Open Proposal: Orchestral Ballet





PROPOSAL SUMMARY: I would be honored to compose a new narrative ballet of any length, in collaboration with an orchestral ballet company.

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PROPOSAL

Greetings! My name is Mary Bichner, and I am an orchestral composer from Boston, MA, USA with both perfect pitch (the ability to recognize notes & chords by name upon hearing them played) and sound-to-color synesthesia (a neurological condition that causes me to “see” splashes of specific colors when I hear their corresponding pitches sounded). In my work, I strive to combine richly-hued harmonic progressions with memorable melodies, and frequently incorporate synesthesia-derived elements into each piece’s structure. Genre-wise, my specialty is composing vibrant new works inspired by the classical musical traditions of 18th- and 19th-century Europe, and I frequently create pieces in these styles for professional theatre productions, site-specific compositions projects, themed concerts, digital album/single releases, and more.


I am publishing this open proposal, as I would be honored to compose a new narrative ballet of any length, in collaboration with an orchestral ballet company. As composer for this new ballet, I could provide an original score completely customized to the wishes and instructions of your company’s choreographer; filled with rich, memorable melodies and lush, romantic orchestrations designed to both convey and propel the storyline alongside the dancers’ movements. I am available to begin work on this project at any time in 2018, including during my current three-month composer residency at the prestigious Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico from September through December 2018.

My most recent collaborations include a two-year composer residency at the historic Mount Auburn Cemetery of Cambridge, MA, USA (a brief documentary on the project can be found HERE); and a special collaboration with Boston’s Museum of Science for the visual song cycle “Synesthesia Suite: Constellations“, which premiered at the Charles Hayden Planetarium on November 30th 2017 (photos from this project can be found HERE, and 360° videos from the project can be found HERE). 

I have attached my résumé, biography, testimonials, and selected composition samples beneath my signature for your review. Should you be interested in discussing a potential collaboration further, please don’t hesitate to contact me at info@marybichner.com, and I would be delighted to respond to you promptly.

Thank you so much for considering my proposal, and I look forward to speaking with you!

Sincerely,
Mary Bichner
info@marybichner.com
http://www.marybichner.com



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TESTIMONIALS




James Wetzel, Co-Producer of Adult Programs at the Museum of Science, Boston:
“I have had the pleasure of collaborating with Mary Bichner over the past several years on numerous projects around Boston, and she remains one of the most exciting, creative, professional tour-de-force’s in the city’s Arts scene. Her style and range as a musician sets her apart from the pack and her ingenuity and artistic vision is unparalleled. She has been a producer’s dream- always surpassing expectations and our entire team at the Museum of Science has fallen under her spell. It’s been an absolute pleasure to explore, dream and create with her on our “Synesthesia Suite” program in the Planetarium over the past year and I am honored to have been a part of her journey as an artist. We are already counting down the days for her return engagement and waiting anxiously to see what gorgeous piece she dreams up next!” [February 2018]





Bree Harvey, Vice President of Cemetery & Visitor Services at Mount Auburn Cemetery:
“I have had the pleasure of working with Mary Bichner for the past two years while she has served as the Composer-in-Residence at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. […] It has been an absolute delight to work with her in a variety of ways. Everyone she worked with at the Cemetery was impressed by her endless enthusiasm, creativity, and professionalism. Though Ms. Bichner has recently completed her residency at Mount Auburn, we look forward for many future collaborations with her. […] She is a talented musician and composer who has much to share with the world.” [December 2017]



SELECTED RÉSUMÉ

September 2018-December 2018 [CURRENT]
Composer-in-Residence at The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico
Organization: The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico (http://wurlitzerfoundation.org/)
Details: Mary is honored to have been granted a three-month artist residency The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico for September through December of 2018. While in residence, she will continue work on “The Memoirs of Antonina”, a new three-act opera inspired by the final years of Marie Antoinette’s life.


September 2018
Preview Concert for “The Memoirs of Antonina”
Organization: The Nora Theatre Company [AEA] (http://www.centralsquaretheater.org)
Venue: Central Square Theater (450 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge MA 02139)
Details: Preview concert for Mary’s forthcoming opera “The Memoirs of Antonina”, which featured the world premiere of three recitatives and five arias. The sold-out concert took place on September 2nd, 2018 at the Central Square Theater of Cambridge, MA, USA; and starred Helen Zhibing Huang as Marie Antoinette, Emily Thorner as Antonina, Neal Ferreira as Louis XVI, and Junhan Choi as Jacques Hébert, with music direction by conductor and operatic vocal coach Tim Ribchester.


