Saturday, November 8, 2008


On Thursday, 6 November, we had our first student composition concert, and all went well. More accurately, all went extremely well! I have already told you how impressed I was by the music you wrote and the professionalism with which it was performed, but don't just take it from me! Below are a couple of E-mails received from my colleagues that I thought you might like to read:

On 8-Nov-08, at 10:27 AM, Rob Power wrote:

Hi Clark,

I just wanted to pass along my congratulations to you and the composition class for the outstanding concert on thursday night. These recitals are always fun and interesting, but this one was particularly creative. I also very much appreciated their professional attitude and support of one another. What a great bunch of composers and performers!

Please pass my thanks along to the group.


On 7-Nov-08, at 11:18 AM, Paul Bendzsa wrote:

Hi Clark:

I was able to attend most of the first 1/2 of the concert last night. Fabulous! It was surprisingly fresh and and refreshing to hear so much originality.

Congratulations to all!


Dr. Kristina Szutor and Dr. Scott Godin also relayed to me their enthusiastic enjoyment of the music they heard at the concert.

You did exceptionally well, so give yourselves a pat on the back (if you can reach; otherwise, ask someone else to perform this task for you)!


Heidi said...

I would like to also add the praises of my father.
For those of you who don't know, my dad is one of those strange specimen who started listening to classical music in high school around the bay and has developed a huge love for classical music. He doesn't play any instrument but is an extremely informed and intelligent listener. He also loves new music (in fact he started talking to me about an Alfred Schnitke??? at the break). He loved the concert and said our class is filled with compositional geniuses. I think my Dad proves that new music isn't just for as small a demographic as you may think.
Also, my mom, who knows next to nothing about classical music also loved the show.
Great job everyone!!!!

Clark Ross said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing your parents' reactions to the concert with us, Heidi. I am extremely happy to read them, both because I am glad they enjoyed the concert, and because your statement, "I think my Dad proves that new music isn't just for as small a demographic as you may think," reinforces my own feelings on the matter.

I hope everybody in the class reads your comment!

Jessica Blenis said...

It was really enjoyable to hear all of our work thus far summed up in a concert. I brought a few non-musician friends from residence with me (without warning them that it was atonal music until they got to the school) and they wanted me to say that they were surprised that atonal music could be so enjoyable, and thumbs up to everyone on their compositions and performances.

Melissa said...

I'm just seeing this post now. Wow. Its really neat and encouraging to hear to compliments of our Profs here at the University. Like Heidi, my mom came to both the concerts and she said (and I qoute!) "I was surprised I liked it! I was actually dreading going when you told me what the project consisted of!"
She was there when I was figuring out my original chord progression on the piano in the living room of my house, so she was scared of what she was going to hear. Its amazing how well people who don't usually like this kind of contemport music were pleasently surprised!
Good Job you guys!

Robbie b said...

What I found very intriguing about this concert was how you could begin to recognize how people composed. When we began the the process of writing these pieces I never even considered how differently the compositions would turn out. Each person in the class has come from a different background, specializing in a different instrument or multiple instruments) and enjoy a different style of music. It was cool to look back on those compositions while we were writing the second batch of compositions , because we had of an understanding of how each other was thinking.