CURRENT  /  RECENT PROJECTS
 


2015 - 2018





BEETHOVEN 250

One of the composers invited to participate in a massive international project celebrating the 250th
anniversary of the birth of Beethoven (1770-1827). Beethoven 250 was conceived, organized and
directed by German pianist Susanne Kessel.  All pieces published in multiple volumes / collections.

My contribution is  ALBERTI BOMBARDIER  (2018), for piano



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THE EISENSTEIN MUMMERS  (2018)

written for the "Bang on a Roomful of Teeth All Stars"
 - for tenor saxophone, accordion, piano, percussion, viola, cello and doublebass -
premiere:  April 10, 2018, Indianapolis



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TOKYO TO NEW YORK

"Chords That Rhyme with Your Eyes" (2017) commissioned and premiered
by Thomas Piercy for his prestigious "Tokyo to New York" concert series
(an annual series of concerts - three in New York, three in Tokyo)
World premiere:  18 November 2017
Tenri Cultural Center
43 W. 13th Street
H
ell's Kitchen / Manhattan, NYC



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AND THEN THEY JUST DISAPPEAR INTO THE NIGHT  (2016)

commissioned for the

Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra
Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
Butler Symphony Orchestra, Capital Symphony Orchestra



VIDEO



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BURY THE HATCHET  (2017)

commissioned for the  Corona Guitar Kvartet  -   Copenhagen, Denmark

Performances  :  Denmark & Europe, 2017 / 18


Also, a new piece for the Gantriis-Zimmer Guitar Duo (two members of the CGK)

VORSICHTIG  (2017), for guitar duo


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The 70th Anniversary of the End of World War II

RESILIENCE :  Double Concerto for Viola, Cello and Orchestra


1. Dachaulieder
2. Rising Sun, Fallen Skies
3. Blast of Silence


Multiple orchestras in Europe, Japan and the United States
US Premieres, 2015 - 2020:
Fort Smith (AR) Symphony Orchestra

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
South Shore Orchestra (Chicago)
many others


VIDEO
            

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Butler University ARTSFEST 2015 : "Outlaws and Outsiders" : commission for a new music theater work

THE END OF AL CAPONE

30:00 monodrama / mono-opera for singer / actor and seven chamber players
PremiereArtsfest 2015,  Steven Stolen, tenor / actor
Schrott Center for the Performing Arts, Indianapolis, IN  -  April 16, 2015



VIDEO



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RECENT PROJECTS 
2011 - 2014


  • Greater Hartford Arts Council
2013 Greater Hartford (CT) Arts Council grants to support a 10-day residency and the composition of a new 30:00 piece for the combined forces of the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra and (vs) the Generous New Music Ensemble.  THROUGH THE BRIGHT LIGHTS OF HELL  was premiered (2X) during the ambitious  "New Music Hartford 1913 / 2013"  festival :  October 11 - 21, 2013

         




  • New York State Council for the Arts
        

$25,000 New York State Arts Council grant to support various projects & activities as Composer in Residence with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra and the Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival, NYC and upstate New York


  • League of American Orchestras, Inc.  
       

$25,000 grant for five (5) new orchestral works as Composer in Residence for the great state of New Mexico. Michael Schelle was selected - by the League of American Orchestras - for the Music Alive: New Partnerships initiative, which fosters new relationships between composers and orchestras. Eight (8) extended trips to / residencies in New Mexico and five (5) different orchestra-commissioned world premieres during the period, sponsored by the League of American Orchestras, Inc. and MUSIC ALIVE / Meet the Composer, Inc.


  • College Band Directors National Association
2011/2013 : CONSORTIUM COMMISSION THE END OF THE WORLD, a new work for symphonic band
/ symphonic wind ensemble, 'inspired' by the 2011 Japan earthquakes and tsunami, the Mayan calendar, and the Nostradamus doomsday prophecy for
the end of the world on 21 December 2012. 35 CBDNA university bands participating in the consortium include Michigan, Eastman, Texas, Kansas, Indiana, Florida, Minnesota, Illinois, SUNY, New Mexico, Michigan State, Kansas State, Butler University, Trinity, etc. . . .  see:  The End of the World


                  




  • South Shore Orchestra (Chicago)
2013 : Commission for a new cello concerto
SUN-WUKONG
(2013)  was premiered in November 2013, and then included on the SSO's 8-concert tour throughout China (Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, etc.) - December 2013 / January 2014.
Troy Webdell, conductor, Joshua DeVries, cello.






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                 THE EXORCISM OF THE SUGAR PLUM FAIRY

  •  Midwest Orchestra Consortium

2012/2013 : ORCHESTRA CONSORTIUM COMMISSION : The Exorcism of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Consortium orchestras include the Detroit Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Nashville Symphony, Tulsa Symphony, Missouri Symphony, Fort Smith (AR) Symphony, Alabama Symphony Orchestra (Birmingham), Toledo Symphony, South Shore Orchestra (Chicago), Albuquerque Youth Symphony, Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra, and others  . . .

