So much to be thankful for!
First off, I would like to thank you for visiting my site. Music, especially composition, has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. Even before I started taking formal piano lessons, I would sit with some piano sheet music, listen to a recordings, and follow along noting exciting and interesting events in the music. Once I started to get an education in music theory I felt as if I was receiving the keys to the mysterious kingdom of composition. My influences have been Mahler, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Penderecki, Foo Fighters, and many others from various musical genres.
Secondly, I would like to wish everyone a very happy holiday season. It was almost a year ago that I launched this website and I can't believe the responses that I have already received. This site, coupled with my Facebook page, have attracted a lot of attention. I was recently a multiple featured member of the Society of Composers, Inc., site and this lead to a possible agreement with a recording company. I hope to raise the funds to put this together!
Thirdly, it has been an amazing year here in Reno, Nevada. My family and I have quickly fallen in love with this amazing city, the people that we have met, and the wonderfully supportive musical environment that thrives in this city; not just in the jazz field but for the student composers and the performance opportunities that they can receive. I strongly encourage anyone looking to get a masters or bachelors degree in music composition to look at the University of Nevada, Reno. The faculty are so supportive and welcome to new pieces. I am not sure if there is a place that is more welcoming to new compositions than the University of Nevada.
Fourthly, I would like to thank everyone for their support, comments, and encouragement. Without you, this would be an even harder experience. I would also like to thank my family and especially my wife. Without her patience, encouragement, and steadfastness, I would not be where I am today.
Finally, there are some amazing premier performances coming this next month. On December 6th, there will be the premier of my brass quintet piece, When the Mountains Touch the Sky, premiered by the Manzanita Brass Quintet. Later that night will be a double premier of my electronic piece, Death is Nothing At All, and my marimba and violin duet, Ich trauma Liebeslieder, during the Composers Concert in the University of Nevada, Reno, Nightingale Concert Hall. There are some exciting things happening next year. Plus, I will start to hear back from doctoral programs this spring. Keep your fingers crossed and your wishes warm. Thank you all again.