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First Stab at Film Music

For the past several months, I have been working on writing the soundtrack for an independent film called My Brother, My Hero.  As of this past week, I finished all of the music and the final editing of the movie is taking place.

I wanted to share with you a sneak peek of some of my favorite parts of the music that I wrote for the film.  Enjoy!

Note:  While the movie doesn’t have anything to do with space (rather the journey of a brother), I found the pictures really went well with the music – which is why they were chosen.

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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!

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

An Enormous Thanks!

I cannot begin to thank my orchestra family enough for the countless hours and rehearsals they poured into making this concert a success.  It was such an amazing treat to be able to write for people I knew and hear them add an exra bit into their parts to make it come to life!

Lisa Hernacki at T3 Concert

Most especially, I really want to thank my conductor Lisa Hernacki for the tireless hours she put in – from conception of the concert to realization.  What many of you may not know is that she was one of the key players in setting me on the path to composition.  She was the first person to tell me I should consider being a composer and one of the first people to take my writing seriously.

Lisa, thank you for being so influential in my life and for all that you have poured into me!

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!

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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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!

Meet the Witch

Artwork by Jay Wegter

Artwork by Jay Wegter

It is never a good idea to forget to invite someone to your daughter’s christening.  Especially when that someone is your own sister … and she’s a witch!

But that’s exactly what the king does in George MacDonald’s The Light Princess, and this witch isn’t especially happy about it.  She’s so mad, in fact, she curses her infant niece by stealing her gravity!

This week, I had the opportunity to see the second picture in this series by artist Jay Wegter and was quite excited to meet my villainess for the first time.  Here is a sneak peek of a portion of the picture.

This scene is from George MacDonald’s short story The Light Princess when the wicked witch, after learning that her curse upon the princess has been thwarted by using the water of a magic lake, decides to exact her revenge.  She revives an ancient and magical snake and uses it to travel underneath and drain the lake.  Then she casts a spell that dries up all of the lakes, rivers, and streams and all of the tears so that there is no more water in the land.Sketch of The Witch

Jay put some incredible detail into this picture and the result fits perfectly with the story!  It was fascinating to watch him transform the piece from a simple storyboard, to a full sketch (as shown here), to the full masterpiece!  I am so excited to be working with him and I can’t wait to finish the rest of the pictures!

Want to see the finished painting?  Keep checking back for more sneak peeks! :o)