2005 Music Workshop and Festival Student Representatives
Jenna Lyle is a junior
at Birmingham-Southern College and a student of Charles Norman Mason
and Dorothy Hindman. As a composition major, she has participated in
master classes with Robert Black, the Atlas Saxophone Quartet, and
the Corona Guitar Kvartet, and as a vocalist, she has attended master
classes with such vocal pedagogues as Richard Miller and Charles Anthony.
Jenna is a member of the Birmingham Art Music Alliance and the American
Choral Director’s Association.
is a senior at Austin College, studying music theory/composition with
Dr. Tim Cutler. He has composed works for theatrical productions
at Austin College and other compositions including a Piano Sonata and
a Duo for Clarinet and Violin. Joey will be working with Dr.
Cutler on a project funded by a grant from the Mellon Research Foundation
this summer, studying the works of Russian, avant-garde composer Nikolai
Neal is a Senior at Birmingham-Southern College, studying composition
with Dr Dorothy Hindman and Dr Charles Mason. She has attended master
classes with double bassist Robert Black, The Goliard Ensemble, The
Atlas Saxophone Quartet, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Walker,
and the Korona Guitar Kvartet. Her music has been played by the UTC
Saxphone Quartet, the ARA Saxophone Quartet, and the Birmingham-Southern
New Music Ensemble. She is a member of the Birmingham Art Music
Aliance. She is a soprano, primarilly studying and performing new music.
Troeger is a rising sophomore at Rollins College where he studies composition
with Dr. Daniel Crozier and cello with Susan Goldmann. He was fortunate
enough to attend a master class with Richard Danielpour this past spring
and hopes to emulate and combine the orchestral textures of both Danielpour
and John Adams in his own works. Alec has composed a minimal amount
of music to date, but he is looking forward to continuing his education
and involvement in the music department at Rollins College.
L. White graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Theory/Composition degree
from Centenary College of Louisiana. His works include "Red White
and Blue Fusion" (piano, vibraphone, and trumpet), "Where
are my People" (soprano with piano accompaniment), "Two Images
for piano," and "An Hour with Anthony Moses" (string
quartet). He is looking forward to attending graduate school in the
Winslow has been studying music at Rollins for two years, where he
has written a set of character pieces for piano and actors, and a score
for clarinet, piano, violin, and cello to the short film Jasper, by
UCF film student J. Isaac Royffe. Before that, he composed silly
pieces in his youth, one of which won runner-up in the MTNA composition
competition for Alaska. He continues to ponder the meaning of
music and 64th notes while studying piano and voice at Rollins, and
writing and performing in the Orlando band Dodger.
is a rising junior Music major at Davidson College. He studies composition
with Dr. Stasack, horn with Frank Portone, and has also completed a
semester of vocal training with Diane Thornton. He will be studying
electronic music this fall, and also helping establish an early (Western)
music ensemble. Will hopes also to work collaboratively with a student
choreographer in the near future.
Past ACSTC Student Composition Contest Winners
Birmingham Southern College, Birmingham, AL
music of Robby Simpson has been called “simple, but witty and
fun.” A recent graduate of Birmingham-Southern College with a
Bachelor of Music in Composition, Robby studied with Dr. Dorothy Hindman
and Dr. Charles Mason. He has had master classes with such composers
as David Lang, Henry Mollicone, and Olly Wilson. He recently won the
2004 ACS Student Composition Contest with "marche militaire americaine"
for clarinet, percussion, and piano. His piece for solo cello, "Pandora
Doesn’t Live", won second place in that contest for 2003.
His principal instrument is the trombone; he performs classical, modern,
and jazz literature. He will begin graduate studies at the University
of Miami this fall.
Trinity University, San Antonio, TX
J.R. won first place in the first Associated Colleges of the
South Composition Contest in 2002 with his piece Distorted Reflections
and Mirror Images. He recently had a work performed at the Society
of Composers, Inc. National Student Conference held at the University
of Miami. During the past year he has had three new works premiered:
a saxophone quartet, a large work for wind band, and a work for SATB
chorus. JR also was recently selected as a regional finalist in
the 2003 SCI/ASCAP Student Commissioning Competition. A recent
summa cum laude graduate of Trinity University where he studied compositon
with Timothy Kramer and Justin Merritt, JR is a graduate student at
Centenary College, Shreveport, LA
Andrew was a Theory/Composition major at Centenary College
in Louisiana where he has studied composition for four years. He considers
himself to be a minimalist and is particularly interested in the exploration
of rhythm. His "Rhythmic Landscapes" won second place in the
2004 ACS Student Composition Contest. He has had several other new works
premiered recently as well. In addition, He is an accomplished pianist
and church musician.
Daigle '05 Centenary College, Shreveport,
was a Theory/Composition student at Centenary College of Louisiana. She
was also an active oboist on the campus and in the community, serving
as principal oboist in the Hurley Chamber Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble.
She has received the Shirley Hawn Outstanding Music Major Award
and the Henry Sterst Music Award. In November, 2004 her presentation
"Using Flash Animation to Enhance Structural Analysis of Contemporary
Compositions" was voted the best student paper at the annual meeting
of the Association for Technology in Music Instruction." Along
with her studies, Laura Daigle is a sound engineer and theory tutor
with the school of music.
Rollins College, Winter Park, FLA
Weiss received a B.A. in music composition from Rollins College in 2004
where he studied with Daniel Crozier and will continue his studies this
fall at the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Richard Danielpour.
A versatile composer, he has written for a variety of media. In
May of 2003, his Sonnet XXIX: "When In Disgrace" for soprano
and marimba was awarded First Place in the Associated Colleges of the
South Composition Competition.
Christopher is also a published author, having written liner notes for
eight CDs released by Ivory Classics, six of which feature legendary
pianist Earl Wild. He is currently writing a set of pieces for orchestra.