"The new-found connections with the other CITW composers, NPS staff and Alaskan Arts identities too have left a sense of global community interested in collective stewardship and celebration of the natural world. These relationships continue on through social media and planned future arts engagements."
"I don't know of any other summer program that so successfully combines music composition/performance, history, geology, botany, spectacular landscapes, collaboration with incredible people, and making new friends all into one nifty 2.5 week package. This is an incredible trip that I highly recommend!"
"I signed up for this trip with a certain set of expectations; it shattered all of them. Even though I had previously lived in Alaska for three years, I saw it in an entirely new light. This experience was intense and immersive and exceptionally awe-inspiring. I felt a renewed love for composing my feelings, discovered a new love for hiking, and received an unexpected love from the people. My God, the people. Of all things, I did not expect to join a little family - but I did."
"Composing In The Wilderness is a life changing event no matter who you are. For some, it’s a springboard to a nature-inspired course in their career. To others, it’s a welcomed disturbance in their regular artistic process. All in all, the inconceivable beauty of the Alaskan backcountry is only rivaled by the genuine kindness of the people you meet there."
"There’s no doubt that Composing in the Wilderness is one of the best damn things I ever did. It proved to me in a big way that art, like a truly-lived life, is not for sissies; it might just wrench your soul right out of you to make it, but the hole it leaves will fill right up with wonder if you let it."