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Roundup of a busy residence week!

  I had a wonderful residence week back at the end of February! Here’s a roundup of my activities: CUSO performed three movements of my Mythology Symphony on their March 2nd concert. In preparation, I attended rehearsals on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. These led to a wonderful concert in Foellinger Great Hall in the Krannert Center at [...]

Educational Events at Elementary & Middle Schools

In early February, I spent several days in the Champaign-Urbana region doing education outreach for schoolchildren as part of my Composer-in-Residence activities. A brass quintet consisting of members of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra came with me to Urbana Middle School, Westview Elementary School, and Stratton Academy of the Arts (an elementary school). At each school, [...]

November Residence Week Wrap Up

I had a very busy week in the Champaign-Urbana region! Here's what I was up to: I had a wonderful two-day residence at Illinois State University. Activities included three workshops (one for freshman music majors, another for a music business class, and a third on my own music), four 1-on-1 composition lessons with ISU's graduate [...]

CUSO RESIDENCE WEEK: NOVEMBER 14-17

I’ll be back in the Champaign-Urbana region this week for several Composer-in-Residence educational activities. Here’s what I’m up to: I’ll spend the day in the city of Normal, working with lots of music students who attend the university. First, I’ll give a talk called For Freshman Only, which I created especially for… you guessed it… [...]

Illinois Wesleyan University Residence Wrap Up

As part of my Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra's Music Alive residence, I spent the past few days at Illinois Wesleyan University. I gave a seminar to composition students on the business of being a composer, taught composition lessons, and rehearsed my works with students and faculty. The highlight of the residence was their New Music Café [...]

Brief Residence at Illinois Wesleyan University

This week, I will return to the central Illinois region for a two-day residence at Illinois Wesleyan University! I will teach composition lessons and give a seminar to student composers about the business side of being a composer. Also, my Tango Gardél for solo piano (in homage to the Argentine singer Carlos Gardél) and my [...]

A busy residence week in Champaign-Urbana

I had a wonderful time in Champaign-Urbana this past week! I took lots of pictures while on the trip, several of which are below; these will give you a sense of what this first full week of my contained: University of Illinois - Champaign Urbana I spent a day teaching composition lessons to individual students, [...]

CUSO Residence Week: October 3-7

I’ll be in Champaign-Urbana from Tuesday, Oct. 3rd through Saturday, Oct. 7th for several Composer-in-Residence activities! Here’s what I’m up to: I’ll be teaching lessons to four composition majors. Then I'll give an 80-minute seminar for all of their student composers on the business of being a composer, as well as play some of my [...]

Three Audience Questions Answered!

After our Sept. 6th Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra’s LEGENDS Chamber Concert, in which I was officially welcomed to the Champaign-Urbana community in my new role as Composer-in-Residence of the orchestra, several inquisitive audience members asked me an assortment of questions. I realized shortly afterward that three particular questions came up quite frequently over the course of [...]

The News-Gazette’s review of CUSO 9/6/17 LEGENDS concert

Today, music critic John Frayne posted a wonderful review in The New Gazette of our Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra's Sept. 6th LEGENDS Chamber Concert, in which Maestro Alltop and the CUSO musicians welcomed me to the community and performed several of my chamber works. Mr. Frayne enjoyed the concert! You can read his review by clicking [...]