secret Recipe of Jazz Trombone
Darren Kramer [FB] [SITE]

Natural Slurs, Alternate Positions, Ghosting Notes, Doodle Tonguing: Learn how to quickly improve your groove by combining four fundamental ingredients into your own powerful “Sonic Tonic” recipe for playing any style of music with smooth effortless trombone technique.

Darren Kramer has been a professional musician for 35 years working as a full-time freelance trombonist, pianist, composer, arranger, producer, and educator throughout the globe. He achieved virtually every accolade as a trombonist while an adolescent growing up in Colorado including every All-State group and the prestigious McDonald’s All-American High School Jazz Band his senior year. Kramer then soon graduated from University of Miami and freelanced extensively in Miami, Las Vegas, NYC and Denver. He has toured internationally with Rob Thomas rock band Matchbox Twenty, superstar Tom Jones, the legendary Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, as well as Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies Broadway Tour directed by Mercer Ellington. Kramer has performed with dozens of celebrities and has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman and VH-1 Storytellers. He has also recorded with artists such as Michael Brecker, Eric Marienthal, Rick Margitza, Jerry Hey and Gary Willis.

6:00 PM EDT: Efficiency in Brass Playing
Roger Ingram [SITE]

A discussion on how to achieve added range, greater control of partials, increased accuracy and a fuller sound through a better understanding of aperture/embouchure movement, airspeed regulation, volume management, and the creation of internal compression.

Roger Ingram is one of the most sought after and prolific jazz lead trumpet players of our time. He grew up in Los Angeles in the 1970s and was fortunate to study, perform, and record with some of Hollywood’s most successful studio musicians of that era. Roger has participated in hundreds of recordings with some of the most well-known jazz and pop artists. He has also performed on a multitude of movies scores and tv/radio commercials. Roger’s first road tour was with the Louie Bellson Big Band at age 16. The following summer, he toured with the Quincy Jones Big Band. He went on to play lead trumpet with the Connie Stevens Show, and the international pop star Tom Jones. In the early 1980s, he was immersed with playing production shows on the world renowned Las Vegas strip. After Las Vegas, he joined the Woody Herman Orchestra on lead trumpet in 1985, and remained with him until Herman’s death in 1987. Afterwards, Roger toured and recorded with dozens of performers, including Maynard Ferguson, Chico O’Farrill, Arturo Sandoval, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Ray Charles, Paul Anka, and a 20 year stint with the Harry Connick, Jr. Big Band. In between tours, Roger also actively participated in commercial recordings and Broadway productions in New York City.

7:00 PM EDT: Jazz Improvisation
Paul McKee [SITE]

Paul McKee, newly appointed Associate Professor of Jazz Trombone and Arranging/Composition at the University of Colorado at Boulder, received a BME from the University of Northern Iowa and an MM in Composition from the University of Texas at Austin. In 1984 he joined Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd and appeared on several Grammy-nominated recordings. Over the years Paul has served on the jazz faculty at schools including DePaul University, Youngstown State University, Northern Illinois University, the University of Missouri at Kansas City and Florida State University. Paul maintains a busy schedule as a clinician and guest artist, and his arrangements and compositions have been performed and recorded by professional and academic jazz ensembles worldwide. His recording Gallery was released to critical acclaim and features performances by Carl Fontana, Bobby Shew, Tim Ries and Ron Stout. Paul recently appeared on the recording Back When It Was Fun with 7 on 7, a group comprised of musician/educators from colleges across the nation. Additional recent recordings include big band projects by Dan Gailey (University of Kansas) and Steve Owen (University of Oregon).

8:00 PM EDT: Skill vs. Talent!
Patrick Sheridan [FB] [SITE]

Learn the neuroscience of improving anything!

Patrick Sheridan is one of the most celebrated tuba soloists in his instrument’s history. He has performed more than 3,500 concerts in over 50 countries in venues ranging from the White House to NBA half-time shows to the Hollywood Bowl. He is a former member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band and has been featured on NBC’s “Today Show” and NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Beyond his busy performing life, Patrick’s commitment to education is extensive. His wind students occupy positions in major international ensembles. Mr. Sheridan has served on the music faculties at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, The Rotterdam Conservatory, The Royal Northern College of Music and The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He most recently served on the music faculty at the UCLA where he conducted the Brass Ensemble and Wind Ensemble and taught tuba/euphonium. Along with Sam Pilafian, he is the co-author of the world’s best selling method for instrumental improvement, The Breathing Gym, which won the 2009 EMMY Award for Instructional/Informational Video Production. He is the Chief Design Consultant for Jupiter Band Instruments, XO Brass, and Hercules Stands. Patrick also frequently works across the United States as a guest conductor with university bands and orchestras as well as high school and middle school all-state and regional honor bands and orchestras most recently serving the the Nebraska All-State Band Conductor. Patrick is a member of ASCAP and an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi.

