Orchestra Chamber Ensembles Premiere Music by Composition Competitors Winners
By Lisl Doughton with Dr. Mélisse Brunet – April 26, 2021
The Appalachian Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensembles, directed by Dr. Mélisse Brunet, will carry out two live shows of chamber music: Tuesday, April 27, at 8:00pm and Wednesday, April 28 at 8:00pm.
The live shows, which shall be streamed from music.appstate.edu/performances (with out audiences within the corridor), will function world premieres of profitable items from the Hayes Faculty of Music’s Composition Competitors, in addition to quite a lot of items for various sorts of instrumental ensembles.
Hayes Faculty of Music Composition Competitors 2021
The winners within the Orchestra Class may have their items carried out this week:
Orchestra Class, Excessive Faculty Division
- High Prize: Leona Liu (Chappaqua, NY), Scherzo
- Runner-up: Spencer Cha (Los Altos, CA), Migration
Orchestra Class, Hayes Faculty of Music Division:
- High Prize: Jason Sensible (Boone, NC) – The Blue Ridge
- Runner-up: Sophie Rymarowicz – Quietly Unstated
An extra composer, Kyle Sapp (Clemmons, North Carolina) may have his piece Via the Gates carried out at Tuesday’s live performance.
The winners within the Wind Ensemble class may have their items carried out in a future semester by the Appalachian Bands:
Wind Ensemble, Excessive Faculty Division
- High Prize: Vera Gjaja (New York, NY) – Quadricycle
- Runner-up: Koharu Sakiyama (West Linn, OR) – Toy Soldier
Dr. Andrew Hannon, Assistant Professor of Music Composition and Concept, says, “Working with performers and ensembles is an integral a part of the compositional course of. It supplies the composer with an expertise that’s troublesome to copy via another means. This competitors presents alternatives for composers from the Hayes Faculty of Music and highschool composers from across the nation to work with our superb ensembles and incredible school.”
Q&A with Dr. Mélisse Brunet, Appalachian Symphony Orchestra Music Director
Q: What did you take into account when deciding on the music for the live performance?
A: I selected items that had been difficult however not overwhelming, fascinating for the gamers, and in a position to accommodate those that wished to rehearse on-line. The items are nice in so many alternative methods and I believe all people will benefit from the number of types!
Q: What was the rehearsal course of like?
A: The ASO realized fifteen items for these live shows and I couldn’t have finished it alone! 13 colleagues from the Hayes Faculty of Music helped with teaching and rehearsal. The graduate assistants labored arduous to schedule the numerous rehearsals wanted for these particular person items.
Q: Did any of the composers attend the rehearsals to supply options on the performances?
A: Sure! All of the composers visited us in particular person or on-line. The composition professors, together with Dr. Andrew Hannon, helped information the collaborative course of.
The winners within the Hayes Faculty of Music division, Jason Sensible and Sophie Rymarowicz, attended many rehearsals in particular person, as did Kyle Sapp. They gave suggestions and generally carried out their very own items in rehearsals. It was thrilling to work with them and the composers grew tremendously from that chance!
Leona and Spencer had been very spectacular within the high quality and complexity of their compositions. It was participating and motivating for the ASO musicians to take path from wonderful highschool college students. These composers met with us on ZOOM, thirty minutes collectively at a time, to attempt issues and overview completely different variations of the performances.
ASO has been motivated to do issues properly and be on recordings of world premieres. Composers will use these recordings to use to jobs and auditions. It’s nice for ASO musicians to see their names and that of the HSOM on recordings.
Q: What stood out to you about the highschool composers’ music?
A: The profitable piece (Scherzo by Leona Liu) was spectacular. String quartet is so troublesome to jot down – how do you make it sound nice whereas additionally being completely different? Even big-name composers wrestle. Main composers start these late in life. This one is so well-written for strings and confirmed an understanding of kind. Leona solely needed to submit a MIDI however recorded all elements herself as a substitute! And it was a troublesome piece, too!
Spencer’s Cha’s piece, Migration, has combined meters on a regular basis, complicated rhythms – it’s astonishing for somebody so younger that he may really feel the rhythms in his physique. We by no means get bored with it – we continue to learn from it rehearsal to rehearsal. All households of devices are in his piece.
Kyle Sapp’s piece displays a robust North Carolina custom of brass taking part in, mature and nice. The orchestra was joyful to play it, having fun with the suspensions and harmonies. That is one thing North Carolina could be happy with as a part of their band custom.
Q: What did the ASO college students study in making ready for these live shows?
A: Quite a lot of the items don’t have conductors as a result of I wished to develop the management and independence of the scholars. They’ve practiced listening to one another and their rehearsals have been so productive!
