Program Notes

Thursday, October 25, 2012, 10:30 a.m., Recital Hall


Stargaze (2012) - Zachary Huff (b. 1991)
Zachary Huff; electronics, bass drum, rain stick
Nathan Spellman; vibraphone

The Tragedy of a Young Soldier - Chris Walker (b. 1986)
Soldier’s Theme
Called to War
Ebonie Lamb, timpani

Dialogue Nach Vogelstimmen - Jenö Takács (1902-2005)
Mateo Garcia, Flute

Beads of Glass - Gordon Stout (b. 1952)
Nick Olson, marimba

All Dreams begin with the Horizon - Christopher Theofanidis (b. 1967)
II. Erratic, charged
IV. Menacing
Logan Lundstrom, piano

Three Lyrics of Edna St. Vincent Millay - Eric Ewazen (b. 1954)
Afternoon on a Hill
God’s Work
Anna Buck, soprano
Sharilyn Spicknall, piano

Prelude No. 1 - Avner Dorman (b. 1975)
Lucas Ryder, piano

Cascadian Concerto for Wind Quintet and Orchestra (2003) - Eric Ewazen (b. 1954)
I. Sundrenched
Shoes Off! Featuring Man with Shoes
Mateo Garcia, flute; Katherine Richárd, oboe
Colleen King, clarinet; Paige Richardson, horn
Candace Boone, bassoon; Lucas Ryder, piano

A Suite From Cloud Forest - Eric Ewazen (b. 1954)
I. The Resplendent Quetzal
Logan Lundstrom, Nathan Simpson, piano

Guilded Cage - Susan K. Powell (b. 1971)
Mami Okita, Ebonie Lamb, Emma Persinger, Ashley Sullivan, percussion


Stargaze (2012)
Zachary Huff (b. 1991)

Zachary Huff is a composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist that seeks to blend contemporary sound design with advanced harmonic, rhythmic, and formal techniques. Stargaze, written and produced in 2012, presents this unique blend of morphing texture, intricately jagged percussion, and a rich, yet restrained, harmonic pallet. Huff has described his recent work, especially the piece being performed today, as an attempt to build a complete, immersive journey. This journey in particular, chronicles the story of a primitive form of life, which unknowing resides on the surface of a drifting asteroid; soaring through space with its sight set on a nearing celestial body. Juxtaposed against this narrow, innocent perspective, is a civilization brought to awe and humility by the discovery of this looming threat.
Additionally, all of the sounds heard in Stargaze are constructed by Zachary. Through the means of many techniques such as field recording and spectral morphing, to granular synthesis and re-sampling, Huff is able to achieve a completely personal and unique ensemble for each piece. Naturally, this process in conjunction with composition often result in pieces that take an enormous amount time to complete. Stargaze, sitting at 9:51, was written over the course of two months and demanded over 120 hours of actual working time and will surely capture the attention of audiences, regardless of demographic.

The Tragedy of a Young Soldier
Chris Walker (b. 1986)

Christopher D. Walker is a native Texan who currently resides in Austin, the live music capital of the world. Living in such a creative and accommodating environment, Walker has been able to surround himself with some of the finest musicians in Central Texas, resulting in numerous performances and recording opportunities. Christopher has worked with Grammy-winning bands, and he has written commercial music for regional companies as well as local mom-and-pop shops. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from Texas State University - San Marcos and is doing graduate work at the University of Texas - Austin. Past percussion instructors include Genaro Gonzalez, Kari Klier, and (in his younger years) Andy Salmon. Composition instructors include Dr. Russell Riepe, Richard Hall, and Dr. Charles Ditto
The Story is about a young, colonial period man who is called to war and dies on the battlefield. The first movement (Soldier’s Theme) is a theme and variations that incorporates extremes in dynamics as well as technically challenging pedal work on the top drum. I like to think of his theme as if he were whistling. There is also some foreshadowing by the use of excerpts from Taps and Amazing Grace.
The second movement (Called to War) is his call to action. It starts off slow and almost inaudible. Then the frontline begins to change! Multiple waves of battle occur until he is hit by some great explosion on the field.

