Entries by Michael Garrett Steele

Max Johnson, Diane Moser join charity album with Perry Robinson

VCFA Music Composition graduate Max Johnson (Aug. ’16) and professor Diane Moser have recorded an album with clarinetist Perry Robinson, with all proceeds going to Planned Parenthood. The album is called Top of the Head, and as the name suggests, it’s improvisatory—or, as the album’s Bandcamp page puts it, “spontaneously composed.” That’s actually a fantastic way […]

Music Composition Program Readies February Residency

(Photo credit: Anthony Pagani.) The Music Composition Program at VCFA is preparing its February residency. Notably, this involves a series of concerts that are open to the public. Visiting artists include: Anna’s Ghost, an in-house rock/jazz ensemble with a rotating personnel. This semester features River Guerguerian, percussion; Russ Johnson, horns; Jim Whitney, bass; John Benthal, guitars; […]

Rick Baitz Scores Museum Exhibit, Writes for New Music Box

Faculty member Rick Baitz is currently celebrating the opening of three museum exhibits that feature his work, all of which can be found at the newly opened Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson. Rick Baitz wears many hats. As an educator, he’s a professor at VCFA. He’s also served a couple of terms as faculty […]

Amanda Laven Scores Podcast, Lands Scholarship

Amanda Laven (August ’16) is having a fantastically busy year. First off, she’s been doing some scoring work for Battleground Productions. Their multi-platform steampunk adventure serial BRASS is entering its second season. Laven has come aboard to do scoring work for both the podcast and the accompanying short film. The series follows the adventures of […]

Beth Bradfish Readies January 14th Performance

Sunday, January 14th, the Chicago Composers Orchestra is performing Beth Bradfish’s piece Fanfare with Singing Insects of South Pond, Lincoln Park. Bradfish is a groundbreaking electronic composer whose works are as heartfelt as they are daring. Incorporating field recordings of people and places that she loves, Bradfish’s work has an emotional immediacy that lends it an […]

Devin Barone Releases New Album, [unity]

Music Composition MFA student Devin Barone has recently released his album [unity]. A concept album about an artificial intelligence having a mental breakdown, [unity] includes tracks that have been featured at the electronic showcase, and was created while Devin was studying under Don DiNicola. The album incorporates a wildly varying, yet cohesive array of styles. […]

Two VCFA Music Comp Grads take Semifinalist in American Prize

Two VCFA students were recently listed as semi-finalists in The American Prize. Marjorie Halloran and Timothy Lee Miller were both on the list for the professional division of the choral category. Finalists, runners-up, and winners will be selected from this list as the competition progresses. The semi-finalists include 39 composers from across the country, so […]

Kyle Pederson Gets Publication, Performance of New Work

August 2017 graduate Kyle Pederson has found success with his recent piece “Can We Sing the Darkness to Light”. The piece was recently performed by the prestigious St. Olaf Chapel Choir. St. Olaf is a premiere liberal arts college, particularly noted for their music program. The Chapel Choir is part of a long, grand tradition […]