Graduating CCM masters degree candidate Julia Seeholzer is a recipient of the 2015-16 Fulbright Arts Grant to Poland. A student in CCM's Department of Composition, she will study at the Fryderyk Chopin University during her time in Poland. For her Fulbright project, Seeholzer plans to compose a cantata for Cincinnati's Musica Sacra choir.
Seeholzer was inspired to travel to Poland because of the country’s traditional and modern choral repertoire, which informs her own work.
"Because faith is so important to Polish citizens - over 90% of the country is Catholic - sacred music remains a vital part of everyday life, and it shows. Their modern choral repertoire is beautifully complex in ways that I haven't heard elsewhere. Dr. Lukaszewski's music in particular embodies many qualities I aspire to include in my music one day," explains Seeholzer.
Seeholzer will write a cantata, approximately 20 minutes long. She hopes to write something relevant and appropriate to Cincinnati's Musica Sacra choir's role as a cathedral choir, while also telling a story with sacred texts. She plans to spend her first few weeks in Warsaw gathering inspiration for the cantata.
"I'm thrilled to get the chance to explore a part of Europe I've never visited," says Seeholzer. "I'm excited to attend lots of concerts and musical events and can't wait to see what the music scene is like there."