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Research

The wind band and the game of baseball are both major threads in the tapestry of American life. Many leading composers and conductors, ranging from John Philip Sousa to Charles Ives to 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams have been captivated by America's pastime, and still many more have expressed their love of the game through music.

Research paper presented at the College Band Directors National Association 2019 National Conference.

The Contemporary Music Project for Creativity in Music Education (CMP) was a fourteen-year (1959-1973) initiative from the Ford Foundation and the Music Educators National Conference, where seventy-three young composers collaborated directly with public school music programs, writing original works for the school ensembles, many of which have not been performed since their creation decades ago. This dissertation revisits the works for wind band housed within the repository of the CMP Library Archives at the Special Collections in Performing Arts at the University of Maryland's Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, and updates the 1969 CMP Library Catalog with considerations for modern ensembles.

Full text available via the Digital Repository at the University of Maryland, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, or by request.

Links to download CBDNA Handout and CBDNA Presentation.

Charles Ives’ Decoration Day, a dreamy haze of almost-forgotten memories and half-remembered tunes, depicts recollections American Civil War through the eyes of a Connecticut youth at the end of the nineteenth century. The work, originally published as the second movement of Ives’ New England Holidays Symphony for orchestra, is a musical representation of the composer’s childhood memories of that eponymous holiday.

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Research Presentations

"Baseball and the Wind Band – An American Story"

 

31st Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture

May 30, 2019

National Baseball Hall of Fame

Cooperstown, New York

Feb 21, 2019

​College Band Directors National Association 2019 National Conference

Research Presentation

"The Wind Band Works of the MENC Contemporary Music Project Library"

College Band Directors National Association 2019 National Conference

February 20-23, 2019

University of Arizona

Tempe, Arizona

May 04, 2018

The University of Maryland Wind Orchestra

Kensey Stewart, "Symphony No. 2"

Selection from the Contemporary Music Project Library

 

With the University of Maryland Wind Orchestra

Friday, May 4, 2018, 8:00 pm

Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Concert Hall

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

The University of Maryland at College Park

Research Presentation

​"Baseball and the Wind Band - An American Story"

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

College Band Directors National Association Eastern Division Conference

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

"Charles Ives' Decoration Day – A Conductor's Guide"

Friday, March 17, 2017, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

College Band Directors National Association Conference

University of Missouri - Kansas City

Kansas City, Missouri

"Charles Ives Music and the George Ives Influence"

With the University of Maryland Wind Ensemble

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Maryland Day

University of Maryland

College Park, Maryland

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Publications

Charles Ives’ Decoration Day, a dreamy haze of almost-forgotten memories and half-remembered tunes, depicts recollections American Civil War through the eyes of a Connecticut youth at the end of the nineteenth century. The work, originally published as the second movement of Ives’ New England Holidays Symphony for orchestra, is a musical representation of the composer’s childhood memories of that eponymous holiday.

The Contemporary Music Project for Creativity in Music Education (CMP) was a 14-year (1959-1973) initiative from the Ford Foundation and the Music Educators National Conference, where 77 young composers collaborated directly with public school music programs, writing original works for the school ensembles, many of which have not been performed since their creation decades ago. This dissertation revisits the works for wind band housed within the repository of the CMP Library Archives at the Special Collections in Performing Arts at the University of Maryland's Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, and updates the 1969 CMP Library Catalog with considerations for modern ensembles.

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Additional Writings

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, "Divertimento in E-Flat Major," K. 166/159d

September 20, 2017

Ralph Vaughan Williams, "English Folk Song Suite"

September 20, 2017

Ballparks: A Ranking

April 17, 2017

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