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Committed to service through education, Ms. Hegele offers workshops that focus on collaboration with living composers and diverse instrumentations, musical fluency in contemporary classical repertoire, effective vocal writing strategies for composers, and deep dives into specific works by 20th and 21st century composers such as Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. These workshops can be paired with a performance, pre-concert talk, masterclasses, guest lectures, or other outreach opportunities.


All workshops can be adapted to fit your constituents’ needs. 


Academic Workshops:


Pierrot Lunaire and Its Lasting Impact On 20th and 21st Century Concert Music

Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire redefined the chamber music genre in the 20th century. Dive into this groundbreaking work through a guest lecture about Pierrot Lunaire’s musical form and historical background paired with live classroom demonstrations by Ms. Hegele. This workshop can be paired with a performance of Pierrot Lunaire by Ms. Hegele and her colleagues, or as part of a larger artist residency with Ms. Hegele performing alongside your students.



  • Learn about Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire-- its musical form and historical context.

  • Engage with Pierrot Lunaire’s lasting influence on 20th and 21st century art music and works written by living composers for Pierrot instrumentation.

  • Experience a performance of Pierrot Lunaire as an audience member or onstage collaborator with Ms. Hegele.

  • Gain collaboration and communication skills in a chamber music setting. 

Writing for the Voice: A Primer for Composers:

How do you approach writing for the voice? Learn about the human voice, and explore different notational styles and best practices for collaborating with a vocalist. Ms. Hegele will workshop any completed pieces or compositions in process and provide individualized feedback for each composer.



  • Learn about different vocal ranges, styles of singing, and questions to ask a singer when initiating a collaboration.

  • Explore different types of notation, text setting, and extended vocal techniques.

  • Identify best practices for collaboration including composer-performer consent and engaging in socially responsible composition and performance practice.


Approaching Extended Vocal Techniques with Agency and Cultural Awareness:

How do we explore the possibilities of vocal expression in ways that are healthy for the voice, cultivate agency, uplift cultural awareness, and celebrate each practitioners’ unique experience?  Ms. Hegele breaks down the fluid and flawed definition of extended techniques with technical strategies, compositional examples, personal anecdotes, and reflections on approaching extended vocal techniques with cultural awareness and individual agency.  This workshop can be presented with a masterclass component. 



  • Critically examine extended vocal techniques with cultural awareness and respect. 

  • Cultivate each practitioner’s individual agency with extended vocal techniques and navigating the composer/performer relationship. 

  • Gain confidence with extended vocal techniques and figure out healthy approaches that work for the individual vocalist. 

  • Strategize about interpreting non-standard musical notation.


Music Entrepreneurship Workshops:


The Art of Collaboration (Composer -- Performer Edition):

Composers, how do you effectively communicate your sound world and compositional intent to a performer while being mindful of their experience, strengths and boundaries? Performers, how do you interpret a composer’s work authentically while expressing your own unique voice? This 2-hour long workshop explores effective collaboration strategies for composers and performers through a short lecture, brainstorming activities, and an interactive component where composers and performers are paired together to conceptualize, compose and perform a ten to thirty second work. This workshop can be expanded to a series occurring over the course of several days or weeks, allowing for composers and performers to practice collaboration and conceptualize, rehearse and premiere a new work over a longer timeframe.



  • Learn effective communication and listening skills to express your project intentions, collaboratively problem-solve, notate effectively, interpret notation with accuracy and artistic authenticity and create meaningful musical experiences for performers and composers.

  • Partake in a collaborative opportunity to build new and existing relationships with fellow community members. 

  • Explore different musical ensembles and instrumentations. 

  • Identify personal strengths and areas of growth, and learn how to communicate those with composer and performer colleagues. 


The Art of Collaboration (Chamber Music Edition):

What defines a successful chamber music collaboration? How does a chamber music ensemble balance their musical goals with arts administration? Through a short lecture drawing from Ms. Hegele’s lived experience, role-playing and interactive exercises, and time for Q&A, this 2-hour long workshop explores the process of chamber music collaboration and strategies for successful communication, teamwork, and problem solving. This workshop is also available as part of a larger artist residency where Ms. Hegele collaborates with student chamber music ensembles and addresses The Art of Collaboration through an experiential learning opportunity.


  • Learn about best practices for chamber music ensemble administration, including how to create a code of conduct, write up a contract, and balance musical and administrative goals.

  • Explore effective communication styles and develop listening skills to express your project intentions, collaboratively problem-solve, interpret notation with accuracy and artistic authenticity and create meaningful musical experiences. 

  • Identify your personal strengths and areas of growth, and learn how to communicate those with colleagues. 

Starting a Chamber Music Ensemble:

Considering establishing a professional chamber ensemble? This 2-hour long workshop, consisting of a short lecture, individual exercises, group discussion, and plenty of time for Q&A, focuses on building lasting collaborative relationships, effective programming, branding, creating your own performance opportunities and obtaining funding. 



  • Identify your own strengths as a musician, potential colleagues that you want to work with if you don’t have a pre-formed chamber ensemble, and your musical niche.

  • Strategize about programming decisions that highlight your ensemble’s unique voice.

  • Learn about how to book venues and do PR and marketing for your own performance opportunities. 

  • Address the balance between artistry and ensemble administration and create individual roles for each member of your ensemble.

  • Learn about different sources of funding including grants, ticket sales, Patreon, crowd-funding.

  • Develop effective communication skills include active listening, navigating interpersonal conflict, and establishing and adhering to an ensemble code of conduct.

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