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Samuel Magrill   
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*** SAI National Arts Associate

 

Biography

smauel magrillDr. Samuel Magrill is a Professor of Music and a Composer-in-Residence and at the University of Central Oklahoma where he has taught music theory and composition since 1988.  Previously, he taught at the University of Wyoming and California State University, Long Beach. He obtained his Bachelor of Music in Composition from Oberlin Conservatory and his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Composition from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He has received numerous awards and commissions including ones from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), the Oklahoma Music Teachers' Association, and faculty research grants and merit-credit awards from the University of Central Oklahoma. In addition to his work as a composer, he is an avid accompanist, both instrumental and vocal, participates in numerous student and faculty performances throughout the year. Magrill has written over one hundred compositions for a variety of instruments, from solo piano and chamber music to choir, wind ensemble, symphony orchestra and opera.  His works have been performed throughout the United States and abroad and at many regional and national conferences, including the National Flute Association, Society of Composers, Inc. and the College Music Society.  

 

Contact Information

Department of Music
University of Central Oklahoma
100 N. University Dr.
Edmond, OK 73034
E-mail: smagrill@uco.edu.

Annual Updates

2013

NEWS

Samuel Magrill is a Professor of Music and Composer-in-Residence at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) School of Music in Edmond. Almost all of Samuel Magrill’s works are available through Lynn Morse Publishing, 1725 Westwood Lane, Edmond, OK 73013.

PREMIERES

BVP Trio (2012), Ralph Morris, viola, Lori Wooden, bassoon, Sallie Pollack, piano, concert honoring President Don & Susanne Betz, Radke Fine Arts Theatre,University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK, April 17, 2012. Agate (2012) (the third movement of “Stone Poems”), Natalie Syring, flute, Samuel Magrill, piano, UCO Jazz Lab, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK, Sept. 25, 2012; also, complete Stone Poems (Jade, Ruby, Agate), Oklahoma City Pianists’ Club Meeting, Oklahoma City, OK, Oct. 2, 2012.

PERFORMANCES

Tango Flauto (2006), UVA Flute Ensemble: Samantha Clark, Courtney Fox, Christina Horner, Christine Meng, Leah Naidorf, Jessie Tosto, flutes, Kelly Sulick, director, Woodwind Chamber Ensembles, Brooks Hall Commons, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, Oct. 23, 2011; also, Mallory Phillips, Grace Ho, Valerie Goforth, Laura Hanson, flutes, Music Assembly, in Petree Recital Hall, Oklahoma City University, Nov. 1, 2011. Fiddle Tune (2011), Kirsten Underwood, cello, and Vignettes (1991), eight songs for soprano and piano on poems of Donald E. Hines, commissioned jointly by the Oklahoma Music Teachers’ Association and the Music Teachers’ National Association, Pamela Richman, soprano, Samuel Magrill, piano, on an Oklahoma Composers Association Composers Salon Concert at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, Oct. 27, 2011. Stone Poems (2011) for flute and piano, written for Natalie Syring, Natalie Syring, flute, Samuel Magrill, piano, on the Ladies Music Club Annual Composers Program at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Feb. 15, 2012 and on the Oklahoma Flute Society Members’ Recital in Sharp Hall, Catlett Music Center, the University of Oklahoma, June 3, 2012. Fanfare for Peace (2000-2002) for trumpet ensemble, Movement I, combined trumpet ensembles of McMurry University and Abilene Christian University, Mark Wilcox, Director, Church of the Heavenly Rest, Abilene, TX, May 2, 2012. Tango Cellito (2002), Violins of the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, Christy Fine, Director, Santa Fe High School Auditorium, Edmond, OK, May 14, 2012.

NEW PUBLICATIONS

All Lynn Morse Publishing: “BVP Trio” (March, 2012) for bassoon, viola and piano, written for the inauguration of Don Betz as the 20th President of the University of Central Oklahoma; “Agate” (August,2012) for flute and piano, written especially for Natalie Syring. “Jade”, ”Ruby” and “Agate” together form a work entitled Stone Poems (2011-12).
 


 

2012

NEWS

Samuel Magrill is a Professor of Music and Composer-in-Residence at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) School of Music in Edmond. Fall 2011, he received his 24th consecutive ASCAP Award. Almost all of Samuel Magrill’s works are available through Lynn Morse Publishing, 1725 Westwood Lane, Edmond, OK 73013.

PREMIERES

Song of Hope (2008), text: Psalm 71, Dr. Barbara Streets, soprano, Richard Jobe, organ, University of Central Oklahoma Faculty Concert, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Oklahoma City, OK, Nov. 2011. Jade (2011) was premièred by Natalie Syring, flute, and Samuel Magrill, piano, Oklahoma Composers Association Composers Salon, Sonder Music, Norman, OK, Feb. 2011. Fiddle Tune (2011) Kirsten Underwood, cello, Vignettes (1991), Pamela Richman, soprano, Samuel Magrill, piano, Hommage à Brahms (2004), Ron Howell, clarinet, Tess Remy-Schumacher, cello, Samuel Magrill, piano, Island of the Dew of God (2001), Hong Zhu, violin, Samuel Magrill, piano, Song of the Seasons (2008), Pamela Richman, soprano, Ron Howell, clarinet, Tess Remy-Schumacher, cello and Samuel Magrill, piano, East West Duo (2004), Hong Zhu, violin, Tess Remy Schumacher, Cello, Zoe Sherinian, mridangam, Faculty Artist Concert Series, Jazz Lab at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Sept. 2011.  Stone Poems (2011), Jade and Ruby, Natalie Syring, flute, Samuel Magrill, piano on the Faculty Artist Concert Series at the Jazz Lab of the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond,  Sept. 2011.