For instance, Sophie’s piece has a pulse you can’t merely “really feel” so as to know when to return in. She writes in a Second Viennese Faculty fashion with some lengthy notes and sudden adjustments of tempo and dynamics. The scholars had by no means been confronted with these challenges earlier than. I gave them some strategies, and although I couldn’t supervise each rehearsal, they grew 150% by the ultimate efficiency!
ASO college students have needed to study a variety of new abilities and have grown a lot on account of COVID-19. They’ve been taking extra initiative to prepare and run their very own rehearsals and I’ve seen an elevated maturity among the many group. As a result of variety of items concerned, two music training majors, Cailin Clarke and Robin Ayers, had the chance to conduct, which shall be an ideal expertise for them for his or her future careers.
Q: Is there anything you want to share in regards to the live performance?
A: On the first gown rehearsal on Thursday I used to be surprised by the fantastic thing about the music they produced. I believe all people will benefit from the number of types and the involvement of the scholars!
On a private word, it is going to be emotional as a result of it’s my final live performance with the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra. I’m so happy with what the ASO has completed!
Program Notes and Composer Biographies
Scherzo, World Premiere – Leona Liu (b. 2003)
Winner: HSoM Composition Competitors [HS category]
Program notes: Scherzo (2019, revised 2021) was written over the course of a number of late nights and early mornings. Though “scherzo” means “joke”, the piece is typically dramatic, lyrical, and tumultuous. Via-composed with frequent adjustments in key and meter, it’s supposed to convey a wild, intense spirit.
In regards to the Composer: Leona Liu (b. 2003) is a composer, pianist, violinist, and violist. A senior at Horace Greeley Excessive Faculty in Chappaqua, New York, Leona has been composing independently since age 10, and her work has acquired recognition from the American Composers Discussion board in addition to being chosen 5 instances for NYSSMA’s Younger Composer Honors program. Her items have additionally been carried out by The Chappaqua Orchestra. In her spare time, Leona reads, performs informal Tetris, and dabbles in novice audio manufacturing.
Migration, World Premiere – Spencer Cha
Runner up: HSoM Composition Competitors [HS student category]
In regards to the Composer: Spencer Cha, 16, is an completed pianist and composer who has been taking piano classes because the age of three. He at the moment research piano with Lena Grozman and composition with John Syzygy. He has received the CAPMT State Honors Competitors, CAPMT Northern California Concerto Competitors in two age classes, the Marilyn Mindell Competitors, the Chopin SF Competitors in two age classes, and the Thera Rabinowitch Competitors. He carried out with the Palo Alto Philharmonic in 2019. He received Excellent Gold Medalist twice within the 2018 U.S. Open Music Competitors. In 2017, he carried out at Carnegie Corridor after profitable 1st place within the American Protégé Competitors of Romantic Music.
Spencer has been 1st place alternate within the MTAC Solo Competitors and MTAC Concerto Competitors and has carried out on the MTAC State Conference. He received 2nd place nationally within the 2019-2020 MTNA Composition Competitors and 1st place nationally within the 2020-2021 MTNA Composition Competitors. Spencer acquired 2nd place within the 2020 MTAC Composition Competitors, and he is part of the MTAC Younger Composers Guild. He’s a eleventh grader on the Harker Faculty and is an oboist in his college’s orchestra. Exterior of music, Spencer additionally enjoys soccer, snowboarding, and tennis.
String Quartet No. 1 (2020) – Jason Sensible (b. 2001)
Program Notes: Jason Sensible’s first string quartet was composed over the course of 4 weeks and was influenced by composers like Dmitri Shostakovich. The composition is polytonal and has many ranging types and tempos. The primary motion is marked ‘Adagietto’ which is sluggish and dreadful. The melodic line begins off quiet and grows extra time, ultimately arriving on the second motion. The second motion is marked ‘Allegro vivace’ and is pressing and bombastic. The third motion is marked ‘Largo’ and is probably the most lyrical motion of the quartet with the primary violin and cello sharing the melody.
The fourth motion is marked ‘Allegretto’ and is the flashiest motion of the quartet. This motion contains many quick passages and quick articulated rhythms. The composition all collectively is simply round 5 minutes lengthy with every motion being relatively quick. Sensible’s compositions are inclined to make the purpose of a chunk clear and concise with none wasted time or prolongation of the work.
In regards to the Composer: Jason Sensible (b. 2001) is an American composer and trombonist. He was born in Huntingdonshire, England and raised in Pinehurst, NC. He’s at the moment learning Concept and Composition at Appalachian State College in Boone, NC with the intent of receiving a BMA. Jason has written for brass sextet, trombone chamber teams, string quartet, orchestra, wind band, and marching band. He has additionally composed digital music and movie scores.