July 2018
Performance of “King’s Chapel” for Vento Chiaro’s “The Boston Project” at Boston University Tanglewood Institute
Organization: Vento Chiaro (http://ventochiaro.org/)
Venue: Trinity Episcopal Church (88 Walker St., Lenox, MA 01240)
Details: Boston wind quintet Vento Chiaro performed “King’s Chapel”, a work they commissioned Mary to compose for the ensemble’s “Boston Project” 20th anniversary series, during their Boston University Tanglewood Institute Faculty recital at Trinity Episcopal Church of Lenox, MA, USA on July 11th, 2018.


December 2017-May 2018
Commission: “Boston Common” and “King’s Chapel” for Vento Chiaro’s “The Boston Project”
Organization: Vento Chiaro (http://ventochiaro.org/)
Details: To celebrate their 20th anniversary season, renowned Boston wind quintet Vento Chiaro commissioned Mary to compose a pair of works for the ensemble’s newest series, “The Boston Project”. Mary created two new compositions — one inspired by Boston Common, and one by King’s Chapel — using her sound-to-color synesthesia, which were premiered by Vento Chiaro during the inaugural “Boston Project” concert at Forest Hills Cemetery of Boston, MA, USA on May 6th, 2018.


December 2017
Recipient of a 2017 Iguana Music Fund Grant
Organization: The Iguana Music Fund ( http://passim.org/iguana ) & Club Passim ( http://www.passim.org )


November 2017
Performance and Premiere of “Synesthesia Suite: Constellations” at the Charles Hayden Planetarium
Organization: The Museum of Science, Boston (http://mos.org/)
Details: Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet premiered “Synesthesia Suite: Constellations”, Mary’s new collection of chamber works inspired by the night sky, during two sold-out concerts at the Museum of Science’s Charles Hayden Planetarium in Boston, MA, USA on November 30th, 2017. The concert was accompanied by customized synesthesia-influenced visuals on the planetarium’s beautiful dome, allowing audience members to “hear” color and “see” sound just as Mary does when she listens to music. (Photos from this project can be found HERE, and 360° videos from the project can be found HERE.)


April 2017-Present [CURRENT]
Opera: The Memoirs of Antonina
Organization: TBA
Details: Mary is currently in the process of composing “The Memoirs of Antonina”, a new three-act orchestral opera inspired by Marie Antoinette of France. Taking its name from a slanderous 18th-century tract about the queen’s rumored exploits and indiscretions, “The Memoirs of Antonina” focuses on the final years of Marie Antoinette’s life, and pits two versions of the queen (performed by two different singers) against one another: the imagined breezy libertine derided by revolutionary pamphleteers, and the distraught historical figure determined to reclaim her kingdom and her reputation. Three recitatives and five arias from the opera received their piano/vocal premiere at the Central Square Theater of Cambridge on September 2nd 2018, as part of The Nora Theatre Company’s emerging artists workshop series. Mary will continue working on the opera during her composer residency at The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of Taos, NM, USA from September through December of 2018. (More information on the opera can be found on the “Memoirs of Antonina” mini-site: http://www.marybichner.com/memoirsofantonina )


May 2016-November 2017
Composer-in-Residence at Mount Auburn Cemetery
Commission: Synesthetic Suite inspired by Mount Auburn Cemetery

Organization: Mount Auburn Cemetery (http://www.mountauburn.org)
Details: Mary was honored to take part in a two-year composer residency at Mount Auburn Cemetery. In the first year of her residency, Mary composed twelve new works inspired by the cemetery’s breathtaking landscape and landmarks, using her sound­-to­-color synesthesia to select the musical components that best “match” the natural color palette of each location at different times of year. In January of 2017, the works were recorded by a 19-piece chamber orchestra at WGBH Studios of Boston MA, and were released online as a digital album on June 3rd, 2017. The works were premiered at Mount Auburn Cemetery in concert on June 3, 2017 (Spring Suite) and November 4, 2017 (Autumn Suite). The audio recordings are now permanently featured in Mount Auburn Cemetery’s free mobile app, allowing visitors to the cemetery to experience the music in the setting that inspired it. (View a brief documentary of this project HERE.)


May 2016
Composer-in-Residence at Marble House Project
Organization: Marble House Project (http://www.marblehouseproject.org)
Details: While at Marble House from May 2nd through May 25th, 2016; Mary began composing for two projects: a new one-act ballet arranged for full orchestra, and a new series of vocal and instrumental works inspired by the night sky’s constellations. The second project, entitled “Synesthesia Suite: Constellations”, premiered at the Museum of Science’s Charles Hayden Planetarium of Boston, MA, USA on November 30th, 2017.


