Music Students Debut Original Compositions

April 22, 2011

Photo by Justin Braun

On Sunday, April 17 in the Tiedtke Concert Hall, composition students in the Rollins Department of Music premiered their original pieces to an audience of their peers. As the culmination of an entire semester spent learning and practicing the art of music composition, the students’ pieces were performed by fellow music majors in ensembles ranging in size from a female vocal sextet to individual solos. Those in attendance found the recital rich with talent and inspiration.

“There was a very eclectic arrangement of musical styles exhibited,” said Matt Tonner (Class of 2011MBA), an alumni of the Department of Music who has participated in this annual event in previous years. “It was a very exciting concert because every piece was a world premiere.”

Those premiering their works included seniors Aaron Childree (Class of 2011), Wilson Diaz (Class of 2011), Gregory Dukes (Class of 2011) and Rebekah Todia (Class of 2011HH).

The depth of creative talent presented was also recognized by the Department of Music faculty present at the recital. Daniel Cozier, associate professor of music theory and composition and a composer of renown himself, commented that "a concert of premieres is always a very special event. This particular composition recital showcased new pieces, very nicely crafted, by composers with radically different musical perspectives and at various stages of development. The range of expression among the various compositions made for a very satisfying program."

Only two concerts remain before the end of the spring semester in the Department of Music. On Monday, April 25, the Rollins Concert Choir will have its spring recital and on Tuesday, April 26, the Rollins Orchestra will perform. For more information, visit

By Justin Braun (Class of 2011MBA)

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