Last week, the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition officially announced their commission recipients for 2014. I am very excited that I have been awarded one of those commissions! I am writing a new work for BYU Singers as part of their tour to China.
Earlier this year, during my visit to Portland, I met up with Dr. Staheli and he asked me to write a piece for BYU Singers and encouraged me to apply for the Barlow Endowment to fund it. He asked me to write a “mood” piece with only a few words rather than a piece with a narrative text. He wanted something simpler that the Chinese would be able to understand almost immediately.
I’ve been working over this idea for a while and have come up with an idea. The working title for this piece is “River.” I’ll elaborate more on this later as the piece starts to come together.
My many thanks to the Barlow Endowment as well as my many teachers and mentors who have made me the musicians and most importantly, the person I am today. Getting back to writing…