Workshop & Rehearsals
In November, the group held a weeklong workshop at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston—a principal partner in the collaboration. Singers from the Houston Choir joined to rehearse an original score by Gabriela Ortiz, guest conducted by David Stockton.
Local veterans, led by Shaun Leonardo, joined rehearsals for the movement based components of the performance, which follow his process of prompts and improvisation to conjure memories of their service in places of conflict. While in Houston for this workshop, we had the opportunity to merge this element of the performance with movement by the choral group for the first time.