Performed by 3dB Vocal Ensemble - David Breen, Daniel Baumgartner, and Daniel Bayot https://soundcloud.com/3dbensemble Special thanks to Daniel Bayot for all of his help and support while working on this piece. http://danielbayot.com/ Maybe was written as an effort to abstract emotion from the human voice. The deeper and deeper I dug into the piece, and the more I discussed with Daniel Bayot for whom the piece was written, the more and more I realized how difficult of a task this would be. Not having written much music about my personal life, I decided to dig deep and reflect on phrases that were particularly appropriate for how I was feeling at the time. Confusion, self-doubt, anxiety about the future, and a little resentment were poisoning my day-to-day routine. With that sort of rushing and clouding state of mind, the texture of words and phrases became the primary source for the piece. It’s difficult to say exactly where this piece came from, but the results brought me some sort of relief, and I’m incredibly thankful to have gotten to work with such an amazing ensemble.


New projects on the way, but more importantly, After a… hectic process of applications, interviews, and decision making, I am extremely excited to announce that I will be attending the University of North Texas in pursuit of a PhD in music composition at the College of Music as well as the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia. UNT hosts an amazing program and is the largest music school in the country with 1500 enrolled students, and I am so excited to be one of them. Not only that, but I will also be one of their teachers! The next steps are going to be crazy, but I cannot wait to take them. There are too many people I want to thank for helping to make this happen, but I especially want to thank Elainie Lillios, Mikel Kuehn, Anthony Donofrio, Darleen Mitchell, and Duane Bierman, Aaron Svoboda, Dave Klein, Rick Mitchell for their unrelenting guidance and confidence from the beginning to today; my family for literally everything, and to Nathan Haering, Adam, and Caiman for their solidarity in this tumultuous process. GO TEAM!


NEW OPERA IS DONE!! THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE FOR MAKING THIS POSSIBLE

Written by Kory Reeder
Directed by Carolyn Fagerholm
Conducted by Alexander Popovici

Mind: Alissa Plenzler
Heart: Hayley
Eyes: Rachel Thornsberry
Hands: Alexandra Hegedus
Anima: Adelle Blauser

With Brandi Main, violin; Gramm Drennen, cello; Steven Naylor, Piano

Written for the 2018 BGSU MicroOperas Coordinated by Hillary LaBonte www.facebook.com/praecepta/
www.hillarylabonte.com/

Filmed by Nick Zoulek 

Special Thanks to Jennifer Cresswell, Kevin Bylsma, Jake Heggie, and Dr. Marilyn Shrude for their help in the development of this project.

Program Note:
A Thought was written out of a patchwork of efforts that revolved around the theme of consciousness. The more and more you think about the act of reading, writing, speaking, or thinking, the more is becomes clear that you often don’t actually think about these actions to the point that the become passive. Your mind is away, and the mechanics of the brain takes over. The more you dig, the more it seems that you might not be in complete control. We lie to ourselves about what we want and what we do. When meeting strangers, or when approaching a potential love interest, the amount of uncontrollable thoughts, emotions, fears and anticipations, becomes uncountable. Here, in A Thought, I wanted to show that moment from the inside and expand it to such a length that a moment becomes a scene, and a minute becomes an act, and the mind and body the players.

Synopsis (SPOILERS):
A girl sees another the woman of her dreams across the way. She eagerly wants to introduce herself to her, but struggles with her own self-doubt, past failures, and a day-dreaming anxiety about an unknown, but yearning future together. Eventually, she takes the plunge saying ‘hello’.


New Music Tuesday! I'm really excited to share my piece, "A Face Behind" for percussion and bass flute with the world. Natalie Magana and Nick Fox did an amazing job on this piece, and I can't thank Stephen Hennessey enough for helping me get a recording of this! Hope you enjoy!

 


My piece The Location of Lines won the BGSU Concerto Competition! The piece will be performed at the 39th Bowling Green New Music Festival by the Bowling Green Philharmonia in October, 2018! See you then Ohio!