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The Spark Collective

Would you like to be part of an innovative new chamber ensemble? Do you like to explore different genres of music while putting your own creative twist on musical performances? Interested in meaningful collaborations with other musicians and the community?

Introducing: The Spark Collective

Apply to be a member of the Spark Collective, a collaborative, multi-genre ensemble at the University of South Carolina. This exciting new group provides innovative, engaging performances for diverse audiences.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until five spots are filled. 

Dedicated to developing skills in community and audience engagement, the instrumentation is undetermined. We seek five outstanding graduate student performers with additional skills that will benefit the ensemble. Examples could include experience with secondary instruments, improvisation, composing, arranging, multiple genres, theater and dance, and media skills.

Members of the Spark Collective take part in a varied curriculum that may include:
•    Developing through composed, innovative performances
•    Designing community engagement initiatives
•    Composing, arranging, transcribing and commissioning music for the ensemble
•    Improvising
•    Recording
•    Collaborating with local organizations

We do not expect members to have previous experience in all these areas. Rather, our goal is to identify creative, open-minded musicians interested in expanding their horizons.

A weekly time commitment of 8–10 hours is expected; participants receive a stipend of $4000 per year. Members of the Spark Collective may also be considered for Graduate Assistantship assignments in other areas (instrumental applied, music theory, music history, music entrepreneurship, facilities management, etc.).

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Materials needed to complete the application form:
•    Basic Information
•    Professional Insight (3 short responses)
•    Attachments (resume/links)

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until five spots are filled. 
Questions should be directed to Dr. Nagel at

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