March 2013 Youth Concert Artists
Isaih Barnard, Composer of The Passage
Born in Newburyport, MA, Isaiah grew up in the suburbs of Indianapolis. Having moved 9 times in his life, a variety of musical instruments were available to him from a young age. As a child, he would sit at the piano and strike the keys until he found a combination that pleased him. This transformed into a pastime of self-taught musical interest, as he would spend his downtime playing his favorite songs and movie themes by ear. Long Trail School in Dorset, VT helped to rekindle his interests in the musical arts by providing him the equipment, structure, and instruction needed. Switching his interests primarily to percussion, he has improved along with his peers and has acquired an eclectic taste in music spanning from rock, to jazz, to classical pieces. Isaiah's time in the International Baccalaureate Program has added greatly to his musical knowledge with its rigorous curriculum and high expectations. He is excited to share what he has learned, and hopes you enjoy his creation played for you by the Sage City Symphony.
About The Passage: This is a piece that revolves around a specific motif in G minor. It is full of suspense, drama, yet hope. It makes use a large array of instruments, and has a drawn feeling throughout. The dark, somewhat somber mood is brought on by the minor tonality, despite some major, somewhat uplifting moments. Despite its initially slow pace, mounting tension comes as the piece progresses, and exciting moments are prevalent. Overall this composition is dark yet riveting. Hope you enjoy!
Collin Campagne, Composer of Tales from the Mire
Greetings all, I am Collin Campagne. I come from Rutland and commute to Long Trail every day. I have been attending Long Trail for four years now and currently am in my Junior year of High School. I have been playing bass for about 6 years, and music for about 4 of those years. The reason I differentiate between music and bass is because there are astounding differences between the way you play music, and the way you play bass. Bass is merely the instrument, Music is what comes from you out of the instrument. I first began learning about music as a metaphysical entity at Wooten Woods, where I was enlightened by Victor Wooten, and there I learned much more than just music; I was shown life. From then on, I tried implementing what I learned there to my life and my music, applying what it means to keep the 'groove' of a tune to set a solid foundation for my life and music. I took a more traditional route when joining the IB programme, where I am discovering music theory and how to apply what I have learned theory-wise to music.
About Tales from the Mire: This piece grabbed inspiration from every corner of my musical map, ranging from Israeli 'Oriental Metal' band Orphaned Land, to Swedish prog metal band Opeth, to Yes, Steven Wilson, Victor Wooten, and Frank Zappa. Other inspirations in my life who I want to give notice to are: my troubled childhood friend who really had an influence in my musical direction, Zachary Norford, who also gave me the feeling I wanted to write about; Geoffrey Gee, for being a fantastic band teacher over the years, and whom I really wanted to impress by writing this piece; my band mates and fellow musicians, Spencer Kristiansen and Isaiah Barnard, for being with me from the start at Long Trail. Thank you, and you all mean so much to me. To sum this piece up, I wanted an Individual piece of music. I didn't want music from someone else, I wanted that music-juice from concentrate straight from my head, and I believe this piece demonstrates this. This piece also implements a strong percussive foundation while trying to push my creative limits with a solid bass-line and powerful lead parts. What I want you, the listener, to do is to really decide how this piece makes you feel, and how you interpret it is completely up to you, and I want everyone to interpret it in a different way. As Frank Zappa said, "Progress isn't possible without deviation from the Norm!"
Darius Carey, Composer of Artemis' Legacy
Born in Troy, New York, Darius Carey is now a senior at Mount Anthony Union High School, looking to start up a career in composing for movies or games. His musical inspiration comes from composers like Nobuo Uematsu, Jeremy Soule, and Motoi Sakuraba. He is slowly building up a small repertoire of compositions and is experimenting with different styles and musical ideas. On the side, Darius is attempting to learn Old English and Old Norse, and is building his knowledge of movies and cinema. It's his dream to make a masterpiece that makes people feel a multitude of emotions, both happy and sad, and that is truly beautiful.
About Artemis' Legacy: This work represents a story and how it changes over a millenium. The first melody is changed by the second and over time, the two combine to make a third. At the end, the piece switches to a major key to symbolize that the changes made were not necessarily bad, and the harmony of all of the melodies at the end represents that the story, although it has been altered, still retains its core meaning.
Nolan Downey, Composer of Metallic Characters (The Unrivaled Epics)
A native Vermonter, Nolan started to play the tuba at age 11 while living in Arizona. It was love at first play! He has since lived in Florida as an active member of marching, symphonic, and community bands as well as the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra. Since his relocation back to Vermont in 2011, Nolan is now a sophomore at Mount Anthony Union High School (MAUHS). He enjoys playing in the symphonic and jazz bands. Nolan has played with the Green Mountain Music District V festival, the New England Music Festival, and The Vermont All-State Music Festival Orchestra. Nolan has performed at master classes and attended coaching sessions with The Harmonic Brass from Munich and New York Philharmonic's Principal Brass. He is also a member of Skidmore College's "Sassy Brass" quintet and the school's brass ensemble.
