ABOUT THE COMPOSER

 

     “I hope each of my works bring you as much joy in performance as they did me throughout the process of their writing.  Thank you to the many composers and arrangers that have afforded me the rights to their music, and for encouraging their continued publication through another voice.  A very special thanks to Dan Goeller, David Headlam, Blake R. Henson, Kevin Medley, Don Neufeld,  Sir John Rutter, Rudolph R.A. Schramm, and Z. Randall Stroope for the rare opportunity to have your belief in my talent, and in me as a person.  I will forever be grateful for such kindness.” 

 

 

PUBLISHERS:

Boosey & Hawkes Company; Dan Goeller Music Publishing, Inc.; Hal Leonard Publishing; Imagine Music Publishers; Sony/ATV Music Publishing; TRN Music Publishers; Veritas Music Publishing; and, Word Music, Inc.

SCHOOLS:

  • La Sierra University (CA)
  • Azusa Pacific University (CA)
  • University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music (NY)

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music (Vocal/Instrumental)
  • Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction (Music)
  • Masters of Music Performance (Conducting)
  • Master of Arts in Counseling
  • Non-Matriculated Studies in Theory & Composition
  • Doctor of Education: Curriculum & Instruction (Music)

TEACHERS:

  • David Headlam
  • Don Neufeld
  • Rudolph R. A. Schramm
  • Takayoshi ‘Tad’ Suzuki

PUBLISHED WORKS

Works are registered with ASCAP and BMI.  Digital excerpts may not be used without the expressed, written consent of the composer.  Licensing is required for performance and recording.  

CHAMBER WINDS

…works for 6-12 wind instruments.  A variety of styles, textural complexities, and musical colors.  May include percussive instruments including piano.  

WIND symphony

…works written for large wind settings that embrace multiple instruments per part, elaborate percussion, contrabass strings, and piano or harp (as needed).  

WIND ENSEMBLE

…in the spirit of the Eastman Winds, written for advanced players, ‘one instrument per part,’ with rich instrumentation for double-reeds, horns, low brass, and percussion.

SOLO STRINGS

…written to broaden the intermediate and advanced performance library for solo strings.  Includes newly published settings from the Grace Vamos Cello Collection.

CHAMBER STRINGS

…works for 4-8 string players.  Includes newly arranged settings of lost works.  Some works require piano.  Designed with intermediate and advanced performers in mind.  

orchestral

…new compositions by the author, alongside rare editions of intermediate and advanced works.  Historical research and manuscript notes are included with each edition.

CHoral

…works written with the high school, college, and church vocalist in mind.  Includes comtemporary and ‘a cappella’ works for ensembles of every size and proficiency.  

contemporary

…includes new works and arrangements for pop, country, gospel, and worship settings.  An array of instrumentation options available.  Licensing is required for corporate use.  

piano

…arrangements and compositions to expand the repertoire of intermediate and advanced performers.  Includes contemporary expressions of understated works.  

RECORDINGS

A few of the ensembles or artists that have recorded published works.  If your ensemble is not listed, please email and I will add you to the list.

From ancient times

TAD WIND SYMPHONY
tokyo, JAPAN

Takayoshi ‘Tad’ Suzuki, conductor

CD released by Band Power, Japan

let the amen sound

CONCORDIA UNIV., CHICAGO
WIND SYMPHONY

Dr. Richard Fischer, conductor

CD released by Mark Records

stained glass windows

Messiah college
wind ensemble

Bradley Genevro, conductor  

CD released by Klavier

the sacred project

azusa pacific UNIVERSITY
WIND ensemble

Dr. John Burdett, conductor

Digital audio engineered by Ebiut Cervantes

RESEARCH

     In learning the technique required to develop a performance-worthy transcription, I was encouraged to research the lost or forgotten works of memorable composer recognized by Western musical history.  The articles below are the result of this research, and the scores that followed represent a noteworthy expression of performance.  It is my hope that you will find these efforts worthy of your time and consideration.  Publication of these works are governed by the U.S. Copyright, Title 17, and thereby under the exclusive ownership and property rights provided the author by federal law.  If you wish to utilize any of this research for your coursework, I encourage you to contact me directly for licensing, which will outline the guidelines and restrictions of use.  

Dissertation Committee:                                                                                                                              Dr. Keith Drieberg (chair), Dr. John Burdett, Dr. Robert Cruise, Dr. Anita Oliver 

     A critical and in-depth analysis of the procedures and scientific methods utilized by Dr. Acton Ostling for determining the serious artistic merit of musical literature – regardless of genre – and, the core repertoire of any musical medium.  

