Noteworthy Sheet Music is delighted to offer contemporary works by the following composers:
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.
Matt Samolis began studying flute, then later composition and tenor banjo. He has worked with ensembles at New England Conservatory, Brandeis University, and Tufts University, as well as Open Hand Theatre, Pilgrim Research Collaborative, and numerous other projects. Currently, his primary focus is composition, curating, and performing as a flutist with various local groups, as well as his drone alliance, The Metal & Glass Ensemble.