The University of Redlands Composition Studio was up for round two of PAH FEST this week, yet on a much larger scale. This time, several schools throughout California partook in creating films that demonstrate the beauty and gifts of our Golden State.
Last week, Joan Tower visited the University of Redlands as part of the Frederick Loewe Symposium in American Music. Like many other students in the music department, I never grew tired of the humor and wittiness she brought to every event, whether it was a performance of her music, a panel discussion, or masterclass. As … More Freefalling Through Time
Over this past week, the University of Redlands Composition Studio has collaborated with students from the San Francisco Art Institute in order to create films for Project Accessible Hollywood (PAH), a film festival. Christopher Coppola, a University of Redlands alum, visited us on the Saturday the 21st to introduce us to his students via Skype … More Cast Your Vote Today in PAH FEST: Alma Mater 2013!
Last night, our Composition Studio finished its second night of recording two-minute compositions to be used in the Tone Poem contest for a film festival called Project Accessible Hollywood. In this contest, composers write a short piece based on the theme “Scratching the Surface.” Then, filmmakers create a video based upon their interpretation of the … More Late Nights at the Mic
For the past couple of weeks, I have made a habit of burning the candle at both ends in attempts to get work done, yet becoming less and less efficient. I’ve mainly been catching up on reading novels for my Spanish class and composing a horn piece for this Friday’s composition recital. The other night, … More This just isn’t working.
Our Composition Studio had a listening exam on Friday. I always enjoy studying for them as a way to find new literature. Here is the playlist below: Scherzo Ricercato, by Lukas Foss, for solo piano Toccata for Violin and Player Piano, by Conlon Nancarrow On the Edge of the Infinite, by Christopher Theofanidis, for violin … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: October 28, 2012
I know it seems weird to be “interviewing” myself, but I figure there are fun and interesting things that you may not know about me yet. Plus, I want the series to be a collage of the entire studio, so why not. How did you become interested in studying music? I first wanted to learn … More Meet the Studio: Sakari Dixon
Ian Sharpe will be entering his second year at Redlands. He is featured on the track “Gabriel’s oboe” on Josh Tuburan‘s new album, Smile. How did you become interested in studying music? I became interested in intensely studying music around my later high school years although I wanted to learn more about music as early … More Meet the Studio: Ian Sharpe
Anna E. Garman joined the University of Redlands Composition Studio for the spring semester after earning her BM in Composition from the University of North Texas in December 2011. This fall, she will pursue her master’s degree at the University of Louisville. How did you become interested in studying music? I actually had no interest … More Meet the Studio: Anna E. Garman
“Meet the Studio” is a bi-weekly mini-series that will feature a composer from the University of Redlands Composition Studio on Thursdays. The spotlight on the Studio will include students, visitors, and alumni in the Composition Studio from my freshman year onwards. Emily Praetorius is a recent graduate from the University of Redlands Composition Studio. Now … More Meet the Studio: Emily Praetorius
On the first day of class in the composition studio, Dr. Suter prompted us to discuss what our goals were as composers this year. Conveniently enough, I had been thinking about such goals about a week or so prior. One of my goals is to get at least one performance of my music outside of … More Never A Dull Moment
…until the masterclass and readings! It’s such a relief to have my composition ready for Wednesday. I finished writing and doing major editing to the quartet piece yesterday, and I made a few minor fixes today after meeting with Dr. Suter. Just thinking of the warm paper sliding out of the mouth of the printer … More Just two more days…
Oops! This edition is a little bit late and coming, my apologies. To begin with, this week in the composition studio, we looked at and listened to Zaka by Jennifer Higdon, for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion. I’d also like to listen to more of her works when I get the chance. There … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: September 11, 2011
I’ve finally got a hold of the scores Lollapalooza by John Adams as well as A Boy and a Girl by Eric Whitacre–yay. I’m looking forward to studying those as soon as I find the time to do so. In the Composition Studio, we’ll also be studying Vox Balaenae by George Crumb, so with those … More Updates: Practice, Studies, and Composition–September 7, 2011
This week, I listened to Nadia Sirota’s program on Q2 featuring winning music from “Roma, Roma Ma,” an Italian competition. Here is some of what I heard: Gradus by Stephen Hartke, for violin, bass, bass clarinet, piano, percussion, cello. In the fall semester at the composition studio, we studied Stephen Hartke’s Wulfstan at the Millennium … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: August 6, 2011
Upon rereading and reflecting on James Sharp’s entry in the U of R Composition Studio Blog, “Balancing the Professional and the Academic,” I have finally realized one of my major obstacles to composing a work to its completion. I often write out every note that comes to me, thinking that it will solidify my ideas. … More Channeling my muse…not. Let’s talk about old-fasioned brainstorming!
Usually, the start of every summer is filled with many of my ambitions: I’m going to write bazillion pieces, practice umpteen hours a day, read a multitude of books, etc, etc. Quite frankly: it never happens. Or it marginally makes the cut. As I realized lately that I have less than six weeks of summer … More You’d think I would have realized that the clock is ticking.