Music

Davidson
Genre:
Composition, instrument making
Contact:
 www.tinadavidson.com
tina@tinadavidson.com

Age Group for Residencies:

Artist’s Statement: Tina Davidson, a highly regarded American composer, creates music that stands out for its emotional depth and lyrical dignity.  She has been acclaimed for her authentic voice, her “vivid ear for harmony and colors” (New York Times) and her works of “transfigured beauty” (OperaNews).  She writes “real music, with structure, mood, novelty, and harmonic sophistication – with haunting melodies that grow out of complex, repetitive rhythms” (Philadelphia Inquirer) that is both “intellectually rigorous and deeply moving” (Star-Tribune).

Over her forty-year career, Davidson has been commissioned by well-known ensembles such as National Symphony Orchestra, OperaDelaware, Roanoke Symphony, Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, VocalEssence, Kronos Quartet, Mendelssohn String Quartet, Cassatt Quartet, and public television (WHYY-TV).  Her music has been widely performed by many orchestras and ensembles, including The Philadelphia Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Musicopia String Orchestra, and Orchestra 2001.  She was commissioned in 2011 by violinist, Hilary Hahn, who recorded her work on Deutsche Grammophon. The compact disc won a GRAMMY in 2015.

Recently Davidson was honored by the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra with their 2015 Annual Composer Award.  The Symphony premiered of two of her works, Barefoot and First Light for string orchestra.  In May 2015, she was selected to give a prestigious TEDx talk about her work in community settings.  She lives in Lancaster, PA.

Residency with artist Tina Davidson, Spring Ridge Elementary, Spring 2019

https://www.wlvt.org/blogs/berks/young-composers/

Contact:  anita@onewhoplantsseeds.net

717.201.5477

Age Group for Residencies:  pre-K, elementary, middle, secondary, young adult, adult, senior

Special Groups:  LGBQIA+, transgender and non-binary, autism, mental health needs, eating disorders, chronic illness, different ability, family violence, trauma, US newcomers, parents, families.

Special Project: Everything I need to know about sex, I (should) have learned in kindergarten. This sexuality education writing project is for older teens, young adults, adults, and seniors.

Artist’s Statement

My teaching follows a community arts model within a social justice framework. What does that mean?   I tailor-design workshops to meet specific needs and explore social issues including sexuality, gender, human relationships, trauma, anger management, eating disorders, body image, human diversity and culture, and mental health using the expressive arts. This all began more than 25 years ago when I worked with a small group of teens who lived hard lives in rural Pennsylvania. We made group poems, listened to and interpreted music, played expressive games, shared dreams, and told stories. Since then, the bulk of my work has been in urban Lancaster, PA.

In my programs, students feel heard and valued. Students begin to figure out who they can trust, how their experiences and their individual personality shape their lives, and what their strengths are. I utilize community resources and experiential modalities in ways that help learners gain new skills, identify sustainable strategies, and achieve general well-being.   I draw from cognitive, systems, social learning and empowerment theories in the teaching/learning process. This is applied with children, teens and adults of all ages in schools and community spaces.

My long and closely-held tenet in every expressive endeavor is that of seed planting. It’s all about the ideas and how those ideas flow within and between people; and how the energy of ideas connects and synergizes small groups and larger communities. I believe that we all have capabilities in art, to be creative in our own unique ways. I believe this is true of people with varying physical and emotional capacities and people holding diverse frames of reference.

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Genre: Performance, acting
Contact:
kelliecturner@gmail.com

646-271-1907


Artist’s Statement:
As an artist, I am skilled in acting, singing, movement, writing, and playing the keyboard. I believe that I would be able to integrate my various art forms in the classroom through creative role-playing,  playwriting, composing and storytelling. Through these avenues, and by working with the lead teacher’s curriculum, I bring to the classroom creative ways in which to embrace learning.  I am drawn to the residency program because I believe that it’s important to introduce the arts to young persons as part of their early formation as a way of developing life long social and personal skills. I am current as an artist by continuing to write for the stage, as well as by continuing to audition and perform professionally, and have worked on Broadway and national tours over the course of my career.