January 2019 News   

I'm thrilled that my In this short Life for SATB Choir won The Capital Hearings 2018 Young Composer Competition and was premiered by the group in Washington, DC in September!  The work is a setting of two short poems by Emily Dickinson that meditate on the transience and preciousness of life and what one can (or can’t) accomplish within it.  Please have a listen to the superb recording of the premiere here, I think it is my best choral work to date!

I'm happy to share that my  Kyrie Eleison for SATB Choir has been selected as a finalist in this year's Ithaca College Choral Composition Contest .  I'll be heading to Ithaca on March 23rd to hear a yet-to-be-named high school choir premiere the work at the Ithaca College Choral Composition Festival.

The Chorosynthesis Singers have released their recording of my
 Do You Hear How Many You Are? as a sneak preview of Empowering Silenced Voices, their upcoming double-CD of socially conscious choral music!  Have a listen, it sounds amazing!
 
This past semester, I had the opportunity to write a new work for the Eastman Graduate Composers' Sinfonietta.  The piece, called A Hymn of Life, is somewhat inspired by Bach's famous C major Prelude from the first book of The Well Tempered Clavier.  Watch a video of the performancehere.

To my Boston-area friends, if you missed the other performances of my Appalachian Trail Symphony, it will be performed by the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra on February 10th at Mass Bay Community College !  Otherwise, you can always listen to a recording of the work online.    Here is one set to a slideshow of photos from my hike .

Also at Eastman, I had several of my piano preludes performed in October by the intrepid
Kevin Wang , including the premieres of Prelude No. 12 (88-Keys) and No. 13 (Waves).  You can watch a video of the performance here .  Kevin also became the first person other than myself to perform my somewhat notorious (played with a glove on the left hand!) Prelude No. 3 (Homage to Nancarrow) and we later made a professional video of him performing the work as a project for my digital media class.  Take 3 minutes to   watch it , it sounds and looks great and I'm very proud of my filming and editing skills that I learned during the process.

Speaking of more videos, I'm a nerd who loves those youtube videos where you can follow a score to a piece while listening to it, so I've made a bunch of those videos with my own pieces for others to enjoy!  Check out
 this playlist where I have 15 such works of mine synched up to images of the score.
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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
Southard: Prelude No. 7 (Perfect Ostinato) for Piano Solo (2010)
Southard: Prelude No. 10 (For Ken Girard) for Piano solo
Southard: Prelude No. 14 (Berceuse) for Piano Solo
Southard: A Waltz for Diane
Southard: Prelude No. 13 (Waves)
Southard: Prelude No. 12 (88 Keys) for Piano
Southard: Prelude No. 8 (Chromatic) 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
Foulds: Dance Tunes from Punjab
Foulds: Recollections of Ancient Greek Music
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: Sonata for Clarinet 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
Southard: An Appalachian Trail Symphony: New England (Symphony No.1)
Southard: A Hymn of Life
Southard: "In this short Life" for SATB 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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