Call for Scores for Emerging Composers

Deadline: All submissions are to be received by September 22, 2015. Instrumentation: Unaccompanied viola. May include electronics. Eligibility: Composers 40 years of age and older who consider themselves to be emerging in their careers. Examples of emerging composers may include, but are not limited to: composers who have changed careers, those who have had a … More Call for Scores for Emerging Composers

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: September 30, 2012

I’ve been looking for a contemporary piece to put on my junior recital, hence the bundle of viola pieces here. Any suggestions??? I’d prefer a piece about 7-10 minutes long, more or less. Simply Purple, by Joan Tower, for solo viola Purple Rhapsody, by Joan Tower, for viola and orchestra String Quartet, by Derek Bermel, … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: September 30, 2012

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: August 19, 2012

I Was There, by Kayhan Kalhor, for cello, oud, and percussion Kamu-purrui, by Lamberto Coccioli, for alto flute. Alúna, by Lamberto Coccioli, for viola, ensemble, and live electronics Double Bass Sonata, Op.108, by Mieczysław Weinberg, for solo double bass first things first, an album by Nadia Sirota, violist. Featuring composers Nico Muhly, Marcos Balter and … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: August 19, 2012

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: July 22, 2012

Savage Altars, by Ingram Marshall, for SATB choir, violin, viola, tape Femina: Part I, by John Zorn, for violin, cello, harp, piano, percussion, and electronics 8 June 1810…to the Birthday of R. Sch., by Valentin Silvestrov, for two celli Federico’s Little Songs for Children,by George Crumb, for soprano, flute/piccolo/alto flute/bass flute, and harp Madrigals, Book I, … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: July 22, 2012

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: December 18, 2011

Lately I’ve been exploring the albums Draumalandið by Valgeir Sigurðsson as well as Awake by the NOW Ensemble in addition to my usual listening on Q2: Past Tundra, by Valgeir Sigurðsson and Nico Muhly, for solo viola and mixed chamber ensemble including electronics “I offer prosperity and eternal life…”, by Valgeir Sigurðsson, for mixed chamber … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: December 18, 2011

Never A Dull Moment

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

Strategic Practicing: The Pomodoro Technique

After reading a post from The Crossfit Musician, I decided to try the Pomodoro Technique in attempts to make practicing more efficient. The Pomodoro Technique is a form of time management using intervals consisting of 25 minutes worth of work and 5 minutes of rest. Yesterday I used this technique to section my practicing into … More Strategic Practicing: The Pomodoro Technique

Dynamic Duos, Part I: Charly & Margaux

I’m starting this miniseries simply because I just can’t help myself. I’ve heard so much great music lately. Charly and Margaux are epic. I’ve seen several classically trained violinists in the hip-hop realm (Miri Ben-Ari, Nuttin’ But Stringz), but a VIOLIST too? So excited!!! They also have a YouTube channel featuring many of their covers, … More Dynamic Duos, Part I: Charly & Margaux