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Newark in Tune

Newark in Tune

Newark in Tune, a collaborative song for Newark, by Newark


March 1, 2017Help Us In Our Crowdfunding Campaign!

Posted by: Spencer Frohwirth

It’s finally coming, the Newark in Tune Track Release Party, featuring the Brick City Anthem and other guest performances.  Also, we are in the process of making a music video, starring the young artists who wrote the song!

Please check out our crowdfunding documentary video above.  It shows amazing behind the scenes highlights from our workshops and performances with the young artists pictured in this project’s featured image!  You can find our GoFundMe campaign at www.gofundme.com/newarkintune

No donation is too small, help us fund the last stretch of this exciting community project!  Also, join us at the track release party, which is free-to-the-public and taking place at Gallery Aferro from 5-7 PM on Saturday, March 18th.  Thanks so much!


November 6, 2016: Performance at the Newark Museum!

Posted by: Spencer Frohwirth

On Wednesday, November 19th, 12 kids and teens came together at the beautiful Newark Museum to perform the “In Tune” song at the opening reception of the Newark Open Doors art festival! They were a huge hit!  Check out the attached video (a series of snippets, the entire performance was 6 minutes long).

Sheikia Norris aka Purple was the amazing teacher and coordinator of the writing workshop, who also scouted the talented youth! Hezekiah Crockett was not just a performer, but also the  team captain who did an incredible job, at only 20 years old, to  choreograph everything and share his performance skills with the others! I can’t say enough about the vocalists: Alexis, Cielo, Daniella, De’Seana, Gabriella, Hezekiah, Paola, Rodney, Xiomara; and the jazz horn players: Guillermo, Nadiyah, and Opoku! Thanks to Elijah, Jeremiah, and Xavier for helping create the instrumental!

Special thanks to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Newark School of the Arts for giving us talent to work with and a space to write lyrics and practice for this amazing event, and to Gallery Aferro and Yendor Arts for fiscally sponsoring us! Finally, thanks to New Music USA, The Newark Arts Council, and the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs for funding this project! We will be back this December to perform it again, this time having recorded the vocals and completed the final track! Details coming soon…

October 10, 2016: Vocalist Workshops and Upcoming Performance!

Posted by: Spencer Frohwirth

Hi everyone!

We are in the final stages of our songwriting workshop with 7 young vocalists selected from NJPAC’s Hip-Hop Academy! We will be performing  the song at the Newark Museum as part of the Open Doors Opening Reception on Wednesday the 19th! Also with us will be a drummer from Weequahic High School and Jazz horn players from Science Park High School. The event is from 6-9 PM, more info and tickets here: https://www.facebook.com/events/886030394832236/

After the performance, we’ll begin the final recording process. I can’t wait to reveal the song to the world, so far it sounds amazing!


July 19, 2016: Jazz teens of Newark recorded!

Posted by: Spencer Frohwirth

Hot off the heels of a residency with Jazz House Kids, our new partner Science Park High School offered up remarkable Newark youth to help compose the jazz section of Newark in Tune, and they really proved themselves! These teens have never composed original music or been recorded professionally before; so even though they clearly had fun, this was a true learning experience for them as well. The recordings sound great! And I’m in the process of recruiting young rappers and singers to start writing lyrics. From what I hear, my prospective vocalists are second to none… Newark is unstoppable. Check out more pictures from the jazz sessions in the link below:


May 12, 2016: Tune In!

Posted by: Spencer Frohwirth

Hi everyone!

It’s been an exciting 2016, and Newark in Tune is well on it’s way! Various Newark youth have met with me on Saturdays to brainstorm the composition of the piece, and, as you can see in the picture above, I recorded drums at the Newark School of the Arts. The drummer here is 13, and I recorded a local 16 year old drummer as well. I’ve also conducted interviews with various life-long community members so the voices of Newark can be included in the song. It’s been a rewarding experience for us all!  In addition, Newark’s Science Park High School has offered the services of their incredible jazz band, so expect the next update to include images of that recording session.
I want to thank everyone for their support so far! I’m looking forward to nice spring weather and discovering more of the wonderful talent that Newark has to offer. More pictures can be found at the following link: https://goo.gl/photos/DrRb4YJQkEs3Wo1Q8

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Collaborate Audio Lab’s project Newark In Tune will work to mobilize Newark’s rich diversity of arts institutions, musicians, and talented youth towards a common goal. Spencer Frohwirth, a resident educator, musician, audio engineer, and founding member of CAL will direct the creation of a city-wide anthem to represent our urban experience, cultural heritage, and combined hopes for the future of this wonderful city. After two successful performances that occurred in 2016, the project will culminate in a final performance in 2017, as well as a professionally produced audio track that will be distributed to the participants and be made available to the public online.

We will engage our target population by working with Newark-based institutions and educators who serve and have access to a diverse population of local youth and musical talent. Also, individual musical artists will have performances recorded onto the song, work closely with youth as mentors, or lead songwriting workshops. We will conduct interviews with long-time Newark residents to sample in the song and be archived as oral histories. Our current partners include Essex County Division of Historic and Cultural Affairs, The Newark Arts Council, New Music USA, Gallery Aferro, Yendor Productions, Newark School of the Arts, Science Park High School, and the Institute of Music for Children.

Our goal is to foster team-work, self-expression, new opportunities for learning, and positive communication in a safe, fun, and professional environment. There are many quality music programs and talented individuals in Newark, but few that cross their own boundaries at the level this project aims to inspire. Through this song, we hope to build connections between Newark’s valuable musical resources and see what great things can happen when everyone works together.

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Start and End Date

01/04/2016 - 09/30/2016


Newark, New Jersey

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Last Updated March 1, 2017

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Spencer Frohwirth

Newark, New Jersey

Spencer Frohwirth began teaching music production and technology for the Newark Museum’s Camp Junior Museum in 2009. The response of the students and their parents was so positive that he has since used sound and music as a principle tool in reaching youth. Since 2011, he has taught digital music production regularly for the Institute of...


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