CMS - College Music Society, Composition, Conferences, Performance

Goldspiel’s Golus I Performed at Vanderbilt University

Kris Carlisle, Laura Clapper, and Lauren Wright Rehearse at Blair School of Music

On Friday, February 28th, the CMS-Southern Chapter/SCSMT Joint Conference in Nashville, TN presented a Composers Concert with works selected from all over the country. The concert took place at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music in Turner Hall.

Among the fabulous works presented that night, Alan Goldspiel’s composition, Golus I, opened the 8:00 p.m. concert. The piece written for flute, clarinet, and piano was skilfully performed by Laura Clapper (flute), Lauren Wright (clarinet), and Kris Carlisle (piano).

Goldspiel commented that the performance was fantastic and spot on! “I so much appreciate that the musicians volunteer to perform on composer’s concerts and that they do so at such a high level.”

When asked about his inspiration for the piece, Goldspiel stated:

“The word golus is Yiddish for exile and it refers to the diaspora of the Jewish people. Diaspora Studies, in general, reflect on overcoming tremendous hardship, the ongoing growth of the diasporic phenomenon, and the cultural, social, political, and economic contributions of such peoples to their new homeland hosts. The musical work Golus I reflects on the tragedy and courage of all exiled peoples and, in some very small way, seeks to emotionally represent that life-altering experience. It is the first in a series of works that takes the notion of exile as inspiration and commentary.”

Other composers whose works were presented that evening were Michael Boyd, William Price, Kyle Vanderburg, Daniel Morel, Valentin M. Bogdan, Traci Mendel, Hyowon Bong, and Darleen Mitchell.

The Session Chair for the event was Valentin M. Bogdan from Mississippi University for Women.

Composition, Performance, World Premieres

Sometimes Y Performed In Its Entirety By LeBaron Trio

The LeBaron Trio: Dr. Laurie Middaugh, Dr. Lori Ardovino, and Dr. Melanie Williams (Photo: LeBaron Trio FB Page)

13 January, 2020

The LeBaron Trio performed Dr. Alan Goldspiel’s piece, Sometimes Y, in its entirety at an evening concert in the University of Montevallo’s LeBaron Recital Hall to an enthusiastic audience.

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Awards and Recognition, Composition, Recordings

Soldier of Mine On Its Way To Upcoming CD Release

Goldspiel in Church of the Redeemer as the Coro Volante Choir is hard at work.

Alan Goldspiel, classical guitarist and composer, traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio at the beginning of March to supervise the recording of his composition titled Soldier of Mine to be released on ABLAZE Records in 2020.

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BMI, Composition, NACUSA, National Association of Composers, USA, Performance

NACUSA Returns To University Of Montevallo

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Goldspiel performing Five Preludes at LeBaron Hall, University of Montevallo

On March 10, 2019 at 2 p.m., the University of Montevallo’s Department of Music hosted an afternoon concert by the National Association of Composers, USA in the LeBaron Recital Hall.

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Composition, Performance

New Music At The W Program Includes Two Original Pieces By Dr. Alan Goldspiel

February 26, 2019

On Tuesday, February 26, 2019, the music department at Mississippi University for Women (known by many as The W) invited Classical Guitarist/Composer, Dr. Alan Goldspiel to perform several of his original pieces at their New Music At The W series. The series focuses on music of the 20th and 21st Century.

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Goldspiel (left) with Alexander (right) performing Duck, Duck, Soup

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Awards and Recognition, Composition, Recordings

Soldier of Mine chosen for upcoming Ablaze Records CD

downloadDecember brought exciting news to classical guitarist/composer, Alan Goldspiel, when he was notified by Ablaze Records that his piece, Soldier of Mine, was selected to be on the label’s New Choral Voices Vol. 4 CD.

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Composition, Performance

NACUSA New Music Through The South Tour 2018

The National Association of Composers, USA – Mid-South Chapter inaugural New Music through the South Tour took place during the week of June 18, 2018. Composers represented in this series of week-long concerts were Alan Goldspiel, Joe L. Alexander, Ken Davies, Richard Montalto, David R. Peoples, William Price, Lori Ardovino, Biraj Adhikari, Pam Asberry, and Mark Prince Lee.

Joe L. Alexander and Alan Goldspiel pose for a picture while rehearsing for tour

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Composition, Performance, Teaching

November Keeps Dr. Alan Goldspiel Busy


November proved to be a busy month for Dr. Alan Goldspiel with several performances and a Music Educators conference, which had him traveling from Alabama to Mississippi and Arizona and back again.

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Composition, Festivals, Performance

New Music on the Bayou Festival 2017

blackbayou 2016 Composer John Teske with performers James Paul Waller, Alan Goldspiel, Mel Mobley, Paul Christopher, Jason Rinehart & Mallory Sanchez at Black Bayou National Wild
New Music on the Bayou 2016 Performers James Paul Waller, Alan Goldspiel, Mel Mobley, Paul Christopher, Jason Rinehart & Mallory Sanchez with Black Bayou 2016 Composer, John Teske, at Black Bayou National Wilderness Refuge

May 31-June 3, 2017 brought Classical Guitarist Alan Goldspiel back to the New Music on the Bayou Festival in Louisiana both as a performer and a composer.

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Composition, Performance

Goldspiel Debuts Klezmer Service

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Alan Goldspiel (right) with the members of the Magic Shtetl Klezmer Band

On August 26, 2016, classical guitarist and composer, Alan Goldspiel debuted his 55-minute Klezmer Shabbat Service for Quintet, SATB choir, and soloist as commissioned by Temple Emanu-El in Birmingham, AL.

Click here to read more about this momentous event in the Southern Jewish Life magazine!