The Department of Music Composition Studio presents a concert of new music created by student composers featuring one of Denison’s ensemble-in-residence, GRAMMY® Award-winning Third Coast Percussion (TCP). This performance will premiere on YouTube May 15, at 7pm.
Claire Alexander ‘24, a Spanish and Music Composition double major in the class, shares on adding Composition as a major after her class experience.
What has this class been like for you and what was your experience working with Third Coast Percussion?
Taking a composition seminar this semester, as well as working with Third Coast Percussion, made me realize that I really enjoy writing music, and actually made me want to declare a composition major! It has been such a cool experience getting to work with a professional ensemble like TCP and being able to hear our pieces come to life and get feedback. Professor Meier encouraged creativity and gave us creative liberty when it came to the pieces that we did.
What did you learn in the process of writing/composing a piece?
One thing that I learned this semester was that when writing music, there are no formulas to follow; it’s very much a creative process. This semester we looked at and composed more abstract forms of music, which for me was really eye-opening because there is no one way that you are supposed to compose, it’s all just art and there’s no right or wrong when it comes to art.