Megan DiGeorgio, ’20 selected by Fear No Music for commissioning project HEARINGS
Megan DiGeorgio, ‘20 was recently selected by Fear No Music, a new music and advocacy group based in Portland, OR, to compose a work based on the 2018 Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. Her composition is part of a commissioning project for vocal chamber music called HEARINGS.
When Megan was first presented with the idea of writing a piece based on the Kavanaugh hearings, her immediate response was to portray the strength and grace of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Dr. Blasey Ford’s bravery in testifying in front of the entire nation about the most traumatic experience of her life for the good of others was the inspiration for Megan’s piece, “I’m Terrified.”
The title, “I’m Terrified,” comes from something Dr. Blasey Ford said in the hearing: “I am here today not because I want to be. I’m terrified. I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me while Brett Kavanaugh and I were in high school.”
The text of the piece, which will be spoken and sung by solo soprano, will come directly from the hearing and will be comprised exclusively of Dr. Blasey Ford’s words, not Brett Kavanaugh’s or any other committee members’. The soprano will be accompanied by string quartet, flute, and clarinet.
In her proposal to Fear No Music, Megan wrote: “Despite her anxiety and fear, and despite every negative repercussion she consequently endured, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford believed in what she did and came to do it anyway. Regardless of the outcome of the hearing, the importance of speaking her truth outweighed the heartbreaking, damaging negativity. She showed up. She spoke out. She said, ‘I am here.’”
HEARINGS will take place on September 23, 2019 in Portland, OR and will feature six new works, including Megan’s.
Megan DiGeorgio is a violist, composer, and educator based in the Washington, D.C. area. As a violist, she has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, several Smithsonian Museums, and for Pope Francis during his 2015 United States visit. She has participated in the National Orchestral Institute and Festival, National Music Festival, the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute, and has been heard on the NAXOS
American Classics label in the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic. As a composer, her music was most recently heard at the New Music DC Conference at Georgetown University, and by the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra. She maintains a full studio of viola and violin students at the International School of Music in Bethesda, Maryland. She also freelances as a violist and composer, and sings professionally in the Schola Cantorum at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. In addition, she is a part of the Boulanger Initiative team, which is a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to promoting the music of women, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming composers. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Catholic University and a Master of Music from University of Delaware, both in viola performance.
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