2023 SWOSU Consortium – Grade 2.5
I’m pleased to announce another consortium opportunity for 2023! The piece is lead by Dr. Robert Pippin and the Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) Wind Symphony. I became friends with Dr. Pippin while he was finishing his Doctorate at Peabody and teaching at my alma mater Northwest Missouri State University. We bonded quickly over our passion for great music, drinks and biking.
Over the years we’ve talked about him wanting to commission me to write new music with electronics that is accessible by any ensemble. Up to this point most of works have always leaned towards the harder end of the spectrum so I told him I would be up for trying something like that.
Fast forward to 2022 and he’s announced that he has accepted the position of director of bands at SWOSU. We met for celebratory drinks and he let me know that he wanted to move forward with the piece we had talked about within the first year of his tenure at SWOSU. I happily agreed to this and we decided that this time of year was the right time to announce the work!
Here is the overview:
- The piece is tentatively titled “Duality” and will contain two movements at a grade 2.5 level with electronics.
- The electronics will be run through ableton live (ran with free trial) and setup so all you need is a loud PA system.
- You can run the electronics with an audio interface with 3 channels (left, right and click track for conductor). They will be broken up into easy to use rehearsal cues.
- The electronics can also be performed without an audio interface and you can feel the pulse of the electronics to time it up as well.
- Each movement can be played separately but are better together as a mini suite. The targeted run time is around 3-5 minutes per movement or 6-10 minutes for the whole piece.
- Total buy in cost is $150 and you get your name and your ensemble’s name listed on the score.
- The piece will be premiered in Dec. 2023 so consortium members will have exclusivity for the 2024 calendar year before it’s available to the general public.
- Consortium members get free troubleshooting and help from Robert plus a free zoom rehearsal. If you are in the greater KC metro area Robert will come rehearse in person!
I’m beyond excited to create new literature that will be accessible by more groups. I love writing works with electronics and believe that all performers should have the opportunity to perform with them.
For more details and to sign up for the consortium fill out the google form here and if you have questions feel free to reach out to me via dm or email!