Auctumnus

BY STEPHANIE ANN BOYD

 


Twenty-four-year-old American composer STEPHANIE ANN BOYD endeavors to write music that brings whimsical worlds to life, that is meaningful to audience and performer alike, and that refreshes and strengthens the creative spirit. A master’s student at the New England Conservatory, her 2014/2015 season features premieres of several orchestral and chamber works, and concerts in all fifty states and several countries. She is co-director of Tuesday Night New Music, NEC’s composer’s concert series.

Last season, Stephanie was the Composer Fellow for College New Music in Boston, Composer in Residence for Gurrie Middle School in Chicago, and Composer in Residence at the International Music Academy of Cremona in Italy. Commissions included works for the Meadowlark Trio, the Jennifer Fischer Trio, the street musician Violin Monster, College New Music, and others. An advocate of the innate creativity in young people, she has brought composition programs to music festivals in three countries.

A two-time winner of the CCPA Vector Project created by Cliff Colnot, Stephanie’s music has been played on radio stations such as Chicago’s 98.7 WFMT and WRBC The Blaze Radio. Her orchestral music has been performed by the JVL Festival Orchestra, the Cremona Academy Festival Orchestra, the CCPA Symphony Orchestra, the Grammy-winning Pioneer Symphony Orchestra, and Eighth Hour Encore. She has written music for masterclasses with Fulcrum Point, Gaudete Brass, the Orion Ensemble, the Biava String Quartet, members of Eighth Blackbird, and others.

Boyd has studied with Ming-Hsiu Yen, Stacy Garrop, Mischa Zupko, Kyong Mee Choi, and Malcolm Peyton. Her string orchestra works are published by TRN Music, and she is a student of Kati Agócs. When not composing, Ms. Boyd secretly enjoys screaming trumpet music, openly enjoys John William Waterhouse paintings, and will never pass up a London Fog latte.

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Contents

"Collage Postcard"
Ira Joel Haber
Cover Art


"Havoc!"
Travis Alford
Jazz

"Auctumnus"
Stephanie Ann Boyd
Classical

"An Abandoned Place of Bewildering Complexity"
Jim Buck
Fiction

"Engine Room"
Sivan Cohen Elias
Experimental

"Those of the Tentacle Sun"
W.A. Coleman
Fiction

"Tools of the Trade"
Jack Fancher
Fiction

"Cello: Fishing at Antibes"
Arthur Gottschalk
Electronic

"Kettledrum Organ"
Mitchell Herrmann
Experimental

"Our Shining Black Prince (for Malcolm X)"
Marie Incontrera
Jazz

"[No.9:2] Seventeen Thoughts on a Chamber Concerto"
Emre Sihan Kaleli
Classical

"The Land of Broken Numbers"
Madeleine Lee
Fiction

"With All the Grace of a Feather"
Stephanie Libby
Fiction

"Irezumi"
Enzo Marceau
Electronic

"Just Before We're Both Dead"
Connor McNamara
Fiction

"There"
N.T. McQueen
Creative Nonfiction

"What You Will Believe When You Are Alone"
Kenneth Nichols
Fiction

"Danza per la Morte di Truculentus"
Norberto Oldrini
Classical

"Saridium"
Adam Plantz
Classical

"Dark Matter"
Vitaliy Rybakin
Experimental

"So They Walked"
Tim Schlee
Fiction

"Etude for Raising the Dead"
Peter Vukmirovic Stevens
Classical

"The Bird of Mel Island"
Chadas Ustuntas
Jazz

"Instinct Lesson"
Kyle A. Valenta
Fiction

"Creatures from the Black Bassoon"
Kyle Vanderburg
Experimental

"Océanos"
Gonzalo Varela
Electronic

"Lamentation"
Margarita Zelenaia
Classical

"Who Asks Doth Err"
Krzysztof Zimmermann
Experimental