"Whitacre is that rare thing, a modern composer who is both popular and original"–
Grammy Award-winning composer and conductor, Eric Whitacre, is among today’s most popular musicians. His works are programmed worldwide and his ground-breaking Virtual Choirs have united singers from more than 145 countries over more than a decade. A graduate of Juilliard School of Music, Eric completed his second term as Artist in Residence with the Los Angeles Master Chorale in 2020 having served five years as Composer in Residence at the University of Cambridge. Eric is proud to be a Yamaha Artist. His long-form work The Sacred Veil, a profound meditation on love, life and loss, was premiered by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and released on Signum Records in 2020. His recent collaboration with Spitfire Audio resulted in a trail-blazing vocal sample library, became an instant best-seller and is used by composers the world-over.
The Beautiful Mess takes a deep dive into the practical and artistic elements of composition and creativity, drawing on Eric Whitacre’s thirty years of experience writing music and lyrics. This comprehensive course provides video content, lesson plans, reference sheets, perusal scores and a personalized certificate upon completion. Materials are customized at three levels so can be used from middle school through college and are ideal for both individual and classroom instruction. The strategies and creative solutions discovered in this course can also be applied to many aspects of life, so are suitable for general music education, composers, performing ensembles, or individual music-lovers.
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