Student Compositions Featured in Dana School Recital

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Eight students in the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University will have pieces they composed performed at a recital 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in Bliss Hall.

The recital is free and open to the public. It will be held in the composition studio run by strings professor David Morgan in room 2222.

As part of using the composition studio, students must not only create their piece, but also write the event program, set up the performance space, record the music and find an audience.

“The composition studio offers an entrepreneurial aspect for students since they not only must compose the music, but they need to find willing musicians to perform their music at rehearsals and for the concert,” Morgan said in a release. “This prepares them for what they will need to do in the real world.”

The piece being performed are:

  • Etude for Third Trumpet composed by Dan Mihelarakis, performed by Brandon Perkins, trumpet.
  • Finlano composed by Tommy Starr, performed by Tommy Starr, marimba; Evan McCreary, marimba; Brandon Maffitt, marimba and Nathan Weingart, marimba.
  • Reminiscent composed by Max Franko, performed by Morgan Frederick, flute; Brendan Burke, double bass; and Max Franko, piano.
  • Winter (from The Seasons) composed by Jonathan Charlton, performed by the YSU Saxophone Quartet: Max Klauscher, soprano saxophone; Thomas Turnbull  alto saxophone; Daniel Slencsak, tenor saxophone; and Santino Almasy, baritone saxophone.
  • The Brilliance (from Piano Cycle no. 1 in C major) composed by Matthew Eustace, performed by accompanist Jerry Rezanka, piano.
  • Feldoras composed by Emma Donkin, performed by Anna Reitsma, flute; Camryn Doctor, oboe; Cayla Conrad, clarinet; Brendan Gage, French horn; and Elliot Kwolek, bassoon. 
  • The Last Performance composed and performed by Alyssa Kordecki.
  • Gold composed by Juan Rodriguez, performed by Dan Mihelarakis, trumpet; Max Franko, trumpet; Brendan Gage, French horn; Dominick Gentile, trombone; Juan Rodriguez, euphonium; and Lauren Zetts, tuba.

Parking for the concert is available in the M30 deck on Wick Avenue. For more information, call 330 941 2307.


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