KFC – Kentucky-Found-Composers!


As some of you are aware, last weekend I was privileged enough to attend the bi-annual North American Composers Forum (NACF) held at Asbury University in Wilmore, KY. What a wonderful time it was! This event, put together by Dr. Ron Holz, featured faculty composers such as William Himes, Marty Thomas, Brian Bowen, Ivor and Jannette Bosanko, Dorothy Gates, Robert Redhead, Stephen Bulla, and Nick Simmons-Smith, along with the rising and upcoming composers of today. The Central Territory was well represented with my good friend Moriah Hellstrom, Andrew Wainwright, Peter Kim, and Martin Thies. It was a great time of fellowship and trading ideas from composer to composer. We had Brass/Choral reading sessions where we got to hear each other’s music. A highlight for me  was Dorothy Gates’s presentation on finding inspiration to write music through scripture, where she explained the genesis of a few of her pieces and the scripture that tied in with them. For the forum I submitted Whom Shall I Fear, Chronicles of Faith, Bieber Fever, and the Trash Cannes Festival Fanfare. Whom Shall I Fear was presented during the brass reading session. It was wonderful working with other composers throughout the country and being able to work with them and the faculty. I was able to work one-on-one with Robert Redhead, Marty Thomas, and Nick Simmons-Smith, all three of them giving wise feedback and things that can help my music get better. I even got a request from Nick to write a piece (“six minutes & splashy,” as he put it) for the Southern Territorial Band. All in all, it was a wonderful weekend and rest assured, I have not seen the last of Asbury University…

Coming off the reels of such a great weekend, I have begun work on a Euphonium Solo for Brian Rowland of the Royal Oak Citadel Band. This will be my first attempt at an extended work for Solo Euphonium and Band. Other requests for music are also coming in, which I am very excited for. Each one of them is an opportunity for me to potentially bless someone with the gift God has given me. Short update this time around but it’s nearly 1 o’clock in the morning and I have class/work/Beginner’s Band tomorrow!

God Bless

P.S. Sorry for the lame title of today’s blog post. I thought it was clever a few minutes ago when I typed it…but hey, you can’t win ’em all…

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