From Pen to Premiere: new intermediate chamber music at the MTNA conference

Julia Gaines
from left to right
Leslie Perna, Julie Rosenfeld, Janice Wenger

MU music faculty members Janice Wenger (piano), Julie Rosenfeld (violin), and Leslie Perna (viola) traveled to San Antonio to perform the world premieres of two trios by Randall Faber and Tom Gerou for the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) annual conference in early April.  These pieces, commissioned by MTNA for the Collaborative Commissioning Project, contribute quality literature for intermediate or adult amateur chamber groups as a way of promoting pedagogical experiences for beginning musicians.  The project, developed by Dr. Janice Wenger in 2011, offers commissions, premieres, and publications annually for composers well-known to the piano teacher/members of MTNA.  Each year, the compositions include a piano and two other instruments, rotating through winds, percussion, brass, and strings in unusual combinations to fill gaps in the repertoire. Here is a complete list of the pieces that have been created through this outstanding comissioning series.

2011 MTNA Conference in Milwaukee
Performers from University of Wisconsin & University of Arizona
 
publisher: Faber
instrumentation: piano, clarinet, saxophone (add’l parts for vln/cello, flute/cello, flute/vla)
 
publisher: Alfred
instrumentation: piano, trumpet, trombone
 
“Crescent City Connetion” by Eugenie Rocherolle
publisher: Hal Leonard
instrumentation: piano, oboe, bassoon (add’l parts for flute/cello)
 
2012 MTNA conference in NYC
MU faculty musicians Janice Wenger (piano), Steve Geibel (flute), Rod Ackmann (bassoon), Eva Szeley (violin), Darry Dolezal (cello)
 
publisher:  Alfred
instrumentation: piano, violin, cello & piano, flute, bassoon
 
“Urban Legends” by Kevin Olson
publisher:  FJH
instrumentation:  piano, violin, cello & piano, flute, bassoon
 
2013 MTNA conference in Anaheim
MU faculty musicians Janice Wenger (piano), Susan Jensen (violin), Darry Dolezal (cello), Alice Dade (flute), Marcia Spence (horn)
 
publisher: Alfred
instrumentation: piano, violin, cello
 
publisher: Hal Leonard
instrumentation: piano, flute, horn
 
2014 MTNA conference in Chicago
MU faculty musicians Janice Wenger (piano), Iskander Akhmadullin (trumpet), Paul Garritson (clarinet), Timothy Howe (trombone), Leo Saguiguit (saxophone)
 
publisher: Alfred
instrumentation: piano, clarinet, alto sax
 
publisher: Hal Leonard
instrumentation: piano, trumpet, trombone
 
2015 MTNA conference in Las Vegas
MU faculty musicians Janice Wenger (piano), Bill Kalinkos (clarinet), Timothy Howe (trombone), Julia Gaines (percussion), Leo Saguiguit (saxophone)
 
publisher: Alfred
instrumentation: piano, clarinet, trombone
 
“Suite Brasileiras” by Timothy Brown
publisher: FJH
instrumentation: piano, alto sax, percussion
 
2016 MTNA conference in San Antonio
MU faculty musicians Janice Wenger (piano), Julie Rosenfeld (violin), Leslie Perna (viola)
 
publisher: Alfred
instrumentation: piano, violin, viola
 
publisher: Faber/Hal Leonard
instrumentation: piano, violin, viola