Dialogue Nach Vogelstimmen
Jenö Takács (1902-2005)

The composer, pianist, teacher and ethnomusicologist Jenö Takács was both Hungarian and Austrian, the duality of his place of birth later reflected in the political vicissitudes which affected his life. He was born in the little village of Siegendorf, south of Vienna, in the rolling wine country of Burgenland, which was Hungarian until 1921. From 1921 to 1926, he studied at the Academy of Music and the Dramatic Arts in Vienna. He studied composition with Joseph Marx and piano with Paul Weingarten. He also studied counterpoint with Hans Gál and musicology with the revered Guido Adler, founder of the discipline, at the University of Vienna.
Jenö Takács’ first concert tours - in his late teens and early twenties - took him around Germany, Hungary and Yugoslavia. And he was already composing, initially in a style which blended his Hungarian roots with the colours of French impressionism; his Viennese teachers added a respect for contrapuntal and thematic clarity. But it was his first meeting with Béla Bartók in 1926 that was decisive, reinforcing Takács’ awareness of the Hungarian folk idiom, expanding his use of tonality and the resourcefulness of his rhythms and his phrase-construction.
Of Dialogue Nach Vogelstimmen Takács writes: “The original recordings of the birdcalls were reduced 16 to 32 times in speed. This brought them within the compass of the flute. Most of the melodies are from the North American hermit thrush (Hylocichla guttata faxoni); they come the closest to our human music. This bird sings about 10 to 15 different melodies; when he repeats them he makes hardly any changes, and he occasionally even sings in two parts (as in call No. 3).
When playing these little pieces, it is recommended that each episode on the first page of music be followed by one or more on the second page. The result is a sort of question - and - answer, a kind of dialogue. Dynamic level, tempo, number of repetitions, recapitulation, sequence of episodes - in short, all details of interpretation are left to the performers, as in the length of rests between the little section. Performance by several flute alternating with piccolo, or by piccolo alone, is also possible.”

Beads of Glass
Gordon Stout (b. 1952)

One of Gordon Stout’s most recent compositions for solo marimba, Beads of Glass is a beautiful tapestry of tonal sounds for a five octave marimba. It was written in 2004. The work is about 8 minutes long. It is dedicated to Leigh Howard Stevens, because the music was initially considered as material for a commission from Leigh for marimba solo and percussion quartet. As the work progressed however, it became clear that adding percussion was not appropriate for the nature of the music, and that it would be better suited for marimba alone.
All Dreams begin with the Horizon
Christopher Theofanidis (b. 1967)

The occasion for the commissioning of this piece was something right out of the 19th century- a piece written as a birthday present to be performed at a salon-style party. I took great delight in writing this work, not only for the personalized nature of the occasion, but also because it is the first solo piano work I have written in almost 15 years, and since I started my musical life as a pianist, it gave me a wonderful excuse to reconnect with the physicality of the piano. This work was written at the piano, for the piano.
The salon nature of the first performance made me think about composing a series of miniature movements- something along the lines of the Schumann piano cycles. The attractive thing to me about this was that I could concentrate on delineating very strong characters between the movements, and on differences in pianistic approach.
The first movement is impressionistic and gestural in nature, and I think comes from the ephemeral, atmospheric writing one finds in pieces like, “Ondine” from “Gaspard de la nuit” by Maurice Ravel. The second movement is quite different- much more earthy and raw. It contrasts an explosive opening figure with an erratic rhythmic motive. The third movement was meant as a kind of ‘toast’ to love which seemed to befit the occasion (as much as my own love-drunk nature). It basically presents a lyrical melody in three very different ways- once highly ornamented, once rhythmically pressing, and once broadly and expansively. Not wanting ultimately to succumb to my more lyrical side, I chose a last movement, which is more of a trouble-maker. It is based around a very fast septuplet figure that is split up between the two hands and is really almost an etude.
The title comes from something my father once told me. In the early sixties he had a series of dreams which strangely all came true in time. He said that each of those dreams began with the horizon.
- Christopher Theofanidis

Three Lyrics of Edna St. Vincent Millay
Eric Ewazen (b. 1954)

