Adult Workshop: August 12-13, 2017 at Seattle Pacific University


Join us for a two-day improvisation workshop on the campus of Seattle Pacific University.

Last year our inaugural workshop brought together a group of professional musicians, serious amateur players, and educators. Through prompts, games, and experimentation, we crafted a compelling 70 minute set of original music.

Facilitator Kaley Eaton leading the group

Facilitator Kaley Eaton leading the group

GSW is a mind-blowing improvisation experience. I left that weekend having made new friends and feeling so inspired!  As a music educator, I was able to take GSW activities into my high school and college classrooms and see big results!  I was practically knocking down Steve's door to find out when the workshop was happening again.  This workshop is so beneficial for classical musicians who are fearful of sounding bad and making mistakes during improvisation.  My ears blossomed, my head exploded, and my creativity soared. 

Sarah Bost, M.A. Music Ed. Flute and saxophone

Sarah Bost, M.A. Music Ed.
Flute and saxophone

We're thrilled to present the program for second year, and we have room for 20 participants. Register now and reserve your spot.

Interested in traveling to Seattle to join us? On-campus apartments are available starting at $49/night if you register by June 15th. The SPU campus is accessible from Sea-Tac airport via public transportation. Email for info about lodging and transportation.

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Program Overview

*subject to improvised changes

Saturday August 12th
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Workshop

9:30 - Arrive, register, drink coffee

10:00 - Introductions, musical icebreaker games, Soundpainting

12:00 - Lunch

1:00 - Structured small group improvisations

2:30 - Variations on a theme

3:15 - Break

3:30 - Text setting in small groups

4:45 - Day one wrap up

Sunday August 13th
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Workshop
7:00 PM Concert

9:30 - Coffee

10:00 - Graphic scores

11:00 - Large group pieces

12:00 - Lunch

1:00 - Work in small ensembles

3:30 - Break

3:45 - Finalize program, run the set

5:00 - Dinner/break

7:00 - Culminating performance (Location TBA)

8:30 - Hang

We provide snacks and coffee, but not meals. There are several options for food on and near the SPU campus.

Registration for the weekend is $300. Register now.

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