April was a busy and productive month as it included two exciting recording sessions with my works: 1. Thomas Jefferson: Lifelines (Orchestra and Voices with texts from the private letters of Thomas Jefferson) recorded in the Czech Republic by the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Pavel Šnajder, Conductor; and 2. Armenian Stirrings (Clarinet and Piano) recorded in Rockport, MA by Rane Moore (Clarinet) and Yoko Hagino (Piano). These works will be on 2 separate upcoming PARMA releases. Many thanks to all the talented artists, the incredible production teams, and everyone at PARMA Recordings for making the music come to life.
Joseph T. Spaniola received a commission to compose a set of etudes for the Oahu Band Directors Association (OBDA – Oahu, Hawaii). The etudes serve as audition pieces for the association’s honor bands. An etude set consists of two solo etudes for every wind instrument in the ensemble, and three etudes for percussion instruments. The OBDA commission consists of 31 etudes. Spaniola also composed the association’s 2019 – 2020 audition etudes.
Joseph T. Spaniola received a commission to compose etude sets from the East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association (ETSBOA). The etudes serve as audition pieces for the association’s 2020 – 2021 honor bands. An etude set consists of two solo etudes for every instrument-type in the ensemble. ETSBOA commissioned an intermediate and advanced set (64 etudes). Spaniola also composed the association’s 2019 – 2020 audition etude sets.
Joseph T. Spaniola’s CROSSROADS (Trombone and Trombone Ensemble) has advanced from the semi-final round to the final round of The 2019 – 2020 American Prize in Composition in the Instrumental Chamber Music division. Adjudication for this division will occur in the coming months. The American Prize celebrates American Excellence in the Arts. Listen to CROSSROADS
For more information on The American Prize see Finalists