Entries by Sarah Madru

Jazz for the End of the World

In August of 2019, Sarah LeMieux (’19), was at the post-residency bonfire where she and some friends started talking about ennui and the apocalypse. When she returned home, she wrote a song about the end of the world, called “Goodbye, Paris.” It is now the first single off the aptly named record “Jazz for the […]

Like Minds by Vanessa Littrell (’19)

In August 2019, the MFA in Music Composition welcomed graduates of the program back to VCFA for our first-ever alumnx event. Twenty alumnx attended, from our very first class to our most recent! Frank J. Oteri and Trudy Chan led a three-day seminar on a range of professional topics, including: self-representation; preparation of both physical […]

Program News–Fall 2019

It’s been a busy and exciting time for students, alumnx, and faculty of the MFA in Music Composition. Here are some of their recent projects and announcements:   Max Johnson (’16) selected as a Roulette commissioned artist for 2019-2020 “Creating complex worlds of sound, bassist and composer Max Johnson challenges his listeners to engage deeply […]

Kyle Pederson ’17 reflects on how VCFA influenced his five winning compositions for the 2018-19 American Prize

Kyle Pederson ’17 has been awarded the 2018-19 American Prize in Composition for the choral octavos professional division with his pieces “Can We Sing the Darkness to Light?,” “Psallite,” “In the Beginning,” “Stars,” and “A Mighty Fortress Is our God.” All five of Kyle’s winning pieces were influenced in some important way by VCFA. One […]

Summer 2019 Ensembles-In-Residence

Each residency, students have the opportunity for the music they wrote during the previous semester to be rehearsed, performed, and recorded by one of our ensembles-in-residence. The MFA in Music Composition is excited to announce our Summer 2019 Ensembles: Hub New Music, Kylwyria, and Anna’s Ghost. Hub New Music Michael Avitabile, flute David Dziardziel, clarinet […]

David Alm’s “Oceano” Included in VCFA Exhibit “Ecstatic Beasts”

David Alm’s (’17) woodwind quintet Oceano was featured in Ecstatic Beasts, a VCFA exhibition that considers our complicated relationship to animals and, consequently, the natural world. Animals are regarded a multiplicity of functions in contemporary human society and culture, serving as pets, food, clothing, medicine, surrogates, life-savers and proxies—to name a few. Their role is hotly contested, as […]

The Magic That Happens In A Week

In an article for NewMusicBox, alum Garrett Steele (’16) describes his first visit to VCFA, what made him enroll in the MFA in Music Composition, and why he keeps returning to our immersive week-long multi-genre music composition residencies every semester even though he graduated more than two years ago. Garrett writes: “VCFA is a swirling vortex of bizarre, […]