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Composition students debut work at recital

Students from David Morgan’s Composition Studio will have their work performed in an online concert debuting Saturday as a Dana@McDonough recital.

The composition program at the Dana School of Music focuses on exploration of the creative process and the nature and meaning of music. Composition majors acquire a breadth of knowledge and a solid technique in the service of finding a personal path available for the composer of today, including composing and arranging for instrumental ensembles of various sizes, creating electronic music and song writing.

Eight composition students will have their original music performed by other musicians or will perform their own compositions.

The students are Enzo Chiodi of Pittsburgh; Jesse Crownover, Pittsburgh; Maxwell Franko, Poland; Logan Hoffner, Gibsonia, Pa.; Dai Hong, Falls Church, Va.; Andrew Karkosiak, Broadview Heights; Brendan McEvoy, Fowler; and Severino Paredes, New Kensington, Pa.

According to Morgan, “It is crucial for the composer to listen to and learn music from a wide array of genres and styles. Our composition students develop powerful and versatile tools to bring to any creative situation, facilitating satisfying artistic choices free of technical or imaginative limitations.”

He said the goal is to enable motivated and curious young musicians to become versatile and proficient artists who can thrive in today’s music industry.

“Our alumni have gone on to enjoy exciting careers in many aspects of the industry, to attain advanced degrees from leading graduate programs, to teach music at the secondary and university levels, and to win prestigious awards and significant grants,” Morgan said.

The recital will be available for free starting at 7 p.m. Saturday on the Cliffe College YouTube and McDonough YouTube channels.

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