Noteworthy Sheet Music is delighted to offer contemporary works by the following composers:
John D. McDonald
John McDonald is Professor of Music at Tufts University, where he served as Director of Graduate Music Studies from 2000 to 2010 and Department Chair from 2000 to 2003. He is a composer who tries to play the piano and a pianist who tries to compose. McDonald was named the 2007 MTNA—Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year by the Music Teachers National Association, and received the 2009 Lillian and Joseph Leibner Award for Distinguished Teaching and Advising from Tufts University. In 2010, he received the Waring Prize from Western Reserve Academy, the highest award given to alumni of that school. His recordings appear on the Albany, Archetype, Boston, Bridge, Capstone, Neuma, New Ariel, and New World labels, and he has concertized widely as composer, pianist, and collaborative performer. New releases include pianist Andrew Rangell's performance of McDonald's Meditation Before A Sonata: Dew Cloth, Dream Drapery, on Bridge Records.
Recent performances at the Goethe Institut of Boston, at Tufts, and at many other venues have been highly acclaimed. McDonald is a member of The Mockingbird Trio, directs the Tufts Composers Concert Series, and serves on the boards of several performance organizations in New England. He has recently fulfilled commissions from The Chamber Orchestra of Boston, pianist David Holzman, The Firebird Ensemble (for an Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music Residency, with support from a Meet the Composer MetLife Creative Connections Award), and the ANA Trio (Fredonia University; soprano, cello, and piano), among others. Recent and upcoming performances and projects include a three-concert series with the Mockingbird Trio in Jamaica Plain, a performance of Schubert's Winterreise with saxophonist Philipp Staeudlin at Harvard Musical Association, the formation of a new trio with flutist Marco Granados and saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky, performing as keyboardist in Tod Machover's new opera Death and the Powers, and recordings of Hovhaness's Song of the Sea (with BMOP players on BMOP Sound), an album of American Bass Music with Robert Black (forthcoming on New World Records), a retrospective of McDonald's violin and piano music with soloist Joanna Kurkowicz, and several other recording endeavors.
Active as a classical and jazz composer, Richard Nelson has received fellowships and awards from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Charles Ives Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop and the University of Maine. His compositions have been performed by Speculum Musicae, ALEA III, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra at venues including Piccolo Spoleto, Miller Theatre at Columbia University, Indiana University, SUNY Buffalo, and the College Music Society National Convention.
A professional jazz guitarist as well, he combines performance and composition in works for the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, his own Imaginary Ensemble, and other groups. Nelson studied composition at Indiana with Donald Erb (MM) and at Columbia with Mario Davidovsky (DMA). He was Visiting Artist at the University of Cape Town in 2004. Dr. Nelson is Professor of Music and head of the Sonic Arts and Composition Concentration at the University of Maine at Augusta.
Dr. Nelson has been awarded a prestigious MacDowell residency for three weeks during the 2015 spring semester.
Photo by Joe Harrington.
NSM has published Dr. Nelson's composition Play of Light for flute (doubling piccolo & bass flute) and harp.
Ben Robichaux is a dedicated composer whose interest for expanding his compositional style has always been a top priority. His compositions include works for band, choir, string quartet, solo piano, electronic playback and several chamber ensemble combinations. His band music has been performed by the Nicholls State University Wind Ensemble, the E. D. White Catholic High School Band, the Bayou Community Band, and the University of Georgia Concert Band. His choir music has been performed by the Academy of Voices of Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Dekalb Choral Guild of Atlanta, Georgia, and the Repertory Singers of the University of Georgia. His music has been performed at the 2016 NACUSA/SCI Snapshot Conference, 2016 Society of Composers, Incorporated National Conference, the 2017 SCI Region IV Conference, and the Electrobrass II Conference. He received a Master's Degree in Music Composition at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia in 2016. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Instrumental Music Education at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana in 2014. He has studied composition with Natalie Williams, Leonard V. Ball, Peter Van Zandt Lane, and Adrian Childs. He is currently pursuing a DMA at the University of Georgia.
Currently NSM offers one piece by Ben Robichaux, Recurrence for flute and piano, published in June, 2017; the piece is set to premiere in November, 2017.