     …the influence of The Exposition Universelle of 1889 – held in Paris, France, from 6 May to 31 October 1889 –  marked the 100th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, an event considered symbolic of the beginning of the French Revolution.  The event had an enormous affect upon Russian composers seeking to reconcile the nationalistic tendencies of the ‘mighty handful’ with the European academic approach.  Evening musical settings inspired Alexandre Glazunov (1865-1936) – a Russian composer who sought the means to link formal approaches of Russian Romanticism with twentieth-century musical developments – to create a musical expression of American nationalism unheard of in its day.  The finished work, TRIUMPHAL MARCH, Op. 40, held its world premiere on the opening night of the Chicago Exposition of 1893.  Performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, alongside a 400 member choir, the work received international acclaim for its use of THE BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC as thematic material, culminating is a grand nationalistic gesture toward the American public…

…written in 1930, and based upon material written by Copland during studies with Nadia Boulanger, the work features excerpts from the original ballet (Grogh; 1922 – 25), threaded together in a symphonic, yet poetic, submission to a RCA Victor-sponsored contest of new orchestral music. And, though the judges failed to reach a conclusive winner, DANSE SYMPHONIE provided Copland both prize money and recognition as the first major American accolade of his career.  Some 800 pages from the holdings of the Library of Congress – obtained with exclusive approval of the Copland Estate, The Copland House, and Boosey & Hawkes – have been carefully considered in the development of this transcription for wind band.  Detailed notes that include handwritten corrections from Copland himself are included in the edition…

DIGITAL MEDIA

A few of the ensembles or artists that have posted a digital recording of published works.  Click the icon above each title to link to the recording.

amor de mi alma

TAD WIND SYMPHONY
tokyo, JAPAN

Takayoshi ‘Tad’ Suzuki, conductor

CD released by Band Power, Japan (2014).  Digital audio engineered by the publisher.

TriuMphal march, op. 40

azusa pacific university
wind ensemble

Dr. John Burdett, conductor

Digital audio engineered by Ebiut Cervantes.

what sweeter music

concordia university, chicago
Wind symphony

Dr. Richard Fischer, conductor

CD released by Mark Records (2013). Digital audio engineered by Bruce Leek.

o magnum mysterium

azusa pacific university
wind ensemble

Dr. John Burdett, conductor

Digital audio engineered by Ebiut Cervantes.

shall we gather

concordia university, chicago
Wind symphony

Dr. Richard Fischer, conductor

CD released by Mark Records (2013).  Digital audio engineered by Bruce Leek.

MY FLIGHT FOR HEAVEN

azusa pacific university
WIND eNsemble

Dr. John Burdett, conductor

Digital audio engineered by Ebiut Cervantes.

amor de mi alma

MESSIAH COLLEGE
WIND ENSEMBLE

Bradley Genevro, conductor  

CD released by Klavier (2013).  Digital audio provided by Naxos America (2013).

there is no rose

azusa pacific UNIVERSITY
WIND ensemble

Dr. John Burdett, conductor

Digital audio engineered by Ebiut Cervantes.

 

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FEEDBACK

Use the CONTACT link to add your feedback about the music your ensemble has performed to this page.

"AMOR DE MI ALMA is an absolutely beautiful piece. It is rich in harmony, and has long melodic lines that draw you into the tranquility and tenderness of this piece. I love the low horn sections, and as the music intensifies and reaches its climax, it evolves feelings of happiness and satisfaction. This is a piece not only musicians will love to play, but also any listener would long to hear..."


Kari behrendt
accompanist
el camino high school
music Director
bethel baptist church


"Thank you for your gift of music. I have conducted wind bands for several decades, and I have not heard [or] performed such beautiful, passionate, emotional, and moving music. Your music is very powerful, and touches the core of my soul."



Donavon d. gray
Associate dean 
Azusa Pacific University
school of music

"Your band arrangement of HIGHER GROUND that you just published is very, very, very beautiful. The sonorities are gorgeous, and the arrangement is very moving and intriguing. I hope this work sells really well, and both you and Imagine Music Publishing enjoy much success with it. Like you, I want young people to have the very best music to play for their musical learning and inspiration, and this is right up there in the top bracket. Outstanding!"

MARCIA STOCKTON
COMPOSER / editor
Imagine Music Publishing

CONTACT

If you are interested in having a work written or arranged for your organization, or would like to your ensemble to be considered for the premiere or recording of any new work, contact me via the form below.

  • P. O. Box 10231, Napa, CA 94581
  • (707) 492-5740
  • frederick.umar@ymail.com

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