Vonnegut Requiem Composers Interviews

Voces Novae has commissioned a choral setting of Kurt Vonnegut's requiem text, a mass for the dead, with eight nationally recognized composers. The world premiere takes place this May in conjunction with the Indiana University Arts & Humanities Council for the second-annual Granfalloon. (More information and tickets)

Young, aspiring composers who have previously been winners/runners up in the Kids Compose Competition were invited to interview the Requiem composers and explore various aspects of the individual creative processes. Prior to the interviews, some of the soon-to-be-interviewers were invited to participate in a Kids Compose Workshop. Students were selected from nominations made by local music teachers. Little did the students know that playing violin for the workshop was Lauren Bernofsky, one of the Vonnegut composers who would be interviewed the following week. Bernofsky's perspective from having seen these young composers' own creative process when working with them as a musician gave a unique context to the discussion when the kids interviewed her.

Violinist Lauren Bernofsky looks on as 6th grade composer Mia explores arranging an original melody.

Composer Lauren Bernofsky answers questions posed by young aspiring composers Mia, Caroline, and Amaya.

More excerpts from the interviews Coming Soon...

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