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University Residencies | STACY GARROP


a composer with a story to tell

a composer with a story to tell


Preparing Today's Students for Future Careers
In addition to composing, today’s young composers need essential skills in order to succeed in the professional world: they need to serve as their own marketer, website designer, publisher, grant writer, and office manager. My residencies combine aspects of a traditional college visit with workshops aimed to help composers prepare for the professional world.

I am available for 1-3 day residencies at universities and colleges. Depending on the length of my residence, I can expand or shorten the amount of activities offered. Pricing will depend on the number of workshops, lessons, and coachings chosen, as well as the total number of days. For rates, please email me.

Individualized Student Meetings
1-on-1 composition lessons (45-60 minutes each, up to 4 students)
• If preferred, lessons can be handled as a group composition lesson instead. (3 students, 90 minutes)

1-on-1 business sessions (30 minutes per student, up to 6 students)
• The goal is to provide personalized attention for their short- and long-term goals, websites, biographies, etc.

Basic Group Seminar Topics
Presentation on my music (60-90 minutes)
• I cover 2-3 pieces from my repertoire, going in-depth into my composing process, studying the scores with the students, and following up with class questions and discussion.

Presentation on my journey from academia to a full-time freelance composer (60-90 minutes)
• I talk about the strategies I used to move from one world to the other, and incorporate a few works I've written since going freelance.

Business basics for composers (60-120 minutes; can be broken up into 2 sessions)
• This session can cover a variety of topics chosen from:
  • establishing short- and long-term goals to avoid "mission creep"
  • building an effective website
  • self-promotion strategies and cold call campaigns
  • commission and collaborator contracts
  • copyright, public domain, and securing text permissions
  • publishing vs. self-publishing
  • crowd-funding resources
  • writing CVs and biographies
  • fundamental characteristics needed to run a freelance career
Specialized Group Seminar Topics
Strategies for Composing (60-75 minutes)
• This session gives students of all degree levels techniques to help develop their composing skills, generate musical ideas, and learn methods for dealing with writer's block.

Rehearsal Techniques for Composers
(30-45 minutes)
• This workshop involves demonstrating good, questionable, and poor behavior when rehearsing with musicians. I will need one or more performers for the demonstration.
• We can involve rehearsal of student works as well.

Public Speaking for Composers (60 minutes)
• This workshop helps the students learn how to be effective speakers. Some or all students will actively take part, depending on class size.

Composition Pedagogy (60 minutes)
• This session is for masters and doctoral students who plan to start their own studios or teach within the university system, and helps students develop strategies for teaching composition.

Writing Vocal Music (60-90 minutes)
• Quite often, students complete their college training without writing for the human voice. This seminar explores issues related to both art song and choral writing, including text setting, vocal ranges and types, effective a cappella writing, and what to do with the piano accompaniment. For an increased focus on art song, we can workshop students' completed works or works-in-progress with student singers and pianists.