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Composer Happy Hour - Presented by whateverandeveramen.

Conversations with some of today's most compelling choral composers. Sit down, relax, pour yourself a drink and join us for the conversation.

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Episode 8: David V. Montoya

Welcome to the Composer Happy Hour episode eight. Thank you so much for listening. If you haven't already, consider giving us a follow on Instagram. We'd love to have you as a part of our online community. Our guest for this episode is David V. Montoya. David and I have known each other for some time now, and I am delighted to have him on the show. David was actually instrumental in helping to carve out an early identity for whateverandeveramen. Were fortunate to not only premiere some of his music - but it remains the only official "studio" recording of the group available online. In addition to writing music, he is a very fine high school choir director and this experience has surely influenced his writing as he has a number of pieces that are very well suited for a high school ensemble. More recently he has composed several multi-movement, more extended works that demonstrate his evolution as a composer: "Songs of Fatherhood", "Our True Heritage", and "Magdalene." In our conversation, Dave talks about looking forward to one day having more time to compose - and I can't wait to hear what he produces. In today's episode we discuss musical mentors, books, and the musical stylings of Steely Dan. As always, if you like what you hear - buy us a beer! Your contributions will help to fund future projects by whateverandeveramen. David V. Montoya (b. 1968) received a bachelor of arts degree in music education from California State University, Los Angeles (1992), and a master of music degree from the University of Nevada, Reno (1998). He has taught in the Southern California public school system for 29 years, teaching both junior high and senior high school music. As a composer Montoya's music, including African Processional: "Jambo rafiki yangu," has been performed throughout the world by high schools, colleges, churches, and such prestigious groups as the Choral Arts Initiative, the United States Air Force Singing Sergeants, El Café Chorale (Costa Rica), the Kansas City Chorale, Louisiana State University A Cappella Choir, the Philippine Chamber Singers, and the Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale. His compositions range from a cappella and accompanied choral music (from the silly to the sacred) to works for solo voice, guitar, piano, harp, brass, ukulele, and even harmonica. Montoya has spent his career making music in various churches around Southern California as a conductor, composer, tenor soloist and cantor. As a choral musician, he has performed with such fine organizations as the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Pacific Chorale, the Singers of the Chapel of Charlemagne (an all-Gregorian Chant choir) and he has sung under the baton of such great conductors as John Alexander, Carl St. Clair, John Mauceri, Bobby McFerrin, Seiji Ozawa, Paul Salamunovich, and Roger Wagner. He was once invited to prepare a group of his high school students to sing with Grammy Award-winning chanteuse, Rickie Lee Jones. All Recordings Used by Permission of the Composer: "Three Poems of St. John of the Cross" Louisiana State University A Cappella "African Processional" US Air Force Singing Sergeants "Songs of Fatherhood" (2014) whateverandeveramen. "Peace is Every Step" (2017) Glass City Singers "Light of Mary" (2017) Choral Arts Initiative Episode Sponsor: Four Fires Meadery is available for shipping nationwide at 4fmeadery.com --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

1hr 45mins

26 Jul 2021

Rank #1

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Episode 7: Jennifer Jolley

Hi friends! Welcome back to the Composer Happy Hour. If you are reading this, you are likely a fan of the show and/or an avid supporter of whateverandeveramen. Thank you so much for your ongoing support - we really do appreciate it. If you haven't already, please rate and review the podcast here or on your chosen streaming platform (or both!). This is most appreciated. Our guest this episode is Jennifer Jolley. I had a chance to work with Jenn back in 2016 when she was in a residency with my choirs. I was quickly impressed with her as a composer, but also as a human. She is very kind and supportive of young musicians, and incredibly humble. So humble, in fact, that she has an entire blog dedicated to her own musical rejections. Her choral music often sets texts that address a fairly specific moment in time or experience. This is in stark contrast to the "tradition" of setting pretty poetry by dead white people, that seems to aim for timelessness, but too often ends up not being very good even in the moment. In this episode we discuss baseball, how to give directions in California, and why f*ck is such a great word for choral music. As always, if you like what you hear - buy us a beer! Your contributions will help to fund future projects by whateverandeveramen. Jennifer Jolley (b. 1981) is a composer, blogger, and professor person. She is also a cat lover and part-time creative opera producer. ​ Jennifer’s work draws toward subjects that are political and even provocative. Her collaboration with librettist Kendall A, Prisoner of Conscience, has been described as “the ideal soundtrack and perhaps balm for our current ‘toxic… times’” by Frank J. Oteri of NewMusicBox. Her piece, Blue Glacier Decoy, written as a musical response to the Olympic National Park, depicts the Pacific Northwest’s melting glaciers. Her partnership with writer Scott Woods, You Are Not Alone, evokes the fallout of the #MeToo Movement. ​ Jennifer’s works have been performed by ensembles worldwide. She has received commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Quince Ensemble, and many others. Jennifer deeply values the relationship that is created between composers and the communities with whom they collaborate. She has been composer-in-residence at multiple institutions. She promotes composer advocacy through her opera company NANOWorks Opera and her articles for NewMusicBox & I CARE IF YOU LISTEN. Also, she is on the Executive Council of the Institute for Composer Diversity and the New Music USA Program Council. Jennifer joined the Texas Tech School of Music composition faculty in 2018 and has been a member of the composition faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp since 2015. www.jenniferjolley.com All Recordings Used by Permission of the Composer: "Prisoner of Conscience" (2015) Quince Ensemble "Drei Brücken" (2012) I. Roebling - Premiere Performance, Commissioned by the Contemporary Arts Center for their 2012 Gala, Drew Klein, Performance Curator III. Brent Spence - University of Toledo Chamber Singers "Her Speed Left the Winds Behind" (2020) Voices of Ascension and Trio Triumphatrix --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

