Recent news, you say?

 

I keep a journal called The Poetry of the Symphonic. Drop in and take a look. It's concerned with all of my more long haired artistic endeavors, some of which will doubtless be other than what you seek, but I hope there is something there for all my diverse audiences. For the more adventurous, I also keep a second blog called The Tartarus Rim that details some of my more light hearted hobbies. Of late these have consumed more of my artistic energy and there's much more to be seen there.

 

The latest update:

I've long dreamt of making short films of my musical projects. Lately I've begun to experiment with it more seriously. I have a channel over on YouTube where I've long posted oddness involving models. Lately, I've grown confident enough to record a few things and shoot some videos of a slightly more artsy nature:

 

 

Other recent news:

Saturday, May 22, 2010 I and a laundry list of my friends and acquaintances performed The Faerie Flute, Alien Landscapes, and Symphony No. 3 at the Orr Street Studios behind the Wabash Station in downtown Columbia Missouri. This was the premiere of all three works. The show was, first and foremost, a birthday gift to my late sister Miriam to whom I dedicated The Faerie Flute. I think she appreciated it and generally had a good time. We certainly all had fun playing it for her.

 

Older news:

A few of my works were, for a time, commercially available at the Music Suite on North Providence in dear Columbia MO. If you happen to be in local, you might be able to find the two books of Studies and Inventions on the shelf there. If you are particularly interested in a print version you might give them a call. It's quite a bit nicer than what I have on the web. For further information about these or any other scores, please feel free to e-mail me at: symphonicpoet@gmail.com

Additionally, I taught for two years in Marshall Missouri at Missouri Valley College, a small liberal arts college founded by the Presbyterian church, and seemingly dedicated to the goal of providing opportunity to those most neglected by our society. The school was, as I understand it, among the first integrated along the lines of both gender and race. Indeed today it seems to be a very well adjusted institution. The student body is surprisingly diverse for such a small school, and everybody seems okay with that, which I appreciate. While I have since moved on, I retain fond memories of my time there and I wish them continued luck in brining the light of education to every corner of our land.

Further the Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra, which claims to be among the oldest of small town orchestras (certainly in this part of Missouri), played my second symphony. With yours truly conducting no less. This was an occasion for some celebration in my book, as it was the premiere of the piece, my first performance as a part of a regular concert season, and my first opportunity to conduct an orchestra. Though it was not without flaw (what performance is), the show was, overall, a success. The audience was supportive, and I even gained a fan or two. And we got through the piece without major catastrophe. Not a small achievement for a new conductor and an orchestra unaccustomed to mixed meters or key signatures with more than two sharps.

And as a small plug to the community and its orchestra, I will mention that Marshall is the first town I've even heard of that has a municipal sales tax (one percent) dedicated exclusively to the support of its municipal band and orchestra. Which, by the way, means that they do indeed pay many or all of their players a nominal fee. It's not union scale, but it's not bad for a town of twelve thousand souls and a season of six concerts.

Aside from that, I'm looking at ways to expand my audience, and I'm looking into graduate programs. And that for now is the news. I've said this elsewhere, but I'll say it again here. Check back. I'll try to keep you up to date. Feel free to sign up to the list, which you can find on the upcoming performances page.

 

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