Free Strings Festival

A festival promoting improvisation and creative musicianship/directorship

Liberty High School  • May 15, 2020 / North Liberty, Iowa

ABSTRACT

The Free Strings Festival is a one-day annual festival hosted by Liberty High School based on the nexus between creative musicianship, inclusiveness and the skill set required by the current music industry.

STUDENTS

(Aged 10-18) will engage in creative musicianship, jamming and learning more about the music industry.

EDUCATORS/COLLEGE STUDENTS

will take masterclasses with our clinicians and receive training in creative directorship.

CLINICIANS

will be invited in to offer a range of string playing and industry skills by the host director, Annie Savage and other community stake holders.

FORMAT

Students (10-18) Youth Orchestra format featuring an improvisational youth orchestra with a mini “Music Industry 101” conference. College students and directors are invited to participate in a day of creative directorship tools, lessons in technology and improvisational masterclasses with Christian Howes, Annie Savage, Jeff Agrell and the Weepies.

VENUE

Admission will be $40 pp (group rates available by school). We hope to achieve IHSMA sanction and become one of the first orchestra festivals in the country to develop students’ sense of improvising over simple chords, by ear ability, entrepreneurship and exposure to the skill set required by the music industry.

CLINICIANS

Christian Howes (improvisation and entrepreneurship)

TBA (song-writing) 

Jeff Agrell (creative directorship and improvisational games) 

Annie Savage (jamming for large ensembles)

SCHEDULE

9-10: Group Jamming 
10-12:00pm: arrive and students work with Howes, professional development track report to Savage
noon-12:30: lunch and “A Day in the Life” with special local musical guest 
12:30-2:30: teachers and professional track rehearse with Howes, students head to Music Industry 101 (group masterclasses in sound reinforcement, 
2:30-3:30: Group Performance (small group performances) 

TO REGISTER OR GET MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT ANNIE (ANDRIA) SAVAGE

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