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March 29, 2010

Concert to feature student composer’s works

DeKalb, Ill. — The Northern Illinois University School of Music has announced a concert of music by student composer Stephanie Pieczynski at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 9, in the Music Building’s Boutell Memorial Concert Hall located at 550 Lucinda Ave. on the NIU campus.

The public is cordially invited to this senior composition recital, and admission is free. NIU student performers will include Brian Mayer, Christina Guerrero, Cameron Douthitt, Ramses Bugarin,Vicki Long, Dan Mueller, Dana Shin and Pieczynski.

Pieczynski, a 22-year-old resident of Channahon, Ill., is a senior music composition major at NIU. She has studied composition with Ted Hatmaker, Robert Fleisher and David Maki, as well as oboe with Carl Sonik and Ricardo Castaneda. Her compositions encompass a variety of styles, and many have been performed by her peers and NIU faculty.

Pieczynski has been commissioned to compose music for the recitals of many of her fellow students and works closely with performers. She spent the summer of 2008 studying composition and oboe in Boston as a part of the U.S. State Department-funded “Fusion Arts Exchange” program based at Northeastern University.

Later in 2008, her solo cello composition, “Nervous,” was chosen by the Chicago Miniaturist Ensemble for its inaugural concert.

The program will include Pieczynski’s “Fantasy for Piccolo and Bassoon” (2010), “Echo for bass trombone” (2007), “Nervous for solo cello” (2008), “Duet for English Horn and Horn in F” (2009) and “Six Short Pieces for Woodwind Quintet” (2009-10).

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Media Contact: David Maki, NIU School of Music
Phone: (815) 753-7699
Email: dmaki@niu.edu