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brittany j. green

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who is brittany j. green?

 

TL;DR

Brittany J. Green (b. 1991) centers her work as a composer and educator is around her vision to create unique sounds, spaces, moments, and opportunities that engage audiences and challenge their thinking.  Her music explores the intersection between sound, movement, and poetry and finding new ways to define relationships between the three.  Her research and composition projects focus on designing gestural musical instruments, allowing movement to become a sound source instead of a reaction to sound. 

Brittany holds a BM in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and a MM in Music Composition and Theory at East Carolina University (ECU).  During her residency at ECU, Brittany was a graduate assistant with the North Carolina NewMusic Initiative, a movement dedicated to engaging the Greenville, NC community in all aspects of new music culture- from commissioning to consumption of new music.  As a graduate assistant, Brittany assisted with planning and grant writing for the initiative’s programming, presented grant writing workshops for graduate students, and served as a liaison between the NC NewMusic Initiative and the ECU Lab School on behalf of the initiative’s Young Composers Project.  The Young Composers Project implements a 6-week curriculum that synthesizes basic music skills, teamwork, critical thinking, and creative and conceptual thought to yield an original piece of music.  Designed for 3-6 grade students, the project helps students learn music through creation.

Brittany’s music has been featured at the New York City Electronic Music Festival (NYCEMF), Bowling Green State University Graduate Conference, and the Crossing Borders: Women Composers Around the World Concert Series.  She has presented research and demonstrations on gestural mapping at ECU’s Research and Creative Arts Week (RCAW), Intersection@ Art and Science Symposium, and the North Carolina Music Educators Association Conference (NCMEA)(forthcoming).  She has participated at SPLICE Institute and Snowpond Composer’s Workshop.  Brittany is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honors Society, Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI), where she serves as the community service chair for the Raleigh/Durham (RDU) Alumnae chapter, and Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI), where she serves on the national student council, and as the president of ECU’s chapter.  As the community service chair for the RDU SAI chapter, she organizes monthly music events for the RDU community which include petting zoos, bucket drumming clinics, calls for scores, and recitals.  As president of ECU’s SCI chapter, Brittany has spearheaded guest lectures, masterclasses, and panels on electronic music, collaborative work, and networking.

Brittany’s current projects include The Sound of Color Project- a interactive virtual reality installation that explores the mathematical relationship between sound and light through musical and visual gestures- and the Coding for Kids Initiative- an introductory, semester-length, curriculum designed to introduce coding as a sound source to youth, culminating in the design of a unique electronic instrument.  Brittany’s other musical interests include bucket drumming, community service through music, and listening to and studying the native music of Trinidad and Tobago. 

Shorter Version (200 words)

Brittany J. Green (b. 1991) centers work as a composer and educator around her vision to create unique sounds, spaces, moments, and opportunities that engage audiences and challenge their thinking. Her music explores the intersection between sound, movement, and poetry and finding new ways to define relationships between the three. Her music has been featured at NYCEMF, BGSU Graduate Conference, and the Crossing Borders: Women Composers Around the World Concert Series. She has presented research and demonstrations on gestural mapping at ECU’s Research and Creative Arts Week, Intersection@ Art and Science Symposium, and the North Carolina Music Educators Association Conference (forthcoming). She has been a participant at SPLICE Institute and Snowpond Composer’s Workshop and an advocate for music composition in music education. Brittany holds a BM in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and a MM in Music Composition and Theory from East Carolina University. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honors Society, Sigma Alpha Iota, and Society of Composers, Inc (SCI). To learn more about Brittany and her work, visit www.brittanyjgreen.com.

