Saturday, August 29, 2009


For those of you reading who do not know me, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Kenneth Froelich, and I am very proud to be the new Composer-in-Remote-Residence for the Heretic Opera!

Heretic Opera has invited me to be a part of their organization, so it is my goal to ensure that the music I create matches the vision of this company. I am personally very excited to be contribute to this forward-thinking organization, and believe that this is the start of a great professional relationship.

As part of my residency, Madelaine Coffman has invited me be a regular contributor to this blog. Over the next several months, I will post regular updates here detailing my experience and creative process writing the music for "Valentine." I invite all of you to comment on my process, providing criticism where you see fit, or writing anything else that comes to mind!

In the meantime, if you would like to ask me any questions, or simply introduce yourself to me, please feel free to send me a message at You can also find me on Facebook, or through my website. Finally, if you are curious about what I do as a teacher, you can check out my blog, The Electric Semiquaver, where I post tips to young composers on how to compose effectively in programs like Finale and Sibelius.

I am honored to be a part of all of this, and look forward to meet all of you at the Heretic Opera. Now, time to get to work!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Catching Up

So much has been happening for Heretic Opera since I last posted here! This blog began as a way to give an inside look at a start-up performing arts company (something I thought might be helpful for other arts entrepreneurs), but my time flies so fast that a lot of significant experiences and events go undocumented. We recently had our Launch Party, which was very fun - thank you to Kim, Alex, and Kirsten for all of your hard work! (Party pics can be found on our Facebook page.)

Even more importantly, we've hired our first Composer-in-Remote-Residence, Kenneth Froelich. Kenneth initially approached us about his vision for an original opera focusing on the 1940's secession movement, the State of Jefferson (which we'll be producing in 2013). When he applied for the Valentine project as well, I was surprised by how well he fit our very ambitious list of desired composer attributes. We're very excited to welcome him to Heretic Opera, and we can't wait to produce his work on Valentine in 2011! You can check him out at, and he'll be an occasional contributor to this blog as well.