Music by Joseph T. Spaniola was presented by the Oklahoma State University Horn Ensemble, Lanette Compton, Director, (Stillwater, OK) at the 2018 International Horn Symposium in early August. The symposium, presented by the International Horn Society, was held at Ball State University (Muncie, IN). The annual symposium draws leading French Horn performers, teachers, students, exhibitors and enthusiasts from all over the world.

Joseph T. Spaniola’s composition, DANCESCAPES (Solo Trombone and Wind Ensemble) received a Silver Medal from the Global Music Awards in the Classical and Composition/Composer categories. This composition was commissioned by Paul Compton (Trombone), Oklahoma State University (Stillwater, OK) This is the fourth Spaniola composition to receive a Global Music medal in the last 2 years. 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.”

A consortium of 21 institutions/professors led by the University of Central Arkansas has commissioned Joseph T. Spaniola to compose a Trombone Ensemble piece for presentation at the 2018 International Trombone Festival. The consortium is comprised of institutions from across the United State including the University of North Texas, University of Georgia, Oklahoma State University, University of Arizona, St. Louis Brass Collective to name a few. The University of Central Arkansas Trombone Ensemble will perform the premier of PASSAGE: Sempre Avantiat the festival in July 2018.  For more details regarding the International Trombone Festival visit https://trombonefestival.net/.