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A Music TypeWriter…?

My sister found this picture on Pinterest and sent it to me.  I thought it was so fun, I had to share!

Music TypeWriter

What’s the craziest contraption you’ve seen?


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.

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!

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!

An Enchanted Meeting

It’s been quite a while since I have been able to post anything, but that certainly wasn’t because things weren’t busy!  While I have been incredibly busy starting work on the score for the short film My Brother, My Hero (as well as finishing the final scenes of The Light Princess), artist Jay Wegter has been hard at work adding three more paintings to The Light Princess collection.

Here’s a sneak peek of the painting where the prince and princess meet for the very first time:



Don’t forget to keep checking back for more info!

A Princess is Born!

Amy's First reaction to Light Princess PaintingAs I mentioned in an earlier post, I have been working to set George MacDonald’s The Light Princess to music with narration.  Recently, artist Jay Wegter  graciously agreed to illustrate the piece so that the pictures could be displayed while the audience was hearing the music and narration.

Yesterday, for the first time I was able to see his first completed picture of the light princess!  I was completely blown away at the detail and beauty that Jay put into this work and it was exactly what I was hoping for!Jay Wegter and Amy Mack with first Light Princess Painting

I am so excited to begin working on the next few pictures with him and I am very thankful for the friends and family who are helping me make this happen!

So enjoy a sneak peak at the first piece of artwork for The Light Princess!

A Visit from Dan Forrest

Amy presenting The Light Princess to Dr. Dan Forrest

Amy presenting The Light Princess to Dr. Dan Forrest

As I shared in a previous post, renowned composer Dan Forrest visited the college this weekend as a guest speaker.  It was quite a whirlwind of a weekend, but we all had a wonderful time as Dr. Forrest spoke in several of the music classes, met individually with the composition students for a private lesson, gave a public practicum session, and performed in a concert of that works last night.

I was able to present to Dr. Forrest my current work on The Light Princess in both a private lesson and in front of an audience where he gave suggestions and advice on how to improve my piece.  I presented two movements from The Light Princess using the Garritan Sounds through Finale playback that I had tweaked to sound much better.  For the tenor solo that the prince sings in the story, I asked Richard Dinsmoor to play the part of the prince.

Richard Dinsmoor singing the part of the Prince in The Light Princess

Richard Dinsmoor singing the part of the Prince in The Light Princess

Dr. Forrest had several great suggestions, but I think my biggest takeaway from the meeting was that I need to work hard to notate the music exactly as I want the players to perform it and not leave as much up to their interpretation.  Secondly, I learned that I need to find the right balance between words and music in order to tell the story the best way possible.

I am very thankful to Dr. Forrest for his kind words and advice.  It was a pleasure to meet him again and I look forward to his next visit!

Christmas Handbell Quartet

This semester I arranged several Christmas songs for our handbell quartet – The Fellowship of the Ring.  There are several songs here that use the same 16 bells.  It was quite a challenge to write as many songs as possible for only 16 notes, but I think it turned out well!

This performance is at The Master’s College Come Christmas Sing concert.  The performers, from left to right, are: Lindsay Christoph, myself, Wendy Mack, and Morgan Ruthardt.

A Song “Four” Christmas

This semester, I had the had the opportunity to arrange some of my favorite Christmas songs for our four-in-hand handbell quartet.  The song, entitled “A Song ‘Four’ Christmas” contains 12 different traditional Christmas carols (can you find them all?)

Here is the YouTube video below where the song was first premiered at The Master’s College 2011 BellFest.  The song was performed by our quartet, The Fellowship of the Ring, and the performers (from left to right) are:  Lindsay Christoph, Wendy Mack, myself, and Morgan Ruthardt.