For the first time in five years, Notre Dame hosted an event showcasing the works of four undergraduate student composers: Alex Groesch, Alex Mansour, Alec Sievern, and Joseph Tang. The pieces themselves were played by students of the Notre Dame campus.
I had the joy of being involved in Alex Mansour's composition "Orpheus" for violin, viola, cello, piano, a soprano, and a tenor. The piece was narrative in nature, recounting Orpheus' descent to the underworld.
The vocal lines of the soprano and tenor are vocalises, which act as Orpehus and Eurydice's presence.
The piece concluded the evening's performance program, which was held in the Annenberg Auditorium of the Snite Museum of Art. The event itself, showcasing students' creative work, is a wonderful milestone for Notre Dame's campus and was sponsored by Dr. John Liberatore, professor of music theory and composer.