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Dinner is Served

As a thank you to the orchestra for all of their hard work, we put on a dinner for them before the concert.

Orchestra Dinner

I had some incredible people working to make it as special as possible – spending hours planning food, decorations, baking, and cleaning.

Some incredible helpers!

We decided to do the theme “Classic Music” and I was so impressed with some of the brilliant ideas the had for the decorations!

The Decorations

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The Decorations

I am so grateful to their help and the amazing job they did to make the night truly special and the orchestra feel appreciated!

Enjoying Dinner

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Ich spreche nur Deutsch

During the concert, I saw a precious little girl who was absolutely enamored with the story of The Light Princess.  It was so much fun  while I narrated watching her face as she was completely taken with the story.

Meeting After the Concert

After the concert, I had the opportunity to meet her and I was surprised to learn that she had just arrived from Germany and didn’t understand any English!  But even with a language barrier, she had been so taken with the music and the paintings that it almost didn’t matter that she couldn’t understand the words.

Written for You

One of the greatest privileges of being a composer is being able to write music for people I know.  During the process of writing the concert, instead of just picturing sounds as I wrote the music, I also pictured the people I was writing for.

The Amazing Brass Section

Having been a part of the Grace Baptist Orchestra family for several years now, I had the opportunity to get to know the other members of the orchestra and learn what they enjoyed playing and the things that they didn’t.

The Mighty Violas  Stan playing Trumpet

It made it so much more meaningful as I wrote solos or melodic passages to try to write lines that I knew that those particular people would enjoy – and so much more exciting when they nailed those passages!

The Mighty String Section

A Blast from the Past

One of the most special moments during the concert was hearing The Awakening being played again.  This piece is especially meaningful to me as it was the first song I ever wrote on paper now almost six years ago.  Tenor James Phillipps, who had originally recorded the piece with the orchestra, came back six years later to perform the piece during the concert.

James Phillipps singing The Awakening

This song still remains one of my most famous pieces as it really was the piece that helped me decide that I could actually be a composer (I was going to be a kindergarten teacher!)  James did a fabulous job with the solo and the song really took on a life of its own!

Here’s the original recording from six years ago.

I’m still amazed at what an amazing journey this has been and thankful for everyone who has taken part in making it all possible.

An Overwhelming Response

Wow, what a whirlwind of a week!  God has been so faithful in helping my family and me through two major concerts!

When counting all of the people who attended between the two concerts and the live stream, we believe that there were about 1,000 people who came and heard the music.  Since that time, I have received overwhelming responses about The Light Princess  and the rest of the music and I wanted to share it with you.

Watching The Light Princess

I can tell a lot of work went into this concert.  It’s inspiring to see how much creativity can come from one mind and to hear of what inspired her.  Wonderful concert, 5 stars! – Matt

Watching the Light Princess

Praise the Lord for all your talents and hard work! Your music was enchanting and fit so perfectly with the wonderful story of The Light Princess.  It was a blessing! – Paige

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I love every single minute! – Delphine

Watching The Light Princess

[The] music was AMAZING! I could listen to The Light Princess every day!  Praying God continues to use your music to touch hearts. – Rebecca

Watching The Light Princess

Thank you so very much to all who came and participated!  This was truly an amazing experience and I so appreciate you!

Tonight’s the Night!

Hi Everyone!  Please come to my Senior Recital tonight at The Master’s College at 6:00pm!  You will hear a wide variety of music from small ensemble to big band to The Light Princess.  Admission is free, but I would recommend coming early as seats are first come first served.

Thanks and I can’t wait to see you there!

Senior Recital AnnouncementP.S. If you can’t make the concert, the link to the live stream of the concert is here.

Here’s a Glimpse into the Concert

Ahoy!

This here be the opening number for the Tunes, Tales, and Truths concert last week. It’s called Pirate Legends performed by our own Symphony Praise Orchestra.

I’m hoping to get some better quality audio and video to share in the future, but for now I wanted to give you a glimpse of the musical style and audience response at the concert.  Enjoy!

Why There Were Notes On The Page

One of the reasons these two concerts were possible was because of the tireless efforts of Jeff Boltinghouse – a member of the orchestra and one of my mentors in music.

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A few months ago, I realized that I was quickly running out of time and would not be able to finish writing, typesetting, printing, and laying out all of the parts for the orchestra in time for them to practice. Jeff stepped up and volunteered countless hours to typsetting (creating parts and scores for each musicion) over half of the pieces in the concert.  He even helped with some re-orchestrating on The Awakening and Jesus Loves Me and did a remarkable job keeping it exactly how I would have done it.

I am so thankful to have been surrounded by such amazing people as Jeff, Lisa, Taylor, and others who have given up countless hours to invest in me and my music.  I cannot begin to thank them for what they have done!

If No Love Did Flow in Thee

Fun fact:  Many people have approached me recently about how much they enjoyed the song that the prince sings during The Light Princess.  But did you know that the lyrics of that song were actually written by George MacDonald?

Richard Dinsmoor singing during The Light Princess

In his book The Light Princessauthor George MacDonald wrote out the lyrics for the song he wanted the prince to sing.  In order to preserve the story as much as possible, I took his lyrics and set them to music.  For the world premiere, this was performed by soloist Richard Dinsmoor and the tune became the main theme of The Light Princess.

Senior Recital!

If you were not able to make the World Premiere (Or would like to hear some of the works again), please come to my senior recital this Friday on March 6!  There, you will hear The Light Princess, Taking Candy, and five other brand new works that were not at the world premiere.

I hope to see you there!

Senior Recital Announcement