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Three Universities Welcome Hartt's S. Gryc as Guest Composer


Posted 03/25/2018
Category: Accolades
Hartt alumnus Dr. Thomas Seddon IV conducts a work by Stephen Michael Gryc at a performance by the University of Wisconsin La Crosse Wind Ensemble in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Hartt alumnus Dr. Thomas Seddon IV conducts a work by Stephen Michael Gryc at a performance by the University of Wisconsin La Crosse Wind Ensemble in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Professor Stephen Michael Gryc poses with trumpet soloist Grant Peters (left) and conductor John Zastoupil (right) after the performance of Gryc’s "Evensong" by the Missouri State University Wind Ensemble at the Moores Opera House in Houston, Texas.

Professor Stephen Michael Gryc poses with trumpet soloist Grant Peters (left) and conductor John Zastoupil (right) after the performance of Gryc’s "Evensong" by the Missouri State University Wind Ensemble at the Moores Opera House in Houston, Texas.

Three universities have recently engaged Stephen Gryc, Professor Emeritus of music composition at the Hartt School, as guest composer.  Professor Gryc attended a regional conference of the College Band Directors National Association in Kalamazoo, Michigan as a guest of the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. The UWLC Wind Ensemble performed Gryc's bassoon concerto Guignol on the campus of Western Michigan University on February 23.

Professor Gryc visited Temple University in Philadelphia on March 19 to coach a rehearsal of his piece for ten wind instruments, Six Romances After Mendelssohn, a work featured on a concert given by the Temple Wind Symphony in the new Temple Performing Arts Center on March 26.  While on the Temple campus Professor Gryc lectured to an undergraduate music theory class and led a workshop for graduate students in composing for wind ensembles.

The Wind Ensemble of Missouri State University hosted Professor Gryc at the southwest regional conference of the College Band Directors National Association that was held on the campus of the University of Houston.  The MSU Wind Ensemble performed Gryc’s elegy for trumpet and band, titled Evensong, in the beautiful Moores Opera House on March 23. The soloist was Dr. Grant Peters, a member of the Missouri State faculty and president-elect of the International Trumpet Guild.  Gryc also participated in a panel discussion with composers and conductors as part of the conference.

Hartt alumnus Dr. Thomas Seddon IV conducts a work by Stephen Michael Gryc at a performance by the University of Wisconsin La Crosse Wind Ensemble in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Hartt alumnus Dr. Thomas Seddon IV conducts a work by Stephen Michael Gryc at a performance by the University of Wisconsin La Crosse Wind Ensemble in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Professor Stephen Michael Gryc poses with trumpet soloist Grant Peters (left) and conductor John Zastoupil (right) after the performance of Gryc’s "Evensong" by the Missouri State University Wind Ensemble at the Moores Opera House in Houston, Texas.

Professor Stephen Michael Gryc poses with trumpet soloist Grant Peters (left) and conductor John Zastoupil (right) after the performance of Gryc’s "Evensong" by the Missouri State University Wind Ensemble at the Moores Opera House in Houston, Texas.