Distinguished Composer, Truman Musicians to Perform at 2006 New Music Festival

The Truman State University Division of Fine Arts, along with Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Sigma Alpha Iota and The Mostly Live Composers, are sponsoring the 2006 Truman State University New Music Festival, Oct. 26-27.

The festival will feature guest composer Derek Keller, winner of the international 2006 Truman State University Composition Competition. Keller will speak to music classes, work with student composers during a master class and rehearse with Truman musicians.
Two concerts will be featured during the festival. The concerts will include performances of music by Keller, Truman faculty and student composers and by Ronald Shroyer, a music professor at Central Methodist University.

The first concert is slated to take place at 8 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. Truman’s top choir, Cantoria, under the direction of Mark Jennings, will premiere Keller’s “Flight and Revelation” for choir and rock/jazz combo. This piece was co-commissioned by Truman’s chapters of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Sigma Alpha Iota. In addition to Cantoria, the Truman Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Clarinet Choir and other Truman musicians will perform at this concert.

The second concert will take place from 1:30-3 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. The program will feature a performance by Keller of his work “Attitudes...Self-Reflection” for electric guitar and computer. Chamber music by Truman composers will be performed.

Keller will discuss his music at both concerts. Each concert is free and open to the public. Contact Warren Gooch, professor of music, at wgooch@truman.edu or by phone at 785.4429. Further information on Derek Keller can be found on his Web site at http://www.derekkeller.com.

The 2006 Truman New Music Festival is part of the Creative Connections program of Meet the Composer, Inc., and the Mid-America Arts Alliance, which is made possible with the generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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