THAT's a wrap!
In our first-ever installment of Jupiter Camp, eight participants created an array of songs in a huge range of genres. All-original text and music were created by a diverse team of 100% queer-identified and 90% gender-diverse wordsmiths and musicians.
We spent six weeks learning new skills and learning from industry experts. We plotted out scene breakdowns for our songs and conceived of presenting our personal experiences as shared, staged narratives. Here's a snapshot of some of the songs that made it all the way to final demo videos!
But we weren't just making art; we were figuring out what the next generation of creative collaboration should look like. Read about what we learned in the post-mortem blog entry.
Module 2: MULTIVOICE WritinG FOR THE STAGE
Jupiter Camp is a 6-week virtual collaboration program for wordsmiths and musicians.
Each week, you will be paired with a different collaborator on a team of two. Teams will work throughout the week to develop a sung piece of music (any genre of opera or music theater, solo voice and piano/keyboard) based on a prompt about LGBTQ+ life, culture, and issues.
By the end of Camp, you will have 4 new, original songs for your portfolio, several video and audio recordings of live and studio performances of your work, a few new colleagues and collaborators in your network, and invaluable experience and learned skills specific to songwriting for the stage. Based on the proven method developed at the Aria Institute, where Jupiter founder Jolie O'Dell has worked since 2020, Jupiter Camp is designed to create and grown a strong community of alumni-collaborators prepared to revolutionize the world of staged music.
WHY JUPITER CAMP?
THE BIG PICTURE
DIVERSE VOICES IN THE ARTS
Mainstream performing arts offers few LGBTQ+ characters or narratives, and onstage stories that do feature queer folks can be reductive and repetitive. Moreover, portrayals of trans/gender-nonconforming characters often rely on transphobic understandings of gender and transitioning. We see this struggle "against the lens" mirrored in communities of color and disability, as well, and seek to center all marginalized artists.
The Jupiter Opera Development Foundation aims to employ and uplift diverse creative professionals to tell our own stories in our own voices. We wholly trust audiences of all backgrounds to relish true stories told well by those who have lived them.
WORK AT YOUR OWN PACE
Virtual meetings will take place weekly on Sunday afternoons for a total of 6 weeks. Each Sunday session will run around 2 hours and will be conducted via Zoom. Throughout the week, individuals will have time to create their own collateral, collaborate with their team member on drafts and revisions, and contribute feedback on other teams’ songs. Jupiter Camp may take up 5-10 hours of your week while you're participating.
TUITION & OPTIONS
YOU CAN AFFORD THIS
We ask each individual to contribute $500 for the six-week curriculum, which will include weekly discussions with experienced industry professionals, specific skills-training modules for creative teams, and professionally recorded demos for all songs submitted by deadline.
Payment options are intended to be radically flexible, from one-time payments and installments to scholarships, work-study, and crowdfunding. If you have the skills and you really want to participate, we can work with you!
Tuition fees are used to pay workshop performers and cover administrative, venue, and recording fees.
If you live in or near Richmond, Virginia, we would love to chat with you about opportunities for workshop musicians! We are seeking legit MT and classically trained vocalists and collaborative accompanists to work with our first cohort of Camp attendees and bring their songs to life!
Check out the info on rates and time commitments; we would love to get to know you!