Matney, Walker complete Composition Capstone at VCSU

Congratulations to M. David Matney of Washington and Zach Walker of Wyoming on their recent successful completions of Composition/Arranging Capstones at Valley City State University.

Matney composed an original piano concerto complete in one movement, while Walker arranged the first movement of Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony for guitar quartet.

VCSU offers one of the nation’s first fully-online undergraduate degree in music. NMND promotes the creation and performance of new music in North Dakota.

Vanderburg’s Creatures from the Black Bassoon released on Ravello Records Mind & Machine Vol. 3

Ravello Records has just released Volume 3 of their Mind & Machine series featuring electroacoustic music. This album contains the first commercial distribution of Kyle Vanderburg’s Creatures from the Black Bassoon.

From the label:

MIND & MACHINE VOLUME THREE offers a new look into the Ravello Records series of electro-acoustic and electronic music lauded by critics as “interesting and captivating” (Cinemusical). This latest edition features an array of composers and sound-artists who offer his or her own striking exploration into the means by which technology can be used to alter time and form to create entirely new musical experiences.

You can find more information about the release here, and pick up a copy for yourself here.

Horace High School Song Competition

Horace High School is working to establish its school spirit and community in preparation for the new school opening next fall. One of the most important aspects of a high school is its school song and Horace High School invites stakeholders and artists alike to submit a musical composition for official consideration as the school song. Between November 16, 2020 – March 15, 2021, members of the community are invited to submit a musical piece and application for consideration of the school song. For more details, please review the official press release.

VCSU Composer Ashley Hoyer Releases New Album

Renowned instrumentalists Ashley Hoyer, Ben Schreiber, and Aria DiSalvio join forces to perform Hoyer’s originals. The combination of mandolin, fiddle, and cello, along with the right balance of folk and classical influences, creates a sound that has been described as cinematic and transportive.

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