Workshops on Creating Local Repertoires for American Youth Orchestras
In April 2015, Sewanee Symphony Orchestra (SSO) will perform the last concert of the year, and for such an occasion, the SSO has commissioned a new work by Dr. Sidney King. Dr. King is an accomplished American orchestral composer, pedagogue, and double bassist. César Leal received a grant to expand this concert into a fully academic experience by inviting Dr. King to teach master classes open to young audiences and music teachers from the Cumberland Plateau area to illustrate his compositional process and the way in which he uses local musical traditions in his works. These master classes emphasized the importance of developing an orchestral repertoire that represents cultural shifts, social interactions, and honors the wide variety of musical traditions that coexist in the United States. Particular attention was given to the process of creating instrumental pedagogic repertoire inspired by folk-like musical genres such as those from southern Appalachia.