Joachim Raff (1822-82)

As we begin rehearsals on the Sinfonietta for ten solo winds by Joachim Raff, I am reminded how valuable Youtube has become, as a resource for rediscovering music by forgotten composers of the Romantic era. Our Sinfonietta performance is October 24 in Lincoln Recital Hall.

Fall term information

Welcome and welcome back.

As you know, I’ve been on sabbatical since January. I’m excited about the upcoming school year, and I look forward to working with you.

STRING AUDITIONS will be similar to previous years, taking place the first week of class (Tue 11-3, Wed 9am-11, Thu 11-3). I will post sign-up sheets on my office door (Lincoln Hall 245B) the week before classes start, but you can also email me to request a time. I would like to hear scales and sight reading, as well as whatever music you are currently working on.

This year, I understand Ed Higgins will be conducting Wind Symphony and Jeff Peyton will be conducting Concert Band. My guess is that WIND PLACEMENT AUDITIONS will be similar to previous years. There will be auditions the first week of class, so keep an eye out for posted information. In the past, wind players have been asked to play two contracting excerpts, as well as scales and sight reading.

I would like to hear your best playing, so please take the next few weeks to prepare carefully. I am listening for all the usual things: sound quality, intonation, rhythm, articulation, phrasing and musicianship.

In the fall term, we are focusing on classical repertoire, so I won’t be auditioning low brass until January.

Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns.


Ariel’s Song

Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes;
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell:
Hark! now I hear them — Ding-dong, bell.

Appalachian Spring at Marylhurst University

An Appalachian Spring

Friday, May 22nd at 7:30 pm
Flavia Salon, Marylhurst University

Continuing Marylhurst’s tradition of performing landmark 20th century and contemporary repertoire, this year’s concert presents Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring in its masterful original instrumentation for thirteen instruments, Chorale (homage to Aaron Copland) by Tomas Svoboda, an Octet by Ken Selden, and original works by two Marylhurst composition students.

Zach Galatis, flute
David Hattner, clarinet
Adam Trussell, bassoon
Susan Smith, piano
Fritz Gearhart and Shin-young Kwon, first violins
Fumino Ando and Sarah Roth, second violins
Brian Quincy and Jen Arnold, violas
Hamilton Cheifetz and Valdine Mishkin, cellos
Ted Botsford, bass
Ken Selden, conductor