November 2014-February 2015
Composer & Music Director for the Wheelock Family Theatre Production of “Pinocchio”
Organization: Wheelock Family Theatre [AEA] (http://www.wheelockfamilytheatre.org)
Venue: Wheelock Family Theatre (180 Riverway, Boston MA 02215)
Performance Dates: January 30-February 22, 2015


May 2014-July 2014
Arranger & Music Director for the Nora Theatre Production of “Her Aching Heart”
Organization: The Nora Theatre Company [AEA] (http://www.centralsquaretheater.org)
Venue: Central Square Theater (450 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge MA 02139)
Performance Dates: July 10-August 10, 2014


March 2014
Recipient of the 2014 San Diego Film Award for Best Musical Score – Short Film
Film: Just Desserts [David G. Stone, Director] (http://www.justdessertsthemovie.com)
Organization: Film Consortium San Diego (http://www.filmconsortiumsd.com)


March 2014
Named Somerville Arts Council Artist of the Month for March 2014
Organization: Somerville Arts Council (http://www.somervilleartscouncil.org)
Interview: March 2014 Artist of the Month – Mary Bichner


January 2014
Recipient of a 2014 Somerville Arts Council Artist Fellowship Grant for Music
Organization: Somerville Arts Council (http://www.somervilleartscouncil.org)

( ***For résumé credits prior to 2014, please visit this link.*** )



BIOGRAPHY

Mary Bichner is an award-winning orchestral composer with the bizarre musical superpowers of perfect pitch (the ability to recognize notes and chords by name upon hearing them played) and synesthesia (a neurological condition that causes Mary to “see” splashes of specific colors when she hears their corresponding pitches sounded). Called a “musical genius” by CBS News, and invited to Harvard University’s prestigious neuroscience lab to be studied for her brain’s unusual wiring, Mary creates richly-colored compositions that delight classical enthusiasts and indie-pop rockers alike.


At present, Mary is in the process of composing “The Memoirs of Antonina”, a new three-act orchestral opera inspired by Marie Antoinette of France. Taking its name from a slanderous 18th-century tract about the queen’s rumored exploits and indiscretions, “The Memoirs of Antonina” focuses on the final years of Marie Antoinette’s life, and pits two versions of the queen (performed by two different singers) against one another: the imagined breezy libertine derided by revolutionary pamphleteers, and the distraught historical figure determined to reclaim her kingdom and her reputation. Three recitatives and five arias from the opera received their piano/vocal premiere during a sold-out preview concert at Central Square Theater of Cambridge, MA, USA on September 2nd 2018, as part of The Nora Theatre Company’s emerging artists workshop series. Mary will continue working on the opera during her composer residency at The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of Taos, NM, USA from September through December of 2018. (More information on the opera can be found on the “Memoirs of Antonina” mini-site right HERE. )


In the autumn of 2017, Mary collaborated with The Museum of Science, Boston for the premiere of “Synesthesia Suite: Constellations”, a new collection of chamber works inspired by the New England night sky in spring. The suite was performed live in concert by Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet during two sold-out concerts at the Charles Hayden Planetarium on November 30th 2017. The performances were accompanied by customized synesthesia-inspired dome visuals created by the museum’s award-winning planetarium team, giving audience members the unique opportunity to “hear” color and “see” sound just as Mary does when she listens to music. (Photos from this project can be found HERE, and 360° videos from the project can be found HERE.)


From April 2016 to November 2017, Mary served as composer-in-residence at the beautiful Mount Auburn Cemetery of Cambridge and Watertown, MA, USA. In the first year of her residency, Mary composed twelve new works inspired by the cemetery’s breathtaking landscape and landmarks, using her sound­-to­-color synesthesia to select the musical components that best “match” the natural color palette of each location at different times of year. In January of 2017, the works were recorded by a 19-piece chamber orchestra at WGBH Studios of Boston MA, and were released online as a digital album on June 3rd 2017. The tracks are also featured in Mount Auburn Cemetery’s new mobile app, allowing visitors to the cemetery to experience the music in the setting that inspired it. (View a brief documentary of this project HERE.)


Other noted commissions and collaborations include serving as composer-in-residence at The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico for September-December 2018; a commission from celebrated wind quintet Vento Chiaro for their “Boston Project” concert series; serving as composer-in-residence at Marble House Project of Dorset, VT, USA for May 2016; arranging and conducting strings for 30 Seconds to Mars’ MTV Unplugged appearance; numerous collaborations with the illustrious Vitamin String Quartet (including a placement on ABC’s Modern Family); musical collaborations with professional theatre companies including The Nora Theatre Company [AEA], Wheelock Family Theatre [AEA], and Liars & Believers; and more.


Past awards include receiving a 2017 Iguana Music Fund Grant, receiving a 2014 Somerville Arts Council Music Fellowship Grant, being named the SAC Somerville Artist of the Month for March 2014, and receiving a 2014 San Diego Film Award for her musical score of the short film, “Just Desserts”.



CONTACT INFO

For more information, please contact composer Mary Bichner at:

info@marybichner.com