♫ Notes of Remembrance ♪ ♫
Joint Consortium Project for Wind Band
"It's time to stop missing him and start remembering him."
That's what my uncle told me on the day my grandfather passed after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. Those words soon inspired my Second Symphony. My Grandfather was one of the first people who brought a love of music into my life. My Grandparents took me to the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera, we listened to classical together in the car, we played duets on the piano, and they were at most every concert, recital, and parade. I knew the best way to remember him was to bring new music into this world.
That is why I am so happy to announce the Notes of Remembrance Joint Consortium for Wind Band with five of my talented colleagues.
For $500, your ensemble will receive a year exclusivity, beginning in Fall of 2021 (pending COVID-19 safety), for six new works for Wind Band. 20% of every commission we receive we will be donating to The Alzheimer's Association as part of our own The Longest Day project to help find a cure and look forward to a world without Alzheimer's.
We hope to provide more musicians with a chance to learn more about this disease and those it affects, and for many a way to honor someone they may have lost through inspiring new music.
Meet the Composers
♫ Frank Gulino, a native of New York City, now resides in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, where he maintains an active schedule as a composer and bass trombonist. As a leading composer of contemporary brass chamber music and recital literature, Frank has had works commissioned, performed, and recorded by some of the world's foremost brass players, including euphonium virtuosoSteven Mead, the Israel Tuba Duo, and members of the Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, National, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis symphony orchestras, as well as members of all four DC-based premier military bands. With a broadly appealing compositional voice that has led to performances across the United States as well as at venues in Argentina, Canada, Estonia, Italy, Latvia, Mexico, Panama, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and Uruguay, Frank's music remains exceedingly popular with performers and audiences alike.
Frank will be writing a fun and energetic fanfare, perfect for starting a program of these six works, but also a great fit for any program. Approx. 5', Grade 3
♫ Madeline A. Lee recently received her Master of Music in Horn Performance under the tutelage of Dr. Natalie Brooke Higgins at the Columbus State University Schwob School of Music. She earned her Bachelor of Music Education from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, studying horn with Martin Hackleman, formerly of the National Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Brass, and Empire Brass. In 2018, Madeline was announced as the winner of the Fredericksburg Brass Composition Competition for her brass ensemble piece, The Fair Hero. Another work, Atrevida, for horn, marimba, and non-pitched percussion, was selected as the winning work for the 2019 International Women's Brass Conference Call for Scores. Her most recent composition, Put Me to Rest for Bass Trombone and Piano was chosen to be featured in the 2019 International Trombone Festival Composer's Workshop. In addition to her compositional endeavors, Madeline currently holds the position of Director of Bands for Northumberland County Public Schools in Heathsville, VA, where she teaches instrumental music to both middle and high school students.
Madeline's piece, “Momento,” explores the concept of memories being associated with objects through the connection of seemingly unrelated musical ideas. And like a collection of random objects, these memories form something bigger and much more cohesive; they are the essence of who we are. Approx. 6', Grade 4
♫ Katahj Copley (b.1998) is a native of Carrollton, GA. He is currently on track to receive his bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Composition at the University of West Georgia. He studied saxophone with Dr. John Bleuel, DMA, composition with Dr. Glenn Eernisse, and euphonium and conducting with Dr. Cale Self. He has been commissioned by colleges/universities and professional ensembles such as the 1st Infantry Brass Choir in Ft. Riley, Kansas conducted by Michael Turner. At his current school, Katahj has premiered works for almost all ensembles at the University of West Georgia including the University of West Georgia Brass Ensemble, Concert Choir, Saxophone Ensemble, and Wind Ensemble. Katahj has also collaborated with the Rhode Island Recording Ensemble- conducted by Brian Cardany and was commissioned by the Nu Alpha chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at Georgia State University. His piece Sunshine was featured during the GMEA District XIII 9-10th Grade Band in February of 2020. He has also collaborated with several chamber groups as well such as the Axos Saxophone Quartet and the Admiral Launch Duo. In the spring of 2020, the University of West Georgia Wind Ensemble premiered NOVA at the 2020 CBDNA Southeast Division Conference. He is currently slated for a premiere of his work INFINITY at the 2020 Midwest Conference.
