Wednesday, November 28, 2012

24 Hour Opera Project Accepting Applicants!

24-Hour Opera Project

Friday at 5:00 p.m. through Saturday at 9:00 p.m.

Friday kick-off event at 5:00 p.m. at:
First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta
1328 Peachtree St
Atlanta, GA 30309

Saturday showcase performance at 7:00 p.m. at:
The Atlanta Opera Center
1575 Northside Dr
Building 300, Suite 350
Atlanta, GA 30318

FREE and open to the public
The Atlanta Opera is proud to present the third annual 24-Hour Opera Project, Friday, January 25, 2013 and Saturday, January 26, 2013. Composers, lyricists, stage directors and opera singers from all over may apply to compete in the project. Applications to participate can be found below.
Composers and lyricists selected to participate will be randomly paired together, and will have 12 hours to write a 7-10 minute opera. At the end of 12 hours, the pieces will be assigned to a stage director, who will draft singers from a pool of applicants, and have eight hours to rehearse before presenting the scenes in a showcase concert 24 hours after the project begins.
Compositions and performances will be presented to a panel of judges, the audience, and the public via live webcast on Saturday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the judges' choice and audience favorite.
For more information, please call 404-881-8883 or e-mail


Deadline: December 14, 2012.
Applications may be e-mailed to, faxed to 404-881-1711, or mailed to The Atlanta Opera, Attn: 24-Hour Opera Project, 1575 Northside Dr NW, Bldg 300, Ste 350, Atlanta, GA 30318.
High school students (grades 9-12) with theater experience may apply to participate as stage managers. Stage managers will assist all day Saturday, January 26 and at the showcase performance that evening.
The Atlanta Opera 24-Hour Opera Project is made possible by generous support from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and Turner Voices.

GSU Student Chapter of SCI - Fall Concert

Come out and and enjoy a wonderful sonic lunch at a concert of new works by student composers from the Society of Composers, (SCI), at Georgia State University. Featuring compositions by:

Taylor HELMS

Salvatore LoCASCIO

Connor WAY

Date:              Friday, November 30, 2012
Time:             12 PM
Location:        Kopleff Recital Hall on the campus of Georgia State University

FREE and open to the public!

See you there! 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Benefit Concert for Becky Weaver

My piece "Tamar" will be performed by Perimeter Flutes on this benefit concert. Help out one of your local freelancers get the surgery she needs to continue making music!

From Jeanne Carere:

"Thank you in advance for taking the time for read this letter. Have you ever had someone do something to help you without asking for anything in return? I am grateful to say that I have been a recipient of that kind of kindness more than a few times in my life. There is no other feeling in the world like it. It is glorious all the way around.

An opportunity has come to my attention recently. One of our teachers at Carere Music, Becky Weaver is in dire need of a surgery to correct compression on her spinal cord. She has compression in two areas, one in lower back and one in her neck. With a preexisting condition, no insurance company will even consider covering her. If surgery doesn’t happen, Becky will lose feeling in her hands and feet and no longer be able to work or live with any quality of life. Becky has been teaching for us for over 6 years. Our teachers are like family to us. Becky doesn’t have the ability to earn the money needed to cover the cost of surgery. She needs at least $7500.00 for the doctors part of the surgery. I wish I had the funds to help write a check but sadly, I don’t. What I do have is the ability to coordinate a benefit concert to help Becky with her medical costs.

Becky’s background:

Becky is an active freelance violinist in the Atlanta area, and has played in the orchestras for many celebrities, including Tony Bennett and Tom Jones, and was also the concertmaster for Burt Bacharach’s and Dionne Warwick’s shows. While at the Cleveland Institute, she studied with members of the Cleveland Quartet and also played under James Levine. Becky has played with the symphonies of Gainesville and Columbus, and in the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra and the Gwinnett Philharmonic. She is currently a member of the Festival String Quartet. Becky has nearly thirty years teaching experience.

Carere Music will be holding a benefit concert to raise money for Becky's surgery.

Thursday, Nov. 29th, 7:30pm
Winters Chapel United Methodist Church
Admission $10 with donations encouraged."

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

New blog post

A new blog post is up, now that I finally have time to write one! This month, trying to figure out why I do what I do! Check out the article, The Passion Trap via my website, or directly at