1hr 52mins

11 Jul 2021

Rank #2

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Episode 6: Jake Runestad

Hi friends - thanks so much for listening to Episode 6 of the Composer Happy Hour. Hopefully you have a drink in hand, and you are ready to relax and enjoy a great conversation. Also - a quick plug here: if you aren't already following us on social media, please take a second to check us out (IG: @whateverandeveramen / Twitter: @whateverchoir). Your follows mean a lot to us. I'd also like to ask that if you have Apple Music, consider finding the podcast there and giving us a 5-star rating. This helps us out a lot! Our guest for this episode is Jake Runestad. If you are a choral music fan or participant, I imagine you already know some of Jake's music. He has been prominently featured on the program at just about every recent ACDA conference, and his music has been collected on albums by Conspirare and Kantorei. When I first met Jake in person, I knew we would get along well because we have several shared interests: we both enjoy a good old-fashioned, consider ourselves to be "foodies," and have a shared fondness for the music of Ben Folds. We discuss all of that and more in the episode. I hope that as you listen to each episode you find you are getting to know these composers more as people - understanding their influences, their personality, etc. - and that this might give you a greater appreciation and understanding of their music. Grab a drink and enjoy! As always, if you like what you hear - buy us a beer! Your contributions will help to fund future projects by whateverandeveramen. Episode Sponsor: Funky Turtle Brewing starts with spirit brothers Drake Pregnal and Tom Garrison. Drake and Tom met in the backwoods of Kentucky in 2014. Both avid rock climbers and outdoor junkies, they grew their partnership with craft beer and good belly laughs. Drake has worked for companies like Avery Brewing Company and Millhouse Brewing Company. Tom a Software Engineer. We quickly added another turtle to the team, Troy Secrest a lambic lover and marketing genius. At the Funky Turtle, we brew exclusively barrel-aged beers and meads. Every unique, small-batch, single-barrel vintage is aged for several months, creating an aura of anticipation, excitement, and hard-earned value. Our mission at the Funky Turtle is to brew beers and wines that expand the palatable sensations through exquisitely crafted, uniquely aged, one of a kind recipes that will constantly change and challenge the perception of what a profound brewery can truly be. With a town full of frogs you need a couple of Funky Turtles. Funky Turtle Brewing is available for shipping in 40 states at www.funkyturtlebrewing.com--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

