VC INTERVIEW | Bowdoin Worldwide Music Pageant Creative Administrators, David and Phillip Ying

(Photograph credit score: Niles Singer/Bowdoin Worldwide Music Pageant)


The Violin Channel had the pleasure of chatting with Bowdoin Worldwide Music Pageant‘s Creative Administrators David Ying and Phillip Ying to be taught extra about this 12 months’s version.


Inform us in regards to the Bowdoin Worldwide Music Pageant. When and the way was it based on this stunning location?

The Bowdoin Worldwide Music Pageant was based in 1964 by Lewis Kaplan and Robert Beckwith as a summer season live performance sequence at Bowdoin Faculty. Within the Pageant’s second 12 months, Lewis and Bob invited a small group of 19 college students, launching the academic department of the Pageant which, 58 years later, serves as the foundation of our mission. In 1997, the Pageant established itself as an impartial non-profit separate from Bowdoin Faculty, however continues a powerful relationship with the school. Within the intervening years, we solidified our repute as a premier chamber music coaching institute, a spot that celebrates each up to date and canonical repertoire, and a welcoming group that encourages significant dialogue and assist between musicians and audiences from midcoast Maine and past.


Over time, what modified in regards to the pageant, and what remained the identical?

The Pageant has all the time attracted prime expertise from all through the world, and alumni are represented in almost all main orchestras, ensembles, and conservatories worldwide. {Most professional} quartets we invite to carry out embody a minimum of one member who attended the Pageant. In recent times, we’ve seen this pattern take off in some superb methods. Functions to the Pageant have greater than doubled within the final 6 years, and the standard of scholar performances has risen accordingly. Our fellowship program, which supplies full scholarship to 30 college students, has allowed us to recruit younger professionals at the beginning of great and numerous careers as performers and academics. Nevertheless, our core objective stays the identical: offering gifted younger musicians from across the globe with a chance to review with world-class artists.


Annually, 250 college students participate on this distinctive expertise, learning with world-class academics and musicians. What units the Bowdoin Worldwide Music Pageant other than different summer season festivals?

Like many small, intimate festivals, the Pageant fosters the expansion of our musicians by way of the research of solo and chamber music repertoire. On the similar time, at 250 college students per summer season, we’re the scale or almost the scale of many orchestral-based festivals. We domesticate the identical private consideration, encouragement, and nurturing as a smaller pageant in a setting that may embody a wider vary of range and collaborative and supportive relationships that characterizes a bigger pageant. Our mix of conservatory and music school-based college represents a few of the most revered musicians who preserve energetic performing profiles together with a confirmed dedication to instructing and mentoring youthful musicians.


What does a day at Bowdoin sometimes appear to be for college kids and school?

A trademark of this Pageant is our flexibility in assembly the person inventive wants of every younger artist. College students largely do not need pre-determined agendas for performances or day-to-day actions. As a substitute, we encompass them with world-class college, inspiring friends, terrific services, and lots of of alternatives to be taught, rehearse, and carry out.

College students take these sources and with their major artist college member, create a plan to satisfy their private objectives for the summer season. Elements could embody performances within the state-of-the-art Studzinski Recital Corridor, group engagement performances, personal classes, chamber music rehearsals and coachings, studio courses, particular person working towards, residence life actions, and naturally, group meals within the award-winning Bowdoin Faculty eating corridor.


Exterior of working towards and performing, what different actions are provided to your members?

As a coastal Maine group, we’re lucky to be surrounded by unbelievable pure magnificence. College students hike alongside rocky shores, swim at historic seashores, discover wildlife in expansive tide pool networks, and spot iconic lighthouses. A few of our extra adventurous college students take part in whale watching boat journeys or day-long excursions to Monhegan Island, a once-reclusive artist group 12 miles into the Atlantic.


Are you able to inform us in regards to the Charles E. Gamper Pageant of Up to date Music and why programming new music is essential to your mission?

The broader mission of the Pageant, exterior of our give attention to elevating the following technology of younger artists, is to advertise the vibrancy and vibrant way forward for chamber music, and that is mirrored in our dedication to selling and producing new music all through our program and performances.

Together with instrumentalists, our Pageant features a full studio of composition college students who interact with their friends in efficiency and research and collaboration all summer season lengthy. The Gamper Pageant is a “Pageant inside a Pageant,” the place we commit an extended weekend give attention to the music of residing composers carried out by college and our fellowship college students. As well as, new music is introduced as a part of almost each ticketed live performance, college students typically introduce audiences to new work in our group live shows, and plenty of particular occasions focus completely on up to date works.

Two annual highlights embody “Composers on the Museum,” that includes new items by scholar composers impressed by artworks hanging within the museum galleries, and the playfully named, “Guinea Pigs in Bowties,” presenting works written inside 48 hours previous to the live performance begin time that matches performers and composers into collaborative tasks by drawing names and instrumentation actually out of a hat.


The pageant affords a wide range of live shows, solo music, chamber music, orchestra live shows, plus group occasions. Are you able to inform us about a few of the upcoming highlights and the way listeners can tune in from anyplace around the globe?

Subsequent week you’ll be able to journey to Brunswick (Amtrak station is lower than a mile from our live performance corridor, and airport half-hour away) or tune in to our free livestream for live shows that includes the Jupiter Quartet, Pageant college, and Zlatomir Fung performing Elgar’s cello concerto. There are additionally dozens of hours of free scholar performances, masterclasses, “meet the composer” lectures, and extra. For a full calendar, go to The 2022 Pageant runs for yet one more week, however please be a part of us for the 6-week summer season 2023 season starting in late June.


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