The past couple days I have been rehearsing/conducting the Scranton University Concert Band and Choir, getting ready for the concert tonight, the premier of two commissioned pieces for these ensembles, which are made up entirely of non-music majors. There’s something about people who come to play because they love to, not because they have to. No school credit, rehearsals at night. Maybe they’re there because they love to experience director Cheryl Boga’s very soulful style, complete with passionate outbursts, humorous analogies, and language you wouldn’t find in a Disney movie. Maybe they're there to take their minds off school work. Or maybe they’re there because they just love to play. That’s certainly the feeling I get hearing them tackle some pretty challenging stuff.
These pieces are my first for either concert band of vocal choir, and I had to learn a lot about writing for the percussion section. I got some nice pointers from Erik Charleston and Ali Jackson (thanks, Cats!). Also, Ivette Dumeng wrote a beautiful, romantic poem (which I adapted to use for the lyrics on the choir piece) that has the singers melting.
Concert is tonight!
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