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A Joyous Trilogy (2019, rev. 2021)

for Orchestra

Composed September - October 2019, revised 2021

Commissioned by Orchestra Seattle and Seattle Chamber Singers (OSSCS)

*First prize winner of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York's 2020-2021 Emerging Composers Competition: Orchestral - Division II

*2021 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards - Honorable Mention

14-16 Minutes

Instrumentation: 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani, 3 Percussion, Harp and Strings

Percussion: Crotales, Vibraphone, Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Triangle, Suspended Cymbal, Bass Drum, Tam-tam


Harmonia Orchestra; the composer conducting - February 15, 2020

Subsequent Performances:

Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI; John Axelrod conducting - June 17, 2021 (European Premiere)

Marquette Symphony Orchestra; Octavio Más-Arocas conducting - June 19, 2021

University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra; Kenneth Kiesler conducting (1st mov. only) - September 17, 2021

Utah Symphony Orchestra; Conner Gray Covington conducting - September 30, 2021

Memphis Symphony Orchestra; Robert Moody conducting - October 9/10, 2021

Mansfield Symphony Orchestra; Katherine Kilburn conducting - October 23, 2021

Omaha Area Youth Symphony Orchestra; Aviva Segall conducting - November 14, 2021 (1st/2nd movs. only)

Mesquite Symphony Orchestra; Felix Torres conducting - February 20, 2022 (Texas premiere)

Amarillo Symphony; Conner Gray Covington conducting - March 25/26, 2022

South Bend Symphony Orchestra; Alastair Willis conducting - April 2, 2022

Houston Ballet Orchestra; Ermanno Florio and Quinn Mason conducting - June 2-12, 2022

Vermont Symphony Orchestra; Julian Pellicano conducting - July 1-10, 2022

Minnesota Orchestra; Caleb Young conducting - July 24, 2022 (1st mov. only)

Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra; Tania Miller conducting - October 15, 2022

Sarasota Orchestra; David Alan Miller conducting - November 4/5/6, 2022

Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra; Jerry Hou conducting - December 2, 2022 (1st mov. only)

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; Fernanda Lastra conducting - March 8, 2023 (1st mov. only)

Hartt Orchestra; Chris Ramos conducting - March 24, 2023 (3rd mov. only)

New Haven Symphony Orchestra; Alasdair Neale conducting - May 12, 2023/June 10, 2023

Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Maurice Cohn conducting - May 29, 2023 (3rd mov. only)

Sewanee Music Festival Cumberland Orchestra; Tiffany Lu conducting - July 7, 2023

National Repertory Orchestra; Tania Miller conducting - July 15, 2023

Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra; Christopher Zimmerman conducting - September 23/24, 2023 (1st mov. only)

Kansas City Symphony; Michael Stern conducting - October 27-29, 2023

Anchorage Symphony Orchestra; Elizabeth Schulze conducting - November 4, 2023 (Alaskan premiere)

The Syracuse Orchestra; Quinn Mason conducting - November 18, 2023

Staten Island Philharmonic Orchestra; David Leibowitz conducting - November 19, 2023

The Gainesville Orchestra; Evans Haile conducting - February 2, 2024 (1st mov. only)

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra; Vinay Parameswaran conducting - March 14/15, 2024

Lexington Symphony; Jonathan McPhee conducting - March 16, 2024

Orchestra Lumos; Michael Stern conducting - May 4/5, 2024

Kansas City Symphony; Michael Stern conducting - May 26, 2024 (3rd mov. only)

For score and part rental:

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​Program note:

For 'A Joyous Trilogy', the composer writes that he “wanted to create a composition that was the very embodiment of happiness and cheerfulness, an accessible work that would put any listener in a good mood. The first movement, ‘Running’ is so called because of its always-moving and seemingly never-waning energy that keeps going and going. The second, ‘Reflection,’ is a gentle and introspective meditation featuring a solo trombone. The third, ’Renewal,’ picks the energy back up, but a little more spirited and zestful this time, and keeps it going to the very end, complete with dynamic and vibrant interplay between all the orchestral sections.


Quinn Mason has dedicated this work to “Will White, a friend and mentor for many years now, and one of the most joyous people I know!”


-Jeff Eldridge (Principal Bassoon, Harmonia Orchestra)

first movement
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