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Joseph T. Spaniola was Artist-in-Residence at Oklahoma State University during the fall 2014 semester. During his residency Dr. Spaniola collaborated with OSU faculty and performing ensembles to create new musical compositions, rehearsed with university musicians, presented lectures and concerts which contained new and existing Spaniola works. The collaboration has yielded seven new musical works to date and at least two more are planned for the spring.
The Oklahoma Chamber Winds premiered two of Dr. Joseph T. Spaniola’s works, THE PROMISE: A LULLABY FOR RACHAEL and COOPER’S RUN (both for Brass Ensemble), on their Nov. 12, 2014 concert at the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall (Stillwater, Oklahoma). The program also included Water Fanfare (Brass Ensemble).
Joseph T. Spaniola’s musical composition DANCESCAPES (Trombone and Wind Ensemble) was premiered by trombonist Paul Compton and the Oklahoma State University Wind Ensemble, Dr. Joseph Missal, Conductor, on Nov. 18, 2014 at the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall (Stillwater, Oklahoma). The three-movement work’s performance received an extended standing ovation.
The Oklahoma State University Trombone Ensemble and Brass Ensemble presented an All-Spaniola concert at the Edmon Low Library (Stillwater, Oklahoma) on Nov 20, 2014. The program included the premieres of PRELUDE AND ROMANCIA, MARUSCHKA and RAINBOW CONNECTION (all for Trombone Ensemble). The program also included WATER FANFARE, THE PROMISE: A LULLABY FOR RACHAEL, COOPER’S RUN (all for Brass Ensemble), and CROSSROADS (Solo Trombone and Trombone Quintet), A RAINBOW AROUND THE MOON (Trombone Ensemble), WATER FANFARE (Trombone Ensemble).
Oklahoma State University’s Brittany Hoskins Clarinet Quartet presented a recital on Nov. 22, 2014 at the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall (Stillwater, Oklahoma). The program included two works by UWF’s Joseph T. Spaniola: FIVE BAGATELLES (Finzi/Spaniola) and POLKA.
Joseph T. Spaniola's musical composition ARMENIAN STIRRINGS (Clarinet and Piano) was premiered at the International Clarinet Festival held at Louisiana State University on August 1, 2014 by Washington DC Clarinetist Dr. Ani Berberian and Pianist Audrey Andrist. The music was commissioned by Dr. Berberian for the festival performance. Dr. Berberian presented the same work with UWF Professor Blake Riley on Piano as part of the ComposerFest X in Pensacola in September and at a performance at Georgia Tech in October.
Giustino Carrano performed Joseph T. Spaniola’s LETTERS FROM A FRIEND (Vocie and Piano) on his Sept. 27, 2014 graduate recital at Ball State University. The recital was presented in conjunction with his master’s thesis on contemporary vocal works from living composers.
Dr. Joseph Spaniola's Wind Band transcription of Alexej Lebedjew's CONCERTO NO. 1 FOR TUBA/BASS TROMBONE AND ORCHESTRA received its European premiere on Nov. 7, 2014 at the Zagreb Brass Festival in Zagreb, Croatia. American Bass Trombonist Martin McCain joined the Symphonic Winds of the Croatian Armed Forces, Maj. Miroslav Vukovojac-Dugan, Conductor to present the work. The Zagreb Brass Festival's mission is to promote the world's most important brass musicians and brass literature.
UWF professor and US Air Force veteran Joseph T. Spaniola moderated a veterans' panel at the 2014 national conference for the Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) in Las Vegas, Nevada. The panel which featured veterans from several eras and branches of service discussed the unique needs of veteran and active-duty service member student populations and examined how academic institutions can better serve this important segment of their student body. The goal of the session was to assist institutions in turning good intentions into good practices and work toward higher veteran and active-duty service member retention and degree completion rates.
Trombonist Paul Compton and pianist Michael Schneider presented a guest artist recital at UWF on October 6, 2014. The recital included Joseph T. Spaniola’s CROSSROADS (Trombone and Piano). The recital was also presented at Oklahoma State University, Texas Tech, Oklahoma City (Oklahoma) and Pflugerville (Texas).
The State Symphonic Band of Sao Paulo (Brazil) performed ESCAPADE by Joseph T. Spaniola under the direction of Guest Conductor, Shawn Smith at the XXVII International Music Festival of Para, Belem, Para, Brazil on May 3, 2014. The festival's theme was "Music from the Americas" and featured significant contemporary compositions written for wind band.
The LandesJugendBlasOrchester Rheinland-Pfalz under the auspices of Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz presented the “ Sounds of America” in Ludwigshafen and Kaiserslautern, Germany in September, 2014. The program included works by John Barnes Chance, Leonard Bernstein, David Maskanka, Mark Camphouse, John Mackey and Joseph T. Spaniola.
WHEN DAY IS DONE (Men's Choir and Brass Quintet) was premiered on April 6, 2014. The performance was of the Phi Mu Alpha, Gamma Epsilon chapter 75th Anniversary Concert and held at 1:30 PM in the Cook Recital Hall in the Music Building on the campus of Michigan State University.
LAMENT (Trombone and Piano) will be premiered at ComposerFest IX in Pensacola, Florida at 2:30 PM on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at the Ashmore Auditorium on the campus of Pensacola Junior College.
CROSSROADS (for Solo Trombone and Trombone Quintet) was performed at TROMBONANZA 2012 (Santa Fe, Argentina) Tuesday, August 7, 2012 by the Ensamble Trombonanza 2012, Paul Compton Soloist.
