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The Music Nerds! #6 – Setting Weird Lyrics

Enjoy this latest educational video, describing my thought processes on how I approach setting asymmetrical text to music as I work on finishing my Bros. Grimm Song Cycle!

Don’t forget you can check out the other videos in this series here!

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#NewTuneThursday: Aradia, La Bella Pellegrina

Welcome to #NewTuneThursday!

Today’s tune was composed in 2017 for my friend, violinist Payman Eliahoo, and his son, who (at the time) was a beginning clarinet student. As I was putting it together I built the entire work off of the opening feel of the piano part and simply let it unfold from there. It pretty much wrote itself once I had the opening bars down. 🙂 Upon listening back to the work in completion, I dug around a little and came across the Italian story of Aradia, daughter of the moon goddess Diana and Queen of the Old Religion. I was so struck by the charming nature of this feminine messiah figure that I felt like the legend and this new work fit together perfectly.

The original request was for a piece for clarinet and violin, something that Payman could play with his son. But I felt like a flute would actually go really nicely with the clarinet part. So the original instrumentation is for Flute (opt. Violin) and Clarinet, with Piano. Of course, though, as opportunities came to play this sweet little work, for ease of programming, I created a string version of the work, too — for Violin, Viola (or opt. Second Violin), with Piano.

It’s a really charming work for students of late beginner to intermediate ability! Get the sheet music for the original woodwind/string version here, and the all-string version here. And enjoy the recording below…

(This recording is currently only available via CBTTF Records.)

Purchase this recording at http://cbttf.com/albums/parokeths-veil
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You’ve Written a Piece–What Now?

This is a great resource I stumbled upon for composers looking to get some musicians playing their music!

…Ask performers within your network if they might be interested in playing at the concert you’re setting up… For clarity, and because it is good practice, you should draw up a written agreement… Your next challenge is to find a venue for your project… Your work is 30 min in duration, which is not enough for a full concert, so you get to select other compositions to complement your own work and complete the programme. Skillful curating is an art form in itself… Any performance is an achievement, so make the most of it!…

Lots more details are available at the article. Get your work out there, and enjoy the ride! 🙂

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Kudos to GoStrings.com!

I just wanted to send a quick shout out to GoStrings.com – I was thinking of them as it came time to reorder new strings for Flora… I love their Build Your Own Custom [Violin, Viola, Cello] Set option!! It’s so unique, and so smart! 

I’ve used this option for both Flora (my violin) and Minerva (my viola). I once took the time to compare prices between all the online retailers I’ve used in the past, or have had friends use, and, for the strings I need, the Build Your Own set at GoStrings is the cheapest option by far! Having me build my own custom set, they’re able to offer each string at a huge discount, so it ends up being way cheaper than going and buying each string on its own – which is the only other option when you don’t use all 4 of the same string. Plus, for my Flora, her favorite G, D, & A stings are super hard to find anywhere else, I’ve discovered… 

FYI, I also got my beautiful BAM case from them during an incredible sale they were offering!… 😉

I only have one request for GoStrings…that they set up a general returning guest option, for those of us who don’t have a Yahoo or aol account… ;-p

Go check them out! They’re great!

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Northshore Suzuki Strings Perform “Garden Prayer”

In May, the Northshore Suzuki Strings of Milwaukee, WI, under the direction of Carol Waldvogel, performed my work from 1998, “A Garden Prayer” — and they did a marvelous job of it! Check it out for yourself! 😀

 

I also had the great priviledge of being able to chat with these bright and talented students over Skype and answer their questions in person. I had a wonderful time getting to know them all! <3

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Composition Studio Recital This Week!

Come support our composition students in their semester-end recital! Thursday Dec 10, @ 4pm-5pm!

Featuring fresh, original, live music for strings, woodwinds, and percussion! Music by Ross Abbink, Joshua Huntington, Christopher Enloe, Steven Inabnit, Blake McNamara, and Mako Mortimer. Located on North Campus, the Music Center, in the Recital Hall.

More info at this link….

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House Recording of 2015 TMC Benefit Recital

Were you unable to attend the April 2015 TMC Instrumental Benefit Recital in person? Never fear, now you can download the house recording of all the performances from the event!

Just Name Your Price (minimum $0.99), and 100% of the proceeds from this recording will continue to support student senior degree projects at The Master’s College Music Department!

Name Your Price and Download the House Recording of the TMC Instrumental Benefit Recital

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2015 TMC Instrumental Department Benefit Concert

Enjoy an evening of Quality Music Performances, and Support two local causes at the same time!

Featuring Performances by the Instrumental Music Students of The Master’s College!

Donate and Get Your Recital Ticket Now!

Can’t Attend but Want to Contribute?

Submit Your Free-Will Donation to the Benefit Recital Effort

Visit the Event Listing Page here.

APRIL 19 FLYER

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An Evening of English Chamber Music

Join The Master’s College Chamber Ensemble and String Quartet for an evening of rich, driving, and emotional music from English composers Warlock, Elgar, and Britten, as well as music from Handel, Dvorak, and Ken Mays.

We are privileged to be joined by the guest talents of: Ruta Bloomfield (harpsichord), Evan Grahek (organ), Kimberlyn Jones (mezzo-soprano), and Ken Mays (piano/arranger).

Don’t miss this thrilling event of gorgeous chamber music on Thursday April 9, 7:30pm!

Find the Facebook Event page for this concert here.