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The Fourth Wall


The Fourth Wall Residency

Winner of the 2014 SAVVY Chamber Competition, The Fourth Wall explores a hybrid of performing arts in which musicians are also dancers and actors.

Stretching the boundaries of instrumental performance, The Fourth Wall commissions new works and reinterprets established repertoire to make music that leaps off the stage. The ensemble is comprised of flutist Hilary Abigana, bass trombonist C. Neil Parsons, and percussionist Greg Jukes.

“Just when you think you’ve seen creativity at its best, The Fourth Wall takes creativity in a new, fresh direction.”

– Hope Baugh, Indy Theatre Habi

“This threesome not only breaks down the barriers between performance and audience, they win you into grasping the intent of challenging music…. Impeccable musicality is foremost.”

– Rita Kohn reviewing for NUVO, Indy’s Alternative Voice

2015 Residency Dates

September 9 – 12, 2015


Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1:10 – 2:00 p.m.
Seminar Class
School of Music Recital Hall
Winners of the 2014 SAVVY Chamber Competition, The Fourth Wall, will demonstrate and discuss the core elements of the hybrid arts. Students will get to know a new, innovative performance style and learn how this unconventional trio makes music that leaps off the stage.

Thursday, Sept. 10, 10:00 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Richland One School Concert at W.A. Perry Middle School

Friday, Sept. 11, 1:10 – 2:00 p.m.
Music Advocacy
School of Music Recital Hall
The innovative musicians of The Fourth Wall will discuss their hybrid arts approach and share strategies for becoming more involved in the business of music by investing in the creative process.

Friday, Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m.
School of Music Recital Hall

Saturday, Sept. 12, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Hybrid Arts Workshop (includes lunch)
School of Music, room 016, includes lunch
Combining music, theatre, and dance activities, The Fourth Wall will lead participants to develop their creative and collaborative performance skills.  Open to all musicians, actors, and dancers, this workshop will culminate in a performance of "Mixer," an immersive and experimental performance experience that progresses seamlessly with the ebb and flow of a good party.  Come prepared to create, laugh, listen, watch, and move!

Class is open to all musicians, limited enrollment
RSVP to Meredith Buttler

About The Fourth Wall

Founded in 2010, The Fourth Wall has been inspiring and delighting audiences all over the country with their hybrid arts performances. As winners of the 2014 Savvy Musician in Action chamber music competition, The Fourth Wall was featured as performers and workshop leaders for the innovative music entrepreneurship retreat.

In 2013, they traveled to Alaska to be ensemble in residence for the University of Alaska, Fairbanks New Music Festival. The trio has also been featured on the National Flute Association s annual conventions in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014 with gala performances, recitals and their audience interactive project, “Mixer.”

Outside the realm of classical music venues, The Fourth Wall has been spreading contemporary chamber music to new audiences at Fringe Theatre Festivals in Indianapolis, Rochester and Houston. Collaborating with conductor Victoria Gau, The Fourth Wall created an orchestral hybrid arts performance, soloing with the Capital City Symphony in 2013.

In the spirit of collaboration and to promote new music, The Fourth Wall performed the inaugural concert of the Boston Composer’s  Coalition – a collaborative organization dedicated to the creation, performance, education and dissemination of new American music. Each of the six composers in the core group plus a student composer wrote a new piece especially for The Fourth Wall, which was then performed at several venues in the Boston area and was broadcast on a live feed on the internet.

The Fourth Wall offers workshops that teach students how to incorporate interdisciplinary performance techniques into their performances. Members of The Fourth Wall have shared their work with students of the Boston University Academy, Houston Youth Symphony, Texas State University – San Marcos, University of Houston, University of Alaska – Fairbanks, Indiana University, New York University, The Eastman School of Music, Rice University s Shepherd School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, the Flute Society of Kentucky, and the New York and Indiana Percussive Arts Societies. The Fourth Wall is Ensemble-in-Residence for the International Flute Symposium and are teaching artists for Indiana s Arts for Learning program.

Members of The Fourth Wall have attended The Eastman School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Ohio University and Rice University's Shepherd School of Music.

The Fourth Wall website