KLEMPIRIK FARMS (String Orchestra, Oboe and Bassoon) was performed by the Chamber Orchestra of Lalpand (Rovaniemi, Findland), John Storgårds, Conductor April 26, 2012
EARTH FANFARE, ANABASIS PRIME, and, THE ROAD FROM APHONIA (all works for concert band) were performed by Texas Music Educators Association, Region XV High School All-Region Honor Band (La Joya, Texas), Joseph T. Spaniola Conductor and Clinician. January 13, 2012 at the La Joya High School Performing Arts Center, 7:00 PM
IS THERE A SANTA CLAUS? (Narrator and Band) was performed by the Wausau Symphonic Band (Wausau, WI), Ted Aarrestad, Conductor, on December 2, 2011 at the Great Hall Auditorium
PERPETUAL PROVIDENCE (for Trombone, Tuba and Piano) with Joseph T. Spaniola (Trombone), Robert Darragh (Tuba) and Blake Riley (Piano) was performed at the ComposerFest V in Pensacola, Florida at 2:30 PM on Sunday September 27 at the Ashmore Auditorium on the campus of Pensacola Junior College.
WIND FANFARE (for Brass Ensemble) is one of the winners of the Dallas Wind Symphony's 2009 2010 Brass Fanfare Competition. Of 96 entries from composers from the United States, United Kingdom, China, South Korea, New Zeland, Brazil, Norway, Czech Rebuplic and Australia, 7 fanfares were selected as winners. One fanfare will be premiered at each of the Dallas Wind Symphony's regular season concerts. The WIND FANFARE will be performed on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas.
NORTHWEST STAR (for Band and Choir) was premiered Wednesday, May 20, 2009 by the Northwest High School Music Department, Matt Snell, Choir Director and Bryan Mangiavellano, Band Director. The concert was held at the J C C Potter Center (2111 Emmons Rd, Jackson, MI). The composer conducted the performance.
THE MUTE'S LAMENT (for Voices, Signers and Piano) will be premiered Friday, May 8, 2009 as part of the Two Worlds--a partnership between the Pensacola Opera, and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Northwest Florida. The concert begins at 7:00 PM at the University of West Florida's Center for Fine and Performing Arts, Music Hall. The composer will be in attendance
Listen to and watch the Penn High School Symphonic Band (Mishawaka, IN) Midwest performance of the WATER FANFARE (there is an 18 second Midwest Clinic introduction before the fanfare begins), WATER FANFARE (for Band) was performed at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago by the Penn High School Symphonic Band (Mishawaka, IN) on Wednesday, December 17 at 1:00 PM in the International Ballroom.
IMAGES 1C (for piano) was performed by the composer at the ComposerFest IV in Pensacola, Florida at 2:30 PM on Sunday, September 21 at the Ashmore Auditorium on the campus of Pensecola Junior College.
WATER FANFARE (for Trombone Octet) was premiered on May 28, 2008 at the International Trombone Festival in Salt Lake City by the Oklahoma State University Trombone Octet, who commissioned the piece in honor of their winning this year's Emory Remington Trombone Choir Competition. The OSU Trombone Octet was the Opening Concert of the festival. The performance venue was the Libby Gardner Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Utah. The Composer was in attendance.
Dr. Spaniola was at Fisk University on Thursday, March 27, 2008. He presented a lecture at noon. In the evening at 7:30, he performed with the Fisk University Jazz Ensemble, Directed by Gary Powell Nash. The performance included several works by Spaniola including the premier of CRUISIN'.
TROMBOXYMORON (Trombone Duet) was presented at the Eastern Trombone Workshop (ETW), 6:30 PM, Lobda Hall, Fort Myer, Virginia on Thursday, March 13, during a recital given by Paul Compton with Amy Salo. The composer was in attendance.
TWO PREMIERS in TWO STATES on the January 28, 2008: The premier of TROMBOXYMORON (Trombone Duet) took place during a recital given by Paul Compton (assisted by Amy Salo) at the University of West Florida. The recital was held in the Music Hall in the Theater in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at the University of West Florida. The composer was present at the performance. THE THREE GRACES (Woodwind Soloist--Flute, Clarinet and Alto Saxophone--and Band) received its premier in Kansas. The soloist was Lucas Munce.
The premier of WINDWARD (Band, Orchestra and Choir--written in celebration of the University of West Florida's 40th Anniversary) was held on September 25, 2007 at the University of West Florida's Capital Campaign Kick-off at the Naval Air Museum and on September 28 as part of UWF's Center for Fine and Performing Arts' Concert Showcase. The September 28 performance was held in the Mainstage Theatre in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at the University of West Florida. The composer conducted both performances.
Dr. Joseph T. Spaniola joined the faculty at the University of West Florida as Assistant Professor and Director of Jazz Studies and Music Theory in August, 2007.
Some recent highlights from Thanksgiving week--New York City
High-profile Spaniola performances
On Wednesday, November 22, 2006, 10 Spaniola works were performed at Carnegie Hall in New York by the Air Force Academy Band.
On Thursday November 23, 2006, Renee Fleming performed an arrangement written especially for her by Dr. Spaniola during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Ms. Fleming was a featured performer in NBC's nationally televised coverage of the parade and her selection was heard in its entirety.
On Friday November 24, 2006, Ronan Tynan performed an arrangement written especially for him on ABC's Good Morning America
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