Oklahoma City University News
Project 21 Premieres Six Student Compositions
Six student works will premiere Nov. 20 at the final Project 21 new music concert of 2008. Performances begin at 8 p.m. in the Medium Rehearsal Hall of the Bass Music Center.
Project 21 is Oklahoma City University’s consortium of musicians committed to music of the 21st century. Over the past decade, under the direction of Dr. Edward Knight, the group has premiered more than 500 pieces on the OCU campus.
Freshman composition major Danielle Kilhoffer makes her Oklahoma City University debut on the Nov. 20 concert with two new pieces: “Expression of the Soul” and “Leaving Things Unspoken.” The composer will perform on the piano, accompanied by violinists Angelica Pereira Espitia and Natalia Canon Valencia, and Aaron Bushong, viola.
An experimental work conceived by senior Jonathan Edwards will be presented in improvisatory performance by the jazz group Quodlibet, under the direction of Dr. Kristopher Maloy on piano. Other members included the composer on cello; Kat Herbison, playing an assortment of flutes; Joseph Belle, clarinet; and Travis Smith, bassoon.
Junior Jamie Whitmarsh will premiere his “Solo for Flute,” featuring Kayla Masnek. Whitmarsh also will conduct his “Children’s Games and a Loss of Naivete,” with Jenna Johnson, flute; Benjamin Kellebrew, oboe; Liana Boone, clarinet; John Michael Hunt, alto saxophone; Jason Paige, bass clarinet; and Joe Caputo, bassoon.
Senior Dan McPherson will present the two-movement chamber work “WWQ BBQ,” featuring Benjamin Killebrew, Johnson, Paige, Caputo, and James Doss, horn.
Since 1998, Bass School composers have achieved a 100 percent success rate in winning admission to graduate schools. Alumni have been accepted to the composition programs at Juilliard, Yale University, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, University of Southern California’s Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television Program, New York University's Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program at Tisch School for the Arts, San Francisco Conservatory, Cal Arts, University of Texas at Austin, University of California at Santa Barbara, University of Arizona, Bowling Green State University, University of Louisville, the Conservatory of Music at University of Missouri-Kansas City, Florida State University, University of Oklahoma, and London’s Royal College of Music.