I’m in the process of writing a new orchestral work for a consortium of advanced youth orchestras! All of the orchestras will receive the piece this winter and will be premiering it on their spring concerts.
It has been in the works for a few months, but I am happy to announce that I am the new Interim Executive Director of the Relâche Ensemble! I’ve known about the group from growing up in the Philadelphia area, and I was fortunate to be commissioned by Relâche for their 40th Anniversary Concerts. One thing led to another, and I am thrilled to be bringing direction and leadership to such an important Philadelphia music institution.
In the spring I started working on my dissertation composition. I had a plan mapped out for an orchestral piece in four movements, grand theories about how it would fit together, snippets of musical ideas, and even an entire movement sketched in short score. There were themes that were going to be gradually transformed movement by movement, carefully crafted transitions, and forms and styles with various musicological allusions.