Presented by

Ukulele Lessons: Monday, June 21

All lessons will be livestreamed on Flight Ukulele’s YouTube Channel.

10:00 AM EDT (4:00 PM CET): How to Play Reggae Music with Your Ukulele
Beginner/pre-intermediate lesson with Cristiano Riccardi from Ukus in Fabula [IG]

In this tutorial I’ll teach how to play two famous reggae songs: Sunshine Reggae (strumming and melody played on high G string) and I Shot The Sheriff (strumming and riff).

11:00 AM EDT (5:00 PM CET): An Introduction to Slide Ukulele
Intermediate/advanced lesson with Dario Bellaveglia [IG] [YT]

In this workshop the students will learn how to play melodies and chords with slide, in standard and Open G (Low G – B – D – G ) tunings with fingerstyle technique. I’ll show you some exercises to practice basic slide technique and and 3 strings positions for major and minor chords in standard tuning applied to the song “Jamaica Farewell”. The final topic will be fingerstyle solo slide ukulele in Open G (with low G fourth string) tuning. I’ll show chord shapes up the neck and how to play a 12 bars blues and arrangements for solo slide ukulele like Whistle Stop, In the Pines, and Black Eye Blues.

12:00 PM EDT (6:00 PM CET): How to Play the Blues with Variations on Your Uke
Intermediate lesson with Evelyn Brouwers [IG] [YT]

In this workshop you will learn what we consider the Blues and how you can play it on your ukulele. After playing the ‘raw’ blues, we’ll take a look at how you can spice it all up. So that your Blues will sound groovy on your uke! This is an intermediate lesson, so you must be able to play the general A, D and E chords and switch between them easily, before you start this class.

1:00 PM EDT (7:00 PM CET): 7th Heaven: Play Beautiful One-Finger Chords!
Beginner/pre-intermediate lesson with Ukulele With Luv [IG] [YT]

Widen your horizons beyond basic major / minor chords and dive into the world of the Mighty 7ths! In this workshop we will explore the structure behind 7th chords, different types of 7th chords and the ease with which they can be played on a ukulele!

2:00 PM EDT (8:00 PM CET): Intro to Fingerpicking
Beginner/pre-intermediate lesson with Peter Moss [IG] [YT]

Have you ever wanted to do something different than just strum your ukulele? – well this could be right up your street. Hi, my name is Peter Moss and I have been associated with the ukulele for over 50 years and would like to share some alternatives to just strumming. How? I hear you say…Well, I use four fingers on my right hand rather than just one. This opens up a whole new way of thinking and your playing technique will increase 10 fold if you commit to learning a few simple patterns. Often is the case one pattern remains constant and only the chords change giving the impression your right hand is doing more work than it actually is. So, why not join me for my fingerpicking workshop and I can share some ukulele fun with you.

3:00 PM EDT (9:00 PM CET): Simplifying and Adding Complexity to Chords
Pre-intermediate/intermediate lesson with Jan Haasler [IG] [YT]

In this workshop, Jan introduces an approach to reducing chord complexity to make it easier to understand the structure of songs and easier to play along. On the other hand he gives examples of how to spice up your chord playing based on chord substitutes. Some music theory input will be explained to help illustrate what happens on the fretboard and with the sound of your chords.

4:00 PM EDT (10:00 PM CET): How To Transpose Your Favourite Songs
Pre-intermediate/intermediate lesson with Ukulele Simon [IG] [YT]

This workshop will look at how to take your favourite songs and transpose them into different keys. This is great for:
– Performing songs that you find difficult to sing
– Simplifying chords from songs in complex key signatures
– Improving your musical knowledge and arrangement skills.

5:00 PM EDT (11:00 PM CET): Vocal & Ukulele Warm-ups with Luka
Beginner/pre-intermediate lesson with Lukas Wolf [IG]

In this tutorial we’ll be playing 3 vocal warm ups on the ukulele using intervals, the major scale and the natural minor scale.

