Noteworthy Sheet Music is delighted to offer contemporary works by the following composers:
Born in 1990 in Beijing, China, LI Qi is currently a master's degree student majoring in composition at the Jacobs School of Music. Her teachers include Sven-David Sandström, Don Freund, Claude Baker, Aaron Travers, and P.Q. Phan. Recent commissions include An Autumn Dusk in the Mountains for the Composers Conference at Wellesley College, Tristis est anima mea for SSAB Choir commissioned by Miguel Diniz (Portugal), and an arrangement of Yummy Music for IU Kids Compose commissioned by the IU Concert Band. She was the recipient of the Dean's Scholarship and Artistic Excellence Fellowship from the Jacobs School of Music, the Irving and Lena Lo "ILLO" Scholarship, and awards from Hutton Honors College. Her works have been performed in the Midwest Symposium in Cincinnati, the HighSCORE Festival in Italy, the Composers Conference at Wellesley College, the "East Meets West: A Concert of New Chinese Music" at the IU Art Museum, among other venues. In addition to the Bachelor's degree in Music Composition she earned, Qi also received scholarships and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Technology in 2012 and from the Communication University of China.
NSM currently offers one work composed by LI Qi: Fog (2012) for solo flute, published by Noteworthy Sheet Music in 2016.
John D. McDonald
John McDonald is Professor of Music at Tufts University, where he served as Director of Graduate Music Studies from 2000 to 2010 and Department Chair from 2000 to 2003. He is a composer who tries to play the piano and a pianist who tries to compose. McDonald was named the 2007 MTNA—Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year by the Music Teachers National Association, and received the 2009 Lillian and Joseph Leibner Award for Distinguished Teaching and Advising from Tufts University. In 2010, he received the Waring Prize from Western Reserve Academy, the highest award given to alumni of that school. His recordings appear on the Albany, Archetype, Boston, Bridge, Capstone, Neuma, New Ariel, and New World labels, and he has concertized widely as composer, pianist, and collaborative performer. New releases include pianist Andrew Rangell's performance of McDonald's Meditation Before A Sonata: Dew Cloth, Dream Drapery, on Bridge Records.
Recent performances at the Goethe Institut of Boston, at Tufts, and at many other venues have been highly acclaimed. McDonald is a member of The Mockingbird Trio, directs the Tufts Composers Concert Series, and serves on the boards of several performance organizations in New England. He has recently fulfilled commissions from The Chamber Orchestra of Boston, pianist David Holzman, The Firebird Ensemble (for an Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music Residency, with support from a Meet the Composer MetLife Creative Connections Award), and the ANA Trio (Fredonia University; soprano, cello, and piano), among others. Recent and upcoming performances and projects include a three-concert series with the Mockingbird Trio in Jamaica Plain, a performance of Schubert's Winterreise with saxophonist Philipp Staeudlin at Harvard Musical Association, the formation of a new trio with flutist Marco Granados and saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky, performing as keyboardist in Tod Machover's new opera Death and the Powers, and recordings of Hovhaness's Song of the Sea (with BMOP players on BMOP Sound), an album of American Bass Music with Robert Black (forthcoming on New World Records), a retrospective of McDonald's violin and piano music with soloist Joanna Kurkowicz, and several other recording endeavors.
Active as a classical and jazz composer, Richard Nelson has received fellowships and awards from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Charles Ives Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop and the University of Maine. His compositions have been performed by Speculum Musicae, ALEA III, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra at venues including Piccolo Spoleto, Miller Theatre at Columbia University, Indiana University, SUNY Buffalo, and the College Music Society National Convention.
A professional jazz guitarist as well, he combines performance and composition in works for the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, his own Imaginary Ensemble, and other groups. Nelson studied composition at Indiana with Donald Erb (MM) and at Columbia with Mario Davidovsky (DMA). He was Visiting Artist at the University of Cape Town in 2004. Dr. Nelson is Professor of Music and head of the Sonic Arts and Composition Concentration at the University of Maine at Augusta.
Dr. Nelson has been awarded a prestigious MacDowell residency for three weeks during the 2015 spring semester.
Photo by Joe Harrington.
NSM has published Dr. Nelson's composition Play of Light for flute (doubling piccolo & bass flute) and harp.