Joseph T. Spaniola’s composition, UPLIFTED (Wind Ensemble) received a Silver Medal from the Global Music Awards in the Classical Composition/Composer categories. This composition was commissioned by The US Air Force Band of Mid-America (Scott Air Force Base, IL). This is the fifth Spaniola composition to receive a Global Music medal. Global Music Awards is “a top-tier music competition that honors talented musicians around the world. It is a showcase for musical gems and unique voices.” Listen: https://josephspaniola.com/music/uplifted/

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.

For more info: https://www.parmarecordings.com/april-2021-session-recap/

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.