5:30 PM EDT (11:30 PM CET): How to Fingerstyle Bossa Nova on The Girl from Ipanema
Pre-intermediate lesson with Telma Pereira [IG] [YT]

In this workshop, I will share the strumming pattern that I use for all bossa nova songs. We will also work on rhythm and a simple chord progression so that we can achieve a richer and ‘dancing’ instrumental base to sing with.

6:00 PM EDT (12:00 AM CET): Ukuleles and Kids: Connecting Music and Emotions
Beginner/pre-intermediate lesson with Gabrielle Poirier from Les Chats [IG] [YT]

The ukulele is an easy and accessible tool for parents, educators and teachers to engage and motivate children in their learning experience. In this workshop, you will learn how to use music to develop emotional self-awareness in children in a fun and interactive way. Gabrielle Poirier is a Psychoeducator based in Quebec, Canada. She has worked with children of all ages, especially children on the autism spectrum and various special needs for many years. She is also a member of Les Chats, a ukulele girl group and Flight artist. Resources used in the workshop will be available in PDF format to download and use in your own pedagogical setting.

6:30 PM EDT (12:30 AM CET): The Minor Pentatonic Scale
Pre-intermediate/intermediate lesson with Tyler Ten Thumbs [YT]

The idea is to look at the A minor pentatonic scale on just the A string, to really see it, examine each note, and talk about how to use the scale and the knowledge of each note to create licks that resolve and sound good. After that we will take these ideas and apply them to the first shape. The idea is that even people who are scared of scales and theory can take this workshop and leave confident in the base that they have created with the scale and the style of playing.

7:30 PM EDT (1:30 AM CET): Meet Your Ukulele
Beginner lesson with Mariana Galbani [IG] [YT]

We will learn about the different sizes of ukulele and their characteristics, you will meet your ukulele and know what makes it special. Also, we will learn the most common chords to start playing and a song in which you can use them.

8:30 PM EDT (2:30 AM CET): Playalong!
For all levels with Les Chats [IG] [YT]

Join us for a playalong of all your favourite ukulele classics including Riptide, Somewhere over the Raindow, Let it Be, Don’t Worry Be Happy, and more! Easy enough for beginner players but fun for players of all levels.

Presented by

Piano Lessons: Monday, June 21

All lessons will be livestreamed on Zoom at this link.

9:00 AM EDT: Learning by Rote: Catchy and Fun Pattern Pieces for Beginners
Jenna Klein

Learning by rote eliminates reading challenges and allows impressive-sounding pieces to be learned with ease. In this workshop, you will learn to play beginner pattern-based pieces by rote. You’ll leave with these fun and memorable pieces in your fingers ready to be played!

Jenna Klein earned her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Contemporary Music Studies with a concentration in Music Therapy from the State University of New York at New Paltz, where she studied piano with Dr. Ruthanne Schempf. Currently, Jenna is Master of Music in Performance and Pedagogy student and Graduate Assistant in piano where she accompanies the University of Northern Iowa’s Concert Chorale. Since 2014, she has spent her summers working as a Piano Teaching Assistant at Interlochen Arts Camp. Jenna enjoys working with students of all ages and especially loves the creative, curious minds and personalities of elementary-aged children.

10:00 AM EDT
Gloria Patricia Pérez

Gloria Patricia Pérez is a piano teacher in Medellin, Columbia with 20 years of experience helping preschoolers, children, teenagers and adults, to know and enjoy the music through the piano, from elementary to university levels.

11:00 AM EDT: Major and Minor 5-finger Patterns for Beginners; Learning Triads and Perfecting Them!
Jane West [SITE]

Jane West is a pianist and music scholar, holding degrees from Tufts University in Historical Musicology, and Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. Her recitals have been heard in the US, Poland, and Austria. Focusing on the students’ understanding of music at a broader level is at the cornerstone of Ms. West’s philosophy as an instructor. Teaching private piano for the past twelve years to students of all ages and abilities, she promotes both mastery of the keyboard and an informed musicianship by coupling the study of piano technique and repertoire with the literature’s historical narrative.

