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Webinars for Professional Development in the Arts Series 8: "Collaborating in code: Composer learning to communicate within the orchestra"

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Composing is often viewed as a solitary activity offering little opportunity for collaboration. Yet ensembles can provide varying opportunities for creative collaboration between composers and performers, even a hierarchical and tradition-bound orchestra. While notation has been described as a means of conceiving, communicating and conserving musical meanings and intentions, the score may also be considered a collaborative tool. This presentation draws on a larger study which explored learning that occurred for emerging composers through a five day workshop with a professional orchestra. I propose that learning to collaborate “in code” through musical scores was a key facet of learning for these composers, and that all composition learners will benefit from thinking of instrumentalists working in cultural contexts, rather than of instruments as mere sound-producers.


Karlin Love (B.A., B.Mus, M.A., PhD) is a composer, performer, community music provocateur, and teacher. She works for the University of Queensland, Australia, as a researcher on projects investigating advanced training for composers and orchestral performers. Having performed in professional symphony orchestras, chamber groups, jazz ensembles, free improvisation groups, and as a soloist; and having composed for large and small forces in many styles, Karlin brings a rich background to her teaching and research. She is challenged and intrigued by tensions arising from the need to nurture genuine expertise and to encourage local, creatively responsive music-making. Raised in the USA , Karlin has lived in beautiful Tasmania, Australia, with her husband since 1989 where they enjoy hiking, camping, and marvelling at their teenage son.

This talk is part of the Pedagogy, Language, Arts & Culture in Education (PLACE) Group Seminars series.

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