Just giving you an update regarding my composerly activities. My senior recital, Life is a Dream, took place on November 16th and was an incredible experience. The performers killed it, and I couldn't be more proud. Of course, there were a few hiccups here and there, so we may see a few recording sessions in the spring time to iron things out. To the right you can see a selfie my friend Adriel and I took during intermission. Fun stuff.
I've managed to upload a couple videos of the performances to YouTube. Still need to edit the performance of La Vida Es Sueño—which is done, by the way. Eternity in Bloom, I. Inflate and Seven Six Word Stories, however, are edited and uploaded. I'll link those up below.
I’d like to thank my family and friends for all their support, especially my parents and twin sister, Alexa, and my best bud in the whole wide world, Adriel Miles.
I’d like to thank the performers of my music. For Seven Six Word Stories, Fred and Sean, thank you.
For Eternity in Bloom, Gladys and Carolyn, thank you.
For La Vida Es Sueño, Lauretta, Renée, Joe, Hamadi, Grace, Austin, Michael, Amy, Lindsey, Marissa, Jake, Courtnie, Cara, Sean, Jason, Ben, Parker, Corinne, Derek, Daniel, Lynda, and Brendan, thank you from the bottom of my heart. It means so much to me that you play my music and all the hard work you have put in to make this dream a reality.
Paul, thank you so much for bringing my music to life. One of the greatest experiences a composer can have when working with another musician is being shown something amazing in their own music that they didn’t even know was there. You definitely did this, not only once, but again and again—rehearsal after rehearsal—and it made this entire a process a complete joy. It’s with deepest gratitude that I say thank you.
Thank you to my composition professors Jorge Grossmann and Dana Wilson. You will both always be little voices in the back of my head, keeping me at once critical and enthralled by my own music. I am sure that when I am old and grey and full of sleep those voices will still be there having influenced every note I will have written.
Thank you to all my other professors who have supported me in my time here at Ithaca College, especially Ivy Walz, John White, Larry Doebler, and Janet Galván.
Big thanks to Chris Harris for showing me that anything is possible if you work hard enough.
Thank you to my former voice teacher and great friend Carolyn Fisher, for helping my find my voice.
Great thanks goes to my old music teacher Jereme Martineau who taught me above all else the true meaning of music and the ferocity with which it must be approached.
Thank you to the other Senior composition majors, a.k.a. The Composer Quadruplex, Jake, James, and Adriel. You three are so important to me, and I’m so happy we are friends.
Thank you to my videographer Ian Wiese, the ushers for this performance, and IC recording services.
Thank you to my friends here at Ithaca, back at home, and abroad for their immense support: Justin, Leanne, Kamila, Keegan, Shaylyn, Colin, John, Chelsea, Brendan, Kevin, Ryan, and Olivia. If you’re not in this list, it doesn’t mean you are not important—there are too many to name.
Right now, I've been pretty busy with work (trying to save up for this last semester) and writing. This final semester will be devoted to rounding out my portfolio with some killer recordings. I also plan to apply to a few summer programs. Upcoming projects may include:
- A piece for electric violin
- A piece for wind ensemble.
- Another string quartet.
- A piece for clarinet and guitar.
- A piece for soprano and piano.
- A piece for low register chamber instruments.
- A percussion quartet.