NEWS and NOTICES


SUMMER STEMM ACADEMY REGISTRATION OPEN!
I hope some PHS music students will consider joining me the week of July 24-28, 2017 to take the MUSIC PRODUCTION course as part of our 3rd annual STEMM Academy. We'll delve into digital recording and editing, setting up microphones, loop-based music production, digital signal processing "effects," creating "beats," and even some video scoring. To read more about this one-week camp (which runs 8:00-3:00 daily), and download the registration form, CLICK HERE.

TI:ME COMPOSITION CONTEST - Perfect for Parkland Elective Music Students!!
I hope many of our creative Music Production and Music Theory students will enter one of their course projects. CLICK HERE for details.

MUSIC THEORY STUDENTS: Visiting Artists to share their music and wisdom!
  • On Wed., March 1 we will host Sean O'Boyle (Australian Composer, Visiting Artist at Moravian College) for a double-period lecture. In advance, please listen to a piece by O'Boyle and craft two questions to pose to him during the Q & A portion of his presentation. Links to recordings of his music can be found at his website, here: http://www.seanoboyle.net/. You can also Google "Sean O'Boyle" to find lots of great performances of his music on YouTube, etc.
  • On Thur., March 9 we will host Eric Ewazen (NYC Composer, Julliard Professor) for a double-period lecture. In advance, please listen to a piece by Ewazen and craft two questions to pose to him during the Q & A portion of his presentation. Links to recordings of his music can be found at his website, here: http://www.ericewazen.com/. You can also Google "Eric Ewazen" to find lots of great performances of his music on YouTube, etc.


Some student composition contests to consider:
NAfME Eastern Division Composer Forum
PMEA Student Composition Contest
Allentown Symphony Orchestra Pictures at an Exhibition Competition
Consider using either your modal etude and/or pedal point duet as the basis for an entry. See Dr. W if interested.

The first annual TI:ME Student Composition Competition is accepting entries in the HS category. Many of the projects created by students in the Music Production and AP Music Theory courses qualify and would be fine entries. PLEASE CONSIDER ENTERING! Submissions are made online, electronically (includes uploading your music to Google Docs, YouTube or Dropbox).
CLICK HERE for the contest submission page.
Any questions, see Dr. Watson ASAP. The deadline for entering is April 31, 2016.

The Music Production class will be releasing their 2015 edition of the Parkland: A Season for Giving holiday CD any day now! The CDs, which this year are raising money for Valley Youth House (helping abused, vulnerable, or homeless teens) go on sale Tue., Dec. 2 and are available in a limited quantity - be sure to get yours!

Thanks to the Allentown Symphony Orchestra for sharing composer, Roberto Sierra, with our "A-Wing" music students in a Masterclass on Thurs., Nov. 12. Very enlightening and inspiring!
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Congrats to AP Music Theory class member, Jacob Wilkinson, who was named a winner in the 2014 National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) Composition Competition. He is one of only 12 winners nationwide, and the only winner from Pennsylvania. His winning entry, Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, will be performed at the NAfME Conference in Nashville, TN this October! Read more here.