12:00 PM EDT: Do You Want to Tango? Learning the Basic Piano Performance Practices of the Art Form
Kacey Link [IG] [SITE]

I am a pianist, scholar, music director, vocal coach, educator, and owner of Kacey Link Piano, LLC. I have performed and lectured throughout the United States, Mexico, Argentina, France, and Switzerland. I have diverse interests and expertise in music and am equally comfortable playing Chopin etudes, Piazzolla tangos, and contemporary musical theater. As a pianist and scholar, I specialize in tango. I am the co-author of Tracing Tangueros: Argentine Tango Instrumental Music (Oxford University Press, 2016), which explores the history of Argentine tango and its creators. I contributed to the article titled “Tango: A Primer” for Chamber Music Magazine, Summer 2018, and review books in pre-and post-publication. I also frequently give tango concerts and lecture-recitals.

1:00 PM EDT: Getting from the NOTES to the MUSIC — Find Your Best Expression!
Alison Barr [SITE]

Ms. Barr is a seasoned and inspired teacher with forty-five years of experience in myriad settings. She currently owns and operates an in-home independent studio in Hanover, MA, where she teaches thirty five students of all ages and levels. She is proud to have been named “Teacher of the Year” by the Massachusetts Music Teachers Association (MMTA.) Her teaching specializations include middle school, high school and avocational adult students. For 24 years, she maintained a multi-teacher studio in Brookline, MA. She holds the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National Certificate in Piano. Ms. Barr has participated in, led and created innumerable professional growth opportunities locally, nationally and internationally. Ms. Barr’s studio houses a 1930 Steinway “M,” a Roland digital piano, a midi-interactive keyboard, a Mac desktop and various supporting equipment. Ms. Barr is also an accomplished flutist.

2:00 PM EDT: Beginning Piano for Children, Ages 5-7
Emilie Griffin [SITE]

Ms. Griffin recently earned a BM in Piano Performance with Emphasis in Pedagogy from Oklahoma Baptist University where she actively served as a choral accompanist, church pianist, music theory tutor, and piano teacher in the university preparatory department. Currently working toward a Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy at Texas Christian University, Ms. Griffin is studying under the direction of Dr. Ann Gipson and Professor Harold Martina. She has experience teaching both group and private lessons for children, college students, and adults. Additionally, Ms. Griffin currently serves as the vice president of TCU’s MTNA Collegiate Chapter. An enthusiastic, encouraging, and dedicated teacher, Ms. Griffin strives to create a learning environment in which students will thrive. She believes that students should be equipped to reach their full potential, allowing them to become independent, life-long lovers of music.

3:00 PM EDT: Time to Begin: A Beginning Piano Lesson for Young Students
Scott Donald [SITE]

This session will cover the basics of a first lesson. Students will learn songs to play and sing at the piano and work with basic concepts such as High/Low, Loud/Soft, Long/Short, piano hands and Note Names.

Dr. Scott Donald is the owner of Studio A, an independent piano studio in Austin TX. He is a former summer faculty member at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan. Most recently, Dr. Donald joined the faculty of the Austin Chamber Music Center. He is also on the faculty of American Voices, a non-governmental organization with support from the US State Department that provides music instruction in countries around the world emerging from conflict or isolation.

Presented by

Music Production Lessons: Monday, June 21

All lessons will be livestreamed on DMI’s Twitch Channel.

9:00 PM EDT (6:00 PM PDT): Psychology of a DJ
BChang [IG] [YT] [SITE]

Get into the mind of a DJ. There’s more to it than just playing tracks. What song should you play next? What will get the dance floor going? A successful DJ knows a little about human psychology, culture, social dynamics, hardware, in addition to a librarian’s knowledge of dance music.

10:00 PM EDT (7:00 PM PDT): Lighting to Music

Explore the world of a concert lighting designer. We will sit down with RTG and he’ll demonstrate live how lighting and video is used to enhance musical performances on his Sci-Fighter stage.

11:00 PM EDT (8:00 PM PDT): Creating a 16 Bar Loop Techno Track
Resonance [FB] [IG] [SP]

This will be an in-depth and fast paced lesson showing you tips and tricks on how to start a techno track. I will show you the basic do’s and don’ts of making techno.

The lesson will include:
Kick Drum
Percussion/Additional Drums
Bass Line
Ear Candy

12:00 AM EDT (9:00 PM PDT): Creating a Tech House Drop
Qolaj [FB] [IG] [SP]

Concepts that will be covered:
Sample Selection
Sound Design
Arrangement: Call/Response

Presented by

Interactive Children’s Music Lessons: Monday, June 21

All lessons will be livestreamed on Zoom at this link.

