I have had the absolute pleasure of having a wonderful friend and colleague, Mr. Franklin Piland, since I moved to Portales. Franklin has inspired me to be a better musician and overall better person. This past week, we recorded and performed his latest SATB composition, "The Road". I am honored to have been included in several performances and recordings of his choral and wind band compositions. Remember his name, because he is the next big name.
In addition, Sam Reese, a great musician and writer, has also been a wonderful friend and colleague. We have been roommates, gone on several tours together, and made great memories throughout the years. Together, they teamed up and created "The Road".
Enjoy "The Road".
I got official word today! I will be attending West Texas A&M University in the fall to study choral conducting! Looks like I will be moving back to Texas!
I had a wonderful time singing with the combined choirs from ENMU and WTAMU and the WTAMU Symphony Orchestra. We had two wonderful performances of Mozart's Requiem. It was great to have an opportunity to collaborate with such great musicians and conductors.
As I mentioned, in the previous post, I have started on a large work--a requiem. I am really excited. I have some small sketches on a few movements. As of now, it is a cappella... going back to the roots of medieval and renaissance masses. However, the harmonies are not so traditional... I think it will be a nice blend of old and new, and I think
April has been very busy! Our performance of the Mozart Requiem is soon approaching (10 days!) and I have been very busy getting ready. I thought life might slow down after my recital, but things are picking up more and more. I just spent the last weekend in Abilene, Texas with the brothers of the Theta Lambda Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha. It was a really nice break from reality and they were wonderfully hospitable. It's always nice to get a break from Portales. Other than that, school is going well--I have several projects for my science classes (since I am essentially a science major this semester) that are keeping me busy. I am excited to have had a little bit of time to work on some sketches lately--there is possibly a large work in progress. After spending so much time with liturgical texts, I think it is headed in the direction of a mass, possibly a requiem. I am so excited for graduation and to have time to write. Hopefully I will get some more work done on this mass and my musical