Eric Ewazen was born in 1954 in Cleveland. Receiving a B.M. at the Eastman School of Music, and M.M. and D.M.A. degrees from The Juilliard School, his teachers include Milton Babbitt, Samuel Adler, Warren Benson, Joseph Schwantner and Gunther Schuller. He has been a recipient of numerous composition awards and prizes with works commissioned and performed by many soloists, chamber ensembles and orchestras in the U.S. and overseas. His music can be heard on more than 60 commercially released CDs, and more than 400 YouTube clips. In the fall of 2011, Ewazen was selected as the principle guest composer for the 45 Annual Contemporary Music Festival.
The inspiration for these pieces come from a set of three poems authored by American poet, playwright, and feminist, Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950). Millay received a number of awards and a great deal of recognition for her works. This Pulitzer Prize-winner was considered on of the most successful and respected poets in America.
Afternoon on a Hill: This piece is the last of a set of three poems. The spirited lyrics of this poem are beautifully set by Ewazen to inspire a feeling of reckless abandon. The character of the piece tells of her love for nature and all that it posses. As the piece progresses, the woman tells of all she sees during her ascent up a hill which is portrayed in the accompaniment as the piano is continually moving creating the feeling of ascent. As the piece concludes, the woman looks on her small town from the top of the hill. For a moment it seems as if life should stop all together; however, she knows her time on the hill is at an end. The woman turns from her view of the city, and begins walking down to rejoin the world.
God’s World: The first of a set of three pieces, God’s World, begins with a series of rolled chords that create the feel of a sunrise. The woman in this piece is completely lost in the beauty of her world, that all she can do is stand in awe. She goes on to describe what she sees. Time and again she proclaims, “O World, I cannot hold thee close enough!” as if she is so enraptured by her surroundings that she wishes she was part of the beauty, that she cannot get enough of what she sees.

Prelude No. 1
Avner Dorman (b. 1975)

Avrner Dorman's unique approach to rhythm and timbre has attracted some of the world's leading conductors, including Zubin Mehta, Asher Fisch, Simone Young, David Robertson, and Michael Stern to bring his music to audiences of the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Israel Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic, the Vienna Radio Symphony at the Musikverein, the Hamburg Philharmonic, the Cabrillo Music Festival, and others.
Prelude No. 1 is the earliest extant composition by Israeli-American composer Avner Dorman. Dorman is the youngest ever composer to win the prestigious Prime-Minister’s award in Israel. The piece, composed when the composer was only sixteen years old, is based on material from J.S. Bach’s Prelude No. 1 in C Major from the WTC Book 1. Dorman holds a doctorate degree from the Julliard School and currently teaches composition at Gettysburg College.

Cascadian Concerto for Wind Quintet and Orchestra
Eric Ewazen (b. 1954)

The Cascadian Concerto for Wind Quintet and Orchestra was commissioned by and dedicated to the Cascadian Wind Quintet of Seattle, Washington. This four-movement work is a concerto grosso in which each movement evokes a musical image of the Pacific Northwest. The movement proceeds briskly into a faster tempo as the sun covers the Puget Sound area only to set again against the Olympic mountains. The mountains surrounding Seattle are Snowcapped year round; this movement pays homage to the mysterious majesty of the mountains with gently shifting harmonies. The opening movement, Sundrenched, is a reflection of the sometimes seldom seen sun rising over the Cascade mountain range, opening with an extended horn solo.
The piece was commissioned in Spring 2002 and final orchestration was completed in May 2003. The piece is scored for two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, four horns, two trumpets, three trombones, tuba, timpani, percussions (marimba, vibraphone, bell tree, suspended cymbals, snare drum, woodblock, tam-tam, and triangle), harp, strings, and solo wind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon).
- Eric Ewazen

A Suite From Cloud Forest
Eric Ewazen (b. 1954)

A Suite from the Cloud Forest was composed in the fall of 1990 and premiered at Juilliard that year by pianist Eleanor Nelson. The Suite is a luxuriously programmatic depiction of four flora and fauna images found exclusively in the cloud forests of Central America. Movement one, The Resplendent Quetzel, depicts a spectacular bird of paradise with beautiful melodies over cascading arpeggios in an impressionistic style.

