University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

Research Council


Michelle McQuade Dewhirst

Michelle McQuade DeWhirst

Fall 2013

"Performance and Premiere on the Composers' Voice Concert Series, New York, NY"

Grant in Aid of Research

Final Report: "It was a great honor to perform with my UWGB colleagues on the Composer’s Voice Concert Series on January 12, 2014. I am appreciative of the financial support awarded to me by the Research Council. These funds went a long way toward defraying the costs of lodging and transportation to New York and back. The performance itself was quite successful. It served as a showcase for the vocal talents of my colleague, Courtney Sherman. As a member of the ensemble (performing under the name a very small consortium) that accompanied Dr. Sherman, it was a thrill not only to support her performance, but also to be a part of presenting 18 world premieres (fifteen one-minute compositions on the “Fifteen Minutes of Fame” portion of the program and three longer compositions). As a composer, it was a thrill to present a new work of my own at this concert. My piece for narrator and chamber ensemble, “Two Weeks After Election Night, Mitt Romney Takes in Disneyland with His Grandkids” is a setting of a piece of “flash fiction” by UWGB’s Rebecca Meacham. The piece was well-received, and our performance in New York helped us to prepare for presenting the piece a second time (along with the “Fifteen Minutes of Fame” portion of the program) on the music program’s 360° Thursdays concert series on January 30th. These two performances were tangible outcomes of the Research Council’s support. Additionally, I fully expect that more tangible outcomes of performances and collaborative opportunities will result from the networking I did while in New York. I have been invited to perform on another “Fifteen Minutes of Fame” recital and to submit more of my music for programming consideration on future concerts. I made contact with performers and composers whom I hadn’t met before, and initial conversations about potential future collaborations have begun. These connections and new possibilities are very valuable to me at this stage in my career; again, I am grateful to the Research Council for supporting my work."

Fall 2011

"Fifteen Minutes of Fame: New Music Performance on the Composers' Voice Concert Series"

Grant in Aid of Research