This month was an important one for our living composer project, as all of my students selected their pieces for our spring recital in May! Each student is playing at least one piece by a living composer. Here are the composers that will be represented on our upcoming recital, grouped by genre:
- Kristen Allred
- Jennifer Eklund
- Nancy Faber
- Martha Mier
- Ross Petot
- Chrissy Ricker
- Klaus Badelt
- Alan Menken
- Richard Sherman
- Charles Strouse
- John Williams
- Michiru Yamane
- Hans Zimmer
Pop and Electronic Music Composers
- Deadmau5 (Joel Thomas Zimmerman)
- Marshmello (Christopher Comstock)
I am also pleased that two of my students have asked to perform their own compositions at the recital. It will be fun to highlight the music of student composers, too!
This month, students also listened to at least four pieces by one of the living composers they have studied this spring. I am hoping this will build some excitement about potential new repertoire for the summer.
So, what is on the list for next month, our final month of the living composer project? We will:
- Write a letter to a living composer we have studied this spring. I will be encouraging my students to write to the pedagogical composers they have studied, since we have a better chance of reaching them via their websites or publishing companies.
- Perform our pieces at the spring recital. I will be including some of the facts we learned about these composers on our recital program, as well as sharing any responses we receive from our composer letters.
- Listen to a piece by a living art music composer. We have mainly focused on the music of pedagogical, film, and pop music composers during this project, since they are the most accessible to my students. However, I think it would be fun to share a more advanced modern piece by a living composer with my students--perhaps something by Nikolai Kapustin, William Bolcom, or Lowell Liebermann. Any other suggestions for a modern concert piano piece that would be fun for students to watch? I'd love to hear your ideas!