1hr 18mins

15 Jun 2021

Rank #3

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Episode 5: Eric Malmquist

Hi friends - thanks so much for listening to Episode 5 of the Composer Happy Hour. Hopefully you have a drink in hand, and you are ready to relax and enjoy a great conversation. Also - a quick plug here: if you aren't already following us on social media, please take a second to check us out (IG: @whateverandeveramen / Twitter: @whateverchoir). Your follows mean a lot to us. I'd also like to ask that if you have Apple Music, consider finding the podcast there and giving us a 5-star rating. This helps us out a lot! Our guest for this episode is Eric Malmquist. Eric and I met a few years ago when one of my ensembles was preparing a couple of his pieces for a concert. We were fortunate that Eric new some folks in Toledo and decided to come to town for the performance. Right away I could tell he was someone I would get along with - and I'm sure you'll feel the same way when you listen. I love his sensibilities when it comes to choral music. We also had opportunities to discuss a lot of Chicago related material - if you've ever been, you will appreciate Eric's love letter to the Windy City. As always, if you like what you hear - buy us a beer! Your contributions will help to fund future projects by whateverandeveramen. Eric Malmquist (b. 1985) writes earnestly heartfelt and engaging music. He draws on a deep love of early music and modern influences to produce works that are focused and emotional. He has been commissioned by the Chicago Composers Orchestra, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, tubist Scott Tegge, historical keyboardist Charles Metz, historical flutist Leighann Daihl Ragusa, the International Chamber Artists, the Newberry Consort and the Wicker Park Choral Singers. His tuba sonata has been performed by Gene Pokorny of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Scott Tegge of Gaudete Brass. His commissioned work Prairie Music for CYSO was featured on Chicago’s Ear Taxi Festival in October 2016 and at Midwest Clinic in December 2016. CCO and WPCS co-commissioned his Blemish’d Muse, a twenty-minute work for choir and orchestra, in 2016. His song cycle If You Travel Far Enough was the very first commission of the ICA, and was featured on Live from WFMT in 2015. Michael Hall premiered his Sonata for Viola and Piano in 2014, and Gaudete Brass premiered his Three Preludes in 2013. His music has been performed across the US and has been featured repeatedly on 98.7WFMT. His music has been recorded by VOX 3 on the disc “New Song” and by pianist Jonathan Hannau. www.ericmalmquist.com--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

1hr 29mins

29 May 2021

Rank #4

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Episode 4: Dale Trumbore

Welcome to Episode 4, and thank you so much for listening. I imagine that many of you listening to this episode, have also listened to the first three episodes. It means so much to me that you keep coming back for more episodes. I have been fortunate to have conversations with some really fascinating people - who are all amazing composers. Evidently you agree. First time listeners - welcome! If you don't already have a drink, get one - you deserve it. In fact, if you follow us on social media (Twitter: @whateverchoir; Instagram: @whateverandeveramen) you can see recipes for the drinks shared by the guest for each episode. They have brought some fun stuff and that would be a great way to engage in the episode. Our guest for this episode is Dale Trumbore. I think I first became aware of Dale when I picked up a copy of her piece "The Whole Sea in Motion." At the time, it was far too advanced for the choirs I was conducting - but I quickly sensed that she was creating special music and knew that I would be programming her music in the near future. That was 2013. Fast forward to 2021 and Dale is one of the more popular and in demand composers around. She is also a very fine, and very accomplished writer. Her book "Staying Composed" is a must read for anyone creating art of any kind. We discuss everything from why California is wonderful to the perfect party music to the best way to set the word "yeasty" to music. As always, if you like what you hear - buy us a beer! Your contributions will help to fund future projects by whateverandeveramen. Visit us at buymeacoffee.com/whateverchoir--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

1hr 17mins

21 May 2021

Rank #5

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Episode 3: Mari Esabel Valverde

Welcome back and thanks for listening. If you missed episode one and two, don't worry - they aren't sequential - but you should definitely go back and check it out when you are done here. It was a good one. If you are a first time listener: this show features conversations with composers, and yes, it is about their music - but mostly it is an opportunity to get to know them as people. We will be sharing a drink and just talking about things that interest us. I hope that this feels a little bit less like an interview, and more like a casual conversation at a bar during happy hour. Consider this an invitation to pour yourself a drink, sit down, relax, and join us. Episode 3 features a conversation with Mari Esabel Valverde. Mari and I actually met years ago at a bar in Seattle, but unfortunately didn't have much time to chat. I am so glad that she was able to join me for a drink and a conversation. We had a chance to discuss how artists begin to define themselves as artists, repertoire and required lists, and even briefly chat in French. Her music is gorgeous and challenging, and if you somehow aren't already familiar with her work - you will be soon.  As always, if you like what you hear - you can buy us a beer! Visit us at www.buymeacoffee.com/whateverchoir and click "Support." Your contribution goes to supporting future projects by whateverandeveramen. Award-winning composer and singer Mari Esabel Valverde has been commissioned by the American Choral Directors Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Seattle Men’s and Women’s Choruses, and Boston Choral Ensemble among others and has appeared with Dallas Chamber Choir, Vox Humana, and EXIGENCE (Detroit). She was a featured composer at the 2016 Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses Festival, where her “Our Phoenix” was premièred by six collective ensembles from the United States and Canada. Her works are published by earthsongs and Walton Music and self-published. Fluent in Spanish and French, she has a particular interest in Brazilian Portuguese and Swedish. She has translated numerous vocal works and documents including a phonetic guide of Ravel’s opera L’Enfant et les Sortilèges. Based in North Texas, she taught voice at the high school level for over six years. Her former students have participated in All-State Choirs and State Solo Competition. She currently teaches singing and transgender voice training with TruVoice Lessons. She holds degrees from St. Olaf College, the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, France, and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

