I am thrilled to announce that I have been selected to serve as the soundSCAPE Festival’s Composer Fellow in 2016 and will be returning to Italy next summer to teach private composition lessons to the festival’s approximately two dozen composition students—representing many of the top music programs in the nation—and to assist with the administration of the composition program. In addition, Tony Arnold and Eastman BroadBand, led by conductor Tim Weiss, will give the Italian premiere my complete Sandburg Songs, with performances of other works to be announced. (Two songs received a stunning premiere performance last summer.)
I was humbled to learn about this selection but am already counting down the days until my return. SoundSCAPE is one of the festivals I would most recommend to colleagues because of the excellent performance opportunities, positive atmosphere among students and faculty, and stunningly beautiful setting in the Italian Alps. And yes…there’s great food!