Augur

This was the first time we did lyrics and wrote for voice. I didn't realize how much goes into notating lyrics correctly. This was performed in the first ever Juilliard Evening Division Composition Showcase.

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Augur


Redemption

This is the first time I've composed for a wind instrument: clarinet. This was an assignment where each instrument had to have a melody, do staccato, or do something wavy and had to switch midway. I was only able to get one switch in.

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Redemption

 


The Awakening

This was the first time our composition class paired with the conducting class. The assignment was to create a conductor-challenging work - with accelerandos, ritardandos, GPs, fermatas, dynamic changes - the works. We learned a lot about how to notate properly not only for performers, but conductors as well. I learned the hard way - don't put a GP at the end of a page. You would think that's smart, but what do you hear in the silence? Page turning! =) The other thing that stunned our composition class was seeing the difference with a student conductor versus the instructor conducting. A good conductor can make a huge difference.

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The Awakening

 


Carillon Fantasies

This was a study in doing variations, something I didn't think I was particularly good at doing. We did a ten mile walk in NYC one weekend, and passed by a church as the carillon started ringing. That was the inspiration for this.

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Carillon Fantasies