At the core of my art is my belief that music is a powerful force that can connect us with our bodies, our emotions, our communities, and our planet. Such a force is crucial in this time of global upheaval. The following projects - some of my own design, others collaborative - were implemented to invite others into this belief and explore the potential of music as a community building and self-healing salve.
If you are an ensemble or performer looking to work with young composers, or a teacher interested in incorporating creative music, improvisation, and composition into your curriculum, please contact me!
Emissary Quartet has paired with Seattle-based composer Kaley Lane Eaton to develop this innovative and exciting new program. Over six weeks, a small cohort of talented middle school and high school musicians will meet with Kaley and Colleen in Seattle for three 2-hour workshop sessions, culminating in a final performance of their new compositions by Emissary Quartet.
The Game Symphony Workshop helps musicians get off the page through Soundpainting, game pieces, and creative chamber music. The multi-day workshop culminates in a dynamic performance of original music.
Composition Session 1: Wednesday, March 22, 6:30-8:45pm
Composition Session 2: Wednesday, April 5, 6:30-8:45pm
Composition Session 3 and Performance with Emissary Quartet: Wednesday, April 19, 6:30-8:45pm.
July 2-3, 2016
Seattle Pacific University, Seattle
"Creating Music," a 3-hr/week composition and improvisation after school program for grades 4-6, builds ensemble and teamwork skills, strengthens rhythm and synchrony, connects poetry, language, and music-making, strengthens self-esteem and expression through improvisation, and teaches students the fundamentals of music.
Fall 2014 - Spring 2015
The Pacific Chorale Academy, advised by Eric Booth and winner of Chorus America's Education and Community Engagement award, brings an El Sistema-inspired after school choir program to students in Newport Mesa United School district in Costa Mesa, CA.
The El Sistema-inspired LA Phil youth orchestra YOLA at HOLA was fertile ground for our young composer project, in which intermediate string players used the letters of their name, the stories of their family, and the sounds of the community to write their own compositions. Students programmed a concert where their works were performed by Longy/Bard MAT students.