University Wind Ensemble Featured in Official Recording of Stacy Garrop’s Alpenglow

Stacy Garrop's Alpenglow, cover on the left with Emily Threinen (top) Preston Duncan (bottom left) and Steven Campbell (bottom right)

UMN - TC Music’s University Wind Ensemble is thrilled to finally share an unique opportunity they’ve been working on this fall semester. Faculty members Emily Threinen (Director of Bands), Preston Duncan (saxophone), and Steven Campbell (tuba), with the University Wind Ensemble, announce a new recording of Stacy Garrop’s Alpenglow (Soundset Recordings)available on Apple MusicYouTube, and Amazon Music.  

From the album narrative; alpenglow is an optical phenomenon that is visible on high-altitude mountains where the earth’s atmosphere scatters the sun’s light and blankets the mountains in rich hues of peach, pink, red, and purple. This phenomenon is the inspiration behind Stacy Garrop's double concerto. 

Directed by Threinen, the University Wind Ensemble is a select ensemble composed of 60 of the University’s finest graduate and undergraduate wind and percussion musicians. Faculty members Duncan (alto saxophone) and Campbell (tuba) are featured soloists on the recording.

“Being a part of a consortium and recording project of a brand new composition is nothing short of exhilarating.” Threinen exclaimed. “All of us learned a lot in the process and it was wonderful for our University Wind Ensemble students to collaborate directly with our faculty colleagues who are among the very best in the field. Alpenglow is a new addition to the concerto genre that I hope will attract many future performances.” 

Garrop (b. 1969) is a full-time freelance composer living in the Chicago area, with music centered on dynamic and lyrical storytelling. Her catalog covers a wide range, including works for orchestra, opera, oratorio, wind ensemble, choir, art song, various sized chamber ensembles, and works for solo instruments. She earned degrees from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (B.M.), University of Chicago (M.A.), and Indiana University-Bloomington (D.M.). She taught composition and orchestration full-time at Roosevelt University from 2000 to 2016 before leaving to launch her freelance career. 

Please join us in supporting the University Wind Ensemble’s efforts by listening to one of the recordings on a streaming platform of choice, including Apple MusicYouTube, and Amazon Music.

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