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Students

Composer: Alec Summers
Medium: Chamber Ensemble
Description: Poem in October is a poem by the welsh poet Dylan Thomas. In it, the poet walks through his hometown shifting between the present and the past as his surroundings awaken memories. Musically, these themes: nostalgia, introspection, and the passing of time are heard as the instruments work with and against the singer immersing him, shaping him, and at times, colliding with him.
Performers: IonSound Project
Recorded: Bellefield Auditiorium, Pittsburgh, PA, March 31, 2008
Duration: approx. 2 minutes
Composer: Rob Collier
Medium: mixed ensemble
Description: "I Remember Monkey Train Track Shoes" is from a song cycle called Our Man Jenga which I wrote in the summer of 2007. It tells the story of Bob Jenga, the fictional creator of the non-fictional "edge-of-your-seat-fun" game Jenga, who is obsessed with precision crafted blocks of wood. All of the music is written for the same ensemble consisting of alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, violin, cello, electric guitar, electric bass, drum set, and female voice. The work lasts approximately one hour with no breaks in the music.
Recorded: studio recording, July 2007
Composer: Dale Trumbore
Medium: solo piano
Performers: Santiago Rodriguez, piano
Recorded: Gildenhorn Recital Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, November 28, 2008
Composer: Matthew Jaskot
Medium: string quartet
Description: "Scattered Footprints" is the middle movement of three. Within the fast 6/8 tempo, different beats are accented to reveal rhythmic patterns that work against the dotted quarter pulse (i.e., groups of 8 divided into 5 plus 3 in the very beginning). Throughout the work, a variety of string timbres and colors are explored.
Performers: Dana Weiderhold and Allyson Clark, violins; Nicholas Montopoli, viola; and Alyssa Moquin, cello.
Recorded: Gildenhorn Recital Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, April 29, 2008
Duration: approximately 3 minutes
Composer: Josh Perry-Parrish
Medium: women's chorus
Description: A setting of a poem by Angela O'Donnell
Performers: Hailey Clark, Hayley Sanderson, Adrienne Beaudoin, Laura Ziccardi, Lena Seikaly, Asha Srinivasan, Sarah Lee, Dale Trumbore, Lauren Brown, with Matthew Jaskot, piano.
Recorded: Gildenhorn Recital Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, March 31, 2008

Faculty

Composer: Lawrence Moss

Duration: 9:58
Duration: 2:31
Duration: 4:10

Composer: Mark Edwards Wilson

Title: Ancient Ways
Performers: Hollywood Chamber Players; Mark Edwards Wilson, conductor
Title: Sappho
Performers: Phyllis Bryn-Julson, soprano
Duration: 2:55
Performers: Phyllis Bryn-Julson, soprano
Duration: 2:45
Performers: Left Bank Quartet
Duration: 3:25
Title: The Phoenix