TRADE WINDS ENSEMBLE in Chicago
Jun
24
Jul 8

TRADE WINDS ENSEMBLE in Chicago

  • Chicago, IL

Trade Winds Ensemble has been an inspiration to me since forming several years ago, and now I am thrilled to be joining the Trade Winds team on an upcoming project. Together, we have launched a crowdfunding campaign for a project taking place in Chicago in June! Please take a moment today to learn more about what we're up to this summer and consider contributing if possible -- any amount helps!

Trade Winds Ensemble is a wind quintet and composer who has partnered with organizations in East Africa, but this summer will do so here in our own country. This summer's curriculum will mirror the one that TWE implemented in East Africa—to teach social-emotional skills through the arts and facilitate the artistic expression of our students. This summer, I'm joining the team as composer-in-residence to create a composition curriculum for the students we will be working with in Chicago. For two weeks, we will partner with local organizations: RefugeeOne and The People’s Music School.

At RefugeeOne, an organization that provides opportunities for refugees fleeing war, terror, and persecution, we will work with children who are new to Chicago, and use music to help them through their transition to life in America. The People’s Music School is a non-profit that provides tuition free music lessons to thousands of Chicago children each year. We will offer summer programming to supplement these lessons. We will also connect these two organizations so our RefugeeOne students have the chance to take music lessons at The People's Music School following our camp.

'In Sunlight' World Premiere
Apr
29
5:00 pm17:00

'In Sunlight' World Premiere

  • Location TBA

Amy Petrongelli, soprano; Alexandra Porter, soprano; and Zach Pulse, oboe will premiere In Sunglight, featuring several two-line poems by living poets on a Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project (CUSP) concert. More details to be released soon!

CUSP (Alexandra Porter - Artistic Director, Founder) creates a platform for modern classical compositions for the voice by supporting both emerging and established performers, composers, and visionaries in the world of contemporary music. Audiences will become familiar with the music of our time – the music being composed and performed all around them, previously unheard and unseen. Young performers are given the chance to create something new through unique programming. Composers can work closely with artists to bring their work to life.

DMA Dissertation Defense
Apr
11
10:00 am10:00

DMA Dissertation Defense

My teacher, Evan Chambers, offering a suggestion during my dissertation workshop on March 25, 2017. Photo by Luis Escareño.

My teacher, Evan Chambers, offering a suggestion during my dissertation workshop on March 25, 2017. Photo by Luis Escareño.

On April 11th, I will be defending my dissertation The Sparrows that was recently workshopped by Jason Weisinger (tenor), Roberto Kalb (conductor), and student performers from the University of Michigan School of Music. The cycle of two songs was selected from a series of six original texts by Geoffrey Nutter that were created for this piece.

Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy – Session #1
Mar
19
Mar 23

Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy – Session #1

  • Boonville, CA
Gabriela Lena Frank offering suggestions for my work during the reading session. Photo by Aric Hartvig.

Gabriela Lena Frank offering suggestions for my work during the reading session.
Photo by Aric Hartvig.

In 2017, I will be participating in the inaugural Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy for Music. This first session, taking place in Boonville, California, involves seminar discussions with other participant composers, coachings with mentor Gabriela Lena Frank, and a reading session with Tony Arnold and the Third Angle String Quartet. All of this takes place in an unique, intimate setting that is focused on community involvement, cultivating a richly collaborative learning environment, and vigorous attention to the creative process. The culmination of this Academy will be a performance of my new work and the work of the participant composers in Third Angle's hometown of Portland, Oregon in October 2017.

EMBLEMS Quintet @ University of Michigan
Mar
12
3:00 pm15:00

EMBLEMS Quintet @ University of Michigan

As a part of our March concert programs, the Emblems Quintet will be giving a recital at the University of Michigan's Britton Recital Hall!

Tentative Program: 
Emblems (2016) – Brandon Scott Rumsey
Suite (1952) – Ruth Crawford Seeger
Darker than Blue (2014) – Emma Logan
Instilling Hope (2015) – Jabez Co
Mirrors (2010) – Finnur Karlsson

EMBLEMS Quintet @ Adrian College
Mar
11
3:00 pm15:00

EMBLEMS Quintet @ Adrian College

  • Adrian College, Dawson Auditorium

As a part of our March concert programs, the Emblems Quintet will be giving a recital at Adrian College at Dawson Auditorium.

Tentative Program: 
Emblems (2016) – Brandon Scott Rumsey
Suite (1952) – Ruth Crawford Seeger
Darker than Blue (2014) – Emma Logan
Instilling Hope (2015) – Jabez Co
Mirrors (2010) – Finnur Karlsson

EMBLEMS Quintet @ Cultivate in Ypsilanti
Mar
7
6:00 pm18:00

EMBLEMS Quintet @ Cultivate in Ypsilanti

  • Cultivate Coffee and Tap House

Cultivate Coffee and Tap House in Ypsilanti will be hosting the EMBLEMS Quintet for an unwind with woodwinds happy hour! Please join us for exciting repertoire by composers from our call for scores and other works that are rarely performed.

