The main message of this presentation was the importance of telling a story through the music. To reach people with your music, one approach is to take your audience members through the journey of the person you want them to relate to. MacMullen's performance took the viewer through the life of a girl pushed into human trafficking. Another example she showed us was a piece using the last words of several of the young black men recently killed by police officers, which puts the audience into their shoes. Staging was a huge part of these programs, and that has given me so many ideas for my own protest piece I'll be writing in the coming months. While I have performed plenty of staged choral pieces, as a composer, I had never thought to write a composition with specified staging instructions. I always felt that that was the choral director's job, but of course nothing is keeping the composer from making those decisions as well.
Overall, this presentation was incredible and has left me with so many ideas on how to spread awareness through my music.
-Anna Marcus-Hecht, IC ACDA '19