The Fall Composures Forum last week presented music majors with an oppurtunity to showcase their talents.
The pieces composed by the students were an assignment that requires them to use some sort of inspiration in their piece. Some students used paintings while others used poems.
Most students had the help of their colleagues to bring their pieces to life. The first piece by Drew Stern, who used the poem “The Bear Tree” as his inspiration, read his poem out loud before it was performed by Jeremy Larson on piano and Natalya Lainhart who sang the poem mezzo-soprano.
The second performance was by Nicholas Bailey who performed two pieces, “Guitar Studies” one and two.
Becca Castillo followed with her piece performed on the piano with the help of Brian McDougall, who played the flute, and Christina J. Pendleton, who sang alto for the poem
“Heavenly Journey,” which was the inspiration for Castillo’s piece. Before the performance, Castillo emphasized that the flute was meant to be an angel. “He’s my beautiful angel,” said Castillo in regards to McDaugall.
The next few pieces were played over the speaker system. They were called “Contrapuntal Compositions” including “Miniature Fugue” by Daniel Craig, “Fugue” in A sharp Minor by Gregory Holtz, “Canon” in D Minor by Jared McFarlin, and “Canon” in C Minor by Alex Vakulich.
“To Remain Ashore” was the name of the next piece by Natalya Lainhart. She had the stage set up to look like the painting that inspired her piece. “This is supposed to convey how I feel when I looked at the painting,” Lainhart said.
The next piece by Jeremy Larson, which was also played over the speakers, was inspired by a Red Fuji painting and was an electronic one.
“Hopes for Spring” by Pendleton was also inspired by the poem “The Bear Tree.” It was performed by Noree Johnson singing soprano, Castillo singing alto, Ian Gonzalez singing tenor, Henry McNulty on bass and Pendleton on the piano.
Brian Burke was the next student to perform his piece, which was also inspired by the painting Red Fuji. It included Castillo on the electric piano and Burke on a electronic drum set.
The last piece, “Rainstorm” by Alex Wolfe, was inspired by a Van Gogh painting and another similar painting. His goal was to show the differences between the two paintings.
“There are two melodies: one is sunshine, and one is rain,” Wolfe said. With the help of Lainhart on saxophone, Kit Schubach on the bass, and Garrett Stannard and Pendleton on the marimba Wolfe stood in front and led the group in the performance.
Rebecca Hammer, a student who attended the forum, said, “I really enjoyed seeing how the various composers let their individual personalities come through their pieces.” The different selections definitely showed some of the talent that is on our campus.