Gonna start this post off with a really intense-looking picture of me and three of my composer buds. This was taken during a dinner party at Dr. Sally Lamb McCune's home in Ithaca, NY. I've realized I tend to take a fair amount of selfies when I'm with a group—or gaggle—of composers. Especially if this group involves Adriel Miles, Jacob Gunnar Walsh, and James Parker. So, if you'd like to see more of those, head on over to the Photos section of the site, or "Like" me on my Facebook page to get regular updates sent directly to your news feed!
Anyway, I come bearing exciting news! There were several winners of the Ithaca College Composition awards this year. These awards include the Downey Prize for the best piece for choir or solo voice, the Joseph Prize for best piano work, and the Smadbeck prize for best overall composition. I'm happy to announce that the winners of these awards are as follows: The Downey Prize was won by both Jeff Sabo and Michael T. Samson for their choral works "After a great pain, a formal feeling comes" and "The Caves," respectively. James Parker won the Joseph Prize with his stunning piano piece, "Traumatic Enigmatic," and the Smadbeck prize was won by both myself, for "Colorwalk," and Felipe Nieto for "Manuscritos Iluminados."
For added drama, I decided to make a really tacky award certificate showing off the prize (this'll definitely be going on my refrigerator. Watch out!).
Anyway, I'll try to get some materials from Colorwalk up here on the site in case you feel like checking it out. I'm also still chugging away on the music for my recital.
16 November 2014. Ford Hall, James J. Whalen Center for Music, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, USA.
Okay, well, I guess I'll go keep writing now. Most of what I'm currently working on is detailed in my previous blog post, so if you're curious go read that, ha ha!