His music has been carried out by Pinecrest Excessive Faculty and numerous ensembles at Appalachian State College. Jason’s compositions are full of lyrical melodies, crisp articulations, and wealthy harmonies. His principal influences embody Ravel, Respighi, Bruckner, Mahler, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, and movie composers like John Williams, James Newton Howard, Benjamin Wallfisch, and Don Davis.
The Blue Ridge, World Premiere (2021) – Jason Sensible
Program Notes: The Blue Ridge is a chamber ensemble piece composed by Jason Sensible. Sensible’s composition which was composed over his college’s winter break is impressed by the completely different seasons of the Blue Ridge Mountain vary in Boone, NC. The piece is separated into two distinct sections, every representing a distinct season. The primary part of the piece represents winter. The opening oboe melody evolves all through the ensemble and is handed to different devices just like the strings. The ensemble is restrained on this part for example the fragile, barren nature of the chilly and to create a mystical but stunning ambiance. The second part which is marked ‘Jubilant’ represents spring. The spring part is mild, bouncy, and stuffed with harmonic adjustments and syncopation. The quick paced phrases are full of brass fanfares, woodwind flutters, and rhythmic string traces.
Quietly Unstated, World Premiere (2021) – Sophie Rymarowicz (b. 1996)
Runner up: HSoM Composition Competitors [HSoM student category]
Program Notes: Quietly Unstated is an association of a duet initially written for 2 violins. The thought was to have two devices of the identical sort – sharing pitches, taking part in in unison rhythms – but coming aside on the seams. Within the unique violin duet, the 2 violins play double stops, stacking intervals collectively into, basically, a four-part concord. Excessive dynamics: loud crescendos and subito piano, additionally play an element within the building of the sound world. The working title of this duo was Duet in One Voice, for Two Violins, which one can nonetheless discover on the hand-written copies. Nevertheless, whereas this title could be very correct when it comes to its building, it lacks the emotional context that’s supposed to pour out of the sonorities, and the motivic themes hidden throughout the texture. Above all else, central pitches and harmonic progressions had been chosen totally on emotional responses and stems from improvisation.
In regards to the Composer:
is a composer whose musical works have been described as Webern-esque, melodic clusters. She has participated within the annual John Donald Robb Composer’s Symposium, the place she had the chance to listen to readings of her personal work. With every new piece, she strives to imbue every sonic world with a way of the unknown and the eerie. A violinist, Sophie Rymarowicz earned her BM in Efficiency from the College of New Mexico. Her previous experiences forming a scholar chamber group and performing orchestral works as a violinist give her a bonus relating to works that includes strings. She is at the moment working in direction of her Grasp’s in composition at Appalachian State College.
Via the Gates, World Premiere – Kyle Sapp (b. 2003)
Program Notes: Once you look again on life, what do you consider? The joyful moments? The unhappy moments? Or these that are in between? An correct illustration of this piece could be a tragic darkish scenario, and eventually, it is over and also you emerge victoriously, however in case you had been to look deeper into the title, you’d study there’s extra to find. I used to be given the inspiration for this piece by my highschool ensemble director. I used to be battling discovering inspiration and he or she instructed me, ‘Simply take a look at what is going on on this planet round you, lack of life, lack of mates, lack of alternative.’ What she mentioned to me simply clicked. Instantly the thought got here to me of passing from this world and our conditions, into being welcomed into the gates of heaven. Triumph, Reduction, Victory.
In regards to the Composer: Kyle Sapp was born on August 18th, 2003. Kyle is a Junior, at West Forsyth Excessive Faculty in Clemmons, North Carolina. Kyle grew up within the Moravian Church, so music had at all times been part of his life. Listening to hymns and chorales, fugues and preludes, began his fascination at a younger age. He wrote his first hymn on the age of 10, and some extra within the years to comply with. In center college, he organized a chunk for the 265th Anniversary of the founding of his residence church. In center college, he grew to become fascinated with marches, specifically the marches of Sousa. In eighth grade, he composed his first march, The Firecracker, then adopted by one other, The Sentimental March.
Within the fall of his sophomore yr, he entered the PTSA Reflections composition competitors along with his piece entitled Damaged Reflections. This piece received 2nd place in North Carolina. He then accomplished 4 different wind band items, in addition to his first orchestral piece, Serenade and Minuet, in 2020 in addition to a number of small ensemble items. Kyle then went on to start out his first symphony for wind ensemble entitled A Gaze, Upon the Stars, a 28 minute, 5 motion piece.