NUTLEY, NJ — Composer, educator, conductor, musician — all of those phrases describe Nutley Excessive College graduate Joshua A. Idio. The trumpeter, who holds a bachelor’s diploma in music schooling from William Paterson College, has written music for live performance bands, orchestras and chamber teams; his music has been carried out worldwide.
Idio is at present a member of the Nationwide Affiliation for Music Training, the New Jersey Music Educators Affiliation and the Affiliation of Live performance Bands. He’s additionally a registered member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, and the American Composers Discussion board as an energetic composer within the New York Metropolis space.
Idio’s love for music started early, thanks partly to the Nutley Public Faculties.
“I used to be concerned with the Nutley college music program for the reason that fourth grade. I performed violin in elementary college and finally switched to trumpet. I stayed with my beloved brass instrument for the remainder of my profession and proceed to play it to at the present time,” Idio instructed the Nutley Journal, including that he’s at present studying to play piano as nicely and dabbles on the guitar. “Being a music schooling main signifies that I needed to study almost all of the devices within the wind household tree in order that I might train them to different college students. I do know all of the fundamentals, however I’m nonetheless studying.”
Now a music educator, Idio seems to be again fondly on his personal music schooling.
“I used to be lucky to carry out with almost each group of my highschool’s instrumental program, at one level taking part in in its wind ensembles, orchestras, marching band, percussion and jazz ensembles,” Idio stated. “I’m proud to say I used to be even part of the 2013 marching band season as a drum main; we went undefeated that 12 months, and I couldn’t be extra happy with my bandmates for carrying the torch. I made so many buddies by the music program, a few of them I nonetheless keep up a correspondence with, and the music academics had been my favourite academics in highschool. They taught me a lot about music and life basically, most particularly John Maiello, whom I had the privilege of studying beneath for all 4 years of highschool. I’m blissful to say that I can now name numerous them my colleagues.”
In keeping with Idio, taking part in in numerous ensembles and studying various kinds of music helped broaden his abilities and his considering.
“We performed at quite a few venues, ranging out of your common gig cafes to massive live performance halls. And due to our supportive communities, we had been capable of journey quite a bit, too,” Idio stated, mentioning journeys to Italy; Six Flags Nice Journey; Washington, D.C.; and Montreal, Canada. “These experiences additionally generated extra alternatives to discover the music subject, together with honor bands and finally my acceptance into William Paterson College as a music schooling main. I’ll be the primary to confess that with out all these, I in all probability wouldn’t be right here speaking to you proper now. It made that a lot of an affect on me.”
Among the many many journeys Idio took together with his fellow musicians at Nutley Excessive College, the journey to Italy had the largest affect on him.
“The varsity’s instrumental music program went on a significant journey to Italy to carry out at a number of venues with bands from different communities. The music we performed there consisted of a number of works from famend composer Frank Ticheli, and what was cool about that journey was that we bought to fulfill Mr. Ticheli in individual and carry out with him, as he was additionally conducting our band at considered one of our concert events. His music was magnificent to play, and assembly him was so inspiring,” Idio stated. “That journey and encounter with Ticheli had a significant affect on my life as a result of it proved to me how highly effective music could be and the way one individual’s music can relate to and join so many individuals. The music we carried out additionally had a significant affect on how I developed my philosophical perspective in direction of music schooling, which is that understanding music that pertains to us will in the end make us a greater individual. It’s a language that, although it might have an effect on individuals in another way, brings everybody of each background collectively, with a connection that transcends limitations.”
In keeping with Idio, he likes to play live performance and chamber music — and likes to compose them much more.
“Classical music will all the time have a particular place in my coronary heart since I’ve lived with that style for the longest time, however I’ve lately began investing extra in soundtrack and movie music, however a selected form: music that’s thought-provoking and inspirational. A fantastic instance of that is Gavin Greenaway’s ‘Reflections of Earth’ from Disney’s EPCOT 2000 nighttime fireworks present, ‘Illuminations.’ It’s considered one of my favourite items to take heed to, and I examine its orchestration always,” Idio stated. “I simply launched a brand new long-term venture to introduce the wind ensemble style into the industrial world. We normally solely hear orchestral music in soundtracks and movies, however not a lot wind band. This venture is combining a few of my favourite genres into one, and to this point I’m liking the outcomes. I hope it will grow to be a sport changer within the industrial trade.”
With so many initiatives beneath his wing and sooner or later, Idio has had many successes and appears to have many extra. Nonetheless, he stated, his proudest accomplishment up to now is unquestionably his closing student-teaching live performance.