1hr 37mins

11 May 2021

Rank #6

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Episode 2: Joshua Shank

Composer Happy Hour - Episode 2: Joshua Shank You came back for Episode 2! Welcome back and thanks for listening. If you missed episode one, don't worry - they aren't sequential - but you should definitely go back and check it out when you are done here. It was a good one. If you are a first time listener: this show features conversations with composers, and yes, it is about their music - but mostly it is an opportunity to get to know them as people. We will be sharing a drink and just talking about things that interest us. I hope that this feels a little bit less like an interview, and more like a casual conversation at a bar during happy hour. Consider this an invitation to pour yourself a drink, sit down, relax, and join us. Episode 2 features a conversation with Joshua Shank. I've always admired Josh's work, so I was very excited to have an extended conversation with him. Josh is a great guy, and somehow I always suspected we might have a lot in common. In this episode we discuss our mutual admiration for Ben Folds, growing up in the Midwest, and the "darker" side of choral music. As always, if you like what you hear - you can buy us a beer! Visit us at www.buymeacoffee.com/whateverchoir and click "Support." Your contribution goes to supporting future projects by whateverandeveramen. The music of Boston-based composer, Joshua Shank (b. 1980), has been called “jubilant…ethereal” (Santa Barbara News-Press), “evocative and atmospheric” (Gramophone), and “emotionally charged” (Boston Classical Review).  He has been commissioned by organizations such as the Lorelei Ensemble, the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, the Choral Project, the American Choral Directors Association, and the Association for Music in International Schools. From 2004 to 2014, he served alongside fellow Composers-In-Residence Jocelyn Hagen and Abbie Betinis for the Minneapolis-based professional choir, The Singers, where he collaborated annually to expand and invigorate the repertoire for professional-caliber ensembles through innovative programming as well as new works written specifically for the ensemble.  In 2002, he became the youngest recipient ever of the Raymond W. Brock Composition Award from the American Choral Directors Association. The winning piece, Musica animam tangens, was premiered in Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center, and has since been performed and recorded from Los Angeles to South Africa.  A native of Minnesota, his music was recently featured in a documentary about the extensive choral tradition in the upper Midwest, Never Stop Singing, and his published works have sold over 150,000 copies worldwide. Joshua received his undergraduate degree in Music Education from Luther College where he studied conducting with Weston Noble.  He has also earned master’s and doctoral degrees in Musicology and Composition, respectively, from the University of Texas at Austin where he studied with Charles Carson, Yevgeniy Sharlat, Donald Grantham, and the late opera composer Daniel Catán.  A fierce advocate for students’ access to music education, he was a public-school teacher in Minneapolis/St. Paul for many years before going on to teach at Gonzaga University, Valley City State University, and Eastern Washington University.  When he’s not writing music, you can probably find him biking, studying vegetarian cooking, or watching hilariously bad movies with his husband, sociologist Robert Ressler. Learn more at www.joshuashank.com All Recordings Used by Permission of the Composer.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

1hr 22mins

15 Apr 2021

Rank #7

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Episode 1: Melissa Dunphy

Welcome to the first episode of a brand new video podcast. This show will feature conversations with composers, and yes, it is about their music - but mostly it is an opportunity to get to know them as people. We will be sharing a drink and just talking about things that interest us. I hope that this feels a little bit less like an interview, and more like a casual conversation at a bar during happy hour. Consider this an invitation to pour yourself a drink, sit down, relax, and join us. Our first episode features Melissa Dunphy. She is an outstanding composer, and while I am a huge fan of her work, that isn't the only reason I asked her to be my first guest. She is fascinating, and a great storyteller - something I learned listening to her podcast: The Boghouse. In this episode, we discuss everything from NIN to archeology to politics to hockey mascots, and The show is intended to be viewed in video format - which can be found at www.buymeacoffee.com/whateverchoir As always, if you like what you hear - buy us a beer! Your contributions will help to fund future projects by whateverandeveramen.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

1hr 22mins

13 Apr 2021

Rank #8