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Fifth House Ensemble in Residence

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In collaboration with MACPHAIL CENTER FOR MUSIC and AUGSBURG CAMPUS MINISTRY invites you to share virtually with the FIFTH HOUSE ENSEMBLE, in residence during the Spring 2021 Semester. National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest Logos

This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from Minnesota State Arts Board and the Crane Group.

Additional information about the ensemble, scheduled events, and registration & links are included below.

Deep Listening:

5 consecutive 15-minute sessions; guided meditations, daily rituals, improvised text scores, and movement exercises; Deep Listening provides multiple tools for mindfulness, creativity, and communal music-making.

  • Thursday, January 28, 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday, January 29, 10:40 a.m.
  • Tuesday, February 2, 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, February 4, 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday, February 5, 10:40 a.m.
  • NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED, Deep Listening Zoom Link (closed)

We Are Good:

5 consecutive 90-minute sessions; Deep Listening and story gathering rooted in collective decision making through creative acts. Fosters authentic inquiry among participants of varied social and political backgrounds, uses Deep Listening to bring strangers together through communal music-making. Each session culminates in a creative act, including the development of new text scores, graphic scores, or other work products.

  • Mondays, February 8, 22, March 8, 22, April 5
  • All sessions 4:30—6:00 p.m.
  • Maximum of 100 participants.
  • REGISTER AT THIS LINK by February 3 (closed)

Deep Listening Jam Session:

The residency culminates in a Deep Listening Jam, which includes the creative work and dialogue captured throughout the 5 “We Are Good” sessions.

  • Monday, April 12, 4:30—6:00 p.m.
  • Maximum of 100 participants.
  • REGISTER AT THIS LINK by April 7 (closed)

Additional One-Time Workshops:

Will be offered in chamber music, entrepreneurship, and music composition between February 15 and May 5. If you are interested in these workshops, please email specific dates to to be added to the reservation list. You will then receive advance information and/or Zoom links as needed

  • “Artist Management Workshop” – Tuesday, March 9 from 12-1:40 p.m.  In this workshop 5HE will be talking about their experiences as a performing ensemble and working with management agencies, independent managers, and managing themselves. Students will learn what to look for in a management contract, and when it is best to go DIY.
  • “Chamber Music Rules: A Model for Shared Leadership” – Thursday, April 8 from 5-6:30 p.m.  A symphony orchestra thrives under the centralized leadership of a conductor, while virtuoso soloists are used to calling their own shots. But chamber music—in which a small group of musicians combine their individual parts into an organic whole without the top-down leadership of a conductor—presents truly unique organizational strategies for accomplishing creative work as a team. In this workshop we explore the building blocks of effective collaboration through the lens of chamber music, discussing selecting a great team, rules of engagement, shared leadership, flexible conversational models, and engaging external partners.
  • “Augsburg Student Compositions Final Performance” – Friday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m.  Five Augsburg composition students have been collaborating with the Fifth House Ensemble this semester to write a piece for oboe, clarinet, viola and cello culminating in a performance by the group on April 30. Full Details.

About the Ensemble

Praised by the New York Times for “conviction . . . and finesse,” Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble harnesses the collaborative spirit of chamber music to reach beyond frequently perceived limits of classical music. The ensemble’s programs engage theater groups, video game designers, corporate innovators, and folk bands. Fifth House partners with Loyola University’s Center for Urban Research and Learning, through which the ensemble serves at-risk youth and adults, and with Storycatchers Theatre at a detention center culminating in a theatrical work based on participants’ own experiences. Fifth House residencies include Yale College, Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, Indiana University, Roosevelt Universi-ty, the Cleveland Institute of Music, UT-Austin, Northwestern University, San Francisco Conservatory, De-Paul University, and the Colburn School. Recent partners include The Cleveland Orchestra and the San Francisco Opera. In 2012, Fifth House launched Fresh Inc, a two-week program for emerging composers and performers on building careers in music in line with their own unique visions and values.

Additional information:

About the “Deep Listening” and “We Are Good” experiences is available on the Fifth House Ensemble website:

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