Her Only Light: The Songs of Connie Converse

I’m so pleased to be able to share a project that Emmy and I are working on together! We are putting together a performance of the art songs of Connie Converse, which will take place next spring as part of 5th Wave Collective’s 2022-2023 season.

A little bit more background and information about us and our project:
Emmy and I have been friends and collaborators for many years.

Connie Converse was an exceptional and under-recognized American composer and songwriter who wrote music in the middle of the century.

The 5th Wave Collective is a Chicago-based classical music ensemble dedicated to performing and promoting music by women and gender-nonconforming composers.

The songs are remarkable, and it’s been really fun getting to know them better through writing these new arrangements. The ensemble we’ve put together – harp, string quartet, and two clarinets – is capable of such varied and beautiful colors, and getting to play around with those textures and colors with these songs and to get to hear Emmy sing them feels like a true indulgence. If you care to indulge me further, please click through to the project page to learn more about the project.

I am so grateful to 3Arts for their continuing support, which takes a million and one forms, including hosting this campaign. They will also match the first third of our goal as soon as it’s raised with a second third, leaving us with only the third third to complete our fundraising goal. We can’t wait to share with you some lovely rewards for your donation, and we hope you’ll come with us on this journey.