Joseph Hasper
Joseph Hasper
Composer

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  • 04 Apr 2014, News
  • Arranging for Lisa Lindley and the Coachella Valley Symphony
  • Very excited to start work on a new project: I've been engaged to write a set of arrangements for lyric soprano  Lisa Lindley and the Coachella Valley Symphony for their concert on May 9th!!! The orchestra is led by conductor Wayne Abrevanal--this marks the third time I've had the chance to write arrangements for him and he always does a superb job with the orchestra. Mark your calendars and go see a great concert!
  • 03 Nov 2013, News
  • New Chart: "Three Large Dogs (on a Very Thin Leash)"
  • We're happy today because our latest jazz ensemble piece is now finished. "Three Dogs On A Very Thin Leash" is a five minute modal tune scored for 5 saxes, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, and rhythm section. It features ad lib solo spots for tenor sax, trumpet, and piano, and should be a grade 3 or 3.5 piece. This piece is about my recent experience of living in a hotel room for a couple weeks with three very large dogs. It was composed for my Jazz Composition class at the University of Oklahoma, where ...
  • 12 Aug 2013, News
  • Selected to Participate in 2013 Orient/Occident Music Composer's Forum
  • Great news: I've been selected to participate in the Orient/Occident 2013 Music Composers' Forum! This will include a performance of my piano trio, "Z Dance" by  Collegium String Quartet and Dmitro Tavanets on piano. The event is organized by KLK NewMusic and will be held in Kiev from September 24 to 29, 2013 as part of the Festival of Contemporary Music "Kiev MusicFest 2013" (Ukraine's largest forum of contemporary music culture).  Sample audio file:  Z Dance
  • 19 Jun 2013, News
  • New music for contemporary sextet: This Is Love
  • Just added to my catalog: "This Is Love" - check out the score and give a listen to the recording! This is a contemporary sextet scored for soprano (range from first line F to high Gb), violin, tenor saxophone, guitar, piano, and percussion (triangle, tambourine, and shaker). This contains elements of jazz, classic broadway, early 20th Century, and post-modern sonorities -- never a dull moment! Moderately difficult: college students should be able to play this without much trouble. Although ...
  • 14 Jun 2013, News
  • Work With Fresno Pacific University Continues
  • I'm happy to report that once again I will be working with Wayne Huber, director of Fresno Pacific University pep bands, to write some new arrangements for their 2013-2014 season. I began working with Wayne in 2006, and it has been an absolute pleasure every year. Go Sunbirds!
  • 25 Apr 2013, News
  • Doctoral Defense Successful
  • On Monday I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation, so I'm now all set to graduate in May! For my Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) dissertation I composed a four movement symphony, accompanied by a detailed theoretical analysis. Between composing the symphony and analyzing it, this represents about 8 months of work. While it has been a great learning experience and an exercise in disciplined scholarship, I'm relieved that it's done and I'm ready to move on the the next stage of my career. The ...
  • 21 Apr 2013, News
  • New Work for 2 Flutes and Piano
  • I just finished an arrangement of the hymn tune " A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing"   for two flutes and piano. This one is set in a modern style with a moderate difficulty, and is suitable for either liturgical use or as a concert or recital piece. The premiere is set for May, 2013 at St. John Nepomuk church, with Stephanie Hasper (flute), Magda (flute), and Robert Noble (piano). 
  • 14 Apr 2013, News
  • Symphony No. 1 is Done!
  • After nearly a year of work, sweat, and anxiety (because every new work is like throwing a new baby out into the world) my first symphony is complete! Symphony No. 1 is a four movement symphonic work of approximately 30 minutes: Allegro, Andante, Marziale , and Con Brio . This piece is the basis for my doctoral dissertation, which I will be defending next week at the University of Oklahoma. You can hear a recording of each movement at the links below: 1. Symphony 1 - Allegro   2. Symphony 1 - ...
  • 20 Mar 2013, Article
  • Advice to High School Students About Studying Composition - Part I
  • I got in touch with an old friend this weekend who has a high schooler considering studying composition in college. He asked me for some advice; the following is an elaboration of the brief advice I gave him. My advice is based on several observations. First, if you write music--no matter what training or education you've had--you are a composer. A degree doesn't make you composer, writing music makes you a composer. Having a degree in composition doesn't make you good composer--and it ...
  • 19 Mar 2013, News
  • Advice to High School Students About Composition
  • I got in touch with an old friend this weekend who has a high schooler considering composition as a career. He asked me for some advice, and here's what I came up with: If I couldn't talk someone out of trying to be a composer (that is, make a living at composing music--it's easy to be a composer, much harder to get performances, harder yet to make a living at it), if they're going to study music: (1) Do not major in composition as an undergraduate! Major in theory, or musicology and take ...
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