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Event Information:

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    Living Music Institute

    Intensive training opportunity for emerging artists features leading baritone, Lucas Meachem, and pianist Irina Meachem
    The Metropolitan Opera :: Salzburg Festival :: NY Philharmonic
    San Francisco Opera :: GRAMMY Award-winner
    The Living Music Institute offers emerging musicians an intensive training experience designed to help them take their professional musicianship to the next level. Soprano Nancy Maria Balach co-founded the Institute with her UM Music faculty colleague, collaborative pianist and vocal coach Amanda Johnston.
    LMI brings young musicians from across the U.S. and Canada to UM to work with Balach and Johnston and noted guest artists. This year's guest clinicians are of the highest caliber: baritone Lucas Meachem is among opera's most celebrated stars, and pianist Irina Meachem is a renowned collaborative pianist.
    The 2021 Institute will be January 15-17, 2021, and for the first time, LMI will accept applications from instrumentalists as well as singers.
    Because of Covid-19, LMI's trademark feedback and training will be delivered online. Luckily, LMI's parent organization, the Living Music Resource™, has always been committed to online experiences that connect people no matter the location, and Lucas and Irina Meachem are pros at conducting virtual performances, conversations, and events with partners such as the San Francisco Opera/Merola Opera Program.
    Not only are the Meachems acclaimed performers, they are also advocates for greater diversity within classical music. The couple founded The Perfect Day Music Foundation to explore classical music as a way to "address current issues through a traditional art form." To this end, they champion composers of color and sponsor competitions, blogs and events that hand the spotlight to classical singers of color.
    "The Meachems are a fantastic example of artists who excel in their art form, and then use that art form to make a difference in the world around them," said Balach. "They are dream partners who exemplify the concept of 'The Performer as Entrepreneur,' and their willingness to engage individually with the LMI participants is truly unique."
    This is the second year that the Living Music Institute will coach participants not only on technique, tone, and performance, but will also support them as entrepreneurs who want to put their music to work. "We will award both a Performance Winner and an Entrepreneurial Winner -- both carry cash prizes," Balach said.