Three concurrent streams comprise the Wired Ensemble at Olin College:
1) composition and performance of original works for instruments and voices;
2) development of a “Composer's Toolkit”; and 3) musical analysis and reflection.
As composers and performers, students concentrate on instruments, voices, and the symbolic language that brings them to life. They compose music for every family of instruments (woodwinds, brass, strings, percussion), as well as voice and spoken word. The course features biweekly performances of original compositions. Students also have the opportunity to hear their works performed in concert settings by professional and peer musicians with whom they have collaborated. Seminar trips to Boston and New York enable the class to gather musical and inspirational material, in addition to hearing some of the finest orchestral and vocal ensembles in concert. While actively engaged in composition and performance — all geared to an end-of-term production — students examine the worlds of earlier composers in order to provide context for their own lives and work.
The Olin Wired Ensemble course welcomes all voices and instruments in its performances and practices. Nothing is off-limits!
Among other venues, Wired Ensemble performs at Olin’s Fall Expo and Candidates Weekends held Feb-March every year.
Original composition by Izzy Abilhiera
Original jazz composition by James Ho.
Wired Ensemble Excerpts 2013-2018 | Miller Academic Center & Milas Hall Mezzanine
Candidates Weekend 2 | Milas Hall Mezzanine
By Jacob Kingery
By Jea Young Park
By Kayleigh Savill