May 11-13: Under a Gibbous Moon for tuba and marimba and Three Skats for solo tuba will premiere at the Southeast Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference hosted by Florida State University. https://justinbenavidez.wixsite.com/sertec2018
Under a Gibbous Moon is currently available through Veritas Musica.
March 10: Songs of Love and Immolation for mezzo-soprano and piano is being performed by Sharon O’Connell Campbell and Ruth Moore on The University of Nebraska-Kearney New Music Festival. You can live stream the festival here: http://www.unk.edu/…/…/performing-art-live-stream-events.php
February 20: Dr. Steve Stusek will perform BOOM!!! …for Real! on the UNCG Composition Faculty Spring Recital.
February 2: Saxophonist Dr. Xin Gao and pianist Dr. Rachel Aubuchon are performing SQUIRREL!!! on a guest artist recital as part of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro Sax Fest. https://www.facebook.com/UNCGSAX/
January 29: Tubist Dr. Andy Smith will give a soft premiere of Three Skats for solo tuba at Campbell University. You can live stream the concert here: https://livestream.com/accounts/3736866/Smith
December 11: The studio recording of BOOM!!! …for Real! is complete. You can hear it here on my soundcloud page. Thank you to everyone who helped make this project possible. Thank you to saxophone soloist Zach Shemon and the UMKC New Music Ensemble conducted by Boris Vayner. Thank you to the ensemble members: Virginia Q. Backman, Erik Hose, Ashtin Johnson, Aubrie Powell, Matt Anderson, and Hao Yin for an amazing performance. Thank you to Jason Scheufler for recording and producing. Special thanks to Wildacres Retreat, the Millay Colony, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts for the time and space to compose this piece.
December 4: The University of New Mexico New Music Ensemble will perform, Five Scenes in Mobile Form.
December 2: Impact, for solo snare drum and percussion trio will premiere at UMKC. Percussionist, James Harris commissioned the work for his first DMA recital. – POSTPONED Spring 2018
November 4: Helix, for solo spiral trash cymbal will be performed by percussionist, Erik Schmidt at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Fall 2017: I am excited to announce that I am now an Adjunct Instructor in Music Theory at UNCG.
September 21: I am performing on the new Greensboro concert series, a la carte.
July 31: Alex Caselman’s disc of new trumpet works including my piece, Flash Points, for solo trumpet & flugelhorn is available on cdbaby, iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, Youtube Music, Amazon MP3, and Google Music Store.
The first draft of Oskoreia, for tuba/euphonium quartet is complete. The work was commissioned by The Four Horsemen Tuba/Euphonium Quartet and will premiere during the 2017-2018 concert season. The score will be available for purchase through the store section of this site.
I am excited to begin a new work for accompanied solo snare drum commissioned by UMKC graduate percussionist, James Harris.
July 6: Flash Points, for solo trumpet & flugelhorn was recently recorded by Alex Caselman and will be released on his CD, Clamored Cantos. More details on the release as they become available.
July 6: Amy Zigler, resident musicologist, accompanist, collaborator, and wife launched her site. You can visit her and learn about the life and music of Dame Ethel Smyth here.
June: Percussionist Corey Denham performed Helix, for solo spiral trash cymbal at the Fresh Ink Festival in Wisconsin.
May 24: Percussionist John R. Beck performed Helix, for solo spiral trash cymbal at SECCA in Winston-Salem, NC with Forecast Music.
May 10: Dissertation defended!
May 4: Saxophonist Zachary Shemon and the UMKC Musica Nova will premiere, BOOM!!! …for Real! my new chamber concerto for alto and tenor saxophone influenced by the three American painters: Cy Twombly, Franz Kline, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
April 7: Tubist Brielan Anderson will perform Five Scenes in Mobile Form at Salem College
March 10: The new saxophone version of Hemingway was a Bomb Maker will premiere on the EMCC New Music Conference at UMKC. Here is video of the premiere!
Received video of the ISB performance of my string quintet. The work was performed by the VSU Faculty Quintet at the 2015 ISB Convention hosted by Colorado State University.
January 27 – 28: Flash Points, for solo trumpet will debut on the SCI Region IV conference hosted by UNCG.
September 14 -24: Artist Residency Wildacres (North Carolina)
September 28: premiere of GRAPHITE, for Wind Ensemble, UMKC Wind Ensemble, Dr. Joe Parisi, conductor
October 4 – 31: Artist Residency, Millay Colony (New York)
November 1 – 15: Artist Residency, VCCA (Virginia)
December 6: Performance of Helix, for solo spiral trash cymbal and Flash Points, for solo trumpet, UMKC Composer’s Guild Concert