Email: saxblak@gmail.com

Degree(s): DMA Composition, University of Missouri – Kansas City, 2016

MA Composition, Washington State University, 2012

BM Music Education, The Hartt School, 2010

Current Employment/Employer(s): Kansas City Kansas Community College: Adjunct in Music Technology; University of Missouri - Kansas City: GTA, Library student worker

Former Employment/Employer(s): Washington State University Business School: Tech I (2011-12); George Washington University: Classroom Technology Coordinator (2012-13)

Current and/or Former Creative Projects:
*I've been a freelance composer since graduating from Hartt in 2010. I've written for saxophone and wind ensemble the most, but recently have been writing for electronics, strings, and brass. Several of my works for saxophone are published by Murphy Music Press, and I've been fortunate to have earned a few awards and received performances all over the U.S. and Canada.
*Besides composing I'm active as a performer and organizer for two groups in Kansas City:
Mnemosyne Quartet (Summer 2014-present): Mnemosyne (Nem-o-zine) features myself on Alto and Bari sax as well as electronics, and three Kansas City composer/performers Russell Thorpe, Michael Miller, and Eli Hougland on saxophones, bass clarinets, and electronics. We are free-improvisation based, but also have more notated pieces as well. Performances this past year included a performance in downtown KC for the Art in the Loop street art project, a full-length concert for Kansas City Electronic Music Alliance (KcEMA) which was sponsored by New Music USA, and a collaboration with video artist Eric Southner titled Analog Drift. Upcoming performances in Kansas City include a gallery opening gala for the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and an open studios performance for the Charlotte Street Foundation.
Fusebox New Music Collective (Fall 2014-present): Fusebox is a collective I co-founded with
two other KC composers Scott Steele and Zane Winter with the goal of supporting new music by emerging composers in the Kansas City area. We are planning and fundraising for a performance this fall at the Prairie Logic space in downtown KC which will feature a new work of mine, Soundtrack of an Open Road for Cello and Fixed Media.
Advice for Current Students: Listen to as much music as you can, and immerse yourself in genres/styles/artists/etc. that you're unfamiliar with. Also, feel free to explore what's being done outside of academia, as it's a whole different world with just as many opportunities.