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SMU Freshman Music Student has Composition Performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

W. Vincent Gover's contemporary brass composition is already beloved and impressive

W. Vincent Gover, a freshman at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts majoring in music composition and French horn, had his composition Children’s Suite performed at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on January 12. The work was played by the Saxony-Anhalt Brass Quintet, an ensemble of principal performers from German orchestras. The quintet toured several U.S. cities last week and performed Gover’s work, along with pieces by Wagner, Strauss, Mancini and others.

Gover composed the work while a senior at River Hill High School in Clarksville, Maryland. His music teacher there, Richard McCready, showed the composition to his old friend Bruno Uetz, a founding member of the Saxony-Anhalt ensemble. In a recent interview in Maryland’s Columbia Patch newspaper, Uetz said, “We were completely amazed about the suite. It was the best contemporary music for brass quintet we came in touch with in the last years, and by such a young but very well-gifted composer. Our Hungarian trumpeter, Zsolt Nagy-Major – who is the principal trumpet of the German National Theatre Weimar – fell in love with the piece immediately.”

At SMU, Gover is a student of Professor of Composition Simon Sargon. “Vincent is an unusually gifted young composer, whose work reveals an abundance of ideas and an abundance of moods,” Sargon said.
Gover said he was thrilled to have his piece chosen for performance. “Hearing professionals play my music for the first time was a bit nerve-wracking at first, but it was just astounding to hear music I’ve had in my head for years come to life,” he said. “I’ve been very blessed to have this opportunity at such an early age.”

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