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December, 20, 2023
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM




Tyler Ehrlich

Tyler Ehrlich

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Viet Cuong

Viet Cuong

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Preparation, Realization, and Interpretation – Three Keys for an Artistic Performance of Wind Band Repertoire

Clinic Synopsis:

Ehrlich and Cuong will guide attendees in achieving artistic performances. Themes include essential elements of preparation (score study), the importance of faithful realization (compositional intent), and understanding interpretation considerations (due to shortcomings of our notation system.) Cuong will share his experiences collaborating with world-class ensembles to offer an expert’s take on creating memorable concerts. The clinic will feature examples to put proposed strategies into action.

Tyler Ehrlich - Biographical Information

Tyler Ehrlich (he/him) serves as a graduate teaching assistant and doctoral student in wind conducting at The University of Texas at Austin. In this role, he assists with conducting and administrating the university’s concert bands, athletic bands, conducting courses, and the new music ensemble. Ehrlich previously lived in Atlanta, Georgia, where he served as a conductor and educator at the secondary and collegiate levels. For three years, Ehrlich served on the faculty of Emory University, where he conducted the Emory University Wind Ensemble. Additionally, Ehrlich taught band, music technology, and International Baccalaureate music courses at Decatur High School and Centennial High School. An ardent supporter of lifelong musicianship, Ehrlich served as associate conductor of the Atlanta Wind Symphony, including for invited performances at The Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic and the Georgia Music Educators In-Service Conference. Ehrlich has presented on interpretation, pedagogy, and technology at The Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles International Conference, the College Band Directors National Association National Conference, the Texas Music Educators Clinic Convention, and the Georgia Music Educators In-Service Conference. Ehrlich has a Master of Music from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Cornell University. Ehrlich lives with his partner, Dr. Brent Allman, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Integrative Biology at UT Austin, and their dog, Milo.

Viet Cuong - Biographical Information

Called “alluring” and “wildly inventive” by The New York Times, the music of American composer Viet Cuong has been performed on six continents by musicians and ensembles such as the New York Philharmonic, Eighth Blackbird, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, So Percussion, Alarm Will Sound, Atlanta Symphony, Sandbox Percussion, Albany Symphony, PRISM Quartet, and Dallas Winds, among many others. Cuong’s music has been featured in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center, and his works for wind ensemble have amassed several hundreds of performances worldwide. Passionate about bringing these different facets of the contemporary music community together, his recent projects include a concerto for Eighth Blackbird with the United States Navy Band. Cuong also enjoys exploring the unexpected and whimsical, and he is often drawn to projects where he can make peculiar combinations and sounds feel enchanting or oddly satisfying. His works thus include a snare drum solo, percussion quartet concerto, and double oboe concerto. He is currently the California Symphony’s Young American Composer-in-Residence, the Pacific Symphony’s Composer-in-Residence, and serves as Assistant Professor of Music Composition at The University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Cuong holds degrees from Princeton University (MFA/PhD), the Curtis Institute of Music (AD), and Peabody Conservatory (BM/MM).