Composing & Arranging for Voice: From Pop to Opera

The original instrument! Join us for a deep dive into techniques, strategies, and philosophies for crafting compelling vocal music and accompaniments. We'll explore arranging and orchestrating preexisting songs, as well as composing original material. In addition, we'll take some time to break down specific voice types and discuss setting words to music, syllable by syllable.

Adding an element of text to music creates wonderfully unique opportunities to evoke emotions, storytelling, and world building. If time permits, we'll also discuss working in arts administration as a creative.

Presenter: Spencer Edgers

Spencer Edgers (class of 2020-'21) is a multi-instrumentalist and composer based in Juneau, AK who has lived, studied, and been steeped in music in both Philadelphia and Seattle. His most recent film credit as composer is Poison Crue, which premiered at the 2022 El Paso Film Festival. Spencer has premiered two short operas; The Dust Gets in Your Eyes and Everything After with Seattle Opera, and has orchestrated & arranged two songs in collaboration with Taylor Vidic for The Juneau Symphony.

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