Residency at the University of Tennessee at Martin
March 13 - March 15
Jenni will spend three days at the University of Tenessee – Martin Campus, for a composer residency. Dr. Amy Yeung-soprano and Douglas Owens-oboe will give the world premiere of a new work for soprano and oboe commissioned by Dr. Yeung. Jenni will also take part in activities with students and community:
Tuesday, March 13
Masterclass for composers: (at 2:30 pm at the Recital Hall)
Current composition projects: Composers will sit down with Jenni and their fellow composers to look over their current writing projects and receive feedback and support. This is a valuable forum for sharing ideas and getting a fresh perspective on the creative process.
Roundtable discussion: Being a composer in the 21st century (at 4:00 pm(?) at the Recital Hall)
Jenni will lead a discussion with composers and others to discuss being a working composer in the 21st century. A candid conversation about getting commissions, making connections, and using social media to grow a network of performers across the globe.
Wednesday, March 14
Masterclass for composers and performers: (at 2:00 pm – Location TBA, but will try to see if the Recital Hall is available)
The Art of Collaboration and Creativity: Jenni has worked extensively with performers and ensembles in the creation of new works. She believes strongly that the work thrives and continues to get performances beyond the premiere when the performers are invested in the work and have some input during the creative process. Jenni will discuss past collaborative projects, and have an open discussion with Amy Yeung, professor of music at the University of Tennessee at Martin, on their new work for soprano and oboe. They’ll discuss the process of bringing a new work to the concert hall, from commissioning a new work to choosing themes and texts. An open forum will allow for questions and exploration of the importance of collaboration and forming relationships at the college level for a lifetime of collaboration and creativity beyond the university years.
Thursday, March 15
Yoga for musicians: Stretching and movement to support the performer’s mind and body. (at 2:30 pm (or a later time if needed) at the Recital Hall)
Jenni is also a certified yoga teacher who believe strongly in a balance between stillness and movement, and getting moving to enhance the time the performer spends in rehearsal and performing. This class is great for all levels, even if you’ve never taken yoga before! We’ll work in settings the performer might often find themselves in – rehearsal room chairs, benches, with both standing and seated poses and stretches that are easily accessible any time. Work for tight shoulders and chests a must for proper posture and breath, and some additional meditation and breath work to round out the performers’ ability to stay focused, calm, and grounded through rehearsals, performances, and auditions.
Pre-concert talk (at 6:30 pm at the Recital Hall)
Concert of Jenni’s works at UTM (at 7:30 pm at the Recital Hall)