1 in 10,000: A New Composition for Wind Ensemble and Electronics Grant uri icon



  • I seek support for the composition, performance, and professional recording of 1 in 10,000, a new work for wind ensemble and electronics that is based on the history and culture of the famous Idaho “star” garnet. I will conduct and record interviews with local people with a connection to the stone, including geological expert Mickey Gunter (Emeritus University Distinguished Professor, Geological Sciences, University of Idaho). I will blend the wonder of a rare stone, product of ages of heat and pressure; the uniqueness of the human voice; and the dynamics of modern electronics to produce an innovative piece tied to our community. The resulting composition will tell the story of the garnet through recorded text and live music. My colleague Professor Alan Gemberling will lead the University of Idaho Wind Ensemble in the premiere performance and professional recording sessions for 1 in 10,000. This proposal provides me a foundation for further work in electronic music by training at the SPLICE Institute, and building my electronic music studio. My project will not only add to the wind ensemble repertoire, but also involve undergraduate students directly in my research, while they rehearse, perform, and record my work. Most importantly, I seek to use music about locality as a new way to understand our connections to those around us and our unique place in the world.