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February 2020 Newsletter

Greetings, friends!

I can't believe we are nearing mid-February in this new decade. Time seems to be slipping by so quickly, but I work hard each day to feel like the time was well spent. January was a whirlwind of school, work, research, and setting the building blocks for a great year.

A few weeks ago, I finished reading Gunther Schuller's autobiography entitled A Life in Pursuit of Music and Beauty. I thought it was important for me to have a good understanding of the person who established the jazz program I am in at New England Conservatory. While the book does not cover Gunther's time as president of the Conservatory, I still learned a lot about him and about American music from the 1920s-1950s. I became fascinated with Gunther's stories and he brought a lot of curiosity out of me so I began doing some research and started a new blog series about it.

I started my second semester in New England Conservatory's Jazz Studies program. It has been great to continue learning with my classmates and from my professors. I am excited to be having a piece performed by the Jazz Composition Workshop Orchestra at the end of the semester. It has been an important experience to rehearse my piece with the band and learn about being a leader. I am also looking forward to several performances with the NEC Jazz Orchestra. For one of our performances, I will be playing five instruments - Alto Sax, Flute, Clarinet, Alto Flute, and - this one is completely new to me - E-Flat Clarinet!

I have continued my teaching fellowship with the Boston Public Schools, always a highlight of my week. I enjoy sharing my passion for music with the students and helping them see the potential they have. I am proud of their progress and perseverance.

One more update - I am excited to be making more of my large ensemble music available for purchase on my new Sheet Music Plus store! These will be in downloadable PDF format. I will still be keeping up my store on Noteflight Marketplace, where my small ensemble works are available for purchase as adaptable Noteflight files. Both are great platforms with their own advantages for music creators and buyers. Keep an eye out on social media for when I upload new scores.


I hope you have a wonderful weekend and a fabulous February!

Cheers,
Sam

Upcoming Performances


2/27- Cosmosis: The Music of Dave Holland with Jim McNeely, More Info

3/3 - Ester Wiesnerova's Senior Recital, More Info

4/16 - Invisible Choir: The Music of Ken Schaphorst, More Info

Look out for announcement of more performances!

Featured Sounds

Manuel Kaufmann Jazz Orchestra, September 2019

New Scores For Sale




Original compositions and arrangements for a variety of ensembles available on Noteflight Marketplace  and Sheet Music Plus!
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  • January 2020 Newsletter - How I ushered in the new year [Read More]
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