Posting Date: April 9, 2012


School of Music presents Student Composition Recital

Concert will feature student performers and composers

By Brittany Kell

Student composer Steven Melin


Photo by Tracie L. Hinnant

Kennesaw State University School of Music will host its third annual Student Composition Recital on Thursday, April 12 at 8 p.m. in the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center.  The six student composers presenting their work are Michael Gibbs, Ian Kennel, James Lavender, Chloe Lincoln, Joshua Martin and Steven Melin. 


“This year we have the largest composition studio in the history of KSU,” explains Laurence Sherr, associate professor of music and composer-in-residence. “Students come from a range of backgrounds and have a variety of interests. The result is that there are a variety of different chamber works on the program all of which are receiving world premieres, or a second performance after a very recent world premiere. We're very excited to present these new compositions of our talented student composers.”


Gibbs, a senior, will perform his piece for solo guitar entitled “Time Flies.”  Sophomore Kennel’s composition, “The Inventor,” was written for a four-mallet marimba.  


Lavender, a junior, will present and perform two original compositions, “Nocturne” – a piece for two guitars and “Prelude” – a duo for guitar and mandolin. 


“Horn duo” was composed by sophomore Lincoln.  “Sonatina for Woodwind Quintet” and “Fanfare to the Creation” were composed by Martin, a junior.


Melin, a senior, also has two pieces in the recital, “Fanfare” and “We Thank You Lord.” Both will be performed by small ensembles. Melin comments, “This event offers an opportunity for student composers to gain professional experience composing and producing production-quality scores and parts, collaborating and rehearsing with undergraduate music performers, and premiering these works in a live concert setting.”

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