August 25, 2019

UMW Music Well Represented at Root Signals Electronic Music Festival

Facets of Love JUThe University of Mary Washington was represented by Department of Music faculty, students and alumni at the 2015 Root Signals Electronic Music Festival at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville Florida. Root Signals is sponsored by the Division of Music at Jacksonville University, and the Department of Music at Georgia Southern University and featured guest percussionist Tony Steve for the three-day festival of electronic music and media art.

Mark Snyder, Assistant Professor of Music, performed his song cycle Facets of Love to close the festival on Saturday, September 12th. The performance featured Paige Naylor ’14: soprano, Becky Brown ’15: harp, Mark Snyder ’97: guitar, piano, synthesizer & electronics. The poems for Facets of Love were penned by Jeanine Casler, a faculty fellow at Hobart, Northwestern’s Women’s Residential College and the video was created by Anna Weisling, the Music Technology Specialist at The Juilliard School in New York. The first movement can be viewed below:

Junior Music major Austin O’Rourke performed his composition Hazel Colored Nebula during the Emerging Composers Concert on Thursday night, September 10th. His performance of this piece on UMW’s 2015 Undergraduate Research and Creativity Day can be viewed below:

 

Becky Brown (UMW Music graduate 2015) performed her multimedia self-portrait composed during her spring 2015 independent study, Hold Still for pencil, copper, and Arduino on paper, poetry and video in Max/MSP/Jitter on the Saturday September 12th afternoon concert. Her performance of this piece on UMW’s 2015 Undergraduate Research and Creativity Day can be viewed below:

Stephen Hennessey (UMW Music graduate 2014) performed his work for processed guitar and electronics composed during his spring 2014 independent study, Ausgang during the Emerging Composers Concert. His performance of this piece on September 9,2014 can be heard below:

WRIR’s Time is Tight to Feature Mark Snyder Retrospective

 

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Mark Snyder, Assistant Professor of Music, will have a retrospective of some of his music featured on Paul Ivey’s radio show, Time is Tight, this Friday Dec. 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. on WRIR 97.3 in Richmond, Virginia. Mark’s band Nature Boy Explorer that includes students Austin O’Rourke and Becky Brown plus Alums John White and Katherine Presseren will be performing live in the studio. The show will also feature tracks of Mark’s music and/or performances from Easy Chair, Dirt Ball, Grief BirdsIntrepid Trio, One Ring Zero, Malhombre and his electroacoustic music too!

 

Mark Snyder’s Composition Performed at Electronic Music Midwest

Mark-Snyder Mark Snyder, Assistant Professor of Music, performed his multimedia composition, Qwee for processed harp, accordion, electronics and video performed on Oct. 25 at Electronic Music Midwest in Kansas City, Kansas with UMW student harpist, Becky Brown.

Electronic Music Midwest is dedicated to programming of a wide variety of electroacoustic music and providing the highest quality performance of electronic media. This annual festival consists of approximately nine short concerts (about one hour in length) over the course of a weekend in autumn. Our goal is to bring together vibrant and interesting artists of all forms, give them a vehicle for their expressions, and a place for them to share ideas with others.

EMM has always featured an eight-speaker surround diffusion system under the guidance of Ian Corbett. The core of the system are eight Mackie 1521 bi-amped speakers, an EAW/QSC subwoofer system, and a Soundcraft MH3, 32+4 Channel mixer (named “Emily”). Due to Ian’s expertise, many visiting composers comment that EMM is one of smoothest run festivals they have ever attended.

Since its beginning, EMM has programmed over 500 new electroacoustic compositions. Composers have traveled from around the world to graciously share their music with audiences in the Midwest. However, EMM is about more than just playing new music. We strive to create an environment conducive to building community interaction. Most concerts are approximately one hour long, and composers have plenty of time to “talk shop” with each other as well as interact socially with students and audience members.

 

Mark Snyder’s Composition Featured at Arts Now

563956_10151286562520832_1157819989_nMark Snyder, Assistant Professor of Music, had his multimedia work, Messy for processed clarinet, electronics and video performed at North Carolina State University’s Arts Now Series on Oct. 15 by clarinetist Andrea Cheeseman.

The Arts NOW Series at North Carolina State University presents concerts, lectures, and other performing arts events for the University community and the general public. The Arts NOW Series programs feature contemporary work in the arts: new works, new techniques, new interpretations and contexts, and new connections to older work.

Previous presentations have included everything from opera premieres to events based on video works to piano lecture-recitals on mathematics and music to a special event related to global climate change. The presentations make connections and serve such courses at North Carolina State University as those dealing with video/intermedia/film, the arts and technology, the arts and politics, 20th-century music, American music, the arts in various cultures, the arts and the physical sciences, and many other topics of general interest.

Featured artists have come from as far away as Canada, Argentina, Italy, Brazil, England, Germany, Switzerland, and from throughout the United States and have included Robert Ashley, Larry Austin, Steve Duke, Beth Griffith, Jaqueline Humbert, Michael Matthews, Stuart Saunders Smith, Sylvia Smith, the Bremen Clarinet Quartet, the Balkan String Quartet, and many others.

