"There are no two points so distant from one another that they cannot be connected by a single straight line -- and an infinite number of curves."

Composer Lawrence Dillon has produced an extensive body of work, from brief solo pieces to a full-length opera. Three disks of his music are due out in 2010 on the Bridge, Albany and Naxos labels. In the past year, he has had commissions from the Emerson String Quartet, the Cassatt String Quartet, the Mansfield Symphony, the Boise Philharmonic, the Salt Lake City Symphony, the Ravinia Festival, the Daedalus String Quartet, the Kenan Institute for the Arts, the University of Utah and the Idyllwild Symphony Orchestra.

Although he lost 50% of his hearing in a childhood illness, Dillon began composing as soon as he started piano lessons at the age of seven. In 1985, he became the youngest composer to earn a doctorate at The Juilliard School, and was shortly thereafter appointed to the Juilliard faculty. Dillon is now Composer in Residence at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he has served as Music Director of the Contemporary Ensemble, Assistant Dean of Performance, and Interim Dean of the School of Music. He was the Featured American Composer in the February 2006 issue of Chamber Music magazine.

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Tuesday, May 05, 2009
end-of-the-year progeny pride

I’m in a very gratifying place right now – last Tuesday night, I got to hear Alicia Willard, a freshman comp student, play vibes in the premiere of her subtle and lovely Irony of the Sentiments on our Percussion Ensemble concert. Saturday night I heard the premiere of her Ganache for piano duo, on the same concert in which the nu contemporary ensemble performed music by students Michael Ahrens (Mutations), Jesse Blair (One of Many Factors), Tom Brennan (Sketches and Rock Creek Bucolic), Lucas Hausrath (Quartet for Piano and Brass), Ted Oliver (Childhood Antics) and Jeremy Phillips (Fire and Ice). Next Monday a student woodwind quintet will top off a program of Fine, Carter and Nielsen with the premiere of Leo Hurley’s new quintet – as yet untitled, I believe.

It’s very satisfying to see all of the hard work that has gone into these compositions pay off, and to see all of these instrumentalists rallying behind their compositional colleagues with some edge-of-your-seat performances.

Makes me very glad I got into this line of work.