Sam Kyzivat.

Maine Youth Rock Orchestra - Portland, ME

Project Description

Delta Sigma Arts Fellowship Recipient

Music has always been a part of my life, starting with piano and violin lessons beginning in elementary school, and continuing with regional orchestras and choirs as a high school student. However, some of my most musically fulfilling experiences to date have been with my four- piece band. I am the lead singer of the group, and play electric violin and ukulele as well. Last summer, I received a fellowship from Bowdoin to spend eight weeks composing an original piano quintet, and was fortunate enough to have the piece read by players from the Bowdoin International Music Festival. The summer before I interned with REVERB, an environmental non-profit based in Portland, that provides “greening” services for a variety of bands to help make their tours more environmentally friendly. I helped coordinate volunteer efforts for REVERB’s eco-villages at concert venues, as well as worked onsite to engage with fans and educate them about REVERB’s mission.

At Bowdoin, I’m majoring in music, with a focus on theory and composition. I am the music director of Bowdoin’s oldest a cappella group, the Meddiebempsters, and have done arranging work for the group as well. I am also the main music contributor for Bowdoin’s student- produced podcast, The Commons, and compose original music for the different episodes. As an active member of the Bowdoin Music Collective, I perform at a variety of their events each semester, from open mics to acoustic showcases to yoga and meditation classes with live music. Lastly, this past spring I co-hosted a radio show on WBOR 91.1 FM that brought Bowdoin student musicians into the studio to play live on the air.

I am an extremely motivated individual with a strong work ethic and an intense desire to learn, and I believe that interning with MYRO would not only be a truly formative experience, but would also be extremely valuable in helping me pursue my career goals. At MYRO I would be spending my time composing string arrangements for their 2017-2018 season, as well as: scheduling concerts and events; working on promotion and marketing plans; researching the launching of youth orchestras in other cities nationwide; developing a curriculum for student workshops; and building a growth model for creating orchestra programs throughout Maine schools by fostering a network of music educators statewide. In other words, this summer would allow for an ideal mixture of both creative work as well as more administrative, behind-the- scenes tasks. Since I am hoping to go on in the music composition world, I feel that working closely with executive director and founder, Kevin Oates, to learn more about orchestration, music education, and the music business, as well as being constantly steeped in a diverse range of music, would all be invaluable to my growth as a composer and musician.

Project Details

  • Date October 18, 2017
  • Tags 2017, Arts, Delta Sigma Arts, Junior, USA

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