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J. Aaron Stanley Appointed Composer-In-Residence of Irving Symphony Orchestra


I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been appointed composer-in-residence with the Irving Symphony Orchestra for the 2019-2020 season. The ISO is a professional orchestra based in Irving, TX, a suburb of Dallas.


As part of the residency, I am composing an original work of 5-7 minutes with the theme of “dance,” since the program will also feature a ballet company (although they won’t be dancing to my work.)


This is a dream come true for me. To me, the symphony orchestra represents the pinnacle of the art of music. It’s an ensemble of everything. All the acoustic methods of producing sound are represented through the various instrument families. The available textures, timbres, and effects are so extensive as to be virtually limitless, even in the standard configuration. Yet it’s flexible enough to incorporate ethnic instruments, unusual instruments, or electronic instruments for even more possibilities.


I think most composers have a strong love affair with the symphony orchestra, it’s just the opportunities to have works performed aren’t as readily available as we’d like. Which is why I’m absolutely thrilled to be writing an original work for a professional symphony orchestra.


I will be sticking to the traditional configuration for practical reasons. No ethnic, unusual, or electronic instruments for this piece. The instrumentation I’ll be writing for is as follows: 3 Flutes/Piccolo, 3 Oboes/English Horn, 3 Clarinets/Bass Clarinet, 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani + 3 Percussionists, Piano, Celesta, Violins I & II, Violas, Celli, Basses.


The residency program is in partnership with Southern Methodist University, where I will be starting my master’s degree in the fall. Every year, one SMU student is selected for the residency program. I was selected, in large part, because of my work, “Celestial Orbits” for Wind Ensemble, which is a 7-minute musical palindrome for large ensemble.

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