It was a pleasure and an honor to be featured at ISU’s Contemporary Music Festival as one of the ‘Music Now’ guest composers! Thank you to the Solaire Quartet for a fantastic performance of Volcanic Ash, and thank you to the Indiana State Music faculty for organizing this event!
Announcing a consortium for two new young band pieces (a grade one and a grade two)!
Fee: $50 per piece, $75 for both
Duration: 2-3 minutes (grade one), 2.5-4 minutes (grade two)
Deadline to Join: October 31
Deadline to Pay: November 15
Anticipated Completion: December 31
Benefits to Consortium Members:
- Your name and institution included on title page of scores
- Exclusive performance rights for one year (all of 2019)
- Input on musical material and titles of pieces
- Composer will travel to performances, if able
I’ve been interested in writing for young band for quite some time and recently wrote a grade two arrangement of my sax quartet Snowfall. I have some rudimentary ideas for both of these pieces and am most excited to explore different harmonic options. I believe incorporating scale modes, common-tone chords, and extended harmonies will give the pieces a unique sound without significantly increasing the difficulty level, and will be interesting and engaging for young students. I also have a handful of potential titles that consortium members can vote on, or suggest their own entirely.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions! If you’re interested in joining, you can fill out this short Google Form. Payments can be made online through paypal or via check.
I’m excited to share the premiere performance of my piece for solo bass trombone and trombone quintet, Violent Shadows, written for my good friend Austin John Muusse! Inspired by progressive rock (specifically Thank You Scientist), this piece showcases the different characters of the bass trombone – from the loud and aggressive side that we all know and love to the more pure and lyrical side.
I just finished writing a version for bass trombone and piano, which is now available for purchase:
Thrilled to share my first Grade 2 band piece, Snowfall! Based on the first movement of my saxophone quartet Polar Vortex, this piece evokes the peacefulness and tranquility of a light winter’s snow through simple melodic lines, textural snow flurries, and modal harmony.
This piece is a great way to introduce young players to compound meter (6/8) and non-diatonic harmonies, as well as improve upon lyrical playing, intonation, balance, and blend. It’s also perfect for holiday concerts!
Thrilled to announce that my works for saxophone (two quartets, alto solo) will be published by Murphy Music Press, LLC! Sean Murphy has been doing great things and publishes a large amount of the core repertoire for the instrument. I’m honored to have my music published among so many of the greats!
To learn more visit: www.murphypublishing.com