Nolan is Principal Tubist with the Empire State Youth Orchestra under the direction of Helen Cha-Pyo. He has performed with the orchestra on CBS 6's Melodies of Christmas at Proctors Theatre for the past two years. In addition, he also plays with the Green Mountain Youth Orchestra under the direction of Ellen Sager, and the Sage City Symphony since 2011.
Nolan enjoys an eclectic array of music; mostly classical. Some favorite composers include but are not limited to Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Wagner, Vaughan-Williams, Holst, Hindemith, and Gershwin. "As long as it has tuba I'm there!" Nolan loves to attend TubaChristmas, an event founded by Harvey Phillips, and has every year since 2009.
From Nolan Downey about this work - Metallic Characters (The Unrivaled Epics) is one of a kind, just like the brass section. The tuba and trombone parts came first as the foundation. These parts were the driving force of my inspiration. I layered parts on top of each other and experimented by inverting themes. The piece opens with a soloistic tuba part setting the stage for one the themes. That theme and others are spread throughout the group and come back at different times during the piece. Each instrument's part is unique; expressing many different ideas at once.
Spencer Kristiansen, Composer of E Minor Symphony
Spencer Kristiansen is a current 16 year old student at Long Trail School in 11th grade. As a member of the International Baccalaureate Program's higher level music course, taught by Geoffrey Gee, Spencer is a guitar player of five years. Great influences of his playing and style come from guitarists like Joe Bonamassa, Brian May, and Guthrie Govan. While overall musical interests vary from Vermont's own Twiddle to Dave Matthews to Robert Johnson to Tenacious D. Though his musical career is short lived and relatively unaccomplished, it fueled by the desire to create music that makes other musicians wish they had thought of it first.
About the E Minor Symphony: This composition was the first attempt at writing an entire symphony. It is based on E minor, with the intent of strong resounding chords leading the piece from each melodic section to the next. When creating it the main goal was to not make it sound too predictable while maintaining a strong structure that engages the listener.
Katianna Nardone, Composer of An Epic Journey and Annabel's Waltz
Katianna Nardone is a 10th grader at Mount Anthony Union High School (MAUHS). She began studying violin at age 5 with a very inspiring teacher, Cathy Hall-Schor. Katianna has been studying violin with the amazing Lilo Glick for the past 6 years. Katianna has been a member of the Green Mountain Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Ellen Sager, for the past four years. She has attended the Green Mountain Orchestra camp every summer since age six. She is also a participant in Green Mountain Music District V festival and the Vermont All State Music Festival.
Kati plays trumpet in the school band and sings in the school chorus. She sang with the Bennington Children's Chorus for nine years until her sports schedule conflicted with rehearsals. She also plays a little guitar on the side. Kati likes listening to every kind of music but she especially enjoys indie rock and folk. She holds a special place in her heart for Broadway shows such as Les Miserables, Wicked, and Cats. She draws inspiration for her compositions from movie scores by composers such as Hans Zimmer, John Powell, and Howard Shore. Katianna is on the MAUHS cross country running, outdoor track, and Nordic ski teams, and she also likes to downhill ski whenever she has time.
An Epic Journey was originally created to be in the style of adventure movie soundtracks. It started out with an idea for one melody line and ended up branching out to include a lot of different melodies and themes. This piece is full of transitions and I wrote it by putting down whatever came into my head to come next. For a given section I would usually write the melody line first with maybe a countermelody and harmony and then come back later to layer in the other parts.
When I started writing Annabel's Waltz I only had an idea for the first two measures and the rest wrote itself. I tried to use a combination of pizzicato and arco (plucking and bowing) to create diverse and interesting sounds throughout the piece. Since I've written mostly for orchestra and this piece was only for strings, it helped give it depth with instruments that all had similar sounds.
About the International Baccalaureate Music program at Long Trail School
The International Baccalaureate Music class is a rigorous two-year course in music theory, literature, and cultural comparison, which includes assignments in composition and performance, a comparative essay, and externally administered written exams.
Students at Long Trail School who elect to pursue the International Baccalaureate Diploma take six such courses, plus a Theory of Knowledge class, and write a 4000-word essay on a subject of personal interest.
Geoffrey Gee is the Director of Instrumental Music at Long Trail School. His playing has won the attention and praise of such notable pianists as Patrick Moraz (Yes, Moody Blues) and Lyle Mays (Pat Metheny Group). His solo appearances include major concerts at Harvard University, Berklee College of Music, and Scullers Jazz Club in Boston. As a side musician and clinician, he has performed across the United States, and in twenty-two countries around the world.
He has held faculty positions at Berklee College of Music, North Reading Public Schools, the Center for Arts and Education in New York State, and is currently Director of Instrumental Music at Long Trail School, an International Baccalaureate school in Dorset, Vermont.