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Upcoming Composers Concert showcases students’ music

Emma Dahl

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Whitman’s biannual Composers Concert will have its fall show Friday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall. The concert is an opportunity, albeit a required one, for students of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music John David Earnest to showcase the music they’ve been working on in his composition class since last semester.

“One of the requirements of composition students … is that they have stuff in the composers’ concert,” said junior Erik Feldman. “Even if you’re just in composition for one semester you’ll have something in the concert.”

In the upcoming concert, pieces that were written last spring will be performed. The Spring Composers Concert will feature pieces written during the current fall semester, and vice versa; since the concert falls in the middle of the semester, two months or so isn’t enough time for a piece to be written and rehearsed.

Feldman, who has contributed a piece featuring a trio of wind instruments, explained the process of preparing a piece of music for performance.

“We worked on them a little bit and fine-tuned [our pieces] before the beginning of the semester,” said Feldman. “My piece is for two clarinets and bassoon. I’ll rehearse with the musicians and work with them and make a couple little changes here and there, and they just get to play it [in the concert] and I won’t be conducting them.”

Many of the students who are presenting pieces in the upcoming concert are composition majors.

“I’m a composition major and I’d like to write music for movies and video games and stuff like that in the end,” said Feldman.

Not all of the composers are current Whitman students. There is one student from Walla Walla University, and there are other students who composed their pieces when they were seniors in the spring last year.

Admission to the concert is free, and it is open to the public as well as to Whitman students.

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