Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Dans les Nuages

While composer, Phillip Sink, was at Michigan State University, he asked me to write the text for a song cycle he was composing. The title of the three movements became "Dans les Nuages."

It will always remain one of my most cherished collaborations.

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Dans les Nuages

Phillip Sink was born in 1982 in High Point, North Carolina. In 2004, he received bachelor’s degrees in music composition/theory and music education from Appalachian State University. From 2005-2009, Phillip taught middle school orchestra and band in Charlotte, NC. In 2012, he earned master’s degrees in music composition and music theory pedagogy from Michigan State University where he served as a graduate assistant in music theory.

Phillip’s music has been performed in the U.S. and Europe and at many conferences and festivals including: 2015 Aspen Music Festival; 2015 Art and Science Days, Bourges, France; 2015 SEAMUS conference; 2015 N_SEME, 2014 Electroacoustic Barn Dance; 2013 Kansas Music Educators Association conference; 2012 World Saxophone Congress; and 2012 NASA (North American Saxophone Alliance) national conference. Other honors include winning the 2015 Dean’s Prize for chamber music at Indiana University, 2015 Innovox Ensemble’s Green Call for Scores, 2013 Kuttner String Quartet Composition Competition, 2013 NOTUS Prize, and the 2011 MSU composition competition in the categories of orchestra and chamber ensemble. Most recently, Phillip attended the 2015 Aspen Music Festival as a composer fellow.
While at Aspen, he was awarded the 2015 Hermitage Prize by the faculty at AMFS.

Phillip is currently a doctoral fellow at the Jacobs School of Music where he is pursuing a doctoral degree (DM) in music composition with minors in electronic music and music theory. At Indiana University, he served as an associate instructor of composition where he taught courses such as Free Counterpoint, Notation, and Composition for Non-Majors. He studies electronic music with Jeffrey Hass and John Gibson. He studied acoustic composition with Claude Baker, David Dzubay, Aaron Travers, Sven-David Sandström, Ricardo Lorenz, Jere Hutcheson, and Scott Meister.