UConn Composer Residency

I had a wonderful time at UConn this past week!!

Thank you Ian Sauco, Kenneth Fuchs, Greg Case, and the rest of the saxophone and composition departments for inviting me out to work with y’all. It was an honor to hear an amazing studio of musicians play so many of my pieces and have the opportunity to talk shop with some of the student composers and get to attend a few concerts featuring premieres of their works.

I truly appreciate how welcoming and accommodating everyone was throughout my visit. Let’s do this again sometime soon!

Breakneck – Premiere Performance (4/11/22)

All too excited for the premiere of Breakneck tomorrow, performed by the Jackson Northwest Wind Ensemble!!

What’s particularly exciting about this concert is that my wife Jasmine Hass will be conducting the band through the performance (something I found out AFTER I wrote meter changes in the piece for every measure 😅). And not only that, but the WMU Wind Symphony will be in town performing at this concert as well!

I’m really looking forward to such a special and unique night of music tomorrow!! Thank you to Bryan Mangiavellano for organizing this concert and asking the Hasses to be a part of it in this way!

Midwest Clinic 2021

Well, now that the cat’s out of the bag, I suppose I should share that I’ll have two performances of my music at this year’s Midwest Clinic!!!

The Mountain Ridge HS Saxophone Quartet will be performing Polar Vortex on Wednesday at 1:30 and the Cedar Ridge HS Saxophone Choir will be performing Volcanic Ash on Thursday at 2:45 (different ridges, I assume 😂). I’m incredibly grateful to Aaron Vogel, Arminda M Velasquez, and all of these amazing high school students for choosing to program my works for this special occasion!

I’m sure I’ve told this story before, but one of my first inspirations to write for saxophone came from seeing the New Japan Saxophone Quartet perform at my first Midwest Clinic in 2013. I tweeted a very nerdy tweet about wanting to write a ton of music for sax quartet right after the performance and promptly started writing a humble piece called Snowfall when I got home, which later was expanded to a three movement suite called Polar Vortex (and then reduced back to a two movement piece).

It feels so fulfilling and like such a full circle moment to return to the conference 8 years later with both featured saxophone ensembles performing my music. I was already eager to attend Midwest this year after its cancellation last year, but this is an amazing cherry on top!

I can’t wait to leave the conference feeling inspired to write way too much for one particular instrument – who knows which one it’ll be this time?? 🤔

Liquid Metal

And here it is! I’m very excited to share that the sax trio (STB) and quartet versions of Liquid Metal are now available through Murphy Music Press!!

It was an absolute pleasure to work with the talented musicians of Trio h3lios on this barnburner of a piece – I truly can’t thank them enough for asking me to write this work for them. Here is the UConn Saxophone Quartet’s brilliant performance of the piece!

Contrabass Trombone Solo – Consortium

I’m very excited to announce a consortium for a new piece for contrabass trombone and piano that I’m starting with fellow WMU alum and trombonist extraordinare Vicente Hernandez!

The piece will be centered around topics related to self-doubt, insecurity, and impostor syndrome (feelings I’m sure 99% of artists have experienced), and how these negative thoughts can take a toll on our productivity, mental health, and overall self-worth. Vicente has been very kind to describe his relationship with self-doubt and what steps he’s taken to work through and channel these uncertainties through his career, and I’m similarly interested to hear what advice others have to cope with and overcome these mental adversities.

I think/hope this concept will lead to an empowering and insightful piece for an instrument that rarely gets any solo repertoire. And though the piece is specifically intended for contrabass trombone, I’ll be including optional splits for the most extreme pedals to ensure that the piece is also playable on bass trombone. I’m looking forward to working with everyone on the piece!

Entry Form

Instrumentation: Contrabass Trombone (or Bass Trombone) and Piano
Consortium Fee: $100 ($50 due up front, $50 due upon completion of the piece)
Anticipated Completion: November 30, 2021
Deadline to Join: August 31, 2021
Duration: 6-8 minutes
Difficulty: Graduate Level/Professional
Benefits to Consortium Members:

  • Names of consortium members included on the title page of the score
  • Exclusive performance and recording rights from April 1, 2022-Dec 31, 2022
  • Input on musical material and title of piece
  • Composer will travel to performances, if able

Feel free to email me at cehass11@gmail.com if you have any questions about the project!