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June in Buffalo

I am very pleased to announce that I have been selected as a participant in the 2014 June in Buffalo Festival for emerging composers.  I will be in residence at the University of Buffalo on June 2-8 for the event, and my flute-percussion duet “Rituals and Superstitions” will be performed on one of the Festival concerts.  I am greatly looking forward to this exciting opportunity and will post more details as they become available.  Until then, general information about June in Buffalo can be found online at http://www.music.buffalo.edu/center21c/jib, and/or you can listen to the premiere performance by Kelli Kathman and Bill Solomon below.

Early March Activities

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The first two weeks of March will be a busy time for me! In addition to presenting my research about Ellen Taaffe Zwilich at the Society for American Music National Conference on March 7 (see an earlier post about this event here), I’ll be making trips to Westfield State University for their Festival of New Music on March 2 and Mansfield University for a residency with the Cadillac Moon Ensemble on March 10.

 As part of the Westfield Festival of New Music, the Boston New Music Initiative will be performing my First Praise.  I am very excited to work with the talented musicians of BNMI again and am fortunate they have chosen to present the work for the second time this season (the first being the Parma Music Festival/SCI Region I Conference back in August).  The concert will also feature works by Taila Amar, James Crowley, Sungji Hong, Cody Kauhl, Rodrigo Lima, Jeffrey Shivers, and Frederic Rzewski performed by BNMI and by the Connecticut-based Generous Ensemble.  In addition to participating in the concert, I will also be conducting a masterclass at the University and am greatly looking forward to meeting with the students.  

The following week I will head to Pennsylvania for a short visit at Mansfield University, where I will also have the opportunity to work with students.  While I am at the University, the NYC-based Cadillac Moon Ensemble will also be in residence and will be performing a program featuring premieres by Andrew Walters and myself.  Having heard a reading session this past week that included my new string duo You, As You Were Before You Existed and a number of other works written for the CME, I can guarantee they will put on a great show!

As if that was not enough to keep me busy, I’ll also be in Connecticut for the weekend portion of the Women Composers Festival of Hartford on March 6-9.  (Check back soon for a post about this staple of the Hartford music scene.)  I hope to see you at one or more of these fantastic events!

SCI Journal of Music Scores

My sextet First Praise has been selected for inclusion in the SCI Journal of Music Scores.  Published by European American Music, the Journal of Music Scores is a juried anthology of music written by members of the Society of Composers, Inc.  I am honored to have my piece included alongside the following works:

Corey Keating – As the Night Blooms
Philip Schuessler – Monochrome Variations
Nolan Stolz – Princess Kaiulani
Bryce Cannell – Refractions
Federico Jes Bonacossa – Rivir
Jay Batzner – Silhouettes, Receding
Jacob Walls – Whitening Thirst

Check back for more details about when this volume will be available!

Society for American Music 2014 Conference

I’m pleased to announce that my paper “Disruption and Development: Pitch Processes in the Music of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich” has been selected for inclusion in the 2014 Society for American Music Conference in Lancaster, PA on March 5-9.   The SAM will be presenting Dr. Zwilich with an honorary membership at the conference and was particularly interested in research about this illustrious composer.  My paper will be presented on the “Compositional Processes” session, which is tentatively scheduled for Friday, March 7 at 10:30 am.  I’ll have more details about the conference after the New Year, so check back!