10:00 AM EDT: WindStars Opening Activities
Dr. Cassandra Eiseinreich and Brittany Bauman
10:30 AM EDT: General Music Activities (Focus on: Rhythm/Tempo)
Students of Slippery Rock University
11:00 AM EDT: Meet the NUVO Toot/Dood
Rick Sigler (North Carolina)
11:30 AM EDT: General Music Activities (Focus on: Pitch/Tone)
Students of Slippery Rock University
12:00 PM EDT: Meet the NUVO jSax/jFlute
Chad Guess (Florida)
12:30 PM EDT: General Music Activities (Focus on: Melody/Harmony)
Students of Slippery Rock University
1:00 PM EDT: Meet the NUVO Clarinéo/jHorn
Ben Witter – WindStars Teacher (Michigan)
1:30 PM EDT: General Music Activities (Focus on: Structure)
Students of Slippery Rock University
2:00 PM EDT: Meet the NUVO Recorder/Recorder+
Marcy Sharman – WindStars Teacher (Florida)
2:30 PM EDT: General Music Activities (Focus on: Expression)
Students of Slippery Rock University
3:00 PM EDT: WindStars Closing Activities
Dr. Cassandra Eiseinreich and Brittany Bauman
3:30 PM EDT: Parent and Teacher Q & A
Brittany Bauman, WindStars co-creator

Presented by

Harmonica Lessons: Monday, June 21

Zoom and livestreaming links for each class are listed below.

12:00 PM EDT: Beginner to Intermediate Blues Harmonica
David Kachalon [SITE]
How to join: Join the Zoom Lesson

David Kachalon is a singer, visual artist, teacher and harmonica player who runs the continuing education harmonica program at the College of DuPage and also at Harper College in Palatine, IL. He also teaches online on Tunelark. He has taught hundreds of players of all ages to successfully play music and have fun on the harmonica. Playing for over 16 years and teaching for around 9, David focuses on the Filisko Tongue Block Method and the building of a solid foundation of techniques. He has led workshops around the country and taught at SPAH (Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica) for the past four years. David starting out playing in bands during high school, and has played in the Spanish blues band Azul De Noche, the multi-tournament winning jug band Strictly Jug Nuts, the Muscovy Ducks Cajun Harmonica Ensemble, and the Three Kings Harp Trio. He also has an acoustic duo project called Hal and Dave, but mainly spends his time fronting The Frozen Ground Blues Band. They play covers of Chicago blues standards, as well as some original songs around the Chicagoland area. David chooses to play exclusively with the Hohner Marine Band Crossover and Thunderbird harmonicas.

1:00 PM EDT: Fundamentals and Techniques of Diatonic Harmonica
Charlie Barath [FB] [IG]
How to join: Visit Charlie’s Facebook page at the appropriate time.

Enamored with traditional styles, Pittsburgh-based harmonica player and singer Charlie Barath plays blues, Americana, folk, and Cajun music. He started his musical journey when he purchased his first Marine Band harmonica in the late 70s and began playing in the traditional Straight Harp style in which the diatonic harmonica was designed to be played. As time progressed, Charlie discovered more paths to travel with his instrument and continues to explore these options today. Blues became a major focus in his playing and performing but he is always delving into other traditional flavors. Charlie stays busy performing with many of the amazing musicians in and around the upper Ohio Valley in duo, trio and band projects, not to mention the occasional solo set. Teaching experience includes a 4+ year stint for Calliope House of Pittsburgh as well as seminars at various events and private lessons for individuals of all levels.

2:00 PM EDT: Draw and Blow Bending, Intermediate to Advanced Workshop
Ronnie Shellist [FB] [YT] [SITE]
How to join: Join the Zoom Lesson

Ronnie Shellist is the consummate entertainer and harmonica teacher. His dynamic playing style ranges from soulful to blistering and everything in between. As a teacher, he has a gift for giving the student exactly what they need to progress and develop their own style whether you are a day one beginner or an advanced player. Ronnie Shellist is a Hohner Artist and plays Marine Band Deluxe, Crossover, Special 20 and Rocket Harmonicas.

