Resonate is a multi-year collaboration that explores the African Diaspora through the lens of contemporary American chamber music. The project, under the direction of Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings and The Carr Center, has commissioned seven American composers to create new works to be performed by each of the collaborators during the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons.

This two-day symposium will bring both high school and college composition students together with the community to discuss the career and craft of being a composer in today’s world.

Alongside our 2021-23 Resonate composers, attendees will hear dialogues on how decisions are made while making music. Each day, the symposium will end with a concert showcasing works by Resonate composers.

The first day of the symposium will open with a keynote speech by multi-talented artist Damien Sneed, who is the founder and artistic director of Chorale Le Chateau. Sneed will be joined by composer Patrice Rushen for a dynamic interview and Q&A session. 

The second day will feature open rehearsals, allowing participants to witness the interactions between composers and the professional musicians performing their work. It will conclude with a concert at 7:30 p.m., followed by a closing reception.

April 14-15, 2023
The Carr Center
15 E. Kirby Street
Student Admission – FREE with student I.D.
General Admission: $15 per day | $25 two day pass
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Each day of the symposium will end with a concert showcasing the works of Resonate composers, who were selected by a panel of musicians from each of the partner institutions, represent a wide range of musical styles.

Participating composers are Michael Frazier, Adolphus Hailstork, Nathalie Joachim, George Lewis, Patrice Rushen and Pamela Z.   

Four Resonate composers will be onsite, leading artist talks, participating in panel discussions, and guiding participants through composition masterclasses.


Friday April 14th

9:00 a.m. Welcome and Keynote address with Damien Sneed & Patrice Rushen

10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Open Rehearsals and Small Group Discussions with composers

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch w/ Admission Panel (High School Students) & Lunch w/ Damien Sneed

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Resonate Concert

  • Differences composed by Pamela Z performed by Western Michigan University
  • Monuments composed by Adolphus Hailstork performed by University of Michigan & Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings
  • Radical Revelations composed by Nathalie Joachim performed by Michigan State University

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Post Concert Q&A with composers

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. BREAK

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Composition Masterclass with University Students

Saturday April 15th

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Open Rehearsals and Small Group Discussions with composers

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Composition Masterclass with University Students

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.* BREAK

*6:30 p.m. Doors open for concert

7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Resonate Concert

  • Endless Shout composed by George Lewis performed by Justin Snyder
  • BlackPortrait composed by Michael Frazier performed by Oberlin College and Conservatory
  • The Resonate Suite composed by Patrice Rushen performed by the Carr Center

8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Closing Reception