As a living composer, I enjoy the opportunity that a residency can provide, whether with professional orchestras, or with university bands. When doing the latter, I love to engage with young minds as they seek to define their careers. In a masterclass setting, I can answer pressing questions about the creative, as well as the business side of pursuing a career as a composer. Having the opportunity to conduct my own compositions offers both professionals and students a rare opportunity to experience the music as it was intended by the composer himself.
With orchestras, I also enjoy interacting with donors, audiences, and/or board members. Given that some of them are often responsible for my being there, this serves an opportunity to thank them personally, as well as to enrich their experience by sharing the insights I have into this career I’ve chosen.
An insight to the students can play an important role in the education of college music students. Talking to them in person enhances the experience of new music, and often inspires creativity. The insight Composers have on the process and career of composing, is invaluable.
What Does a Residency Entail?
Increasingly in demand as a college guest lecturer, Jim has appeared at many colleges and universities across the United States, where he presents talks, master-classes, coachings, and lessons in group or individual settings.
In recent years, these appearances include Ball State University, Indiana University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Kennesaw State University, North Dakota State University, SUNY-Fredonia, University of Massachusetts/Amherst, University of Michigan, University of North Texas, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and Wyoming University.
Residencies are tailored to each institution’s needs but they commonly entail the following:
- Conducting the organization’s ensemble(s)
- Masterclasses/lectures with students
- Public/private events with donors and/or board members
- Pre/Post concert talks, engagement
- Private composition lessons (may require additional fees)