Music and Composition
Since 2002, the Artist-in-Residence program at Denali has hosted more than 45 artists and writers, and two invited composers. Plans are in place to begin inviting applications in music composition in 2015 for residencies beginning in 2016. Other disciplines, including dance, drama, and new media, may be considered in subsequent years.
Composer Stephen Lias
In 2011 Stephen Lias spent a week at the East Fork Cabin immersing himself in the wilderness leading to the creation of the original composition "Denali." For several years, Lias has focused on composing pieces for national parks, in anticipation of the 2016 Centennial of the National Park Service. He has written pieces for Mount Rainier, Rocky Mountain, Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Big Bend. In 2012 Stephen Lias visited other national parks in Alaska as an Artist-in-Residence, including Glacier Bay, Wrangell-St. Elias, and Gates of the Artic.
When I sat down to begin composing, it was quite easy to break the experience into different topics such as "flying over snow-capped peaks", "predators", or "iconic vistas". These (among other topics) became the sections of the piece and create (I hope) the impression that the listener is moving through, and interacting with, the varied world of Denali. - Stephen Lias 2011
Watch "Denali" by Stephen Lias
Did You Know?
In 1908, Charles Sheldon – a hunter and naturalist – described in his journal the idea of a park that would allow visitors to enjoy the beauty he saw while visiting Alaska. In 1917 his vision became reality, with the creation of Mount McKinley National Park.