Good News All Around

Between final concerts at school and final projects and exams, it’s been a bit of a challenge to keep up with my online post-writing. But, with these events and projects comes good news all around… 🙂

Firstly, the May 23rd String Ensemble concert was so much fun! We started off the evening with my newest composition Pegasus; it came off very well. It seems to just roll on easily (though it is a bit of a challenge to play, with the 10/8 time signature and the delicate balance of the three instrumental parts), and there is a lovely charm about it. Many thanks to Dr. Peter Yates and Janet Noll for helping me make this a reality!

Afterwards, the entire Ensemble entered the stage, and we performed Henry Purcell’s Abdelazer Suite, W.A. Mozart’s Divertimento No. 2, K. 137, Gustav Holst’s Brook Green Suite, and George Gershwin’s Lullaby. We closed the evening with the debut of my Three Images of Christ’s Final Hours. It was just wonderful to hear it for the first time in its entirety, as a suite, and I am very encouraged by the successful flow of the work (I was doubtful at times whether the three pieces – originally written separately – would really flow well together). Several people complimented the work and the overall feel of it. Again, many thanks to Alan Mautner, the Ensemble, Cathlin Reese, Janet Noll, and Lori Huff for making this possible. The concert was recorded and I look forward to receiving a copy of the CD and posting clips from my original works on this site, hopefully, within the next couple weeks. 🙂

Among other news, after nearly ten years in undergrad. college, I’m finally going to be graduating with my B.A. in Music Education from California Polytechnic University, Pomona, this June! And, for the coming Fall, I have been accepted with a 40% fellowship to Claremont Graduate University. I will be majoring in Composition, both for concert stage and film (I hope!), and I also hope to continue my violin performance studies with a violin teacher there.

I am very excited about these new horizons ahead of me, and I look forward to what the future holds!

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