 

works

Large Ensemble Works

Edge of the Sacred Rainforest (2016), 4'

Wind Ensemble

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Speak (2017), 4'

Gospel Choir

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solo works

Portraits (2017), 10'-15'

Piano

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Sonatina (2017), 5'-7'

Flute with amplification 

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electronic works

Feel Like This (2017), 6'

Fixed Media

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25 (2017), 5'

Viola, Live Electronics

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Conversations in a Private Room (2018), 15'

Body, Live Electronics

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The Sound of Color (2018), 6'

Virtual Reality Installation

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Repartee (2018), 5'-15'

Audience, Live Electronics

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Chamber works

Colors (2016), 6'

Cello, Bassoon

Light (2017), 3'

Chamber Vocal Ensemble (SSSSAA)

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Intersections (2017), 5'-15'

Open Instrumentation 

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Maps (2017), 5'-20'

Any number of players divisible by 3

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Men nor Gods (2017), 11'

Soprano, Percussion

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25 (2017), 5'

Viola, Live Electronics

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let love speak...then let love be silent. (2017), 6'

Percussion, Speaker

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The Sounds You Left Behind (2018), 5'

Soprano, Flute, Cello, Piano

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When I Rise Up... (2018), 5'

Mezzo-Soprano, Violin

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Margins Guitar Collective

Founded by Ciyadh Wells, the Margins Guitar Collective is a group of musicians, composers, and activists who are committed to creating new works for guitar from underrepresented composers from around the world. The name, Margins Guitar Collective, comes from the idea that many composers are often pushed to the margins of society as a result of their identities. The collective is now focused on commissioning new works for guitar and supporting these very deserving composers.

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Ciyadh Wells, founder

Ciyadh Wells is a doctoral student and graduate research assistant with Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE), an initiative for interdisciplinary research in the arts at the University of Georgia. She is a graduate of the University of Memphis and the University of Louisville. Her area of focus is the intersection between classical music, visual art, and the African diaspora. Ciyadh was recently awarded a Young People For (YP4) community activist fellowship for her work in her community. She maintains a career as an international concert guitarist and teaching artist. Outside of performing, Ciyadh spends her time advocating for social and environmental justice movements and is working to become a more active faith leader in the community where she currently resides. To learn more about Ciyadh visit, ciyadhwells.com

Brittany J. Green, first commissioned composer 

The first composer to be featured by the Margins Guitar Collective is Brittany J. Green who is writing a piece for solo guitar and electronics to be premiered by Ciyadh Wells.  Brittany and Ciyadh will work closely during the composition process.  In January 2019 the work will be completed and it will be premiere in Spring 2019.

Brittany holds a BM in Music Education (UNC-Pembroke) and MM in Music Theory and Composition (East Carolina University).  Her works explore the intersection between music, poetry, and movement.  Brittany's compositions have been featured at the New York City Electronic Music Festival, West Fork New Music Festival, Bowling Green Graduate Conference, and Crossing Border's Women Composers Around the World concert series.  Learn more about Brittany here.

 

 

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we need you

To mitigate commissioning costs, the collective is crowdfunding some of the costs that are associated with creating, performing, and producing new music. We are looking to raise $300.00 to fund the very first commission for this project. In an act of gratitude for our supporters, we have several recognition tiers for donors outlined below. 

Tier 1: $1-10

  • Personalized thank you letter from Brittany and Ciyadh

Tier 2: $11-25

  • Personalized thank you letter from Brittany and Ciyadh
  • Program Acknowledgement at the premiere performance

Tier 3: $26-49

  • Personalized thank you letter from Brittany and Ciyadh
  • Program Acknowledgement at the premiere performance
  • Signed copy of the score

Tier 4: $50+

  • Personalized thank you letter from Brittany and Ciyadh
  • Program Acknowledgement at the premiere performance
  • Signed copy of the score
  • Acknowledgment on the score
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Amplifying Voices

The importance of commissioning this work exceeds beyond our personal artistic desires. While the Margins Guitar Collective is committed to supporting composers from a variety of differing backgrounds, we are especially committed to supporting composers who society has deemed unworthy of the concert stage. Classical works composed by African-American women composers are few and far between. Of these, very few are experimental contemporary works, and even fewer are written for guitar. With the commission of this piece, we will be contributing the voices of African-American women to the classical guitar and contemporary music repertoires. We also hope the commission of this work- a collaboration between two African-American women- will inspire African-American youth to pursue careers as performers and composers of classical music.

