This post-graduation month has been pretty busy — much more so than I had expected after the school year ended. I'm starting my DMA program at the University of Illinois this fall, so I'm already all moved into my new apartment in Champaign and set up to get back to writing music. Therefore, I'm very excited to announce that my next piece will be a work celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Spring Valley Concert Band in Schaumburg, Illinois!
I'm very excited to work with the SVCB through this process! Some ten years ago, I played saxophone on a few concerts with this ensemble. Those concerts were my first experiences playing with an established, professional ensemble that played full, 60+ minute programs (I was used to school ensembles that played maybe 20 minutes at a time!) — as such, I really gained my sea legs in ensemble sight reading and rehearsal stamina from playing in the SVCB. The ensemble is just as welcoming today as it was when I first played in it back in the day, so I'm feeling great about this project. I'm also looking forward to hearing the SVCB play another of my works, as they performed Paragon back in 2017!
The piece is scheduled to be performed on Sunday, October 20th at 2pm* at the Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg, IL. For more info, check out the SVCB website at svcb.net!
*The date and time for this concert is still pending according to the SVCB website. I will edit this post and make an announcement on Facebook when the concert is confirmed! Thank you for your patience!