Skaneateles Festival opens Wednesday, Aug. 10, with Hyperscore II community celebration

— Hyperscore is a revolutionary software program developed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This software allows participants with little or no formal musical training to create significant, coherent, and listenable musical compositions through use of a new type of graphic notation. The software can be easily operated by any person familiar with basic computer skills.

The exciting young composer Stacy Garrop was in residence in Central New York for a week in April and again in May for the Skaneateles Festival's Hyperscore music education project. The composer visited each school twice, to listen to many works in progress and offer feedback and advice. She worked with students and their music teachers as they composed music with the Hyperscore software.

Participants ranged from ages 10 through adult and included students from three schools (Skaneateles High School, Karen Veverka; West Genesee Middle School, Steve Frackenpohl; and A.J. Smith Elementary in Union Springs, Amanda Hayden) and employees at ChaseDesign.

The culmination of this project will be the Hyperscore Community Celebration, which opens the Skaneateles Festival's 2011 Season. Ten pieces composed by participants will be performed by the Chiara Quartet. Stacy Garrop's new composition written using Hyperscore will also be premiered at this concert. Works by Chris Herron, Clara Liddell, Leah Jones and Anita Yakobchuk, all middle school students at West Genesee will be premiered.

"We've chosen a couple of different examples to perform," says Garrop. "Two little girls in middle school [Jones and Yakobchuk] wrote a piece called 'Flipalicious' that's really well done and we're going to play the file as is. You'll see and hear what the Hyperscore file looks like — there is a bar that moves and you can see all the different colors flashing at you."

Composer Stacy Garrop's works have been performed by orchestras and ensembles throughout the country, including the Albany, Charleston, Detroit, Omaha and Illinois symphonies, as well as the National Repertory Orchestra, New England Philharmonic and Central New York's own Society for New Music. Stacy has received multiple awards and grants from the San Francisco Song Festival; Detroit Symphony Orchestra; Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble; Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New England Philharmonic.

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