There are times when my students teach me lessons unwittingly. Several nights ago, my youngest violin student–a kindergartener–groaned about having to play the violin that day. Whenever she is overly tired or is having an off-day for various reasons, she becomes quite vocal about questioning why she chose the violin. “But it sounds baaad,” Carissa* … More Stepping Back to Move Forward
First of all, thank you to all who have submitted scores and given your feedback on this Call for Scores! In only three short weeks, I received over 85 submissions for solo viola works. Although there are several submissions that have captivated my attention and are still potential candidates for future repertoire, I have narrowed … More Call for Scores Results Announced!
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
This summer I spent two weeks at the St. Mary’s Summer Composition Intensive in Notre Dame, Indiana. My favorite part of the Intensive was the fact that it encouraged me to experiment with composing in ways that I hadn’t before, such as writing site specific music or electronic music. Each day, our morning would consist … More Noodling around in Notre Dame
Recently, an article on New Music Box discussed whether composers should succumb to paying fees for competitions, and if so, how much money they should be willing to fork up. I quickly remembered Eric Whitacre’s advice on this, which is to pay absolutely nothing. However, whichever side you take as an emerging composer, it is … More My Two Cents on Paying Competition Fees
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.