SONGWRITER & CREATOR WOODSHED
The Songwriter & Creator Woodshed is for aspiring composers and songwriters. Led by acclaimed arranger/composer Bill Wolaver and composer William Alexson, participants pursue an intensive study in a variety of skills including:
- the art of songwriting/composition
- music theory in all genres including jazz
- how to arrange for various instruments
- an introductory course in Finale, the premier type-setting program of the music industry.
Participants also receive technical instruction in their given instrument and have the opportunity to submit their original material for inclusion in performances at the Festival. Everyone in the Creator Program participates in at least two shows during the Festival.
dates: july 11-13, 2019
“What will I study?"
A variety of music literature from classical to jazz to pop. You will analysis form, chord progression, voicing, and the patterns of great music.
"How much do I get to play my instrument?"
You'll perform in at least two of the Festival shows. You'll also engage our faculty in private lessons as well as rehearse your featured moments. However, the bulk of your time will be dedicated to the skills of composing and arranging.
"What's the goal of the Creator Woodshed?"
To create creators - our world needs more people who can write, arrange, compose, and even type-set music for schools, churches, universities - you name it! These are priceless skills that are all too rare and you can be that indispensable person.
ROBIN DONICA WOLAVER - WRITER/DIRECTOR
Robin Donica Wolaver holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Oklahoma City University. Twice nominated for a Dove Award for her songwriting, she lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and fellow composer, Bill Wolaver. She is the mother of the siblings that comprise the folk classical group, Annie Moses Band, and was instrumental in founding the group.
A prolific creative, Robin has written and directed numerous musicals including the acclaimed The Voyage of the Friendship as well as the memoir, The Song of Annie Moses, released through Guideposts Publishing.
Robin believes we are losing the battle for the hearts and minds of our youth primarily through the influence of the arts. To that end, she has founded the non-profit 501(C)3 Annie Moses Foundation to equip parents and communities in vocationally training a new generation of young, highly-skilled musicians.
Annie Wolaver Dupre
Annie Wolaver is a renowned violinist, Juilliard pre-college graduate, and recording artist with a diverse musical and stylistic background. She was born in 1983 in Waco, Texas. After her parents moved to Nashville, TN, she started violin lessons at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music. Annie's connection with the violin was immediate. In the spring of 1995, at the age of twelve, she made her solo debut with orchestra as the winner of the Nashville Youth Symphony's Concerto Competition, an accomplishment she would repeat in 1996 and 1998.Annie also began participating in the Aspen Music Festival, an intense summer program for serious classical musicians from around the world, where she was a scholarship student for five years. In 1996, she was awarded the national title at the Music Teacher's National Association's Junior High String Competition. In addition, she was the winner of the Blount Concerto Competition, performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, at thirteen years of age, a pleasure she would repeat the following year as a featured soloist on the MSO's Outreach Concert Series.
Annie's drive, combined with her parent's continued encouragement, support and vision, soon led her to the Cincinnati Conservatory, and ultimately to New York City and the violin studio of Masao Kawasaki at The Juilliard School in 1999. That same year, Annie was awarded the national title at the Music Teacher's National Association's Senior High String Competition. She served as concertmistress of the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra, and as a chamber musician has performed in Alice Tully Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Annie was also privileged to be one of 13 violinists awarded scholarships upon acceptance into the Juilliard School's Collegiate Division.
In the year 2000, she founded the Annie Moses Band with her family as lead singer and violinist. Nine years later, with over 10 albums to their credit and performing 90 concerts a year, the Annie Moses Band continues to spread its message of artistic and spiritual excellence to audiences across America. The flagship enterprise for their mission is the Annie Moses Summer Music Festival, a 12-day event culminating in original performances at premier venues, offering students a high level of skill and a diverse array of styles. Annie feels profoundly blessed to be part of the Annie Moses Band and looks forward to a bright future as a musical leader.
Bill Wolaver received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Oklahoma City University. He is a prolific and renowned composer and arranger in Nashville, TN, working with multiple publishing companies. He and his wife, Robin, have been involved with Christian music for over 20 years, with songs, musicals, and arrangements published by a number of leading Christian publishers. Together, they composed Make His Praise Glorious, recorded by Sandi Patty and nominated for Dove Award for 'Song of the Year.' In addition, they have received an ASCAP Award for 'Inspirational Song of the Year.' He is also the pianist/composer/arranger for the Annie Moses Band. He offers numerous arrangements and compositions at ManAlivePublishing.com.
William Alexson is a pianist and composer based in Boston, Massachusetts. His music education began at the age of seven with a foundation in the classical piano repertoire, and it grew to include jazz improvisation around age fifteen. He began his formal jazz piano studies at Belmont University, where he graduated summa cum laude with a B.M. in Commercial Music.
Alexson is currently pursuing an M.M. in Jazz Studies at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he is the recipient of the Presidential Distinction Award. His private teachers at the conservatory have included pianists Frank Carlberg and Jason Moran.
In 2013 he was the recipient of the Belmont University Dean’s Advisory Council Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music. In 2016 he was awarded Second Place in the historic Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. In 2017 he was awarded the Bösendorfer Silver Award at the American Jazz Pianist Competition.
As a music educator, Alexson has had the privilege of teaching piano, music theory, and improvisation at several high schools and music camps, including Ensworth High School, Chattanooga Christian School, and the Fine Arts Summer Academy.