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“Seize the Sun” at Carnegie Hall gets a terrific review!

New York Theatre Guide reviews Seize The Sun: Fantasy on Icarus

Kicking off the New Year with a bang…and looking back with perspective

As I begin 2017, I’m wrapping up Phase One of my sabbatical year and reflecting on how action-packed the last five months have been! Since September I’ve written a string quartet, crowd-funded the Costa Concordia violin concerto project, finished my book (The Entrepreneurial Muse: Creating a thriving career in classical music), conducted residencies at Michigan State […]

“Seize the Sun” to premiere at Carnegie Hall!

When I was a kid my mom used to tell me, “Good things come to those who wait.” Well, it’s been a very long wait, but my music will finally be heard in the most famous venue of them all, Carnegie Hall. The Carpe Diem String Quartet (http://www.cdsq.org/) will perform the World Premiere of my […]

The key to lifelong growth

This week while I was in residence at Michigan State University, I had a student come up to me and ask a great question: What can I do after I graduate to continue growing as a musician? It’s a question every professional should ask, and especially those of us in the arts: our artistry continually […]

Campaign Complete!

Well, folks, the campaign is complete! My goals for the campaign were ambitious – definitely of the “aspirational” sort – and though we fell short of those, we still raised over $20,000! This will completely fund the core of the project — the commission itself — and allow us to move forward while I continue to […]

Violin Concerto – Costa Concordia has launched!

I’m thrilled to announce my first-ever crowdfunding campaign, in support of a violin concerto I’ve been commissioned to write for Grammy-winning violinist Edward Dusinberre. The piece is inspired by the tragic story of Hungarian violinist Sándor Fehér, who perished in the 2012 shipwreck of the cruise ship Costa Concordia. After heroic efforts to help families and […]

Concert Music and the Importance of Storytelling

I read with great interest – and, frankly, great irritation – the article on NPR’s “Deceptive Cadence” blog about a young Estonian composer whose work was cancelled by the New York Youth Symphony because it quotes a Nazi hymn. (You can read the article here: http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2015/03/06/391103857/young-composers-work-dropped-for-nazi-melody) While I can think of many different ways the […]

Colorado Symphony to Program Symphony No. 1: Formations next season!

I’m so pleased to announce that the Colorado Symphony will feature my Symphony No. 1: Formations on their “side by side” concert with the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, next Feb. 6 at Boetcher Concert Hall and in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. This will be a massive orchestra and should […]

A journey to Jeffrey Nytch’s ‘Formations’ Symphony

From Colorado Public Radio, 1/18/15 For audio selections, visit the CPR blog Most contemporary composers rarely hear their music performed live and often have no control over how it’s presented in concert. Composer & Curator asks an artist to design a dream program around a piece they’ve written and explain their selections. Composer Jeffrey Nytch […]

Writing words vs. writing music…

I’ve begun working on a book about arts entrepreneurship. And as I proceed with what’s called the “proposal” (essentially a highly boiled-down version of each chapter) I’m beginning to notice some fascinating similarities and contrasts between writing words and writing music. Here are some, in no particular order: • I find the initial act – […]

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