I’m writing this update from Buffalo, NY; it’s my first visit to the city and I’m excited to share the news with you from whence it originates. This is the first week in a new position for me: Julius Rudel Conducting Fellow at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. My duties include assisting music director JoAnn Falletta and guest conductors in preparation for concerts and events at the BPO, cover conducting for these concerts, and learning about the administrative operations of the orchestra. JoAnn and everyone at the BPO have been so welcoming to me this week; I can’t wait to continue working with them this season and hope it’s the beginning of a lasting relationship.
Should you ever be in Buffalo, I hope you’ll go hear this great orchestra perform (in their wonderful concert hall)!
At the end of the summer, Robert McCormick asked if I would arrange Charles Wood’s Mass in F for string quartet, harp, organ, and choir. The project took about two weeks and what a rewarding process it has been! Wood’s music lends itself well to additional part-writing and it’s been a personal joy to bring together my orchestra and choir lives to write something for strings and choir.
The choir parts were to be left unaltered, but everything else was up for grabs. I used Wood’s language and notes to create a new accompaniment shared between the instruments. Although the score is not particularly “orchestral” in that it’s not always obvious Wood was imagining an orchestration of the piece, I tried to get in his head and imagine how he might score something similar. Of course there were some obvious imitative sections which wrote themselves such as the harp arpeggios in the Sanctus and string quartet writing in the Benedictus.
I can’t wait to hear this piece performed on Christmas Eve at Saint Mark’s and am privileged to have helped create it. I hope the new parts bring out the beauty of what Wood composed and draw the listener into the serenity and awe of the Nativity.
More details and a score preview can be found on the compositions page. If you have a use for this score and would like to perform it, please let me know!
I’m excited to announce a list of performances for the 2019-2020 season! You’ll find a complete list on the performances page. Some highlights include a masterclass and recital in Binghamton, NY, conducting Manuel de Falla’s The Three Cornered Hat at Mannes, and a return to Christ Church Christiana Hundred for an Evensong concert. I hope you’ll join us along the way!
I’m very excited to return to my home city and childhood church (where I first played the organ) to give a recital at the American Guild of Organists Regional Convention! The program will feature some of my very favorite pieces, and I can’t wait to show the attendees some of the beautiful color of the Roosevelt organ. The concert is free and open to the public, regardless of whether you are attending the convention. I hope you’ll join us! Details are here.
Wednesday, 10 July 2019, 9:15am; Trinity United Methodist Church, Denver, CO. Bryan will perform a feature concert as part of the 2019 Southwest Regional Convention of the American Guild of Organists. The program will highlight the rich colors of the Roosevelt organ; one of the first pipe organs Bryan played. A program can be found here.
Last week, I suddenly became caught up composing and finished two new anthems for solo soprano and choir. This completes the set I began earlier in the year. They include beautiful texts from Hildegard von Bingen and Mechthild of Magdeburg as well as a setting of The Beatitudes. I’m excited to release these three new pieces and I hope you’ll reach out if you’d like to perform them! Three Motets, as they’re called, can be found on the compositions page with a score preview.