Dear CVC Member,
It is 1998, another year for the composers and musicians of the CVC during which we hope to create some real opportunities for us and our music to be heard and appreciated.
Consortium Web Site and Bulletin Board: The CVC Web Page is a site of increasing popularity. Those of us who are connected to the Web have a particular advantage over those who are not, in that there is the Newsletter provided at the CVC site, as well as a Bulletin Board on which to share ideas, discuss upcoming projects, and to generally let it be known who we are, individually, as well as what we need to accomplish as a group. If you haven't availed yourself of the BB yet, you really owe it to yourself to do so. Let your interests be known to us, whether you are a composer, instrumentalist, or just want to know what is happening in music in and around Vermont.
CVC Chat Room: Also from the CVC site, you can access the Chat Room for CVC members, with a special Chat session now meeting on Sunday evenings at 8:00 EST. This fun and usually pell-mell -- exchange is a fast-paced flow of ideas between old and new friends of the CVC. Every Chat session so far has produced information helpful to us.
Call for Scores: New due date!!: March 1, 1998. Members are invited to submit scores for up to four wind instruments, preferably including Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, and/or Flute. Instrument choice is due to players wanting to participate, The pieces can be of any length; however, we are making a special effort to try to provide short pieces for performances at public locations, such as art galleries, museums, libraries, restaurants, and other such places. The idea here is to make CVC members' music available to be heard by the public in an informal setting... to get our music out there. If you think that you have something or want to write something which would fit well in this context, now is your chance. Send something enjoyable.
If your manuscript is in Midi form, send it as an attachement to Dennis Báthory-Kitsz and he will put it on the site.
If you're writing music by hand, send it in via snail-mail and we will see if we can get it into Midi form, and then get it performed -- again, if we can find the players and the place. But we have to have the music first. Show us the Music! Our plans are to archive all the music performed with the CVC, and if there is enough interest and we can find the financing, some will get included in an annual CD which we hope to offer for sale. But that is another story. More on this later.
Membership Dues: Your membership renewal for 1998 is now due -- $25.00 for full membership. If you plan on using the Web Site, please contribute to the cause.
Other Web Sites of Interest: If you havenšt yet, look into these sites: La Musique Petite and The Classical Midi Archives.
We are excited about the changes with the CVC and the opportunities we now have. All of us are looking forward to hearing from you soon. Let us know how we can best work for you.
Best wishes for a fine upcoming new year,
Timothy K. Price
President: The Consortium of Vermont Composers
Special note about the Bulletin Board and Chat Room: The Consortium's website is hosted by Malted/Media on server space rented from Sovernet, Inc., in Bellows Falls, Vermont. However, Sovernet, like many Internet service providers, does not permit its servers to be used for running computer programs, only for web 'documents'. Our Chat Room and Bulletin Board both contain computer programs, and as such are hosted on the Malted/Media private server, which is actually a Consortium member's personal computer at home. This is why you get a "Moving to Malted/Media Private Server" before reaching the Chat Room or Bulletin Board. This is also why the Chat Room and Bulletin Board may occasionally be down ... no one is home to re-boot if the computer crashes or becomes disconnected from the network. One day technology will make all this fancy footwork unnecessary. In the meantime, bear with it and realize that our Vermont Composers Consortium is one of the first in the country to use these technologies!
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