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April 7 recital showcases compositions by Scott Meister

Meister_t.jpgBOONE—The Hayes School of Music’s Faculty Recital Series presents the program “Thirty-five Years with Scott Meister: A Composer in Progress” April 7 at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall at Appalachian State University. Admission is free.

Meister holds the Sharpe Chair Professorship of Composition at Appalachian where he has been a professor in the Hayes School of Music since 1974. He teaches composition, directs the Steely Pan Steel Band®, the Middle-Eastern Ensemble, and is the director of the Electronic/M.I.D.I. Studio.

Meister has more than 50 published works and has received commissions for bands, choirs, and a variety of chamber ensembles. He has won numerous composition awards, the most recent being his sixth A.S.C.A.P. Composers Award. He has won the Hinda Honigman Gold Cup for Composition twice and is listed in “Contemporary American Composers: A Biographical Dictionary.”

The recital features the premiere performance of “Scenes,” featuring Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham on whistle and flute, Jon Beebe on bassoon, Scott Kallestad on soprano saxophone, Eric Koontz on viola, and Shawn Roberts on percussion.

“My newest composition written for this recital was completed at the end of February 2009,” Meister writes in the program notes. “I chose the performers first (my great colleagues) and then became excited about the heterogeneous instrumentation that would be used in this new work.”

The three movements represent places that have had an influence on Meister’s music as a composer and percussionist. The musical scenes are an Irish pub, Moroccan streets and the open countryside.

Meister frequently composes works for his colleagues in the Hayes School of Music. The program includes “3 Maqamats” composed for Jon Beebe and Rob Falvo and premiered by them in 1995. Beebe and Falvo will perform the composition for the April 7 recitial.

The composition is the first that was influenced by Meister’s studies of Arabic music.

The University Chamber Singers will perform “ka ma re ta,” one of two choral works composed by Meister for a choral festival on campus.  “All my choral works are ‘sound pieces’,” Meister said. “I like to use the voice as if it were another instrument and not as a singer who is locked into a specific text that may dictate or influence the music.”

The singers also will perform “Voice Music” written for and dedicated to Professor of Music Emeritus Joe Logan, who was a music history professor and choral director at Appalachian.

“Synthetic Miniatures” is a work for marimba. It will be performed by Colin Choat. Meister  composed the piece for a faculty recital he performed at Appalachian in 1979.

“Five Archetypes” was written in 1990 for pianists Rodney Reynerson and Professor of Music Emeritus Allen Kindt. It will be performed by Reynerson and Bair Shagdaron.

The piece incorporates special effects, such as dampened and plucked strings. The piece also uses hand gestures. “Much of my music needs to be seen to be heard,” Meister said. “In the past several years, I have always played with the audiences ears in relation to their eyes.  Our ears perceive sounds differently if there are visual aspects involved with our listening.”