It has certainly been a while since I updated this blog, so I feel now is as good a time as ever to do so. Let’s review some things that have happened in the past 10 months:
- I had my Senior Recital at USC comprised of 5 pieces performed by 18 talented musicians
- I started attending the University of Texas at Austin to begin my pursuit of a Masters degree in music composition
- I completed To My Soul, an 8 minute setting of Walt Whitman for baritone voice, flute, clarinet (doubling bass clarinet), violin, viola, and two guitars
- I completed Three Southwest Landscapes for Clarinet and Tenor Saxophone. This work was commissioned by Audrey Miller who is pursuing a DMA in Clarinet Performance at Arizona State University, and is comprised of three movements totaling 12 minutes and 35 seconds in length. Three Southwest Landscapes will be performed and later recorded in a studio by Audrey Miller and Eric Barreto, which I am extremely excited about.
With all that said, life as a graduate student couldn’t be better. I am really enjoying the time I get to focus on composing and improving my craft, and I have really enjoyed my courses and the content they cover. I am currently working to finish a transcription of Pacific Scenes for Wind Ensemble, and following this I believe I will begin work on a percussion work for 3-4 performers.