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by TawnieO
on November 6, 2012

Back in September I was invited to give a talk about my compositions at a conference on sacred music at Notre Dame University. I was (of course) thrilled to be invited, and I was absolutely bowled over by the warmth and generosity of the conference organizers. The conference included talks by several other composers, including Libby Larsen and Daniel Kellog, and stunningly beautiful performances by university ensembles and by Pomerium, an early music chorus conducted by ND faculty member Alexander Blachly.

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by TawnieO
on August 21, 2012

Spent the day yesterday listening to and taking notes from a recording I made a few weeks ago with Ros Morley, a fellow Canadian and a member of Parthenia, a consort of viols based in New York City for whom I'm writing my next composition. Our meeting was an afternoon of pure delight; Ros and another gamba player, Terry Hare (who is commissioning the piece) performed music by Thomas Morley and we explored extended techniques on the instruments (including striking the tailpiece of a G violone with a soft mallet. Best. Sound. Ever.).