New Year, New Post!

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I know I’m 27 days late but I was in Atlanta during this time so I get a free pass. All that to say…

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

…glad that’s out of the way. I hope y’all have had a great New Year so far. Fun Fact: Starting in February, 2018 is the Chinese New Year of the Dog…so, yeah. Fun fact over.

Usually leading up to the New Year, I take the time to reflect on the pieces I have written that year. The year 2017 was a difficult one for music writing. Now that my composition recital was out of the way (Nov. 21, 2016), there were a lot of other things I had to focus on during my countdown to graduation such as my trumpet recital (otherwise known as my flugel horn recital, with special cameo appearances from my cornet and trumpet), co-hosting our Senior Showcase, actually surviving college enough to graduate, etc. It was also a year of transition for me, moving from college life to adult life. You can see previous post about my post-college life, but it’s all to say that I didn’t have the chance to write a lot of music. The four pieces that were finished were the following:

Overture – Triforce

Meditation – In His Hands

Song Arrangement – Happy!

Euphonium Solo – Consecrated

Of the four, “Triforce” is currently in the repertoire list for the Pendel Brass and “Happy” was used as a recessional item for the wedding of Matthew & Haylee Winters in addition to the Florida Divisional Music Camp. “In His Hands” is adapted from another work of mine, “Chronicles of Faith,” and “Consecrated” was written as a Christmas gift for my father.

I was privileged to attend the 2018 North American Composers Forum a couple of weeks ago. This time it was hosted by the USA Central Territory, so it was a great opportunity to see a lot of friends. I was essentially home. You can read a report from Edward Mylechreest (of Mylestone Music) about the great weekend here:

2018 North American Composers Forum Report – Edward Mylechreest

Another TroyFred Productions New Year tradition is to list the different kinds of pieces I would like to write this year. While I haven’t thought about this as intensely as I usually do, I still have some ideas and have received some commissions that I am excited to start working on. Those include:

  • Selection for the Philadelphia Kroc Center Jazz Orchestra
  • Meditative Item for the Wedding of Chris Irvine & Katelyn Church
  • Cornet Duet for Jonathan George ’20 & Wade Hintz ’20 for their Senior Recital
  • A Special New Vocal Duet

In addition to those four pieces, I would also like to write stuff that is more functional for Salvation Army worship services. I have all the time in the world to write another major work, but writing stuff for Sunday morning might be my goal for a while. Maybe I’ll focus on things like hymn tune arrangements, meditations, song arrangements, etc. We’ll see where the Lord leads me.

I pray you all draw closer to God and learn to lean on Him during the inevitable tough times. To partially quote Albus Dumbledore (and to ignore the irony of quoting a wizard to reference God), “dark and difficult times lie ahead.” During those dark times, we need to follow the light that is our Lord and Savior.

Keep your head on a swivel!

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