The Online Creative Musicians Experience

The Online Creative Musicians Experience (OCME) was an amazing nine days immersed in music-making! The OCME community was spread across two countries, four time zones, fifteen states and the District of Columbia, but we made use of the technology available to come together to form a warm and inspiring community.

We enjoyed a word of the day each morning, we drank a lot of coffee, and we offered an academic curriculum that would make Grace Cushman proud. OCME had a full slate of offerings, including classes in musicianship, electronic music, and contemporary topics; workshops in digital synthesis, the contemporary string quartet, found object percussion, and choral commissioning; and an incredible opening concert with Mivos Quartet.

Our teaching faculty included veteran faculty members Loretta NotareschiD. J. SparrAlex Christie, and Renée Favand-See, and Caroline Mallonee. We were pleased to welcome back Mivos Quartet (Olivia De Prato, Victor Lowrie Tafoya, Maya Bennardo, Tyler J. Borden), as well as our other artists-in-residence, Thomas ColohanMatthew Gold, and Eric Huebner. We were so fortunate to have Lisa Bielawa as our Composer-in-Residence. In addition to being a thoughtful and insightful forum moderator, Lisa invited us to be a part of her large-scale project, Broadcast from Home. OCME participants, faculty, staff, and artists contributed recordings that were incorporated into Chapter 11. You can listen to it here and you may even recognize some of the voices.

We had a full final weekend, in which we heard two composers forums with sixteen world premieres, we enjoyed a virtual open mic session, and we reflected on our online week together. We are grateful to our participants for their creativity and enthusiasm. We hope to see everyone in person soon!