Guilded Cage
Susan K. Powell (b. 1971)

Susan Powell joined the Ohio State University School of Music faculty in fall 2000 as Assitant Professor of Percussion and Director of Percussion Studies. Prior to her appointment at Ohio State, Powell served on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosk. She received the Bachelor of Music degree from Eastman School of Music, where she was awarded the Performers Certificate, and the Master of Music degree from Northwestern University.
The Gilded Cage was written by Susan K. Powell in 1998 for the Northwestern Doctoral Percussion Quartet’s European appearances in Wurtzburg, Germany and at the RhythmSticks Percussion Festival in London, England. The title is a combination of two separate sources; the 19th century popular song The Girl in the Gilded Cage, and the 20th century percussion ensemble work Third Construction by John Cage. There are numerous influences from Cage’s notable piece, including an early quote of the opening theme, here divided between the four performers and played on tom-toms. The “cage” theme is further exhibited in the way the performers create a constantly evolving visual cage with their sticks. - Susan Powell


Zachary Huff is a 20 year old composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist studying percussion and composition at Indiana State University. Zachary is the current timpani player for the University Symphony, and is a part of the ISU Steel Drum Band.

Nathan Spellman, 19 year old percussionist from Fishers, Indiana, studies at Indiana State University and is a member of the Wind Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, and the Indiana State Marching Sycamores, where he marches snare drum.

Ebonie Lamb is a senior Music Business major. She served as the President of the Music Industry Association in 2011-2012 and held the Events Chair position in 2010-2011. Ebonie has performed in many ensembles including the Percussion Ensemble, Steel Band Ensemble, Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, and Jazz combos.

Eduardo “Mateo” Garcia hails from Gary, Indiana and is a graduate of Calumet High School. While up north he performed with the Northwest Indiana Symphony Youth Orchestra, Highland Community Band, and the Highland Parks Pit Orchestra. He is currently a junior at Indiana State University studying flute performance. This past year he was one of three winners of the Paul W. Hagan Concerto/Aria Competition and will perform with the University Symphony this November. He is an active member of Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity and has performed with the following ensembles: ISU Marching Sycamores, Symphonic Band, Flute Choir, University Symphony, Wind Orchestra and the Shoes Off! Quintet.

Nick Olson is a recent graduate from Center Grove High school. He is a member of the wind orchestra ensemble and the percussion ensemble here at Indiana State University. He has performed in percussion ensembles at the Midwest music convention and the Percussion Arts Society international convention He was a four year member of the high school marching programs BOA, IPA, ISSMA, and WGI. Nick also was part of the drumline that played at the super bowl half time show with Madonna. Nick is currently pursuing a four year instrumental music education degree from ISU.

Logan Lundstrom (b. 1988) is a piano performance major in the Indiana State University School of Music and currently studies with Dr. Beverley Simms and Martha Krasnican. He is also working towards the piano pedagogy certificate. He is active in accompanying, serving as the accompanist of the Rose Hulman Chorus and accompanies within the Indiana State University School of Music. He is the keyboard substitute for the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the University Orchestra. This will be his fourth time performing on the CMF student recital after previous performances in 2009, 2010, and 2011, serving as both solo and collaborative pianist. Mr. Lundstrom will also be on tour performing Dohnányi’s first piano quintet in the Spring of 2013. He was the district winner of the Hoosier Auditions piano competition in the Spring of 2008 and went on to compete at the state level. The Anna Hulman Memorial Piano Scholarship was awarded to him in the Spring of 2010.

Anna Buck (b.1991) is a senior music education student and Presidential scholar. Anna has been performing with local theater groups, churches, and choirs around Indiana since she was eight years old. Her performance experience includes: Hope Cladwell, Urinetown; Lady #1, Die Zauberflöte Act I, Scene 1 of; Zerlina, Don Giovani Act I Finale; Despina Cosi Fan Tutti Act I Finale. Anna placed first at the regional solo competition held by the National Association for Teachers of Singing (NATS) in the fall of 2010 and 2011. She has had the opportunity to perform as a soloist for the 2011 CMF Student Recital as well as for the President’s Recital this past February. Anna has also been selected as one of three winners for the Concerto Competition held by Indiana State. She has had the pleasure of singing with ISU Masterworks Chorale, ISU Women’s Chorus, Concert Choir, ISU Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and Sycamore Singers. Anna is in her fourth year of vocal lessons under the direction of Dr. Colleen Davis.

