Join me for my Undergraduate Capstone Recital!
April 28th, 2018 at 6 PM
A one-hour program of piano masterpieces from all of the history European Art Music.
Finally, I’ll end the night with an avant-garde piece by George Crumb. “Five pieces for Piano” is played on the keys, on the strings inside of the piano, and with different objects added to the piano to create new, non-traditional sounds.
I hope that by the end of all of these pieces you’ll be left with questions about the music and maybe even about life.
This is a free concert and it is open to the public!
I hope to see you there and if you have any questions please feel free to ask!
January 25th, 2018
Masterclass with Leon Fleisher
The following morning he will be giving a masterclass to VCU Music’s piano department. Myself and two other students were selected to perform and be critiqued by him.
I will be playing a piece that is programed to be played in my Senior Recital this April. Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 2, Movement 3. It’s the one piece in the whole sonata that all time stops for and you’re forced to hear every dissonance and consonance.
NYU Film Scoring Workshop
Over the summer of 2017 I attended NYU’s film scoring workshop where I had the chance to meet and work with students from all over the world who share my passion for writing music. It’s rare to find oneself immersed in a group of people so passionate and excited about the same things that you are. What a fantastic experience!
During the workshop I composed, orchestrated, and recorded music for a short film clip.
You can watch the clip and see the orchestration here. To see more work like this go to Film Compositions.
Clip from How To Train Your Dragon 2
Score to How to Train Your Dragon 2 by Colton Dodd
Berklee’s Songwriting for Film and TV
Over the Summer of 2017 I took a class at Berklee school of music for songwriting. This was the first time I was demanded to write music outside of the classical realm. True song form and pop style composition. The demand was high for this class and I had to compose many short tunes, more like etudes in the study of a style. Now I can sit down and compose a song fairly quickly, and effectively research any style and attempt to mimic it.
This is the final project from the class. We were given a topic, a guideline, and a song for sound reference. I was given The Supremes “You Can’t Hurry Love.” I wrote all the music and recorded all the instrumental tracks. Thankfully, my talented friend Colleen Christman was able to record vocals and add her own unique sound and a few licks.
Colton Dodd: When Will I Find It