Big News!

CMEA

Happy New Year everyone! I am so looking forward to sharing a booth with my colleague Bryan Grosbach again this year. We should have more composers with us this year, so please stop by, check out new music, and say hello!

Publication

My big news is - drum roll please - To Madame Curie, written for SSA and piano is being published by Hal Leonard. It is a piece that I wrote this past summer for the women's choir at Prairie Middle School. Bella Voce is directed by Phil Drozda, a truly phenomenal middle school music teacher. They will be premiering the work on May 14, and I am so excited to hear them. This one is very special for me since my daughter sings in Bella Voce and will be singing with the choir for the premiere. The piece is being published in the Andrea Ramsey Choral Series. I will be sure to let you all know when it is released!

Colorado Mesa University

In October, Bryan Grosbach, Tyler Wiggington, and I traveled to Colorado Mesa University for a Colorado "Composium." The choirs at CMU performed our work, and we also got to spend a couple of days meeting and working with the choirs and their director Dr. Monte Atkinson. We also had a little bit of time to get to know the other choir director at the school, Dr. Graham Anduri. It was an honor and a pleasure to get to work with these singers. They premiered a piece I wrote a few years ago in memory of my dear friend Sarah, In Paradisum. They did a beautiful job on the piece, and I was honored to have them premiere it. You can see the recording here

Christmas Eve Premiere

On Christmas Eve, I had the pleasure of attending the premiere of Be Not Afraid. I wrote this piece for the Grandview Ward Choir under the direction of Lauren Bales, and I thoroughly enjoyed their performance. I hope to have a recording of that piece up soon - I just have to okay it with their director!

That's all for now! Please come say hello at CMEA.

 

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New pieces available

I had planned on spending more time working on the website this summer, but I was blind sided by my older brother's cancer diagnosis. It's been a very hard summer. I feel incredibly blessed that I was able to get to Arkansas and spend a little time with him before he died. I had to take several weeks off work though this summer to just try and deal with the grief. 

New Choral Pieces

I am back at work now though and have added several pieces to the website. I have one new sacred Christmas piece - Be Not Afraid. This piece was written for the Grandview Ward Choir. It is an SATB piece with piano accompaniment. The piece is not too terribly challenging, so it should be appropriate for an non-auditioned church choir. 

I also have added two other sacred, unaccompanied pieces - I Will Give You Rest and His Mercy Endures Forever. These two pieces are more difficult. I Will Give You Rest is a very challenging piece. His Mercy Endures Forever is less challenging, but they are both SSAATTBB pieces.

The last piece is also sacred. I wrote this piece for Good Friday service at Cameron United Methodist Church. It is called Do Not Weep For Me. It is a modal piece for SATB and piano. There is a short treble solo (suitable for either an alto or soprano). Unfortunately, I cannot find the audio recording of the premiere! I'm so disappointed! I have included a MIDI audio recording. 

Big News Coming Soon!

Yes. I am a tease! I'll write about it next week, so check back soon! As always, if you have any questions or feedback, please do not hesitate to contact me. If you are interested in a perusal score in any of the new works (or any of the old works for that matter), I'll be glad to send it to you.

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A Winter Ride - premiere

Cantabile did a fabulous job with the premiere of A Winter Ride.

I was thrilled to attend the Sunday performance of "Winter's Passing," the second concert of the year for Cantabile, an auditioned, Boulder based, mixed choir directed by Brian Stone. Cantabile is a bit unique in that they do not have a Christmas or Holiday concert. Their winter concert is at the beginning of February. Their conductor programmed a concert of songs that celebrated winter and the coming of spring. On the concert were such choral germs as Morten Lauridsen's "Mid-Winter Songs," and two movements of Paul Hindemith's "Six Chansons." 

I was particularly excited to hear "Song for Snow," by Florence B. Price. Price was an incredible composer and someone that I particularly admire. It was an honor to have my piece performed along side her's on this concert. 

"A Winter Ride" was the first piece on the program which was incredibly fun for me because then I got to relax and just enjoy the rest of the concert! I was thrilled at how the piece sounded. I had the privilege of attending one of Cantabile's recent rehearsals. They were very welcoming to me, and I enjoyed sharing the story of how "A Winter Ride" came to be written. 

I have posted the video on composition page for "A Winter Ride."

I would like to offer a big "thank you" to both Brian Stone and Cantabile for their performance of "A Winter Ride." I know they worked hard to learn and polish the piece. It was a thrill for me to hear the piece performed. 

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To MIDI, or not to MIDI, that is the question

First, CMEA wrap up!

A big thank you to everyone who stopped by our exhibitor's booth at CMEA! It was a pleasure to speak with you all. Both my colleague Bryan Grosbach and I felt like the conference was a huge success, and we plan on coming back next year. If you have any questions regarding any of the perusal scores or works in progress, please feel free to contact me. I would love to speak with you.

That darn MIDI.....

If there is anything that brings out strong opinions among composers and directors, it is the use of MIDI recordings. I read a blog post just today that strongly discouraged the use of MIDI recordings on a composer's website. I have also spoken with people who have equally strong opinions in the opposite direction. Composer's do not always have live recordings available of our works. MIDI recordings are easy for us to make and can, at the very least, give a direction some idea of how the piece sounds. MIDI does indeed lack the musicality of the piece which is one major drawback.

I have made it a point to include MIDI recordings for any pieces that do not have live recordings. It is simple to not listen to the MIDI if one despises the sound. In my undergraduate classes we called it "The Robots." If any one of you has strong opinions (or even luke warm opinions) either way, I would love to hear your feedback. If you are interested in a perusal score, so that you may play through the composition yourself, please feel free to email me.

As always, I appreciate any and all feedback! Thank you!

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Colorado Music Educator's Association Conference

Exhibitor's Booth

My friend and fellow local composer, Bryan Grosbach, and I are teaming up with a joint exhibitor's booth at the upcoming Colorado Music Educator's Association Conference in Colorado Springs later this month. The conference is hosted every year at the Broadmoor Hotel. This year the conference is being held from January 26 - 28. I am so excited to present our work to this year's conference attendees. My daughter will be performing at the conference this year with the Prairie Middle School Bella Voce under the direction of Mr. Phil Drozda. I have roped her into helping out with the booth! I will have all of my choral works available at the conference, and I also plan on having a few arts songs, solo instrumental works, and small chamber instrumental works. 

Please stop by and say hello!

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Website Launch!

Website Launch!

I am so thrilled for the launch of my website.

I enjoy writing both choral and instrumental works, and you will find both if you click on the "compositions" page. Right now I have choral works for many levels in both SATB and SSAA (some with divisi). I hope to have some men's choir pieces available soon.

I am also working on several children's choir pieces which will be compiled in a book with an accompaniment CD that I plan to have available by the end of the year.

If you are looking for something specific that you do not see, please send me an email, and I'd love to speak with you about it.

Stay tuned for more news!