March 17, 2018: If you're one of those people who base their Easter church attendance on where the best music is, you should check out St. Francis Episcopal in Great Falls, VA. That's where I'll be playing trumpet this Easter – looking forward to making some joyful music with Larry Vote and the Choirs of St. Francis!
March 13, 2018: This just in! Dr. Cory Mixdorf and the University of Arkansas Faculty Brass Quintet, Arkansas Brassworks, will perform my composition In a Gentle Pause on their April 3rd recital at the Fine Arts Center's Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall in Fayetteville, AR. Cory was one of the first to program my large brass piece, Revolutions per Minute, back in 2010 when he was at Georgia State University, and subsequently asked me to write The Troubadour for him. Thanks for continuing to perform my music!
March 7, 2018: Hope you caught Bradley Green, Michael Oberhauser, and myself on the airwaves when District New Music Coalition was featured on Takoma Radio's contemporary music program Coda with host Matt Testa. Thanks for having us on to talk about DNMC's mission and for playing some of our compositions! We all had a great time. Check out Matt's show every Wednesday from 6-8 pm by tuning into 94.3 WOWD-LP in the listening area or by streaming online at takomaradio.org.
March 3, 2018: What more fabulous way to kick off District New Music Coalition's first weekend of concerts than with Megan Ihnen and Alan Theisen's beautifully crafted recital This World of Yes. Thanks to both of these extraordinary musicians, and to everyone who came out to tonight to support new music in the DC area!
February 28, 2018: Just put the finishing touches on the score for Trailing Image, commissioned by Tiffany Lu and the UMD Repertoire Orchestra. Can't wait to hear the rehearsals for this one! Mark your calendars now for the world premiere during UMRO's April 25, 2018 concert.
January 16, 2018: Announcing the launch of District New Music Coalition, the DC-area's newest contemporary music organization! DNMC's mission is to promote the performance and appreciation of new music by connecting performers, composers, institutions, and audiences in the DC metropolitan area through concerts, conferences, and active community building. Stay tuned for a whole series of inaugural events this spring: first, our New Music Happy Hour at the Wonderland Ballroom in Columbia Heights on Jan. 27 at 5:30 pm; then, DNMC's first concert, Confluences, featuring its ensemble-in-residence, the Anacostia String Quartet, at Denizens Brewing in Silver Spring on March 4 at 3 pm! Visit DNMC's events page to learn more about these and other area happenings. DNMC is the product of half-a-year of planning by new music colleagues and myself, and we can't wait to share this project with you!
November 13, 2017: Excited to announce that I am working on a new commission for the University of Maryland Repertoire Orchestra! I was a member of this ensemble during my final year of doctoral work and we tackled some hefty compositions (I think my chops are still recovering from Sibelius' Second Symphony). Can't wait to hear Tiffany Lu and the orchestra breathe life into my latest project!
September 17, 2017: The new Wixon Music Works Blog is up and running! Check in every Sunday for a behind-the-scenes look at music composition, plus thoughts about trumpet, scholarship on film/video game soundtracks, and musings on effective arts marketing. I hope some of my writing is stimulating and I look forward to reading your comments!
July 23, 2017: Bravo to GRIT Collaborative and everyone involved in the Wind: Traveling Great Distances program at the Allen County Public Theatre! What a fantastic range of compositions – the art and choreography fit so seamlessly! Alex Meaux gave a fabulous performance of A Sudden Squall, and Lindsey Schoeneman's artwork and Sophia Jarrell's dance were perfect pairings. I hope to collaborate with this incredible group of artists again soon!
July 12, 2017: Due to some technical difficulties, Transit Brass's premiere of Rapid Transit will be rescheduled for the Fall. Check back for more information!
June 13-14, 2017: Congratulations to Transit Brass on a successful recording session! Among many challenging pieces, Transit recorded my latest composition, Rapid Transit, written for them this Spring. It was an privilege to work with you over the course of two days.
May 15, 2017: Very excited to announce that my 2016 composition for solo bassoon, A Sudden Squall, has been selected for GRIT Collaborative's July 23, 2017 program Wind: Traveling Great Distances at the Allen County Public Theater in Fort Wayne, IN. The works selected for this project will be paired with visual art and/or dance. You can check out bassoonist Ronn Hall's live performance of A Sudden Squall on my Soundcloud!
May 8, 2017: What a nice write-up of James Ross's final concert this past Friday with the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra Concert in The Washington Post this morning! Congratulations again to James Ross on his tenure at the University of Maryland and best wishes for his new orchestral adventures in Spain! The Post article also includes a kind mention of In Leviathan's Wake's premiere.
May 5, 2017: Bravo to conductor James Ross and the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra, who gave such a marvelous world premiere of In Leviathan's Wake this evening! Congratulations, Jim, on your inspiring years at the UMD School of Music and thanks for your advocacy for this piece! In Leviathan's Wake received first prize in the 2016 Walter Summer Fund Composition Competition.
April 24, 2017: The University of Maryland Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Chris Vadala, gave a very well-received performance at the Calvin Jones BIG BAND Jazz Festival at the University of the District of Columbia. Check out our final concert of the semester next week: May 3rd, 5:30PM at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center! Details here.
April 8, 2017: Dr. Stephen Dunn, Associate Professor of Trumpet at Northern Arizona University, performed Evening on the Town on his April 8th recital at the University of New Mexico as part of UNM's Trumpet Week (details). Dr. Dunn previously performed this piece on his March 2nd, 2017 recital at Northern Arizona University.
April 7, 2017: Dr. Michael Votta led the University of Maryland Wind Orchestra in the world premiere of my Double Quintet (combined wind and brass quintets) in Dekelboum Concert Hall. Audio to come soon!
April 5, 2017: On a challenging and thrilling graduate horn recital, Al Rise premiered my composition, Night Music for horn and piano, at the University of Maryland! Night Music is also available in a version for trombone and piano. Many thanks, Al, for a fantastic performance!
March 24, 2017: Excited to announce that I will compose a new work for the very talented Illinois-based brass octet, Transit Brass.
January 15, 2017: My recent work for full orchestra, In Leviathan's Wake, received the 2016 Walter Summer Award first prize in composition and will be premiered by the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra under the direction of James Ross on May 5, 2017 at 8:00PM in Dekelboum Concert Hall at the Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Details can be found here.
October 11, 2016: Dr. Peter Wood, professor of trumpet at the University of South Alabama, performed my trumpet solo Evening on the Town with accompanist Jasmin Arakawa in the Recital Hall at Laidlaw Performing Arts Center.
September 9, 2016: Ronn Hall premiered my unaccompanied bassoon solo A Sudden Squall (previously titled Short Essay), composed in 36 hours as part of TEMPO New Music ensemble's 72-Hour Composition Challenge.
June 3, 2016: Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and Miriam Hickman, piano, performed my trumpet solo Evening on the Town on the New Works Recital at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Anaheim, CA.
March 31, 2016: Trombonist Bryan Bourne, formerly of the "President's Own" Marine Band, recorded Sparkling Dialogue on his solo CD Transitions. Bryan commissioned this piece from me in 2010 and premiered it with the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic in 2015.