Whitacre Coming to Northwestern

February 4th I’ll be giving a Q&A/workshop at Northwestern University, free and open to the public!

I saw these words on Eric Whitacre‘s Facebook page as I walked out of composition class this afternoon and I just about dropped my phone and screamed. Whitacre is undoubtedly my single greatest inspiration as a composer, and has been somewhat of a “hero” figure to me ever since I played his piece October in band. Hearing that he’ll be coming to give a free Q&A session at my university instantly turned me into a small child who’d been given everything he ever wanted.

One of the main reasons I chose to come to Northwestern is its prestigious Bienen School of Music. I knew that the musical opportunities that would be available on this campus would greatly aid in my growth as a composer, and it seems that I’ve made the right choice.

Feburary 4th couldn’t come any slower!

Inspiration for Us All

Unfortunately for those of you who don’t have Facebook won’t be able to view this, but here is a post that I made on Eric Whitacre’s wall a while back.

Exciting stuff! Although strangely enough, having my own piece called “gorgeous” by my hero wasn’t the most moving experience I took away. Rather, it was all the comments from other musicians who I’ve never met, yet loved my piece. Their kind words are what push me to keep composing.

Virtual Choir 4

It’s here! And it’s going to be bigger than ever, which is why Eric now needs a Kickstarter to fund it all. Please consider supporting this innovative musical project and help push the boundaries of music making. Encourage all your musician friends to join as well.

For those of you who don’t know about Virtual Choir, click the link above and check out Eric’s video.

The Seal Lullaby

Probably one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard in my life, and I do not say that lightly. And as with all of the pieces that move me, I hope to one day write a piece such as this.

Interestingly enough, the pieces is quite unlike any of Whitacre’s other choral compositions, perhaps due to the fact that it was intended for use in a film. But no matter the style, it’s stunningly beautiful nonetheless.

Alleluia

Although it may be disguised under a different title, this is essentially a choral arrangement of Eric Whitacre’s stunningly capturing piece for Wind Symphony called October. October is probably one of my favorite pieces I have ever played in band, still to this day.

I actually heard this arrangement as the background music to one of Eric Whitacre’s radio interviews, and I immediately thought to myself, “Wait, isn’t that October? For choir? No, this can’t be happening! It’ll ruin the piece that was meant for winds!” But it took me no more than the following ten seconds to take the thought back. It’s a great arrangement, just as beautiful as the original, just in a different way.