How you can help

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Sounds

by Brittany J. Green

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Sonatina for amplified flute

Natalie Smith, flute

March 25, 2018|AJ Fletcher Recital Hall|Greenville, NC

 
 

Robin Meiksins, flute

52 weeks of flute initiative 

 
 

portraits for piano

marianne parker, piano

march 25, 2018|Skokie Public Library| Skokie, IL

 
 

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research

 

A Comprehensive Analysis of Movement 1 of Jennifer Higdon’s Violin Concerto

Jennifer Higdon (b. 1962) is quickly becoming one of the most performed and sought after American composers of our time. Her works have been played by all major American orchestras, along with several major European orchestras. As a Pulitzer Prize and multiple Grammy winner, she writes exclusively for commissions and her music is an audience favorite among concertgoers. The primary focus of this research is to investigate the first movement of Jennifer Higdon’s Violin Concerto, addressing concerns of linear and contrapuntal development, along with the harmonic language employed in this movement, to prove that these traits are at the heart of Higdon’s compositional voice and are what make her works accessible, yet engaging.

The thesis will provide a formal analysis of the complete work, noting key elements of each movement and notable connections between the three movements. A formal analysis of the first movement will then be provided. Following these formal analyses, a discussion of pitch collection, voice-leading, motivic development, linear unfoldings and contrapuntal devices utilized in the first movement will be explored, including parallels between the movement’s title, 1726, and the pitch and intervallic content exploited throughout the movement. Lastly, Higdon’s harmonic language will be examined, with discourse regarding the use of triadic figures, polychords, and planing.

 

Coding in Music: An Introductory Course Curriculum for Designing Mono Synthesizers

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The primary focus of this curriculum is to explore and synthesize the scientific and mathematical properties of sound and basic coding skills to design a digital mono synthesizer and map it onto a midi controller, LEAP Motion sensor, Myo Armband sensor, or Cell Phone. Designed for 9-12 grade students, this 16-18 week course unpacks the visual coding language used in MaxMSP and explores MIDI language and its use, digital and electronic sound sources, sound oscillators, audio synthesis, and digital mapping. The course concludes with students designing their own synthesizer and mapping it to one of the above mentioned external devices.

The curriculum is aligned with North Carolina Essential Standards B.ML.3, I.ML.3, B.CR.1.2, B.MR.1, I.MR.1, I.CR.1.2, and P.CR.1.3, enabling students to create music using a variety of sound sources, understand relationships between music, math, science, and technology/coding, explain how advances in music technology influence traditional music careers and produce new opportunities, and understanding the interacting elements in experimental electronic, electroacoustic, and computer music to respond to music and music performances.

Units

  • Unit 1: Coding 101- Learning the Language of MaxMSP

  • Unit 2: Building Functions

  • Unit 3: The Big Ten- Learning 10 Fundamental Objects in MaxMSP

  • Unit 4: Using MIDI to Track Data and Create Sound

  • Unit 5: Audio and Oscillators in MAXMSP

  • Unit 6: Synthesizers

  • Unit 7: Designing a Mono Synthesizer

  • Unit 8: Connecting and Mapping External Objects

  • Unit 9: Designing Your Own Synthesizer

Materials Needed

  • 1 Computer per 1-2 students equipped with MaxMSP 7 or higher

  • Class Set of Headphones

  • Microphones (internal computer or headset microphones acceptable)

  • SmartBoard

  • 1 set of Speakers

  • Google Classroom

  • One or more of the following to be supplied by either the teacher or student

    • 1 Keyboard Midi Controller per student

    • 1 Standard Video Game Controller per student

    • 1 Cell Phone, iPod, and/or iPad equipped with TouchOSC per student

    • 1 Myo Armband and Myo Mapper software per student

Contact

Please send all inquires to brittanyjoellegreen@gmail.com or complete the form below.

 
 
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