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Creating Music Together

Seven days of silence, listening, singing, and composing

January 3-10, 2018

St. Mary's Retreat House, Oxford, Michigan

The structured retreat features daily quiet time, personal and group composition, informal performances with voice and hand percussion, personal meetings, and preparing and sharing meals together.

Talks include moving through creative blocks, publishing, and music-and-money. Workshops include listening exercises, introduction to creating music, keynotes, and strategies for creating in groups. No prior musical training necessary.

Fee:  $850 includes all meals and a single room with shared bathroom.



The Assistants Tony Geballe, Dev Ray, Erin Rogers, Frank Sheldon, and Craig Shepard draw from experience teaching Alexander Technique, participating in and organizing Guitar Craft and Guitar Circle Courses, and creating as part of groups in WandelweiserthingNY, and the theater group La Compagnia de' Colombari.

Creating Music Together: One Road Out of Hell

There's a deep communion in music which we haven't found anywhere else. We've experienced moments in concerts where time stops and the musicians and audience are all connected and a window opens up where we cannot understand why we were ever anxious or worried about anything. These moments are brief, perhaps twenty seconds; a sense of the experience remains.

We believe that everyone has the capacity to create new music. Many people have been so trained to ignore their own leadings and to believe that they can't do anything to influence the world around them, that they no longer believe they can do anything. This is hell.

We have experienced beauty and awe in the moment a new piece of music is born. Being there when someone writes their first piece of music is a true joy.

We accept that our work may not have any impact in our lifetimes; we move forward anyway, taking the next indicated action. Each time we work with others to access their abilities, we are reminded that music creates a new future, if not for us then for those who come after us. This is one road out of hell.

We hope you join us for a week of silence, music, and working together. We will introduce basic exercises to listen to imagination, to communicate that to others, and to bring it into this world as your very own music.


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