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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!


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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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:



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Once Upon a Time…

I am having so much fun putting The Light Princess  to music and narration!  So much so, in fact, that I wanted to share a piece with you!

Enjoy this short excerpt from Scene 1 of the Light Princess, and don’t forget to keep checking back for more updates! :o)

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!