Michael Harley

Bassoonist and Teacher

SC all-state double reed workshop:  saturday, december 17, 2016, 10am-4:30pm

And a great time was had by all! ... We had 13 bassoonists and 13 oboists in attendance from throughout the state.  Charades were played, masterclasses were conducted, mock auditions were taken and adjudicated.  Kids are sounding great!  Stay tuned for Double Reed Day 2017, likely in November.  And good luck in your all-state auditions and future music-making!  As ever, if you are a young bassoonist, please feel free to contact me with any bassoon- or music- or USC-related questions.

Evan Hause's "melancholia"

New Jersey-based composer Evan Hause recently undertook an unusual composition project:  he assembled a new piece in the studio from individual parts recorded and emailed to him by performer-friends from all around the country!  The players, myself included, used a tuner and a metronome to ensure compatibility -- and I'm sure Evan employed some studio magic to make sure everything blends and sounds good together!  The new piece, Melancholia, which includes a shredding guitar solo played by the composer, received its "world premiere" on Dec. 2, 2016, in a podcast from Utrecht, in The Netherlands.  To listen and read more about it, please click here.

Savvy chamber competition announces $10,000 prize

Each June, the University of South Carolina hosts the Savvy Arts Venture Challenge (formerly the Savvy Musician in Action Workshop), led by our music entrepreneurship professor David Cutler.  I help run an affiliated competition that evaluates both artistic excellence and innovative event design, as a way to acknowledge and award ensembles that are helping rethink and transform the classical concert experience.  This year the prize is BIG:  $10,000 and a residency at the University of South Carolina, plus the option of management.  Interested ensembles, please read more and apply online here.  The application deadline is Feb. 15, 2017.