Dr. Andrea Cheeseman is Associate Professor of Clarinet at Appalachian State University. An active and engaging performer, she has received invitations to perform at colleges and universities throughout the country as a soloist and chamber musician. She has performed for diverse festivals such as College Music Society Annual Meetings, the Montana/Idaho Clarinet Festival, the Michigan Contemporary Clarinet Festival and the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium. She has been a regular performer at the Delta State University Electroacoustic Juke Joint Festival, and in the summer of 2003, Cheeseman was named first runner-up in the Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition.

Mark Snyder Interviewed on Patch In TV

563956_10151286562520832_1157819989_nAssistant Professor of Music Mark Snyder was interviewed on patch in tv about his many festivals, some of his students’ projects, and much much more!

Patch In is a music technology show where hosts Ben Fuhrman and Nate Bliton get together each month to talk about the latest in electronic music. Digital, analog, fixed media, interactive, they’ve got it all. They interview composers, performers, coders, hackers, programmers, and scholars. They’ll even show you some of their own work. And don’t forget the two-minute challenge, in which one of them explains a particular technical aspect of electronic music in just 120 seconds.

Check out the video here:

 

 

 

Mark Snyder Performs at Breast Cancer Benefit

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Assistant Professor of Music Mark Snyder performed with students Becky Brown and Paige Naylor at the Second Annual Under 40 Music Marathon, an event dedicated to raising breast cancer awareness in men and women under the age of 40.

From Sept. 27-29, Hard Rock Cafe – Washington, D.C., City of Hope, and Pink Jams! partnered for the Second Annual Under 40 Music Marathon. With the help of 250 local musicians and hundreds of supporters, the event raised over $15,000!

A wide variety of local, regional, and national musicians played back to back continuously for 39 hours and 59 minutes. All in the name of breast cancer awareness.

Donations from the Marathon will go to support City of Hope’s life-saving breast cancer research and treatment programs, and helps Pink Jams! eradicate the misconception that breast cancer awareness begins at age 40.

Mark Snyder at FSU, Peabody Conservatory & SEAMUS

MS_Rice_Dryer2-300x273Mark Snyder, Assistant Professor of Music, had his multimedia work, Butterfly for processed clarinet, electronics and video performed at the 2013 Society of ElectroAcoustic Musicians in the United States (SEAMUS) conference in St. Paul, Minnesota on April 19th.

On April 10th, Mark gave a master class about his music and video art to the computer music department at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore Maryland.

On April 5th, Mark was a guest artist at Fairmont State University in Fairmont West Virginia. In addition to concertizing his own work and giving a masterclass, Mark took Junior Music and Computer Science major Becky Brown along so she could perform one of her original compositions, Rex for processed harp and voice, and she also gave a master class on harp performance and processing. Out of all his accomplishments this semester, he was most pleased with this since host composer Dan Eichenbaum requested it after hearing Becky perform her piece in composition class when he came to visit UMW.

Becky Brown discussing the harp and live processing.

Becky Brown discussing the harp and live processing.

Mark Snyder at Peabody Conservatory

Mark Snyder at Peabody Conservatory

Mark Snyder’s Compositions Performed Across the Country

MS_Rice_DryerMark Snyder, Assistant Professor of Music, had his multimedia work, Butterfly for processed clarinet, electronics and video performed at Appalachian State University on February 19th by clarinetist Andrea Cheeseman. The recital featured electroacoustic compositions that incorporate recorded sound and images.

Dr. Andrea Cheeseman is Associate Professor of Clarinet at Appalachian State University. An active and engaging performer, she has received invitations to perform at colleges and universities throughout the country as a soloist and chamber musician. She has performed for diverse festivals such as College Music Society Annual Meetings, the Montana/Idaho Clarinet Festival, the Michigan Contemporary Clarinet Festival and the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium. She has been a regular performer at the Delta State University Electroacoustic Juke Joint Festival, and in the summer of 2003, Dr. Cheeseman was named first runner-up in the Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition.

Snyder also had his multimedia work, Alluvium for processed accordion, electronics and video performed at Montana State University on February 24th by accordionist Whitney Salo. It was programmed as part of the Sunday Night Multimedia Series, Beneath the Surface – A Concert of Sonic and Multimedia Art.

Mark Snyder Elected to FFPA Board of Directors

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Assistant Professor of Music Mark Snyder was recently elected to the Fredericksburg Festival of the Performing Arts Board of Directors.

Founded in 1988 by internationally renowned harpist Heidi Lehwalder and other visionary arts lovers in Fredericksburg, the Fredericksburg Festival of the Arts has evolved from a small, world-class chamber music festival into a premier, year-round presenter of the performing arts in the Rappahannock region.

The work of FFPA is made possible through the efforts of volunteers and the contributions from community-minded individuals and businesses, government grants and funds provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Fredericksburg Festival of the Arts is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization.

Mark Snyder’s Harvey featured on RTQE

MS_Rice_Dryer2-300x273Assistant Professor of Music Mark Snyder’s multimedia work Harvey was featured on RTQE, (Remember those Quiet Evenings), a Sunday evening program of electronic, experimental, classical, and improvised conduct for survivors or the 20th century hosted by Gregory Taylor which has aired since 1986 on Sunday evenings on WORT-FM in Madison, Wisconsin.