Tentative Program:
Emblems (2016) – Brandon Scott Rumsey
Suite (1952) – Ruth Crawford Seeger
Instilling Hope (2015) – Jabez Co
Mirrors (2010) – Finnur Karlsson

'Wanderlust' at Sydney Town Hall
Feb
22
7:00 pm19:00

'Wanderlust' at Sydney Town Hall

  • Sydney Town Hall

Jason Noble and his Scarsdale High School Wind Ensemble will be giving another performance of their commissioned work, WANDERLUST, at Sydney Town Hall in Sydney, Australia!

'Wanderlust' World Premiere
Feb
19
4:00 pm16:00

'Wanderlust' World Premiere

  • Deakin Edge Theatre, Federation Square

Jason Noble and his Scarsdale High School Wind Ensemble will be giving the world premiere of their commissioned work, WANDERLUST, at Deakin Edge, Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia! 

'Painting Rain' World Premiere
Feb
10
5:00 pm17:00

'Painting Rain' World Premiere

  • Stamps Auditorium

Painting Rain for Double Bass, Vibraphone, and Piano will be premiered by Megan McDevitt on her DMA recital. The recital will feature four major works for bass paired with commissions by emerging composers.

Trade Winds Quintet in Tanzania
May
28
Jun 19

Trade Winds Quintet in Tanzania

  • Umoja Centre Arusha Tanzania

In June 2016, Trade Winds Quintet will make music with the people of Arusha, Tanzania. They will host a 2-week arts camp in partnership with the Umoja Centre, and hold workshops at the International School of Moshi, Kiboroloni Secondary School, Lohada and Samaritan Village orphanages, Tumaini University Makumira, Ujamaa Children's Home, and Uraki Secondary School. Their lessons will be built from the same curriculum as their 2013 project, with a deeper focus on sustainability and cross-cultural connection through skill-building arts empowerment classes.

While in Tanzania, Trade Winds will premiere their commissioned work, EMBLEMS for woodwind quintet!

'EMBLEMS' @ THREADS ALL ARTS FESTIVAL
Apr
2
2:30 pm14:30

'EMBLEMS' @ THREADS ALL ARTS FESTIVAL

  • The Yellow Barn, Ann Arbor MI

The EMBLEMS QUINTET will be performing a short set at the Threads All Arts festival at the Yellow Barn in Ann arbor. "Threads is a festival of all arts, the coming together of expression and ideas, people and place. This is about sharing and supporting. Our identity as a community is reflected in the art we make." – Threads All Arts Festival

EMBLEMS QUINTET
Merryl Monard, Flute
Alex Hayashi, Oboe
Clarissa Osborn, Clarinet
Brandon Rumsey, Bassoon
Caroline Steiger, Horn

Program (2:30pm–3:00pm):

EMBLEMS (2016) by Brandon Scott Rumsey
Invocation
Surfaces
Sentinels
Champions

SUITE (1933) by Henry Cowell
Prelude
Jig
Chorale
Finale

SÉRÉNADE (1945) by André Jolivet
Cantilène
Caprice

'Emblems' @ writeHEAR / rightNOW
Feb
15
8:00 pm20:00

'Emblems' @ writeHEAR / rightNOW

  • Britton Recital Hall, Ann Arbor, MI

Emblems (2016) for woodwind quintet will be featured at the first write HEAR / right NOW concert of the Winter 2016 semester. wH / rN is the U-M student composer showcase series at the School of Music and features brand new works by current students.

EMBLEMS QUINTET:
Merryl Monard, Flute
Alex Hayashi, Oboe
Clarissa Osborn, Clarinet
Caroline Steiger, Horn
Brandon Rumsey, Bassoon

"Limelight" @ BNMI Season 7 Winter Concert
Jan
30
8:00 pm20:00

"Limelight" @ BNMI Season 7 Winter Concert

  • Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church, Somerville, MA

I am thrilled that Boston New Music Initiative will be opening their Season 7 Winter Concert with Limelight, my 2013 work for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano!

From the Boston New Music Initiative Press Release RE: Rescheduled Concert (Jan 30)

Approximately 20 minutes into BNMI's first concert of the seventh season, a furnace malfunction at the Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church resulted in the Fire Department being called and the concert venue needing to be evacuated.

While there ultimately was no fire, fumes from the furnace had filled the concert space and out of an abundance of caution for our performers' and audience's safety and comfort, BNMI decided to postpone the concert until January 2016.

We are grateful to our many loyal fans, our talented performers and helpful staff, and appreciate your understanding during this unforeseeable event. We also appreciate collaborating with the New York Women's Composers, and look forward to presenting their winning Composers' works on our rescheduled concert in January.

Cover image thumbnail features an original painting by Ralph Jackson

SMTD@UMMA: New Music at U-M Art Museum
Jan
21
8:00 pm20:00

SMTD@UMMA: New Music at U-M Art Museum

  • University of Michigan Museum of Art
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My new work for the Trade Winds Quintet, Emblems, will be premiered during Summer 2016. However, the work is going to be performed at the SMTD@UMMA Concert Series in a preview performance by U-M students and alumni!

