Sing Out Strong

Call for Immigrant Writers and Immigrant Composers

White Snake Projects is excited to announce the launch of a new program entitled SING OUT STRONG: Immigrant Voices, a community-based project that sets Boston immigrant stories to music, as part of the public programming for the new opera, I Am A Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams, premiering in Boston in September 2019. This will be the inaugural project for a multi-year series of songs based on themes emerging organically from our operas.

We are collecting stories from Boston immigrant communities and will commission composers who are new or first generation immigrants, and/or who identify strongly with the immigrant experience, to set these stories to music. These songs will be presented in free public concerts in August and September 2019, as well as on the Robert J. Orchard Stage of the Paramount Theater as the Prologue to I Am A Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams. Any new or first generation immigrant who resides in Massachusetts is eligible to submit songs, poems, text, and stories predominantly told in English.  Immigrant composers should submit two (2) recorded samples of their work.

I Am A Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams is a new opera exploring immigration, dislocation, and transformation in America, composed by Jorge Sosa with libretto by Cerise Lim Jacobs, directed by Elena Araoz, and conducted by Maria Sensi Sellner. The world premiere will be September 2018 at the Robert J. Orchard Stage, Paramount Theater, Boston.

To apply:

  • Writers, please submit your writing with a short bio.  Do not worry whether your writing is “singable.” White Snake Projects will assist the selected writers to rework the lyrics, if necessary. Short stories should aim to be no more than one (1) page.
  • Composers, please submit two (2) recorded samples of your work and a short bio.  Studio-quality recordings are not required.
  • These materials should be sent to your community representative or to info@whitesnakeprojects.org with SING OUT STRONG: Immigrant Voices, as the subject.
  • The applicants selected to be part of the songwriting teams will be paid a fee.
  • Deadline: March 30th, 2019. Selected writers will be notified by April 15th, 2019.

If you would like to read the libretto for the opera, you may get a copy by e-mailing info@whitesnakeprojects.org. You may write whatever comes to mind, or respond to one or more of the following prompts:

  • Why did you come to America?
  • What challenges do you face living in a new homeland?
  • What does being “American” mean to you?
  • What do you miss about your home country?

About White Snake Projects

White Snake Projects brings diverse, timely and relevant opera, based on original stories by Cerise Jacobs, to Boston’s main stage. Like the legendary White Snake demon who becomes human to live intensely, White Snake Projects transforms our present-day experiences into passionate new opera made in America. We believe there is no better way to bridge the chasms of race, national origin and gender then through a reimagined art form combining cutting edge technology, music, theater, and dance. We kicked off our ambitious strategy with Ouroboros Trilogy, a trio of grand operas, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Madame White Snake, in September 2016 and continued with REV. 23 (2017) and PermaDeath (2018), and I Am A Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams (2019).

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