LISTEN HERE:   THE EXORCISM OF THE SUGAR PLUM FAIRY


                  

                

N.B. all the theater, ballerina dancing, costuming, smoke, fading lights, falling snow (or equivalent),

etc. are described / indicated in the score . . .  and highly recommended !!




WATCH THE VIDEO HERE:   THE EXORCISM OF THE SUGAR PLUM FAIRY




THE EXORCISM OF THE SUGAR PLUM FAIRY  was a  2012 consortium commission from 15 American orchestras including the Detroit Symphony, the Nashville Symphony, the Dayton Philharmonic, the Alabama Symphony (Birmingham), the Tulsa Symphony, the Albuquerque Youth Symphony and nine others.  The Exorcism of the Sugar Plum Fairy was originally intended as a creepy, spooktacular ‘new’ alternative to the standard predictable “Halloween Concert” fare (Night on Bald MountainIn the Hall of the Mountain KingDance MacabreMarch to the Scaffold from Symphony Fantastique, etc.), but the piece has quickly - and quite surprisingly –- graduated from “Halloween status” and already been scheduled to be part of various 2013/14 and 2014/15 season programs of youth concerts, “Halloween in April” concerts (cool!!), big orchestra Christmas / Holiday concerts (yes!!) and, amazingly, for two orchestras, as the opening piece for Classical Series Subscription concerts, sharing program space with the likes of Beethoven, Mozart, Bruckner, Stravinsky and Bartok (Yes !!). God Bless America and Halloween.



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  • Arts Council of Indianapolis
        $10,000 grant for composition, research and study in Japan : 2008 / 2010

         
         


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       PRINCIPAL COMMISSIONS





        ORCHESTRAL

  • Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra
  • Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
  • Kansas City Symphony Orchestra
  • Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
  • Nashville Symphony Orchestra
  • Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
  • Fort Smith Symphony Orchestra
  • Indiana State Orchestra Consortium
  • South Shore Orchestra (Chicago)
  • Missouri Symphony Orchestra
  • Culver Military Academy Orchestra
  • Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
  • Manhattan Chamber Orchestra
  • Cleveland Chamber Symphony
  • Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
  • St. Petersburg Philharmonic (Russia)
  • Kremlin Chamber Orchestra (Moscow)
  • Kammerorchester Basel (Switzerland)
  • Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional (Costa Rica)




      CHAMBER MUSIC

  • XTET (Los Angeles)
  • American Pianists Association
  • Ronen Chamber Ensemble (x3)
  • UQ (Urban Quartet of Phoenix)
  • Indiana Opera Theatre
  • Koenig Ensemble of London
  • Eastman New Music Group
  • Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble
  • Firenza New Music Festival (Italy)
  • ArtsFest 2015 (The End of Al Capone)




      SYMPHONIC BAND / WIND ENSEMBLE
       CONSORTIUM COMMISSIONS


  • World Association for Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles (WASBE)
  • College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA)
  • Mid-America College Band Directors Association (MAC-BDA)       
  • Various university band consortium commissions



          MANY OTHER ORCHESTRAS, CHAMBER ENSEMBLES and UNIVERSITY SYMPHONIC WIND ENSEMBLES


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       COMPOSITION AWARDS    (grants, prizes, awards and fellowships)


           National Endowment for the Arts

           American Music Center

           American Symphony Orchestra League, Inc.

           Rockefeller Foundation

           League of American Orchestras, Inc.

           The Welsh Arts Council (Cardiff, Wales)

           The Organization of American States  (OAS)

           International Percussive Arts Society

           American Composers Forum

           Eli Lilly Foundation Grant

           National Band Association   "2012 Revelli Composition Prize"

           New York State Arts Council

           Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

           New England Foundation for the Arts

           Greater Hartford Arts Council

           AMC "Meet The Composer" Music Alive program

           Broadcast Music, Inc.

           Arts Midwest

           Minnesota State Arts Board

           Great Lakes Arts Alliance

           Barlow Endowment for Music Composition (Utah)

            

           American Pianists Association : 1998 commissioned etude for the 12 semi-finalists

           The Jerome Foundation

           Pew Charitable Trust

           Margaret Jory Fairbanks Fund

           Butler University / Holcomb Research Foundation : multiple faculty grants

           MacDowell Artists Colony, New Hampshire : extended residencies in 1977, 1989

           ASCAP "Morton Gould Award" for Young Composers (under age 30): 1978, 1979, 1980

           Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts (Vienna, VA) : Composer in Residence

           Music Teachers National Association Composition Prize : Composer of the Year

           Inter-American Music Festival Prize for New Orchestral Works  (Costa Rica)

           Delius Association Composition Prize

           Music in the Mountains Orchestral Composition Prize  (New York)

           Arts Council of Indianapolis :

                     $10,000 Individual Creative Arts Fellowship: for composition (2009)
                     $7,500 Individual Creative Arts Fellowship: for composition (2001)
                     $5,000 Individual Creative Arts Fellowship: for composition (1997)
                     $5,000 Individual Creative Arts Fellowship: for composition (1991)

          Indiana Arts Commission : Individual Artist Fellowship program: 1986, 1998