February 2, 2023

UMW Jazz Group Featured at Riverfest

The UMW Jazz group was featured at the Friends of the Rappahannock’s 22nd Annual Riverfest.  The group, led by Senior Lecturer Doug Gately on flute,  included Professor David Long on drums and Instructor Bruce Middle on guitar.  Recent Department of Music graduate Joanna Smith, bass and sophomore Music Major Judi Jackson on vocals.  The event raises funds to promote and maintain the water quality and scenic beauty of the Rappahannock River and its tributaries.

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Mark Snyder’s Multimedia Work “Harvey” Performed in Kansas City

Assistant Professor of Music Mark Snyder’s multimedia work Harvey for processed clarinet, electronics and video was performed in Kansas City by the newEar contemporary music ensemble on the opening concert for their 20th season.

The Kansas City Star wrote  “Mark Snyder’s Harvey conveys well his shock and incomprehension of the sheer, random brutality of the Harvey family murders in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia in 2005. It’s a tribute to the human capacity to wrestle meaning and even beauty from evil.”


KC Metropolis wrote: “Simple and moving was Harvey (2008) by Mark Snyder, dedicated to the Harvey family who were victims of a brutal murder spree in Richmond, VA in 2006. This piece featured Aber playing a soft, straightforward melody on clarinet accompanied by electronics that increased the aural depth of the work in all directions. A visual aspect was also incorporated with projected drawings by children among swirling and flickering colors that, coupled with the haunting laughter of kids at play, had a cathartic power even for those not associated with the tragic events that inspired the work.”

Mark Snyder’s Nature Boy Explorer Featured in FLS

Assistant Professor of Music Mark Snyder’s band Nature Boy Explorer is featured in the weekend section of the Free Lance Star.

“The attitude and sound of their songs can shift from ‘testosterone-fueled aggression to soft and delicate.’ And it’s this juxtaposition—the harp in the rock band, the students and the teacher, the atmospheric valleys between the rough-edged ridges of rock ‘n’ roll—that makes Nature Boy Explorer something worth exploring.”


The Free Lance Star also reviewed the EP.

“Overall, these four tracks give a great example of what Nature Boy Explorer is. It might still be difficult to understand the music, and even harder to explain it to a friend but it will be clearer. They’re definitely doing something different from most any other band, especially any band around Fredericksburg, and if anything, it’s worth giving the album a listen to be able to sing along at a live show, which is where Nature Boy Explorer really shines.”


Mark Snyder’s Nature Boy Explorer EP Release

Assistant Professor of Music Mark Snyder’s CD release for Nature Boy Explorer will be held this Saturday, September 8 at 909 Saloon in Fredericksburg, Va . The EP contains four songs that were recorded from March to April of 2012. UMW students and alums, Becky Brown, Hunter Wooten, Paige Naylor, Katherine Preseren and Natasha Smoot performed on the CD as well.

Nature Boy Explorer makes music about love, lobotomies, death, dirty politicians and concrete deities with an energetic and emotional blend of rock/pop that puts on no airs.

The show starts at 8:30 and will also feature Paul Ivey and the Rubes from Richmond and The Crypts from Fredericksburg.

David Long’s Composition Performed in Slovenia

Professor of Music and Composer-in-Residence David J. Long’s composition Homage to Normandy was performed on August 22, 2012  by the Prekmurska godba Bakovci in Slovenia.

Homage to Normandy is a tribute to all the soldiers who lost their lives during the Battle of Normandy in the Second World War. The first movement, ‘Elegy: For All of the Fallen,’ is a beautifully powerful chorale that builds to a glorious climax before calming again. The second movement, ‘In Resolution: Toward the Final Victory,’ captures the brute force of the battle and drives all the way to the end in this fitting homage.

Mark Snyder’s “cold winds staffco remix” Released on Mine All Mine Records

Assistant Professor of Music Mark Snyder’s remix of cold winds was released on let the waves carry us by the bell monks on Mine All Mine Records.

let the waves carry us is the culmination of a year-long recording project, throughout 2011, for which bell monks wrote, recorded, and released a 2-track mini-album each month (nearly 2 hours in total). at the end of the year, friends and musicians were invited to remix some of their favorites. the finished album, let the waves carry us, includes 9 of the original 24 songs, with some re-recorded and new additional parts, and is being released along with 12 remixes, most of which are dramatic re-imaginations of the original tune.

Mark Snyder’s “Harvey” to be Performed @ Kansas City Fringe Festival

Assistant Professor of Music Mark Snyder’s composition Harvey for processed clarinet, electronics & video will be performed by Eric Honour on Thursday, July 26 at the Kansas City Fringe Festival Experimental Music Showcase.

The KC Fringe Festival — now in its eigth year — is jam-packed with live theater, dance, performance art, visual art, spoken word, puppetry, storytelling, film and fashion. The 2012 festival, like its predecessors, is a celebration of local, regional and national artists, presenting events at venues throughout Kansas City.

More information can be found here.

Mark Snyder’s Composition Performed in Thailand

Assistant Professor of Music Mark Snyder’s composition Butterfly for processed clarinet, electronics & video was performed by Cheryl Melfi on Wednesday, July 11 at the Thailand International Composition Festival (TICF).

This year, TICF will continue in the tradition of excellence, established by previous years. The featured composers for 2012 will include some of the leaders in contemporary composition, namely: Zhou Long (Kansas City, USA), Eric Moe (Pittsburgh, USA), Xiaogang Ye (Beijing, China), and Narong Prangcharoen (Bangkok, TH and Kansas City, USA). It will also feature an international group of ensembles: the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra (Bangkok, Thailand), the Tetris String Quartet (New York, USA), Hong Kong New Music Ensemble (Hong Kong, China), Contemporary Enclave (Bangkok, TH), Salaya Modern Ensemble (Bangkok, TH), the Mahidol University Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band (Bangkok, TH), the Armrein/ Henneberger Duo (Switzerland and Germany), the Integrated Percussion Ensemble (Bangkok, Th), Tomoko Honda (Belg. and Japan), Michael Hall (USA), Luisa Sello (IT), Cheryl Melfi (USA), and many other performers. The festival will also feature regional and world premieres of works by composers from around the world.

More information can be found here.


Mark Snyder’s Composition to be Performed at Conference

Mark Snyder, assistant professor of music, will have his composition Messy for processed clarinet, electronics & video performed by Andrea Cheeseman on Saturday, March 31 at Christopher Newport University for the Society of Composers, (SCI) Region III Conference  .

More information can be found here.

Mark Snyder’s Composition to be Performed

Mark Snyder, assistant professor of music, will have his composition Butterfly for processed clarinet, electronics & video performed by Cheryl Melfi on Saturday, February 18 at West Virginia University.

In addition to Mark’s piece, Melfi will be performing works from  Daniel Eichenbaum, Elainie Lillios, Alex Mincek, David Taddie and Alexander Lepak. The concert will be held in the Bloch Concert Hall at the Creative Arts Center.