The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music education: Sound Ensemble Wisconsin (SEW) is seeking musicians of all kinds –- students, amateurs, professionals — for an inaugural 24-hour marathon in Waunakee on Dec. 8-9 to benefit music education and local food.

November 16, 2012
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ALERT: This week’s “Sunday Afternoon Live From the Chazen,” broadcast live from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Wisconsin Public Radio, features Lawrence University faculty members Wen-Lei Gu and pianist Catherine Kautsky in Mozart‘s Violin Sonata in E minor;  Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12, No. 1; Debussy’s Violin Sonata; and “Why Are the Flowers So Red” (1980) by Ti Hua Han.

By Jacob Stockinger

Violinist Mary Theodore (below), the founder and director of Sound Ensemble Wisconsin (SEW), a new and highly accomplished professional chamber music group in the Madison area, has asked The Ear to help publicize a very worthy event: The first SEW marathon to raise money for music education and local food.

Mary recently read on this blog about Wisconsin Public Radio canceling the 12-hour birthday marathon Bach Around the Clock 4 this March and said she hadn’t known of the event (below, a h short from 2011). Here is a link to that story:

But she says she also thought that some of the same players might be interested in participating in the marathon.

Here is her press release:

“Sound Ensemble Wisconsin (below in a group shot)  is actively seeking participating musicians for their First Annual 24-Hour Chamber Music Marathon to benefit two great regional educational programs — one for music and one for local food (see below for more information on these programs).

“SEW is inviting musicians of any age or level to perform pieces polished at their level and welcomes any style of music of chamber size (defined as approximately 1 – including SOLO PIANO — to 10 people with no conductor) on acoustic instruments. There will be a quality piano available.

Musicians can participate in the marathon as individuals or as part of an ensemble and may sign up for 30 or 60 minute time slots or for multiple time slots.

“Currently, ensembles such as Sound Ensemble Wisconsin and con vivo! (below) are signed up, as well as other professionals from our community.  SEW welcomes students, amateurs, and professionals. This is about gathering as much of our community together as we can to support two wonderful programs.  SEW hopes that 24 hours of non-stop music will inspire folks to give.

“The marathon will be held from December 8 at 9 a.m. to December 9 at 9 a.m. at the Center for Music Education in Waunakee (below top and bottom).  There will be a suggested $5 minimum donation at the door, although participants are welcome to raise pledges in advance if they wish.

“Let’s get out there and play some music for these awesome programs!

“Please contact Mary Theodore, SEW Director, at for more information and to sign up.

“The proceeds will be split equally between Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance ( and Community GroundWorks Youth Grow Local Program (  

“The Wisconsin Center for Music Education’s “Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance” ( is a planning process which helps teachers explore the elements of the meaningful music performance skills of knowledge and affect and integrates those elements into student-centered teaching plans.  CMP offers innovative ideas and effective ways to teach those significant elements.

“Community GroundWorks Youth Grow Local Program ( provides young people with safe, supportive environments in the city where they learn to grow and prepare healthful foods and develop a connection to nature.

“The Youth Grow Local Program serves a diverse, primarily low-income, population of 2,000 young people annually.  The Youth Grow Local Program also helps build the capacity of the garden-based education movement locally, statewide, and nationally through resource development and professional development opportunities for educators.”


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