I/O Fest is the Williams College Music Department’s annual student-centered festival of contemporary music and creative music making, comprising concerts, workshops, outreach, and study. Over the first two weeks of Winter Study student performers, composers, and sound artists engage in an intense period of rehearsal and study, culminating in four days of concerts and other events at the ’62 Center and the Clark Art Institute. Throughout, students, guests, and audiences explore a world of new sounds and adventurous music, and discover new ways of making music and new modes of listening. For I/O Fest 2022, students enrolled in the Winter Study course will be immersed in all aspects of the festival including performing and/or composing, artistic planning, outreach, and production. As part of the artistic/administrative team students will learn practical skills that are applicable across a range of performing arts areas, and be directly involved in the creative and artistic decision making of the festival. Students involved in the outreach component will develop a curriculum based on musical themes from the festival and lead workshops with students in local elementary schools, culminating in a family concert at the Clark. Throughout, students will engage directly with visiting composers and performers. The first phase of the class will culminate with the presentation of the festival from January 13-16, 2022, after which students will participate in readings and discussion groups related to the social, musical, and cultural ideas featured in the festival and explore issues in contemporary performance practice. Other activities will include informal group sessions on musical topics such as free improvisation, graphic scores, and sound art and a trip to EMPAC in Troy, NY for a facility tour and a performance.
The Class: Format: lecture
Grading: pass/fail only
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: final project in consultation with instructor; options include composing a work for the festival, performing a major work, or creating & leading a performance
Prerequisites: students must have relevant experience in musical performance, composition, or production Applicants should inquire with the instructor with any questions
Enrollment Preferences: students will be selected by the instructor if the course is overenrolled
Materials/Lab Fee: none