Caroline Bordignon

Second-year Arts student’s first orchestral piece performed at Sound in the Land

Guest blog by Caroline Bordignon

On June 6, the Waterloo Chamber Players performed my orchestral piece, Wind at the Sonic Convergences Concert during the Sound in the Land 2014 music festival at Conrad Grebel. This was a very exciting opportunity for me as a student, and I feel extremely privileged to have been a part of it.

The opportunity came about in fall 2013. This was my first term of year two, and I was in the musical composition class of professor Carol Ann Weaver at Conrad Grebel. One of our assignments was to create a short score for orchestra. I never thought orchestral writing would be something I was interested in, but I was proven quite wrong! 

I soon discovered the amazing possibilities in the many timbres an orchestra holds. The UWaterloo student orchestra played our pieces first in a sight-reading session, and I was happy to have the opportunity to hear it played live. Shortly after, my professor asked me if she could submit it to the festival, which I had never heard of before.

I happened to title the piece Wind, my original intent to convey a whirlwind effect through the music. The piece fit perfectly into the environmental theme of the festival. It was an interesting process to adjust the score for a smaller orchestra and further refine and detail the dynamics especially so that it would sound powerful with a smaller group of musicians. 

For me, this is only the beginning of composing more movements to this piece, and other orchestra compositions. I am amazed at what can happen when you are faithful to simply doing what you are passionate about, and take the opportunities that come your way seriously.

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