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.
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
While Christopher Coppola visited the University of Redlands a few weeks back, one of the things that he mentioned in the PAH FEST kickoff was that he pushes his film students to have a very clear vision of what they want their projects to look like before they even start filming. As he talked … More Finding a Clear Vision
Happy Monday everyone! I would like to give a big “Thank you!” to all of those who voted in PAH FEST yesterday, and all of those who have given me their support in general. As a result of your support, Fernando Cerda have won the Tone Poem category for our film “Scruffing Feathers” along with … More Thanks guys!!!
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