Class information

TitleComposing in the Wilderness
DaysJuly 10–25
Instructor(s)Stephen Lias
Slots (taken)9 (9)
LocationDenali Park

Now in its seventh year, the 2018 Composing in the Wilderness field course will take you to two spectacular regions of Northern Alaska: Denali National Park and Preserve and the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. Join adventurer-composer Stephen Lias for eight days exploring the stunning beauty of Denali’s wilderness and the mighty Yukon River, learning how the life of the region is reflected in the sounds you hear, interacting with scientists and interpretive rangers, and developing your creative skills through translating these ideas into original chamber music.

Following your wilderness experiences you'll be flown by bush plane back to Fairbanks where your new works will be rehearsed and performed by top performers from the faculty of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. Encapsulating inspiration, composition, rehearsal, and performance, this field course is sure to be an intensive and exhilarating creative experience.

Participants should be prepared to live in rustic conditions and be physically fit enough for strenuous mountain hikes, stream crossings, etc. Participants must also be trained composers (professional, faculty, or students currently enrolled in a university composition program) with experience preparing their own manuscripts and writing chamber music for various instruments. Those without sufficient background may be ineligible. If in doubt, email Stephen Lias at with questions.

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