|Posted by Zachary S. Ploeger on June 20, 2017 at 12:05 AM||comments (0)|
I'm extremely happy to share the recording of "Proclamation" performed live at the 42nd International Trumpet Guild Conference in Hershey, PA. This is the live performance of Scott Thornburg, trumpet, and Helen Lukan, piano performing the piece on the New Works Recital earlier this month.
Video Credit: ITG and the New Works Committee
|Posted by Zachary S. Ploeger on June 8, 2017 at 9:45 PM||comments (0)|
"Proclamation" was premiered at the 42nd annual International Trumpet Guild Conference in Hershey, PA this past Friday. The piece was part of the "New Works Recital" that features new music composed recently for the trumpet. Scott Thornburg and Helen Lukan had an amazing performance of the piece that was met with thunderous applause. Below is the conference review.
"Zachary Ploeger’s Proclamation for Trumpet and Piano, commissioned by Scott Thornburg, opens with a bang and continues the theme of surprise throughout the entirety of the piece. Trumpeter Scott Thornburg engaged the audience from the very first brilliant tone, and pianist Helen Lukan continued to command attention with her aggressive entrance. If one is looking for continuity or transitions to make sense of the different sections of this piece, they will find none, as the composer sets up and then deliberately rejects the listener’s expectations. The somewhat disjointed nature of the first movement is in stark contrast to the second movement that features soft, docile lines and soaring high notes. Thornburg performed with unwavering consistency of tone and endurance throughout, and Lukan’s energy never faltered." - ITG Conference Blog
|Posted by Zachary S. Ploeger on May 5, 2017 at 3:05 PM||comments (0)|
This past Saturday I graduated from Western Michigan University. I'm so thankful to all my teachers, family, mentors, and friends who have supported me during these past four years and have helped me grow as a trumpeter and composer.
Off to Arizona State University next fall!
|Posted by Zachary S. Ploeger on May 3, 2017 at 1:25 AM||comments (0)|
I learned a few days ago that I was named the winner of the WMU Large Ensemble Commission Competition. As the winner I will be composing a piece for the Western Michigan University Symphonic Band that will be premiered Fall 2018.
|Posted by Zachary S. Ploeger on May 3, 2017 at 1:20 AM||comments (0)|
This summer I will spend a month as an orchestral conducting fellow at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina.
|Posted by Zachary S. Ploeger on May 3, 2017 at 1:10 AM||comments (0)|
With the completion of my Senior Composition Recital I officially completed all of the requirments to recieve my undergraduate composition degree from Western Michigan University and the School of Music. Check out the videso of the performances below.
|Posted by Zachary S. Ploeger on May 3, 2017 at 12:20 AM||comments (0)|
Campus Strings had their Spring 2017 semester recital and I had the pleasure of conducting Haydn's 6th Symphony. It was great to rehearse and conduct with them all semester!
|Posted by Zachary S. Ploeger on May 3, 2017 at 12:10 AM||comments (0)|
"Proclamation" for trumpet and piano was pre-premiered at the WMU Spring Conference Chamber Music Recital. The next performance will be the offical premiere at the International Trumpet Guild Conference on their New Works Recital in Hershey, PA. I will post a recording after this performance, stay tuned.
Helen Lukan (piano) Zachary Ploeger (composer) Scott Thornburg (trumpet)
|Posted by Zachary S. Ploeger on May 2, 2017 at 11:55 PM||comments (0)|
Here are the photos and videos of the Western Michigan University Brass Ensemble this semester. This was my 5th and last semester conducting the ensemble and what an honor it has been to work with these fine brass and percussion students. This semester we performed three concerts: one at WMU, and two high school tour performances (Kalamazoo Central & Mattawan). The ensemble was also the featured performance on the School of Music Honors Convocation.
|Posted by Zachary S. Ploeger on May 2, 2017 at 10:20 PM||comments (0)|
At this semesters Collegium Musicum Concert (Early Music Ensemble) the School of Music at Western Michigan University celebrated the 50th anniversary of the ensemble. On this concert I conducted the Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 and performed the Manfredini Concerto for Two Trumpets in D Major.