September 2016 News  

I successfully completed my hike of the Appalachian Trail in New England!  734 miles, through 5 states, over the top of 102 mountains and peaks, and approximately 1.7 million footsteps over 2 and a half months!  If you want to see more pictures and read about my experience, check out my  blog .  I've gathered lots of musical ideas and am just starting to compose the symphony!  It will be completed by June and then performances will happen during the 2017-18 season all around New England.  

Right at the midpoint of my hike, I took a break to spend a week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where my friend, the fantastic Brazilian flautist Marcelo Bomfim, premiered my Um Ano no Brasil (A Year in Brazil) for Flute and String Orchestra with the  Petrobras Symphony Orchestra  conducted by Sammy Fuks.  You can watch   a video of a performance here .   The performances were really great and, as you can tell from the applause, the audience loved it as well!

I'm also happy to share that the Chorosynthesis Singers will be recording my Do You Hear How Many You Are? on their upcoming double CD called "Empowering Silenced Voices" which will be released on Centaur Records next year!  They are an amazing group that uses choral music to inspire social change, and I'm honored to be a part of this project.

Our Indiegogo campaign for An Appalachian Trail Symphony (follow my trail blog here ) raised a total of $4,055.23 (minus Indiegogo fees and plus a handful of donations made outside of the website)!  Thank you to the following donors:





Section Hikers:

Chris Bauknecht 

Robert Schwartz 

Maynard Southard 

Luke Letter 

Michael Wimberly 

Doug & Lynn Farrell

Alexander Vera 

Sabra G Upjohn 

Glenn Thomas 

Janey Letter 

Paul & Bonnie  Morris 

Barbara Jones 

Ralph Thomas & Karl Brosch 

Jeffrey Nytch 

Vale Southard 

Diane Cruciani 

Lane Southard 

David McHenry

Overnight Hikers:

Debbie Morris


Thomas Bogdan

Stephan Lias

Tina L. Woods

Bruce Grant

Jim Buncher



Joe Cruciani

Joe Tucker

Kirsten Homdrom

Mary Rose Paradis

Cheryl L. Mauro

John Kirk

Christopher Ohanian

Sylvia Pulliam

Janet Mathis

The Renfrews

Carlo Caballero

Pamela Marshall


Richard Steinbach


Ryan Littman-Quinn

John Peterson

EJ Posselius

Stuart Davis

Jonathan Wortmann

Thomas Lawrence Toscano

Amber Bradley

Anonymsous (2)

Day Hikers:

Rory Thomas O'Connor


Latest Updates

30 Aug 2016
Keane Southard
Day 68 - (8/17/16) 7.6 miles (Horseshoe Canyon Lean-to to Doughty Pond) It rained through the night, really pouring at times, so it turns out I did make the right decision to sleep in the shelter and I actually slept pretty well.  And, just as...
17 Aug 2016
Keane Southard
Sunrise on South Pond Day 61 - (8/10/16) 3.9 miles (South Pond to Piazza Rock Lean-to) Piazza Rock or Pride Rock? I woke up at 5:30am and heard sounds nearby that had to be a moose: breaking of branches and a big splash ...
10 Aug 2016
Keane Southard
Wind Turbines in Maine Day 54 - (8/3/16) 3.5 miles (Rattle River Shelter to near Brook 1 mile past Gorham) Today was a short one mostly spent in Gorham, NH.  It was an easy 2 mile hike down to the road and I walked about 1 mile towards town ...
3 Aug 2016
Keane Southard
Day 47 - (7/27/16) 7.5 miles (Kinsman Pond Shelter to Liberty Springs Campsite) I hiked through Franconia Notch today, which I visited as a kid, although the "Old Man in the Mountain" is not there any more.  I hiked 5 pretty easy miles down ...
27 Jul 2016
Keane Southard
On Moosilauke South Peak Day 43 - (7/23/16) 6.7 miles (Hexacuba Shelter to Cape Moonshine Rd) Short day today to meet up with Diane, who camped with me tonight at a nearby intentional community called "Dancing Bones".  they are building a ...
23 Jul 2016
Keane Southard
Day 28 - (7/8/16) 0.0 miles First day off (and much needed!) Day 29 - (7/9/16) 8.3 miles (Hanover, NH to Three Mile Rd) Mom came and hiked with me today.  Because we were not camping overnight, we hardly had to bring anything and left my t...
8 Jul 2016
Keane Southard
Day 17 - (6/27/16) 14.4 miles (VT 9 Bennington/Woodford to Kid Gore Shelter) View from Glastenbury Mountain Above the treeline on the Glastenbury Fire Tower 'Twas a nice night staying with Mowgli, getting some p...
26 Jun 2016
Keane Southard
Day 12 - (6/22/16) - 7.2 miles (Kay Wood Shelter to Crystal Mountain Campground) Last night those college kids kept me from falling asleep for quite a while with their chatting and giggling.  Finally got to sleep but was woken up in the night by...
22 Jun 2016
Keane Southard
Day 8 (6/18/16) - 5.3 miles (+6 miles walking in and out of town) - (Tom Leonard Shelter to Mt. Wilcox South Shelters) Today was really exhausting.  Only 5.3 miles on trail, but walked 4 miles on road into Great Barrington and about 2 back be...
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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
Southard: Prelude No. 9 (Guante-ango) 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
Nazareth: Odeon
Nazareth: Xangô
Villa-Lobos: A Lenda do Caboclo, W 166
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras no 4 for Piano, A 264
Guarnieri: Improviso II
Guarnieri: Maria Lucia
Guarnieri: Dansa negra
Santoro: 7 Paulistanas
Gnattali: Negaceando
Warlock: Folksong Preludes
Foulds: English Tune with Burden
Foulds: April – England, Op. 48 no 1
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: Two Minutes for Saxophone Quartet
Southard: "Again and Again" for Voice 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
Southard: Uma Passacalha Brasileira for Wind Ensemble
Southard: The Glastonbury Wilderness for Orchestra
Southard: Um Ano no Brasil (A Year in Brazil)
Southard: No Interior do Rio de Janeiro for Wind Ensemble
Southard: Concertino for Piano and Wind Ensemble
Southard: "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" for SAB choir
Southard: In the Spaces of Thought" for SATB Choir
Southard: "A Blessing of Discomfort" for SSA Choir
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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