Many producers of concerts have their primary focus on the musicians and their performance, but what about the audience? To produce a better listening experience for young audiences, we must first understand how and why children and teenagers listen. By delving into the process of listening and how it develops over time, we can create more effective and satisfying concert programs for young audiences.
Scott Rogers is a musician, composer, producer and educator working in Oslo, Norway. His extensive teaching experience sparked a lifelong curiosity about the ways in which children listen to, create, and use music. He has produced concerts for young audiences for 10 years and served a 6-year term as the artistic director for Concerts Norway/Rikskonsertene, where he was responsible for a production network that created school concerts for the entire country. Scott Rogers is currently assistant head of Norway’s talent program for young classical musicians (aged 10-16), “Musikk på Majorstuen”. This school is unique in Norway, in that it incorporates an accelerated music curriculum within the student’s regular school day.
Jo is Artistic Director/CEO of The Performance Corporation, and Director of Carlow Arts Festival. Her work has won plaudits and awards internationally and nationally including a number of Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. Current work includes directing a new work for the Abbey as part of their upcoming 14 Voices from the Bloody Field. Recent work includes directing Bingo Wings - a theatre/aerial dance show for Fidget Feet, as well as Curator for the Prague Quadrennial Design Exhibition through the creation of a VR film which also was exhibited at the Dublin Theatre Festival and Belfast Festival.
Other recent work for The Performance Corporation includes The Table, and Expedition - the Symposium, presented as part of FUSE at the Vancouver Art Gallery as well as Dublin Theatre Festival, a national tour of The Dead – a New Opera based on the James Joyce short story. IShe founded The SPACE Programme - Ireland’s longest running multi-disciplinary international artists residency with a current focus on Arts and Technology. Jo is a Clore Cultural Leadership Fellow, and with that worked at the Barbican Arts Centre as well as the Irish Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht. She has served on many boards, including as Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts.