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This spring, I continue my DMA studies in wind conducting at Arizona State University. I will study primarily with Gary Hill and Wayne Bailey, but I will also work Timothy Russell, William Reber, and David Schildkret. Here’s a look at what’s being played by the bands at ASU, plus some additional projects I’m involved with:
The semester starts with the combined forces of the Wind Orchestra and about half of the Wind Ensemble going to the Arizona Music Educators Association conference on January 31. They are playing Percy Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy under the direction of Gary Hill.
2 days later on February 2, Serena Weren will have her doctoral conducting recital, which includes the Stravinsky Octet and the Octandre of Edgard Varese.
10 days later, Serena and I and the orchestral conducting TAs will conduct the Concert of Soloists, featuring the winners of the ASU School of Music’s Concerto Competition with full orchestra/band:
Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra – Henri Tomasi, conducted by me
Concertino for Tuba and Wind Orchestra – Rolf Wilhelm, conducted by Serena Weren
The Concert Band, under my direction, will have its first concert on March 1, playing outdoors (4pm, at the Nelson Fine Arts Plaza, to be precise). I call it “A Sunny Afternoon”, and it will include the following:
The Wind Ensemble (under Wayne Bailey) and Wind Orchestra (under Gary Hill) together will present “Under the Influence” on March 4, featuring music influenced by other music. Selections will include:
Chimes of Liberty – Edwin Franko Goldman
If Thou Be Near – JS Bach
Impercynations – Steven Bryant, conducted by me
Variants on a Medieval Tune – Norman Dello Joio, conducted by Serena Weren
The Frozen Cathedral – John Mackey
Gone – Scott McAllister
On March 15, Gary Hill will conduct Mozart’s Gran Partita KV 361 (370a) at the CBDNA West/Northwest conference in Reno with an ASU chamber ensemble made up of performance faculty and top students.
On April 17, the Wind Orchestra will host John Mackey, Steven Bryant, and Joe Alessi for “Carnival V: Concertos”:
Harvest: Concerto for Trombone – John Mackey
Concerto for Wind Ensemble – Steven Bryant
On April 22, the Wind Ensemble (under Wayne Bailey) and Concert Band (under me) will present “Wet Ink”, featuring wind band music written in the last 3 years:
Xerxes – John Mackey, conducted by me
Rest – Frank Ticheli
Crypto-Atlas – Chris Lamb