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2018 Composing in the Wilderness Offerings

As we enter our seventh year, we will be introducing some exciting changes to Composing in the Wilderness.  In addition to our traditional field course at Denali, we're instituting an exciting new high-end adventure above the arctic circle, and an elegant new application process.

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Compare the Two Adventures:

Denali Adventure

Dates: July 10-24, 2018

Cost: $1,790 USD

Number of Participants: nine

Locations: Denali National Park, Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, Fairbanks

Activities: Strenuous day hiking in Denali.  Historical sites at Yukon-Charley.

Roughing it: The field camp at Denali has canvas/wood frame cabins, a modern pit toilet, and propane cooking.  There is potable running cold water, but no showers. While at Coal Creek, composers are housed in historic cabins and have access to showers (hot and cold), full kitchen, and a historic pit toilet. 

Composing: Pieces must be written in four days.  That's part of the adventure! Instrumentation (mostly trios) assigned at random. Pieces must be acoustic.  

Performance: Two performances by Corvus in Alaska (Denali and Fairbanks).

Detailed Information for Denali Participants

Arctic Adventure (new!)

Dates: July 27 – August 9, 2018

Cost: $4,500 USD

Number of Participants: seven

Locations: Gates of the Arctic National Park, Bettles, Fairbanks

Activities: Week-long paddle (nearly 100 miles) on the North Fork of the Koyukuk River (above the Arctic Circle).

Roughing it: This is truly a backcountry trip.  While on the river, participants will be sleeping in tents, and eating meals prepared (by our guides) on portable cooking stoves.  The river will serve as the only running water.  The bunkhouse in Bettles has electricity, showers, and a fully equipped kitchen.  There is also a lodge nearby for prepared meals.

Composing: Composers have a few months to complete pieces.  All composers may write for full Corvus ensemble (likely a mixed quintet).  Electroacoustic pieces welcome.

Performance: Performance by Corvus in New York City at Federal Hall National Memorial. 

Detailed Information for Arctic Participants


Both adventures are led by adventurer-composer Stephen Lias and provide participants with real-time GPS tracking so their family and friends can follow along online.  You're provided with experienced back-country guides, all transportation, and food during all backcountry experiences.  Participants will receive full packing lists of what gear and clothing they are responsible for, and what will be provided. 

Use the links above to explore the complete details about each trip.  Either option is appropriate for trained composers of concert and chamber music from undergraduate through professional.  This is not a "class", but a collaborative creative adventure, and we seek talented contemporary composers of all ages, in any style, and from any country.

 Adventurer-Composer  Stephen Lias

Adventurer-Composer
Stephen Lias


Applications are accepted each year from October 1 through November 1. 
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