Faculty Friday with Saad Haddad
Happy Faculty Friday, everyone! Each Friday we will feature one of our many amazing faculty members at Luzerne Music Center. We asked all of our instructors to tell us a little bit about themselves, and to share their favorite things about LMC.
We're excited to introduce you to another brand new member of our faculty this week. Saad Haddad joins us as our Senior Session Composer in Residence! Saad will be teaching Music Theory and Composition. Learn more below.
Share with us some of your professional accomplishments.
Highlights of the 2015–16 season included the premiere performances of three of my orchestral works: Manarah by the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Kaman Fantasy by the Milwaukee Symphony and Columbus Symphony, and Takht by the New Juilliard Ensemble at Alice Tully Hall. Other premieres included Nekavim, for two digitally processed percussionists and dance, Thulathi, for piano trio, and Shifting Sands (version for trumpet and electronics). The 2016–17 season brings the premiere of Dohree by the Debussy Trio, the west coast premiere performances of Takht by the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, and subscription performances of Manarah by the Princeton Symphony and Columbus Symphony, among others. During the season, Haddad will be in residence at the Millay Colony for the Arts, the Ucross Foundation, the Bogliasco Foundation, and the Studios of Key West
What excites you about Luzerne Music Center?
I maintain an active schedule in both Los Angeles and New York city, so anytime I have a chance to be in an idyllic place like Lake Luzerne is always welcome. There, I look forward to involving campers into the world of composition, especially to those that do not have much experience playing music that's fresh off the press. As a faculty member teaching music theory classes as well as private composition lessons, it's important for me to show how the theory directly corresponds to a composer's creative process, which is what I believe is most crucial to what a theory course can offer.
What can campers expect to learn while working with you this summer?
I hope to shed some light on what it's like to be a musician just fresh off the other side of the education spectrum. I remember when I was in high school that I could not wait to go through college and start my career. Now that it's finally happening it seems like yesterday that I was in your shoes! My take away for is to try to maintain some balance between music, academic, and social lives. Before you know it you'll be off to your next adventure, so enjoy the one you are on now!
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