“I used to be educating at Union Center College in Rutherford for my closing undergraduate semester, and their band director, my cooperating instructor at the moment, Mr. John Brigante, commissioned me to put in writing a live performance opener for his or her band’s spring live performance. He knew I compose band music and thought it might be an incredible concept to mix the 2 worlds collectively: educating and composition,” Idio stated; and so, in April 2018, he performed the varsity’s live performance band in premiering his piece “Overture for Training.”
“It was a chance of a lifetime. Not solely did I compose a bit particularly for the varsity’s live performance band, however I additionally bought to show the scholars the way to play it and conduct them at their spring live performance,” he stated. “It was numerous enjoyable and, although the music was difficult for them, they carried out it very nicely. I couldn’t be extra happy with my college students for accepting the problem, nor grateful to them for permitting me to have this chance. It was the spotlight of my undergraduate profession, adopted carefully by my instructor certification and commencement.”
When composing items resembling “Overture for Training,” Idio has realized to sit down together with his concepts and let the composition come to him naturally.
“I first consider a brand new piece that I need to compose or a brand new melody that I need to discover, after which determine the instrumentation that may deliver out its finest options, which could possibly be like a big orchestra or a small quartet,” Idio stated. “From there it’s actually about being affected person and permitting the artistic concepts to pop up by themselves. Certain, I can go onto the piano and play some random melodies till one thing strikes my fancy, which might work, however then you’re merely making an attempt to drive one thing to occur, and you then lose that charisma to compose as a result of nothing particular involves you. Nothing good comes out of a lifeless concept. The music must be significant, or else it gained’t be productive.”
Idio acknowledged that “composer’s block” is a typical impediment he should overcome, saying he usually responds by not forcing the problem. He’ll take a stroll or watch a film, and let the block move by itself.
“A typical tactic that helps quite a bit is listening to different music,” Idio stated. “Throughout my non-public composition classes with my Montclair State College graduate teacher, professor Patrick J. Burns, we might usually take heed to comparable works from numerous composers, or music of particular types, to see how different composers do sure issues. Learning these items and recordings helps me determine what I need to do or how I need my music to sound. It permits for my creativity to flare up. Generally it solely takes that little bit of a lift to lastly give you one thing unimaginable.”
A part of composition can be choosing the correct instrument or devices to convey the piece and the story it’s telling.
“I’ve had sufficient expertise listening to and performing live performance music to know what sort of combos of devices I need to use,” Idio stated. “If I need one thing loud and impactful, the brass is my go-to. Woodwinds are my favourite devices to play when it comes to lyrical sections. … The percussion can do just about each and extra. The music will kind of come alive afterward, and, even when I don’t get the whole image immediately, I’ll know the place I need it to guide.”
Whereas Idio has numerous selections to make when composing, resembling instrumentation, he finds that a few of his favourite items are ones the place the music appeared to manage the alternatives.
“What I really like most about music composing is that, now and again, I’ll find yourself with one thing utterly totally different than what I supposed for it to be. And that’s superb, as a result of it means I’ve allowed the music to take management and converse for itself,” Idio stated. “Generally essentially the most unimaginable issues you’ll ever encounter are issues that you just didn’t discover within the first place. We composers discover simply as a lot as we write. And after we’ve reached our finish of the work, we could be amazed at how our music might have a completely new which means.”
Regardless of having so many compositions and achievements beneath his belt, Idio will not be resting on his laurels. The composer, who is just in his 20s, is at present engaged on a graduate diploma at MSU and is all the time trying ahead to his subsequent composition.
“I’ve a number of premieres and releases arising this 12 months, which I’m very excited to disclose quickly. And due to the various connections I’ve made through the years, I’ve extra alternatives than ever earlier than,” Idio stated. “I nonetheless plan on educating sooner or later. Possibly with this new grasp’s diploma that I’m engaged on, I’ll be capable of train on the faculty degree. I hope that I’ll be capable of proceed writing music no matter I find yourself doing. I do know that music composition will play a a lot greater position in my life than I’ve ever thought.”
To listen to a few of Idio’s compositions and keep knowledgeable on future developments, go to his web site at https://joshuaaidiomusic.squarespace.com/.
“I need to present music that’s inspirational and thought-provoking, with the hope that it’ll have an effect on its listeners in such a method that they too will want to change somebody’s life,” Idio stated. “So now, after I train music and write new compositions, I do it with the expectation in thoughts that no matter I do and create will make an enduring affect.”