News Flash

Program Notes
The internet and popular culture has changed many of our daily routines in significant ways. It allows us to have a vast amount of information at our fingertips, but it also floods our lives with sometimes useless information. It also affords us the opportunity to share every aspect of our life with anyone willing to watch. This composition uses a YouTube video as source material for its rhythmic and formal structure. The composition is structured around a two-minute segment of video, which acts as a passacaglia. With each iteration, the video is cut and edited until all that remains are the silent spaces.

Biographical Sketch
Andrew Hannon's music is an amalgamation of many diverse influences and alternates between moments of violence and serenity. His music contains themes of tension in the musical elements as well as the philosophical nature.

Andrew's compositions have been performed throughout the United States at the National Association of Composers/USA, NASA National Conference, Kentucky New Music Festival, Outside the Box Music Festival, College Music Society National and Regional conferences, Electroacoustic Barn Dance.

Andrew earned a DMA in music composition from the University of South Carolina. His dissertation concentrated on an analysis of Ligeti’s final composition, Hamburg Concerto. This research focuses on how Ligeti creates an expansion and contraction of the melody, harmony, and formal design in the composition. His additional research works to help students overcome the fear of aural skills and bridge the gap between secondary and post-secondary music education. He currently teaches theory and aural skills at Appalachian State University.

Performer Biographical Sketch
Saxophonist Ian Jeffress is the instructor of saxophone at Western Carolina University, where he teaches applied saxophone and coaches saxophone chamber ensembles, as well as teaching courses in music theory, musicianship, and music in the liberal arts.

Additionally, Dr. Jeffress is the alto saxophonist of the award-winning Assembly Quartet, and serves as saxophonist with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. He has been a finalist in the MTNA Young Artist competition and a semifinalist in the Fischoff Chamber Music competition, and has performed at venues including the World Saxophone Congress, the International Saxophone Symposium, and numerous meetings of the North American Saxophone Alliance, in addition to giving recitals and clinics throughout the United States and in the UK and France. As a teacher dedicated to providing outstanding early training in addition to collegiate study, Ian is a co-founder and faculty member of the Carolina Saxophone Camp, and maintains a private studio of secondary school saxophonists in the Asheville area.

Ian is a dedicated proponent of the music of our time: his doctoral research focused on the application of narrative theory to post-tonal music, and he has been consistently involved in commissioning and premiering new music for the instrument, including works by James Matheson, Jacob ter Veldhuis, Simon Fink, and Shawn Allison.

Prior to his appointment at Western Carolina, Ian served on the faculties of Allen University and the Palmetto Center for the Arts, and served as a graduate teaching assistant at both the University of South Carolina and Ithaca College. His principal teachers have included Clifford Leaman and Steven Mauk, and he has participated in masterclasses with renowned saxophonists including Arno Bornkamp, Aleksey Volkov, and the Zagreb Saxophone Quartet.