3:00 PM EDT: Introduction to Jazz Harmonica
Yvonnick Prene [FB] [YT] [SITE]
How to join: Join the Zoom Lesson

Ever since moving to New-York City from his hometown Paris, France, composer and educator Yvonnick Prené has fast become one of the rising stars in the harmonica world. He has recorded with top Jazz artists like Scott Tixier, Pasquale Grasso, Peter Bernstein and toured in the USA, Europe and Africa. Prené is an endorser of Hohner harmonicas. Prené runs the New York Harmonica School where he instructs New Yorkers on how to play the harmonica, with an emphasis on blues and jazz. He has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists, including Donald Brown, Klingande, Romeo Santos, Rich Perry, Steve Cardenas, Jon Cowherd, Vic Juris, Peter Bernstein, and Chris Potter among many others. Prené has played major jazz clubs in New York City including the Blue Note, The Iridium, Dizzy’s Club, Birdland, The Jazz Gallery and Smalls. He has also toured world-wide and has performed most noteworthy jazz festivals including Bern Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Festival Emoi du Jazz (Ivory Coast), Lamentin Jazz Festival (Martinique), SPAH Harmonica Fest 2019 (Tulsa), Hyde Park Jazz Festival (Chicago) and Jazz Sur Seine Festival (Paris). He is currently based in Brooklyn, New York.

4:00 PM EDT
Dennis Gruenling [FB] [SITE]
How to join: Join the Zoom Lesson

Legendary for his dirty tone and scorching technique, Dennis Gruenling is an unstoppable force. Dennis’s bona fides impressively include winning Best Modern Blues Harmonica Player three years in a row by Real Blues Magazine and Blues Music Award for Instrumentalist – Harmonica. Currently Dennis performs worldwide with the Nick Moss Band who recently won the Traditional Blues Album of the Year for their exemplary album “Lucky Guy”. As the owner of Bad Ass Harmonica company, the leading purveyor of vintage harmonica microphones, Dennis is known throughout the world as the expert in amplifying harmonicas. Dennis is a Hohner Artist and plays Marine Band Crossover Harmonicas.

6:00 PM EDT: Introduction to Orchestral Harmonica
Boaz Kim [SITE]
How to join: Join the Zoom Lesson

Boaz Kim is a harmonica teacher and performer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His love of the harmonica is shared with his grandfather, who played for homesick US troops during the Korean War, and with his father, who taught 12 year old Boaz the single note basics. Boaz soon started to imitate classic Chicago Blues recordings on his diatonic. While finishing his Music Education degree, he began a chromatic approach that has led to many recording sessions and performances, most notably at a Phillies baseball game and at the SPAH harmonica conferences. Since then, his repertoire has expanded to chromatic, chord, and bass harmonicas playing in various genres. When not performing or teaching, he repairs and customizes harmonicas for clients around the globe. In 2021, Boaz Kim has proudly joined the legendary Hohner team as a performing artist.

7:00 PM EDT: Beginning Harmonica
Nic Clark [FB]
How to join: This lesson will be on Facebook Live. Visit Nic’s Facebook page at the appropriate time.

Nic Clark is the emerging star of the Colorado blues harmonica scene. He began playing harmonica at 12 years old and took to it immediately. As a student of Ronnie Shellist his technique and personal style has been honed to take the world by storm. Nic Clark is a Hohner Harmonica Artist. Nic’s lesson is for Day 1 Beginners. No experience is necessary, but all participants will need a harmonica in the key of C.

This year, the Make Music Day UK team brought together several new global collaborations, open to all. Here’s some of what happened:

Global Folk Challenge – “We invite musicians from across the world to take part in this Global Folk Challenge by swapping folk songs. Participating musicians or groups can share a folk song from their country, and in exchange, learn and perform a different folk song submitted by another participating musician. The songs will then be performed and shared on Make Music Day.” Registration Deadline: May 14

Drum Battle – “The Make Music Day Drum Battle will bring together drum and percussion groups of all ages from around the world, celebrating our rich cultural diversity.” Organized by the Organisatie van Muziekverenigingen in Fryslân, Netherlands. Registration Deadline: May 21

John Cage 4’33” – “Beyond Skin, the John Cage Trust and Make Music Day UK with musicians from 23 countries will premiere a special collaboration performance video of the piece 4’33” by American experimental composer John Cage (1912–1992).” Here’s the final video!