The Randolph-Macon College Department of Arts is pleased to welcome Deen Entsminger
as a composer-in-residence for the spring 2010 semester. Entsminger is teaching
a course for music majors in composition, and the college has commissioned him to
compose an original work for the R-MC Concert Choir. This new work will be premiered
at the Choir’s spring concert on May 1, 2010.
Entsminger is currently on sabbatical from the faculty of Belmont University in
Nashville, Tennessee, where he has taught in the School of Music since 1988. He
has over 25 published compositions with Colla Voce and Musical Source Publishing
and he has been a guest conductor for festivals in Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi,
Missouri, Nevada, Tennessee, West Virginia and Virginia. In March of 1998, he conducted
the West Virginia All-State Chorus. Since 1995, he has served as choral director
for the Shenandoah Performing Arts camp at his Alma Mater in Winchester, Virginia.
Entsminger is also a visiting professor at Shenandoah University, teaching advanced
conducting for students in their master’s and doctoral programs.
“I have enjoyed being engaged with young musicians and music learners who accept
the premise that what we are undertaking is a noble enterprise, the outcome of which
is not defined at the outset,” says Entsminger. “The creative process requires a
deposit of faith in one’s ability to locate and nurture the pitches, rhythms and
harmonies that ultimately produce a finished composition. There are few other disciplines
that would allow such a journey without perceivable conclusions before initiating
a plan of action. I am excited to be a part of something that may have not occurred
before at Randolph- Macon. The students are certainly pioneers of the future of
musical composition at this institution. It is my privilege to be among them, collectively
searching for the means to a compositional end.”
Entsminger’s R-MC residency and the commissioned work for the choir are supported
by the Jean and Ladell Payne Fund for Visiting Artists. Dr. Payne was the president
of Randolph-Macon College from 1979-1997.
R-MC Choral Alumni Reunion
On Saturday, May 1, 2010, the R-MC Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and Jazz Ensemble
will perform Entsminger’s commissioned work at their annual concert as they welcome
former members of R-MC choral ensembles (including the former R-MC Glee Club) for
a reunion. The choir and singers are under the direction of Professor Chris Ryder
and the jazz ensemble is directed by Professor Kevin Harding.
The concert will take place at 2:30 p.m. in Blackwell Auditorium, R-MC Center for
the Performing Arts. This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Professor Chris Ryder at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (804) 752-3798.