Pianist Matthew McCright takes JC students along on his quest

By Randall - Posted on 21 September 2010

Pianist Matthew McCright has been on a quest to find a variety of compelling scores by composers living in "fly-over land" to perform at his Carnegie Recital Hall concert coming up later this concert season. It is Matthew's contention that some of this country's great composers are unjustifiably ignored by the major cultural centers on the East and West Coasts. The results of that quest were presented at a free workshop on September 18 at Augsburg College in Minneapolis.  

echoes by Kirsten Brobert (Minneapolis)
Kirsten received her BA in creative writing at Concordia College, MA in music composition from the University of Minnesota, and her PhD at Northwestern University. Her composition teachers have included Augusta Read Thomas, Jason Eckart, Jay Alan Yim and Judith Zaimont.

A Waltz Through Vapor and Lullaby for Max by Justin Rubin (Duluth)
Chair of the composition program at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Justin is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Purchase College and the University of Arizona. 

Dream/Play by Adam Wernick (St Paul)
Based in St Paul MN, Adam received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania. He is known for his theatrical collaborations at the Guthrie Theater, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Denver Center Theater, Manhattan Theater Club, Kennedy Center, and Royal Shakespeare Company.

Rothko by James Marentic (St Paul)
An adjunct instructor at McNally Smith College of Music in St Paul, Jim straddles the line between jazz and "classical" music. He earned his MA in composition from California State University.

Disembodied Dance by Paul Cantrell (Minneapolis)
Paul has studied with Donald Betts and Carleton Macy, both faculty members at Macalester College, and produces one of the internet's most popular sources of Creative Commons piano recordings at his website, In the Hands.

quatre etudes de fromage by Daniel Nass (Minneapolis)
Dan received his BA in theory and composition from St Olaf College, MM in composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and DMA from the University of Texas-Austin. Teachers have included Jim Mobberley, Chen Yi, Kevin Puts, Donald Grantham and Russell Pinkston.

Matthew read through more than a dozen works this summer that were submitted this year by Junior Composers Institute students. The new works were by Benjain Peterson, JCI alumna Kristen Wilson, and Brian Heim.

The Minnesota State Arts Board and American Composers Forum sponsored the free concert of Minnesota Composers at Sateren Hall at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. 


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