Category Archives: Composition

A Favor

Last night was truly a magical evening as I was able to see a concert that was four years in the making become a reality!

Tunes, Tales, and Truths Family Concert

I have a favor to ask of those who came to the concert:  As you can imagine, these tunes have been in my head for four years and we have been rehearsing them for months, so I have no idea what it was like for someone to experience the music for the first time.

I would love to hear from you regarding what your impression was of the concert and your experience!  Please share your comments below or feel free to email me.

Thank you!

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Just Finished the Dress Rehearsal!!

Just finished a several hour dress rehearsal with the GBC orchestra and the choir!  It was so much fun to finally see everything come together – especially with the tech team in there!  I especially appreciated Lisa Hernacki’s guidance and leadership as she kept us on track.

Here’s a bird’s eye view of what the concert will look like:

Birds eye view of Dress Rehearsal

Every wonder what is going on behind the scenes?  We have an amazing tech team helping out with this concert!  Here’s a peek into the control room during The Light Princess runthrough.

Control Room During Dress Rehearsal

Now all it needs is an audience! :o)

A Piratey Preview

Rehearsals have been going so well for the upcoming concert in just 8 days!  I’m looking forward to another great rehearsal with my orchestra family tonight, but in the meantime, here is a fun peek into last rehearsal.  Enjoy!

Taking Candy from a Baby

By far, the most swinging and eclectic piece of the concert is Taking Candy from a Baby. While the title itself may give some pause, the story behind this piece is just as crazy!

I had been given an assignment to come up with a trio for Cello, Horn, and Oboe in the Lydian mode.  In true college student fashion, I waited until the last the night before it was due to begin working on it.  By 2:00am I was stumped, but kept having this melody running through my head.  In my mind, I pictured a funny cartoon of a thief stealing candy from a baby only to be nabbed by the police after a crazy chase —and thus the song was born.

A Baby and His Lollypop

The song waited until this past semester before I had a chance to work on it.  I had just been introduced to the world of Jazz music (which I fell in love with) and decided to incorporate many styles including Rag Time, Brazilian Samba, Boogie Woogie, Cool Jazz, Nursery Rhyme, and Fugue.

I hope you  will enjoy this fun piece written in true Looney Tunes style!

And the Music Comes to Life!

Yesterday we had our first choir rehearsal for the upcoming concerts on February 27 and March 6 and it was so much fun!  I was so pleased to hear my music come to life for the very first time and I am so grateful to everyone who collaborated to build this all volunteer choir!

First Choir Practice

Conductor and TMC Alumni Taylor Arnone has graciously agreed to help prepare the choir and conduct them for the March 6 concert.  I am so very greateful for his leadership as he works with the vocalists and pulls the expression from the music.

Less than four weeks until the world premier.  I’m looking forward to seeing you all there!

A Yiddish Twinkle

For something completely random, I wanted to share with you a fun homework assignment I wrote this past week for my Arranging class.  I had the assignment to take an already well known piece and put it in a completely different ethnic style for a small ensemble.  The result?  A Yiddish Twinkle!

 

 

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A Story Behind the Story

Everyone loves a good, captivating story.  Seldom, though, do we ever stop to consider that each tale has a story behind the story.  Why did the author choose to write it that way?  What were his inspirations or motivations?

In light of the coming live world premiere of The Light Princess on February 27 and again on March 6, I wanted to take a moment to share with you two behind the scenes stories:  the story behind The Light Princess and the story behind why I wanted to set this magnificent work to music.

I very much appreciate my friend Abigail Beck’s expertise in helping me put this short video together.  I have so enjoyed working on this piece and I can’t wait to share it with you all!

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Lots and Lots of Music!

My family and I stayed up until after 1:00pm last night to assemble the packets of music for the instrumentalists in the upcoming T3 Concert.  Just for fun, I thought I would share the results:

The final stack of music  was nearly 5 1/2 inches tall and used about 3 reams of paper!

The weight was over 15 pounds!

The result was nearly 5 1/2 inches tall!There were 60 total packets of music for 60 musicians!

And that’s not even all of the music!!! I have two more pieces underway that will soon be added.

Keep checking back for more info!

Save the Date!!!

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I am so very excited to be able to share the premier of The Light Princess and other works in a family themed gospel concert performed live by the Grace Baptist Praise Orchestra!  The concert is entitled “T3:  Tunes, Tales, and Truths” and the theme of the concert is “stories in music.” It will be at 7:30p.m. on Friday, February 27 at Grace Baptist Church.

I am also exited to announce that my Senior Composition Recital will be held at The Master’s College on Friday, March 6 at 6:oo p.m.  This will be in partial fullfilment of my composition degree and will be an exciting night!  The Light Princess will again be performed (although in a different way from the T3 concert) as well as all new music.

Keep checking back for more details as I post about the concerts.  I look forward to seeing you all there!

It’s Finished!!!!

Conductor's ScoreI’m so excited to have finished setting George MacDonald’s book The Light Princess to music!  This project has taken me just over a year to write (in the midst of my junior year of college) and is aproximately 37 minutes long.

Just for fun, I thought you might enjoy seeing just how large this project turned out to be.  The conductor’s score was a mere 79 pages Showing partslong and, when printed, one copy of the parts used up more than a ream of paper!

This has been so much fun to write and I am so excited to share it soon! Keep checking back for more information on the premier of The Light Princess!