A couple of weeks ago I received an e-mail announcing the dates for our local Clavinova Festival. The Clavinova Festival is one of our favorite studio events! In addition to being a fun opportunity to explore the latest in music technology, students receive t-shirts and get their name entered in a drawing to win their own Clavinova! Over the years, I’ve had three students win the prize Clavinova and one of them now makes its home in my studio (thanks to an incredibly generous student!).
Anyway, I’ve been recently perusing this site run by Susan Ogilvy: SOspace. Lisa, a regular Music Matters Blog reader, sent me the link a little while back and it is loaded with ensemble music written specifically for use with the Clavinova! Many of the ensemble pieces have audio excerpts so you can get a better idea of what might be of interest to your students. A perfect place to find appropriate repertoire if you have students participating in a Clavinova Festival!
I’m also intrigued by the Clavinova Composition Challenge that Susan is offering. Students aged 8 and up are invited to compose a piece specifically for the Clavinova utilizing one or more of a variety of technological elements as listed on the Composition Rules Sheet. The winner is awarded publication by Ogilvy Music and Performance at KETS 8 in June of 2009 and at Clavinova Festivals around the country. What a great opportunity for students to delve more into the use of technology and instrumentation in composing! I’m looking forward to presenting the challenge to my students!
If you’re interested in participating, just e-mail Susan Ogilvy and request a Registration Form.