Sharilyn Spicknall is a freelance musician. A violinist, violist, pianist, she enjoys and sustains a longtime and active career as a soloist, chamber musician, recording studio artist, collaborative pianist, orchestral musician, adjudicator, and teacher/coach/clinician. Sharry is first violinist of the Downstate (IL) and Indiana State University string quartets, concertmaster of the Eastern Illinois Symphony, section first violinist of the Evansville Philharmonic (IN) and the Danville Symphony (IL), as well as a substitute in many other orchestras in Indiana and Illinois. Mrs. Spicknall’s academic affiliations have included teaching positions at Indiana State University, Purdue and DePauw Universities, as well as Saint Mary of the Woods College, after teaching for over a decade in Indiana public schools. She has been a member of the Indiana University Summer Music Clinic string faculty since 1990, work that continues to be a labor of love.

Lucas Ryder is from Neoga, IL and is in his second year of graduate work at Indiana State University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Christian School Music Education from God’s Bible School and College in Cincinnati, Ohio where he majored in piano performance and minored in voice. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Piano Performance with a Certificate in Piano Pedagogy at ISU.
Lucas is a graduate assistant at Indiana State University and serves primarily in the capacity of accompanying. In addition, he operates a private piano studio and maintains an active career as a performing musician. Lucas is a collegiate member of the Music Teacher’s National Association.

Katie Richárd, a graduate of Western High School, is from Kokomo, Indiana. She is currently studying oboe performance at Indiana State University. Katie is a 2010 recipient of the Presidential Scholarship and is an active member in the university’s honor program. She serves as an officer for Sigma Alpha Iota and the National Association for Music Educators. Katie is a founding member of the duo, 42 Key Confusion along with flautist, Elizabeth Chappell. Katie also performs with the ISU Symphony Orchestra and the Shoes Off! woodwind quintet. Katie has been awarded the freshman and sophomore honor certificates from Pi Kappa Alpha and is an inducted member of the National Association for Collegiate Scholars and Alpha Lambda Delta. Katie plans to pursue further degrees in performance as well as musicology upon graduating from Indiana State University.

Colleen King, a 2010 graduate of Urbana High School, is from Urbana, Ohio. She is a junior studying Music Education at Indiana State University. Colleen is a Music Performance scholarship recipient and is currently an active member the School of Music’s honorary fraternity, Sigma Alpha Iota. She is the principle clarinetist for the University Symphony Orchestra and the Wind Orchestra as well as a performer for the ISU Marching Sycamores and the Shoes Off! quintet.

Paige Richardson is a graduate of poke central high school is currently a junior music business major. A member of the music industry association and an active member in Sigma Alpha Iota. Paige participates in the Wind Orchestra and University Symphony as well as being a member of the Shoes Off! quintet.

Candace Boone, a graduate of Avon High School, is from Avon, Indiana. She is currently studying music education at Indiana State University. Katie is a 2011 recipient of the Presidential Scholarship and is an active member in the university’s honor program. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota. Candace is a member of the ISU Wind Orchestra and the Shoe Off! Woodwind quintet.

Nathaniel Simpson (b. 1992) is a well-rounded undergraduate music education major studying piano under the instruction of Dr. Beverley Simms. He began his musical instruction at the age of six with his grandmother before moving into formal study with Dr. Janet Piechocinski. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, Nathan hopes to start his own piano studio and pursue a career in music at the university level. Mr. Simpson often plays for various weddings, parties, and political fundraisers (including, but not limited to governor and mayoral candidates, as well as for the ambassador of France). He can also be found playing for the public at the weekly Saint Mary of the Wood’s Sunday Brunch. Through his duet performance with Logan Lundstrom, Nathan hopes to influence his fellow music students to explore contemporary music on their own.

Mami Okita is senior and studying Music Business. As a percussionist, she has engaged in many competitions including those for band, ensemble, and solo performance. From elementary school to high school, she has won many gold titles, and is now serving in percussion ensemble in ISU.

Emma Persinger is a junior Music Education major. She has been involved in Wind Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Marching Band, CAYO, and the Terre Haute Community Theater.

Ashley Sullivan is a first semester freshman from South Holland, Illinois. She is a 2012 graduate of Thornwood High School.