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BGSU composition students will present their new works, performed by fellow music students. This event is free and open to the public.

What He Never Told Me (2021)...................................................................................................................Connor Gibbs (b. 1995)Connor Gibbs, toy piano and live electronics

Breaking and Entering (2021)......................................................................................................................Adam Har-zvi (b. 1994)Adam Har-zvi, double bass and electronics

When Snow Falls... (2021)...............................................................................................................................Aaron Lett (b. 1999)Mikayla Farmer, flute; Jacob Wolf, clarinet; Martha Hudson, oboe; Nick Culver, horn; Hayden Stacki, marimba;Kirby Lietz, violin; Lesley Rudin, viola; Sierra Wojtczack, cello
Chloe Calvino, conductor 

Two Duos for Two Cellos (2021).................................................................................................................Joseph Miller (b. 2003)Joshua Lyphout, cello; Joseph Miller, cello

The Instinct of Hope (2021)............................................................................................................................Matthew Lam (1999)Soprano: Keri Lee Pierson, Carolyn Anderson; Alto: Abigail Lindsay McClintock, Karli Jane, Katherine Pracht Phares; Tenor: Connor Scroggins, Victor Cabezas; Bass: Hayden Stacki, Givonnai Castiglione 
Matthew Lam, conductor

Impetus (2018)......................................................................................................................................Connor Scroggins (b. 1997)
Fixed Media

Run (2021)....................................................................................................................................................Eli Chambers (b. 1991)
Fixed Media

Chrysalis (2021)..........................................................................................................................................Hayden Stacki (b. 1998)
I. Melting, Oozing, Dripping
II. Growing, Swelling, Multiplying
III. Assembling, Constructing
IV. Breaking, Straining
V. Emerging, Soaring

Lauren Nichols, flute; Jacob Wolf, clarinet; Garrett Evans, soprano and alto saxophones; Cole Jackson, percussion; Ashley Lewis, piano; Janell Preheim, violin; Anthony Marchese, cello 
Sai Ceng, conductor

What He Never Told Me

The impact of that one conversation that never happened, the explanations omitted, the apologies neglected, and the gratitude nowhere to be found. It's hard to know why life happens the way it does, even when the results are cruel. It may be hard to accept such circumstances, but we still learn from not only what was said, but what was not.

Whether he walked out, passed away, or simply forgot to share a piece of information, the takeaways can be so powerful. What weren't you told?

Breaking and Entering

"Breaking and Entering" is my first piece for solo instrument and electronics. The electronics function as an accompaniment and duo partner to the double bassist, much in the way that a chamber group would interact with a soloist. This piece uses sound files that I created in Logic as well as a harmonizer, which are all triggered by foot pedal in Max.

When Snow Falls...

As a northern-born, southern-raised transplant, I have always had a glorified ideal of snow. At the end of my first undergraduate semester was my introduction to it, although there was more ice than anything. Despite only being an inch or two, white and dirt-laden snowmen were erected around campus, and students were having snowball fights before they went home for break. Still though, I was left wondering what would happen if we had multiple days of this phenomenon, and so it led me to think: When Snow Falls, Its Reach is Breathtaking, as a white blanket softly envelops the ground stretched out as far as the eye can see. When Snow Falls, Its Dance is Elegant, as a single snowflake is blown all over by the wind on its descent to the ground, creating an exciting adventure. When Snow Falls, Its Storm is Relentless, and the beauty and excitement previously told dissipate into chaos.

Two Duos for Two Cellos

The first duo, Lullaby, evokes images of childhood and nostalgia as if a mother is singing to her child. The second duo, Fiery Dance, depicts a village festival with the playful lick of flames as the townsfolk dance in celebration.

The Instinct of Hope

The Instinct of Hope is a poem written by English romantic poet John Clare (1793-1864). The poem is mainly about cherishing hope that there is life beyond this world. This poem is also strongly connected to nature, as in many of his other poems and other romanticists at the time. Though having a rather tonal melody, the harmony I employed in this piece is neither conventional, atonal nor dissonant, balancing the message of cherishing hope in the poem while maintaining the uniqueness of the harmony. Some words, such as ‘die’ and ‘mystery’, are paired and highlighted with specific harmonies. 

The Instinct of Hope / John Clare (1793-1864)

Is there another world for this frail dust
To warm with life and be itself again?
Something about me daily speaks there must,
And why should instinct nourish hopes in vain?
'Tis nature's prophesy that such will be,
And everything seems struggling to explain
The close sealed volume of its mystery.
Time wandering onward keeps its usual pace
As seeming anxious of eternity,
To meet that calm and find a resting place.
E'en the small violet feels a future power
And waits each year renewing blooms to bring,
And surely man is no inferior flower
To die unworthy of a second spring? 

Impetus 

Impetus weaves together varying impulses of sound with varying degrees of force. These forces give rise to levels of musical energy and density which may concentrate, dissipate, or be interrupted by other forces altogether. Some forces are sharp, angular, and abrupt, whereas other forces are gentle, gradual, and stable. The uncertain timing of these varying forces reflects a lifelike flow of energy one may embody whether talking with a friend, undertaking a stressful event, or reflecting life experience. 

Run 

This piece reflects my recently renewed curiosity in integrating reductionist and repetitive techniques into my compositions in an artistically meaningful way. For subject material, I looked to non-musical repetitive processes or procedures I experience on a regular basis— more specifically, an experience that contained a multiplicity of repetitions on various scales of duration. It was while I was having a jog through St. John’s Nature Preserve that I realized I already had my premise: the procedures that I personally undertake before, during, and after running for cardiovascular exercise. 

Chrysalis 

Chrysalis is divided into five short movements which tell the story of a caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a butterfly. The music reflects the literal physical processes that the caterpillar goes through, as well as the struggle of this process as a whole. 

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