2012 Composition Studio Highlights

On this, the last day of 2012, I'd like to take a moment to recognize some of the outstanding works created by my composition students over the past year at Columbia College Chicago. I am now in my second year at Columbia and it has been very satisfying to witness the creative and intellectual energy permeating all of the studios and classes within the program. I will undoubtedly post more recordings as they become available. For now, here is a small sampling:

Morgan Krauss

(Note: Morgan's recent accomplishments include being invited to the Gaudeamus Muziekweek/orkest de ereprijs 19th International Young Composers Meeting for 2013!)

Figure as Collision for Orchestra (performed by Chicago Composers Orchestra)

So evening die for vocal quartet (performed by Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble)

Daniel Hynds

Three Scenes from Dante's Inferno

Monte Weber

Conscious for violin, cello, oboe and bass clarinet

Lastly, while I don't have a recording of this piece, I'd like to share a few shots of the score to Erin Doubenmier's Oms de la Planet Sauvage for flute, viola and harp. I have always appreciated well-executed hand-written scores, and Erin, who took my Composition III course this past fall, certainly produced a very special work visually and aurally. Shots of Erin's score are posted below.

Thanks again to all of my students - I look forward to working with you in 2013!