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Breath Mark Retreat

 Breath Mark Retreat
Summary:Composers' Retreat
Deadline: 31 May 2019
Date Posted: 27 February 2019
Details: Breath Mark is a three-day retreat for poets, composers, and performers (adults 21+) to rest, relax, find inspiration, have meaningful discussions, learn, and put on a collaborative musical performance. Rather than a fast-paced workshop, our retreat will give artists time out from their busy schedules while still making connections and creating art.

The Breath Mark Retreat has the collaboration of a music festival and the focus and intimacy of a creative artist residency. Participants will spend a relaxing weekend mingling with other artists, nourishing their creative selves, and sharing their new works with the community. Together, we will practice mindfulness with meditative improvisation, be active with walks and yoga, maintain sustenance with healthy foods and community, learn with round table discussions, have fun and inspire with creative activities, develop with collaborative rehearsals, and share with a public concert consisting of poetry and music exclusively written for the occasion.

Upon selection, the author will write a group of short poems on the given theme that will be submitted before the deadline of June 30th. They will be in contact with the composers during and before the retreat and will sit in rehearsals of the piece to collaborate with the performers. Authors must give composers written permission to use their poetry in their work.

Each composer will be given one of the poems in early July to work with as inspirational material. It may be used as text for a piece or may be incorporated into the composition in another way if without a vocalist. The piece must be written specifically for the event. It will be a chamber piece with an assigned instrumentation between 4-8 minutes. Scores and parts must be submitted by September 1st. Composers are encouraged to be in contact and collaborate with their assigned performers. It will be performed at the Breath Mark Retreat Concert. Composers will receive recordings of their piece.

Applications are open to any instrument or vocal performer. Performers will receive parts on or before September 3rd. The performers will each work with one or more assigned composers and are encouraged to be in contact and collaborate with them. There will be several hours of rehearsal time to work on the chamber works before the concert in which the poet and composer will sit in and collaborate with the performers, but parts should be learned before attending the retreat. A piano will be provided, but all other performers must bring their own instrument. Percussionists, please let us know what instruments you intend on bringing.

The retreat and evening concert will be located at the Diastole Scholars’ Center in Kansas City, Missouri October 3-5. Participants must arrive by Wednesday night and depart no earlier than Sunday morning. Participants must find their own lodging. Meals during the retreat will either be catered by local natural/organic restaurants or will be prepared together at the retreat led by our nutrition expert, Mary. (Ingredients will be provided.) Participants will pay tuition of $650. Some financial aid may be available. A deposit of $250 and permission forms will be due within one week of acceptance to hold your spot, which will only be refunded in emergency situations. Decisions will be announced on or before June 4, 2019. The additional $400 will be due on or before September 1st. All participants will receive a recording of the concert.

International applicants are welcome to apply. We will work with participants who request accommodations. "Diastole was built prior to current requirements. However, we do have an elevator, a handicap accessible bathroom, and most areas are wheelchair friendly." After admission, please let us know if you have any special dietary needs, or need extra assistance.

Breath Mark Retreat is about collaboration, not competition! Therefore, applicants will be accepted based on how their mission or goals, their instrument or authenticity of their poetic/compositional voice, and experience levels harmonize with the other applicants. Those not chosen initially will be put on a waiting list.

Early bird application fee is only $5--Apply before April 1st! Applications are due Friday, May 31, 2019. Please download the document, re-title as LastName_type of application_2019.docx or .pdf, complete the application, and email the application, score and poetry examples (if applicable), and any supporting documents to Click below to pay the $10 application fee and you're all set.

Entry Fee:$5