Latest News October 2014

This Fall I moved to Bennington, Vermont where I've taken a position as Composer Intern at  Bennington College , a small liberal arts college.  I'm assistant teaching and really enjoying it so far!

My wind ensemble arrangement of Frederic Rzewski's  "Down By the Riverside" , commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Civic Wind Ensemble (led by Kenneth Thompson), the University of Central Missouri Wind ensemble (led by Scott Lubaroff), the Middle Tennessee State University Wind Ensemble (led by Reed Thomas), and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Wind Symphony in Australia, is complete.  The DSO Wind Ensemble will be performing it on  Nov. 7th at Orchestra Hall  in Detroit, and the other premieres will be announced soon!

Speaking of works for wind ensemble, I'm excited to announce I'm being commissioned to write a new work for the  Arrowhead Union High School Wind Ensemble , led by Jacob Polancich, in Wisconsin for them to premiere in May 2015!  I'm planning on writing a fun Brazilian-inspired piece!

Christine Thomas Tsen 's new CD  Cello Ornithology  which features two new works of mine,  The Dove in the Ash Grove  and  Swansong , both for Cello and Piano, is now available on  CDBaby !  I played piano on my two pieces plus a work by John Foulds and Christine's own father.  Here is  a taste  of my pieces, they sound great!

The  Awesome Orchestra Collective  told me they had a ton of fun reading through my read my  No Interior do Rio de Janeiro  ("In the Interior of Rio de Janeiro") for orchestra in August, and they sent me a recording.   Have a listen yourself!

Two minute-long pieces for Saxophone Quartet that I wrote earlier this year are and have been performed.  My  "96 Notes"  was performed on Sept. 27th by  "a very small consortium"  at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and  "1267 Notes"  will be premiered by the  New Thread Saxophone Quartet  in New York City in January 2015!

I've also added a bunch of new sheet music for sale on  my website store , including my  No Interior do Rio de Janeiro for Orchestra Duo for Clarinet and Cello The Dove in the Ash Grove for Cello and Piano Swansong for Cello (or Viola) and Piano Piano Quintet 'New England' , and  Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano .  
Thanks for reading and visiting my website!


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13 Jan 2014
Keane Southard
The original 'Keane and the Cheezits' album When I was a kid, one of the things my younger siblings, my sister Vale and brother Lane, and I did for fun, especially on car trips, was to bring a little tape recorder and a blank cassette tape and...
24 Nov 2013
Keane Southard
Travelling the old Incan road in Cusco, Peru I had a few vacation days left to use from Fulbright, so I decided to take a trip for a couple days to visit a friend in Cusco, Peru, my first time outside of Brazil in South America, although my att...
16 Nov 2013
Keane Southard
The view outside my new apartment window in Rio I’m back in Rio de Janeiro now for my final month in Brazil.  Coming back to this city after 7 months, I now beginning to realize what an incredible city this is.  This is not to say anything bad...
2 Nov 2013
Keane Southard
Recorders rehearsing at Mandacaru Mandacaru neighborhood at night PRIMA currently works in several neighborhoods in João Pessoa, the largest city and capital of Paraíba, including Mandacaru, one of its most dangerous neighborhoods...
14 Oct 2013
Keane Southard
Joao Pessoa, where the sun rises first in the Americas  In 2012,  Alex Klein was invited to create and run PRIMA here in Paraiba, but his path to this work has been anything but direct and nothing short of remarkable.  Alex grew up in the city...
7 Oct 2013
Keane Southard
The PRIMA logo I got back into the swing of things this week with a bunch of trips.  On Monday, I tagged along with Alex Klein , the director of PRIMA , and his wife Catalina, who is the head of teacher training, and visited three different P...
29 Sep 2013
Keane Southard
View from downtown Joao Pessoa out to the countryside The past three weeks have been pretty disappointing in regards to my research, but otherwise they have been wonderful!  I was scheduled to visit 5 different PRIMA centers in the first week, ...
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Southard: Piano Sonata no 2
Southard: Homage to L. M. Gottschalk
Southard: Fantasy in B flat minor
Southard: Prelude No. 1 (Jazz) for Piano Solo
Southard: Prelude No. 2 (Drops) for Piano Solo
Southard: Prelude No. 3 (Homage to Nancarrow) for Piano solo
Southard: Prelude No. 4 (O Woozy Suzy!) for Piano solo
Southard: Prelude No. 5 (Precision) for Piano solo
Southard: Tidal Wave Rag for Piano solo
Southard: No-Name Rag for Piano solo
Rzewski: Down By the Riverside
Finzi: Eclogue for Piano and Strings in F major, Op. 10
Ives: Sonata for Piano no 2 "Concord, Mass 1840–60"
Gottschalk: Union, RO 269/Op. 48
Guarnieri: Valsa no 5
Guarnieri: Valsa no 9
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras no 4 for Piano, A 264
Guarnieri: Dansa negra
Southard: Concerto for Solo Piano and Solo Organ
Southard: Blazonry for 8 Percussionists
Southard: And Death Shall Have No Dominion
Southard: Chorale for Brass Quintet
Southard: Variations on a Hymn (Beecher) for Organ
Southard: Duo for Clarinet and Cello
Southard: Duo for Violin and Piano
Southard: String Quartet no 1
Southard: In My Craft or Sullen Art
Southard: Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
Southard: Music for the Film "Glava" (excerpt)
Southard: Piano Quintet 'New England'
Southard: Sonata no 1 for Violin and Piano
Southard: Quintette de Cuivres
Southard: Variazioni Semplici for Violin and Harp
Southard: Swansong for Cello and Piano
Southard: The Dove in the Ash Grove for Cello and Piano
Southard: Seven Short Studies for String Orchestra
Southard: Mini-Symphony for Chamber Orchestra
Southard: A Day of Sunshine for Chorus and Orchestra
Southard: Waltzing Dervish for Wind (powered) Ensemble
Southard: Do You Hear How Many You Are?
Southard: "Classical" Concerto for Piano and Chamber Orchestra
Southard: Do You Hear How Many You Are? for Concert Band
Southard: Carousel for Concert Band
Southard: Showers over Peaks and Vales for Orchestra
Southard: No Interior do Rio de Janeiro for Orchestra
Gottschalk: Union, RO 269/Op. 48
Southard: Piano Sonata no 2
Finzi: Eclogue for Piano and Strings in F major, Op. 10
Ives: Sonata for Piano no 2 "Concord, Mass 1840–60"
Southard: Improvisation 1/31/10

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