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* Scary 2015 Public Voting

Scary 2015 Public Voting 

Welcome to our 5th Annual Sixty Scary Seconds composition competition!

Every year, composers write new Halloween pieces

which are exactly 60 seconds long,

and then the…

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Added by Harmonia on October 24, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

* Listening to Timelessness

“Destination” – Original Painting on Canvas in Mixed Media.

Music happens in time.  Like the bird in the above painting, classical music often moves toward a clear destination.  Melodies weave a horizontal path that leads to a musical goal.  Rhythms carry us forward as they increase or decrease in…

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Added by Harmonia on September 14, 2015 at 6:58pm — No Comments

* Scary 2015! A composition contest for Halloween

 Scary 2015!…

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Added by Harmonia on September 5, 2015 at 7:30pm — 40 Comments

* Listening Quiz for Composers

One of the most important thing a composer can do is listen, listen, listen.  Listen with score, listen without score, listen with eyes shut, listen with score again, listen as you conduct, listen as you hum the main themes - you'll learn so much by informed listening!  

The informed and knowledgeable  composer should be able to identify the following pieces.   Test yourself!  

Name the composer, the period of time, the name of the piece, and any other interesting relevant…

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Added by Harmonia on April 14, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

* Tools for Teaching Theory

Do your students groan or jump for joy when you say “It’s theory time”?  Music theory can be a dreaded chore or the highlight of a lesson – it’s all up to you, the teacher!  ...…

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Added by Harmonia on March 11, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

* MusicWiz.club News & Updates

Welcome, all MusicWiz.club members! 
THE GAMES 
A new game begins on the 1st of each month, and is divided into four weeks.  Each week three new MusicWiz questions are posted.  You earn points for each piece you find…
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Added by Harmonia on January 1, 2015 at 6:30am — 63 Comments

* Quartet for the End of Time - Messiaen

The following notes are from pianist Matthew Schellhorn's program notes:

A work for clarinet, violin, cello and piano by Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992), who composed the piece while being held prisoner by the Germans during the Second World War. The quartet was premiered by clarinetist Henri Akoka, violinist Jean le Boulaire, cellist Étienne Pasquier and Messiaen on the piano in Stalag VIII-A in Görlitz, Germany (now Zgorzelec, Poland) on Jan. 15, 1941, before an audience of about…

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Added by Harmonia on November 20, 2014 at 8:19am — No Comments

* MTNA Composition Winners 2014 - North Carolina

Congratulations to our great student composers for their wins in the 2014 MTNA Composition Competition for North Carolina.   These awards were announced on October 2, 2014.

MTNA, the Music Teachers National Association, sponsors a yearly composition competition in each of the 50…

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Added by Harmonia on October 14, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

* Celebrating Matthew Orlovich, Superb Composer and Inspiring Person

September 29, 2014



Happy Birthday to Matthew Orlovich

We North Carolina members were thrilled to have Matthew Orlovich fly in from Sydney, Australia to join us in the panel for the Violins and Videos Symposium on September 13th, 2014.  It was such a treat for so many of us to meet each…

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Added by Harmonia on September 29, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

* Scary 2014!

 Scary 2014!

A composition contest for Halloween

Rules, Instructions and Awards

It's…

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Added by Harmonia on September 21, 2014 at 10:00am — 282 Comments

* Violins & Videos - Online Program Notes

VIOLINS & VIDEOS - SEPTEMBER 13, 2014

ONLINE PROGRAM NOTES



FEATURED MUSICIANS IN THE DAYLONG SYMPOSIUM…

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Added by Harmonia on September 9, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

* Musical Fireworks

It's summer time!  Here in the South, we have a vast array of summer sounds and sights:  a continuous hum and buzz of insects, the flicker of fireflies, the early morning chorus of birds, lawnmowers growling their way through the high grass.  And in a few days, the epitome of summer sights and sounds:  fireworks for celebrating the 4th of July!…



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Added by Harmonia on June 29, 2014 at 1:56am — No Comments

* ReMix 2014 - Film scoring competition

ReMix 2014 - Film scoring competition 

Welcome to ReMix 2014!   A special group of gifted film makers has given permission for VirtualArtists composers to write new film scores for six award-winning films.  Each film is between 1 - 4 minutes long.  …

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Added by Harmonia on June 2, 2014 at 7:30pm — 318 Comments

* Au Revoir - May 10, 2014 - Online Program Notes

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Added by Harmonia on May 5, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

* Theme from High Concept - Noah Balamucki, composer

Written for brass quintet - March 2014 - by Noah Balamucki

Audio file:  HighConcept.mp3

Full score: …

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Added by Harmonia on April 6, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

* Simply Stunning - Composition Competition

 Composition Competition for Violin and Piano   

Simply Stunning ...  That's what the audience will…

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Added by Harmonia on January 7, 2014 at 11:30am — 270 Comments

* MTNA Composition Winners 2013 - North Carolina

Congratulations to our great student composers for their recent wins in the NCMTA Composition Competition.   These awards were announced on October 15, 2013.

NCMTA, North Carolina Music Teachers Association, is the state branch of MTNA, Music Teacher's National Association.  It is quite an honor to win or place in this competition, and we are excited to celebrate our five great composers!   The representative and first place…

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Added by Harmonia on October 22, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

* Theory QuickNotes: Modes

Many of us learned modes by using the white keys on the piano.   This is not a very satisfactory way to learn, since it makes it much harder to identify modes in other keys.   Instead of relating modes to white keys, let’s think of modes as having one of three primary “colors”:  Major, Minor, or Diminished.

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Added by Harmonia on September 15, 2013 at 9:30pm — 11 Comments

* Music Quiz for Eternal Students

  1. What do clarinetists and audiences have in common?
  2. What is the style of the Bartok example, and where was this style found in the Hungarian community?
  3. What better way to spend a late Saturday afternoon, than by gathering with other highly trained musicians to deepen your knowledge of the very building blocks of…
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Added by Harmonia on August 26, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

* Theory QuickNotes: Circle of Fifths

The Circle of Fifths is a wonderful tool for beginners in theory as well as for the most advanced composers!  Here are some of the many things you can learn from the Circle of Fifths:

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Added by Harmonia on July 21, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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