Katahj's piece "Flicker" will be dedicated to a friend of his and her grandfather. Katahj says, "Her Abuelito was a Cuban man who suffered from Alzheimer's and when asked about him she refers to his eyes. His eyes were so colorful but as the disease got to him up until his death, the color of his eyes started to leave him. This piece will reflect on the beginning and end of a man who was loved." The piece will use Cuban style music. Approx. 7', Grade 5
♫ Jordan Chase writes music that is innovative and appealing to diverse audiences and performers alike. His music is described as “lyrical, rhythmically jagged, and stark in majesty” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), drawing upon his life experiences to forge a freedom of expression and depth of meaning. Chase was recently commissioned by the TU New Music Ensemble for his string quartet, Drift Into Light, and by the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society for his guitar quartet, Between Earth and Sky. Notable composition awards include second place in the International Boston Guitarfest Composition Competition, the LCO Composition Competition, and the Pappalardo Composition Competition. Chase holds a DMA from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, and currently teaches at Towson University and Levine Music.
Jordan's work, "Of a Luminous Past," will feature the way he effortlessly uses timbre and texture to create fun and challenging music for symphonic band. Approx. 7', Grade 5
♫ Kaitlin Bove is Director of Instrumental Ensembles and Assistant Professor of Music at Pierce College in Puyallup, Washington where she teaches courses in music theory and world music in addition to band, orchestra, and jazz ensembles. In 2020, she was the recipient of the campus-wide “Outstanding Faculty of the Year” Award. Kaitlin holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting from University of Kentucky where she was a conducting student of Cody Birdwell and a teaching assistant with the wind band program. In March 2019, she was honored to premier her wind transcription of Caroline Shaw’s Partita for 8 Voices as part of her lecture conducting recital with the University of Kentucky Wind Symphony and University of Kentucky Choristers. Kaitlin is founder of the And We Were Heard initiative which matches underrepresented composers of wind band and orchestra literature with volunteer ensembles in order to generate quality recordings of the music of diverse compositional voices.
Kaitlin will bring her experience working in high school and college band programs to write a grade 3 work meant to engage younger musicians on the connection between music and memory. Approx. 5', Grade 3
♫ Zachary Friedland earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in music composition from The Ohio State University in 2018. Before Ohio State, Zach attended the University of Rhode Island, graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in music composition in 2013. He earned a Master's degree at The Longy School of Music of Bard College in 2015.
During his time at Ohio State, Zach worked closely with the band program, writing for the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Collegiate Winds, and Jazz Band, as well as arranging for The Ohio Show Band and Music Education program’s Brazilian Experience. Zach has worked with notable groups including The Metropolitan Wind Symphony, The Stateline Wind Symphony, The Savannah River Winds, and the Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma 2016 Northeast District Reading Band, for which he was also a conductor and clinician. Zach has also written solo and chamber works for The Anacostia String Quartet, pianist Natalie Zhu, tubist Gary Buttery, vocalist Ketti Jane Muschler, and Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim. Zach's works are published by ALRY Publications, Cimarron Music Press, and Art of Sound Music.
Zach will be composing his "Symphony No. 2 - Memories". The Movements, Creating, Missing, Remembering, Celebrating will be a reflection of the experience of losing a loved one to Alzheimer's. "I hope this work will be a chance for everyone to reflect on someone they have loved and lost. We create these memories through our time together but as Alzheimer's takes over someone you love, you begin to miss them even before they are gone. It's not until afterward when they suddenly come to life again in your own memory, exactly how you remembered them before the Alzheimer's and once we reflect on those memories, we can truly celebrate their lives." Approx. 20', Grade 5
These works will be designed to be performed as one singular program but also adaptable to fit on any concert.
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All six works will be delivered and payment will be due in August of 2021 The exact premiere date will be announced soon.
Composers will be available for virtual clinics. In-person clinics and guest conducting can be arranged individually with composers.
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