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The Musical Ensemble of the Future

The University of Washington Wind Ensemble. (Joanne DePue)

The University of Washington Wind Ensemble. (Joanne DePue)

I’m fortunate to have found a world that is interested in new music — commissioning it, refining it and turning out great performances. It is the world of wind ensembles that are flourishing in most of our larger universities and colleges.… Read the rest

Proclaim Your Rarity

Stagecoach Music Festival - Day One

Willie Nelson performs at the Stagecoach Music Festival in Indio, California, May 5, 2007.
(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

I recently asked composition students at a major music school in the US to create a collective graphic notation piece on the blackboard and sing each sound they added.… Read the rest