SYMPHONY NO. 1 — Thesis Defense!

April 16, 2019

Here it is! I was finally able to present these scores to my committee in my thesis defense yesterday:

And I'm proud to say—I passed the defense! You can read more about the piece and get a closer work at the artwork here.

 

With the defense and my comprehensive exams completed, I've essentially finished the degree requirements for a Master of Music Composition degree. It's incredible to think that my time at ISU is already coming to an end. It feels like I just started here in the fall of 2017, not knowing what to expect but ready to write music. Now a year and a half later, I've written seven new works, finished another, and the beginnings of another song cycle. That's the same amount of composing that I did in my entire career at Augustana, and most of these recent works have been much larger. I still can't believe where I'm at today and how much I've grown here at ISU. There have been so many opportunities for performances, performing, and working with incredible guest artists and composers on campus and off campus, including Maria Schneider, Omar Thomas, Steven Bryant, Stacy Garrop, and Chuck Owen, among still others. I never imagined having this kind of experience at such a young age, but thanks to the hard work and support of all of my professors, it is a fantastic world for all of ISU's music students to be a part of. Thank you to Professors Roy Magnuson, Roger Zare, Martha Horst, Mark Grizzard, Carl Schimmel, Paul Nolen, Tony Marinello, Tom Marko, Kevin Hart, Mark Babbit, Andy Rummel, Glenn Block, Dennis Gotkowski, and the wonderful office ladies Mona, Peggy, and Lydia. You all have helped make my time at ISU an incredible and memorable experience that I will truly cherish. I hope to be back often to visit and catch up!

 

–BJH

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