During the concert, I saw a precious little girl who was absolutely enamored with the story of The Light Princess. It was so much fun while I narrated watching her face as she was completely taken with the story.
After the concert, I had the opportunity to meet her and I was surprised to learn that she had just arrived from Germany and didn’t understand any English! But even with a language barrier, she had been so taken with the music and the paintings that it almost didn’t matter that she couldn’t understand the words.
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!
One of the most special moments during the concert was hearing The Awakeningbeing played again. This piece is especially meaningful to me as it was the first song I ever wrote on paper now almost six years ago. Tenor James Phillipps, who had originally recorded the piece with the orchestra, came back six years later to perform the piece during the concert.
This song still remains one of my most famous pieces as it really was the piece that helped me decide that I could actually be a composer (I was going to be a kindergarten teacher!) James did a fabulous job with the solo and the song really took on a life of its own!
Here’s the original recording from six years ago.
I’m still amazed at what an amazing journey this has been and thankful for everyone who has taken part in making it all possible.
Two major concerts in one week with 1,000 people in attendence listening to over 2 1/2 hours of completely original music isn’t something that happened overnight. It took four years of an incredible and an amazing amount of support.
I have already been highlighting many of those people that helped pull this together, I would be remiss if I didn’t highlight the group of people who supported me the most and did the most to make this all possible – my family.
Whether it be critiquing my music, designing promotional material, marketing, videotaping, photographing, practicing, performing, or doing countless other tasks to make this possible, my family is the reason behind my success.
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!
If you were not able to make the World Premiere (Or would like to hear some of the works again), please come to my senior recital this Friday on March 6! There, you will hear The Light Princess, Taking Candy, and five other brand new works that were not at the world premiere.