Misery & Mistakes by Ashley Sled (2020)

This piece was composed by Cass Technical High School student Ashley Sled as a part of Akropolis’ annual residency at 3 Detroit high schools. Throughout the year, Akropolis works with the music students at each of these schools, teaching them about composition and the joys of performing chamber music. This residency ends each June in conjunction with Akropolis’ Together We Sound festival and results in the world premiere Akropolis performance and recording of 10-15 student compositions.

In lieu of being able to physically premiere these student compositions during our festival due to Covid-19, Akropolis is excited to be releasing split-screen video premieres of these incredible student works throughout the summer. Congratulations to Ashley for all her hard work on this composition this year! A special thanks to Ms. Markita Moore, the band director at Cass Technical High School, for all her help in organizing our residency this past school year. Another special thank you to our funders, without whom our year-long residency and Together We Sound festival would not be possible: DTE Energy Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation.

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