One of the greatest privileges of being a composer is being able to write music for people I know. During the process of writing the concert, instead of just picturing sounds as I wrote the music, I also pictured the people I was writing for.
Having been a part of the Grace Baptist Orchestra family for several years now, I had the opportunity to get to know the other members of the orchestra and learn what they enjoyed playing and the things that they didn’t.
It made it so much more meaningful as I wrote solos or melodic passages to try to write lines that I knew that those particular people would enjoy – and so much more exciting when they nailed those passages!
Wow, what a whirlwind of a week! God has been so faithful in helping my family and me through two major concerts!
When counting all of the people who attended between the two concerts and the live stream, we believe that there were about 1,000 people who came and heard the music. Since that time, I have received overwhelming responses about The Light Princess and the rest of the music and I wanted to share it with you.
I can tell a lot of work went into this concert. It’s inspiring to see how much creativity can come from one mind and to hear of what inspired her. Wonderful concert, 5 stars! – Matt
Praise the Lord for all your talents and hard work! Your music was enchanting and fit so perfectly with the wonderful story of The Light Princess. It was a blessing! – Paige
I love every single minute! – Delphine
[The] music was AMAZING! I could listen to The Light Princess every day! Praying God continues to use your music to touch hearts. – Rebecca
Thank you so very much to all who came and participated! This was truly an amazing experience and I so appreciate you!
Hi Everyone! Please come to my Senior Recital tonight at The Master’s College at 6:00pm! You will hear a wide variety of music from small ensemble to big band to The Light Princess. Admission is free, but I would recommend coming early as seats are first come first served.
Thanks and I can’t wait to see you there!
P.S. If you can’t make the concert, the link to the live stream of the concert is here.
One of the reasons these two concerts were possible was because of the tireless efforts of Jeff Boltinghouse – a member of the orchestra and one of my mentors in music.
A few months ago, I realized that I was quickly running out of time and would not be able to finish writing, typesetting, printing, and laying out all of the parts for the orchestra in time for them to practice. Jeff stepped up and volunteered countless hours to typsetting (creating parts and scores for each musicion) over half of the pieces in the concert. He even helped with some re-orchestrating on The Awakening and Jesus Loves Me and did a remarkable job keeping it exactly how I would have done it.
I am so thankful to have been surrounded by such amazing people as Jeff, Lisa, Taylor, and others who have given up countless hours to invest in me and my music. I cannot begin to thank them for what they have done!
Here are a few more pictures from the concert. Enjoy!
By the way, if you missed seeing The Light Princess or would like to see it again, please come to my senior recital at The Master’s College Music Departmentthis Friday at 6:00pm. Looking forward to seeing you there!
For something completely random, I wanted to share with you a fun homework assignment I wrote this past week for my Arranging class. I had the assignment to take an already well known piece and put it in a completely different ethnic style for a small ensemble. The result? A Yiddish Twinkle!
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As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have been working to set George MacDonald’s The Light Princess to music with narration. Recently, artist Jay Wegter graciously agreed to illustrate the piece so that the pictures could be displayed while the audience was hearing the music and narration.
Yesterday, for the first time I was able to see his first completed picture of the light princess! I was completely blown away at the detail and beauty that Jay put into this work and it was exactly what I was hoping for!
I am so excited to begin working on the next few pictures with him and I am very thankful for the friends and family who are helping me make this happen!
So enjoy a sneak peak at the first piece of artwork for The Light Princess!
This semester I arranged several Christmas songs for our handbell quartet – The Fellowship of the Ring. There are several songs here that use the same 16 bells. It was quite a challenge to write as many songs as possible for only 16 notes, but I think it turned out well!
This performance is at The Master’s College Come Christmas Sing concert. The performers, from left to right, are: Lindsay Christoph, myself, Wendy Mack, and Morgan Ruthardt.
This semester, I had the had the opportunity to arrange some of my favorite Christmas songs for our four-in-hand handbell quartet. The song, entitled “A Song ‘Four’ Christmas” contains 12 different traditional Christmas carols (can you find them all?)
Here is the YouTube video below where the song was first premiered at The Master’s College 2011 BellFest. The song was performed by our quartet, The Fellowship of the Ring, and the performers (from left to right) are: Lindsay Christoph, Wendy Mack, myself, and Morgan Ruthardt.