Blueprint strives to allow musicians to progress at both a comfortable and significant rate, and the organization looks to provide a lower-pressure environment. To accomplish this, those of comparable experience and skill grouped together, and the repertoire chosen is done so with each groups’ personnel in mind. Ensembles will also have chances to work with others who are at different points in their development.
Everyone is offered the opportunity to audition (if they are comfortable doing so), or they may choose to simply sign up and join! Blueprint has numerous groups, each with some level of difference from the others, and therefore it is much easier to match a person with an ensemble that will fit him/her well. As such, Blueprint’s groups have no specific age or experience requirements, with the most important thing being having a love of music and singing/playing/etc, as well as a strong sense of commitment!
Facets like song context, emotion, and technique are emphasized in each group, as well as a strong emphasis on team/ensemble development (versus soloistic work). Also, one aim is for musicians to get at least a slice of things they’re interested in; many pieces are selected directly from our musicians’ suggestions! In addition, our organization is one of the few that runs year-round, with each calendar year is split into four subseasons of about 12-or-so weeks and, because of this, singers have opportunities to join at several points during the year.
Currently, Blueprint ensembles rehearse out of the inner Northeast Portland area. Each ensemble rehearses once a week; as there are numerous groups, the time and day of rehearsals depends on the ensemble one participates in.
The heart of all Blueprint groups center around philosophies based on solid harmonies, technique, and the ability to adapt based on type and style, and as well as a strong commitment to teamwork.
Blueprint’s instrumental ensembles are currently on hiatus