Emblems (2016)
I. Invocation
II. Surfaces
III. Sentinels
IV. Champions

Performed by the EMBLEMS QUINTET
Merryl Monard, Flute
Alex Hayashi, Oboe
Clarissa Osborn, Clarinet
Brandon Rumsey, Bassoon
Caroline Steiger, Horn

Program Note
Although the majority of my works include winds in one way or another, Emblems is my first work for woodwind quintet. The piece is dedicated to my friends, the Trade Winds Quintet (based in Austin and NYC), who will be taking this work on one of their outreach projects to Tanzania in 2016. Trade Winds Quintet's mission is "to empower individuals to express themselves by providing excellent and accessible workshops, performances, and collaborations that explore music as a tool for social change and the arts as a way of life." In four continuous movements, the music of Emblems is inspired by the members' radiant personalities, contagious joy, and dedication to social change through creativity.

"Remembering the Clouds" @ Midwest Composer's Symposium 2015
Nov
7
1:30 pm13:30

"Remembering the Clouds" @ Midwest Composer's Symposium 2015

  • Auer Hall at Indiana University

Mysti Byrnes, Merryl Monard, and Annie Jeng will be performing my song cycle Remembering the Clouds at the 2015 Midwest Composer's Symposium. This year's symposium is being hosted by Indiana University and will feature performances of works by composers and performers from University of Cincinnati Conservatory, University of Iowa, Indiana University, and University of Michigan!

Remembering the Clouds, Michigan Premiere
Apr
14
8:00 pm20:00

Remembering the Clouds, Michigan Premiere

  • Britton Recital Hall at University of Michigan

Three current students and alums of the University of Michigan will give the Michigan premiere of Remembering the Clouds on April 14, 2015 at 8pm! More details to follow soon.

Natasha Drake, Soprano
Travis Jones, Flute
Annie Jeng, Piano

Click here to read more about Remembering the Clouds.

'Remembering the Clouds' World Premiere
Apr
4
7:30 pm19:30

'Remembering the Clouds' World Premiere

  • Maliotis Cultural Center, Boston

Boston Flute Academy’s BFA Artist-in-Residence, flutist Brendan V. Ryan, along with the 2015 Opera Foundation Scholarship winner, soprano Kate Fruchterman and Boston University staff pianist, Christina Wright-Ivanova will premiere my new song cycle, Remembering the Clouds, along with other art songs by Debussy, Ravel, and Corigliano.  The concert takes place at the Maliotis Cultural Center in Brookline, on Saturday, April 4th, 2015 at 7:30p.m.  The recital event will also include an exhibit by the Levit Flute company, maker of fine flutes.  Free parking and free admission.

Click here to read more about Remembering the Clouds.

'In the Primal Garden' @ NYFOS Next
Feb
17
7:00 pm19:00

'In the Primal Garden' @ NYFOS Next

  • National Opera Center, New York City

Final Concert: Bright Sheng & Friends

The “exquisite blend of the musical East and West” of Bright Sheng (The New York Times) closes out three weeks of contemporary song and the 2014-15 NYFOS Next series. The Chinese-American composer and MacArthur Fellow hosts and curates a concert that includes a preview of the opening to his new opera Dream of the Red Chamber, written with co-librettist David Henry Hwang. The opera is set to premiere with the San Francisco Opera in fall 2016.

Sheng, the Leonard Bernstein Distinguished University Professor of Composition at the University of Michigan, will also showcase recent work from his students Brandon Scott RumseyIman Habibi, and Matthew Tommasini, and an affectionate acknowledgement of his mentors, George Perle and Leonard Bernstein. Sheng’s diverse background informs an approach that Anthony Tommasini in The New York Timeswrites, “has won critical respect and appreciative audiences for works that deftly synthesize wildly varied musical influences.” The Telegraph (UK) called Sheng’s opera Madam Mao, which debuted at Santa Fe Opera in 2003, “…extraordinary music and a riveting evening in the theater.”

Tickets $15, general admission. Cash only at the door.

Global Composition Seminar: HKAPA 30th Anniversary Symposium
Nov
10
8:00 am08:00

Global Composition Seminar: HKAPA 30th Anniversary Symposium

  • Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts

My Brevard Music Center recording of Limelight for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano will be featured at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts 30th Anniversary Symposium as part of a Global Composition Seminar lead by Professor Bright Sheng. The program can be found here.

The seminar will be simulcast from the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts to the University of Michigan School of Music and will feature recordings of works by Michigan Composers Jules Pegram, Matthew Bridgham, Jim Anderson, and Brandon Scott Rumsey as well as students from the HKAPA.

'Limelight' @ Belvedere Festival
Jun
20
7:00 pm19:00

'Limelight' @ Belvedere Festival

  • Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Memphis

Limelight for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano will be performed at the Belvedere Chamber Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee.

UTWE World Tour
May
18
Jun 8

UTWE World Tour

I am performing as a bassoonist/contrabassoonist for the UTWE world tour of Hawaii, Japan, Taiwan, China, and UK. Click Here to view the program and to read more about our travels!

Our recording of the World Tour repertoire has been released commercially!