2017 has already been an exciting year for me, and it will close with a bang! The year began with the continuation of my new teaching positions at Western Michigan University, and Madonna University, where I began adjunct appointments in the fall of 2016. Last month, I started my second year of teaching theory, composition, orchestration, and music technology at both schools, and I have had a wonderful experience working with a diverse array of students.
This year has also been full of exciting performances and world premieres. In January, my and conductor Kevin Fitzgerald’s concert presenting organization ÆPEX Contemporary Performance gave a performance at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI, which featured my string trio, Moments, in addition to works by Lisa Coons, Kelly Moran, Baldwin Giang, and Pierre Boulez. In March, my and conductor Yaniv Segal’s Sonata for Orchestra in C minor, a historically-informed orchestration of Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in C minor that we completed collaboratively, received its premiere performance by the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra under Yaniv’s baton. And, in April, mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen and violist Michael Hall premiered my song cycle Folio 2 at an ÆPEX Contemporary Performance concert in Ann Arbor, MI, which also featured my first song cycle for viola and voice, Folio 1, as well as works by Mara Gibson, Tony Manfredonia, Jessica Rudman, and other composers.This summer, I enjoyed the honor of teaching music composition and music theory at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp in northern Michigan. Here, in August, Cleveland-based pianist Shuai Wang performed my solo work For Piano at a faculty composition recital.
Also wonderfully exciting was my participation at the end of July in composer Gabriela Lena Frank’s new Creative Academy for Music. Gabriela, who is one of the most widely revered and in-demand composers in the country, hand-picked eighteen emerging American composers whom she personally invited to inaugurate her Academy over the course of this year. I was thrilled and humbled to be asked to be one of these composers, and joined my colleagues in late July at Gabriela’s mountainside farm in Boonville, CA to workshop new pieces for marimba duo with internationally-celebrated percussionists Chris Froh and Mayumi Hama.
Chris and Mayumi will premiere my marimba duo, Noa, and my colleagues’ works, at Sacramento State University’s Festival for New American music on November 8. On November 11, Yaniv Segal will conduct the second performance of our Sonata for Orchestra in C minor with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. In the spring of 2019, Yaniv will also lead a recording of this work and others with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, which will be released by NAXOS later in the year. Finally, from November 17-20, I will be in residency at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where I will do guest presentations with the composition and music theory departments.
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