PERFORMANCES

Tango! for Wind Symphony (2004), 2011 Oklahoma Intercollegiate Honor Band, Michael Haithcock, clinician/conductor, Oklahoma Music Educators Association Convention, Tulsa, Jan. 2011. Jade (2011) Mira Magrill, flute, David Gilliland, piano, Britton Recital Hall, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor March 2011.  Tango Flauto (2006) for flute quartet, was performed by Michael Avitable, Amanda Galick, Erin O’Shea, and Katherine Standefer, flutes, Studio Recital, Britton Recital Hall, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, April 2011. Oklahoma Bandscapes: Wind Music of Samuel Magrill: UCO Wind Symphony, Brian Lamb, conductor, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond at the Society of Composers, Inc. 2004 National Conference and the College Band Directors’ National Association 2004 Southwestern Division Conference (2004), April 2011. Odyssey Etude (2011) Emily Butterfield, flute and Samuel Magrill, piano, Concert in honor of Dr. Margaret Brisch’s 70th birthday, Radke Fine Arts Theatre, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Aug. 2011.

PUBLICATIONS

All Lynn Morse Publishing: Jade (Jan. 2011) for flute and piano, written especially for Natalie Syring. Fiddle Tune (Aug. 2011) for solo cello, written especially for Kirsten Underwood. Ruby (Aug. 2011) for flute and piano, written especially for Natalie Syring. Jade and Ruby together form a work entitled Stone Poems (2011).

RECORDINGS

Cello Music of Samuel Magrill, Volume II, Xolo CD 1022. Performers: Tess Remy-Schumacher, cello, Kirsten Fedje Underwood, cello, Hong Zhu, violin, Zoe Sherinian, mridangam, Samuel Magrill, piano, John Clinton, conductor, Dec.2010. Oklahoma Bandscapes: Wind Music of Samuel Magrill, The University of Central Oklahoma Wind Symphony, Dr. Brian Lamb, conductor. Recorded April 2011, Released Sept. 2011.  
 


 

2011

SAI National Arts Associate Samuel Magrill is a Professor of Music and Composer-in-Residence at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) School of Music in Edmond, Oklahoma. In the fall of 2010, he received his 23rd consecutive ASCAP Award. He is currently the Board Member for Composition for the College Music Society.

PREMIERES

Fanfare for a Broncho Band (2009) by University of Central Oklahoma Wind Symphony conducted by Dr. Brian Lamb at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK on 10/13/10.  A Saxy Tango (2010), for saxophone quartet by the Chisholm Saxophone Quartet at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford, OK on 2/28/10.  Tango Fagotto for bassoon quartet (2009) was premiered by The Becerro Bassoon
Ensemble at the University of Texas at Arlington on 11/14/10.  Whole Flute Canon Quartet (2010) for flute quartet by Tieracy Brown, Montana Morgan,Ethan Richie, Randy Summers, Elizabeth Bunting, Kennedy Essmiller, Katie Kersgieter, Lucia Kim, Bennett Cook, Erin Goldman, Abigail Shuler, Julianne Janeway, flutes and conducted by Emily Butterfieldat the 2010 Flute Camp Recital in Evans Hall at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK on 6/10/10.

PERFORMANCES

Odyssey Etude (2001) by Emily Butterfield, flute, and Sam Magrill, piano at the Oklahoma City Pianists’ Club October meeting in Oklahoma City, OK on 10/6/09.  Tango Cellito (2002) for cello ensemble was performed by the UCO Cello Ensemble: Bogdan Asanovic, Katie Bowles, Kara Middleton, Julie Keeton, Brian Cook and Kristen Dixon, cellos on Bogdan Asanovic’s Junior Recital at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK on 2/7/10.  Double Concerto (2001) for two cellos and chamber orchestra by the UCO Chamber Orchestra, Tess Remy-Schumacher, cello and Kirsten Underwood, cello, Hong Zhu, music director, and John Clinton, guest conductor on 2/23/10.  Tango Guitello (2001) for cello and guitar by Tess Remy-Schumacher, cello and Stefan Grasse, guitar at Fortuna Kulturfabeik Höchstadt / Aisch, Germany on 6/5/10.  East West Duo (2004) for violin, cello and mridangam was performed by Hong Zhu, violin, Tess Remy-Schumacher, cello and Zoe Sherinian, mridangam on a recital An Evening of Dances and Music of India at the Pegasus Theater, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK on 8/21/10.
 


 

2010

NEWS

Professor of Music and Composer-in-Residence at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) School of Music in Edmond, OK, he received his 22nd consecutive ASCAPlus Award in 2009. He is Board Member for Composition for The College Music Society, serving from January 2009 to December 2011. In August 2009, he received a UCO Faculty Research Grant to record a second CD of his cello music. All of the composer’s works are available through Lynn Morse Publishing, 1725 Westwood Lane, Edmond, OK 73013.

PREMIERES

Bagatelle for solo flute was introduced January 11, 2008, by Mira Magrill at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, receiving a second performance from the artist February 16 at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA; the work was further performed October 28 by Molly Hendricks, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater; December 13 by Emily Butterfield at an Oklahoma Composers’ Association Composers’ Salon Concert at Sondermusic in Norman, OK; February 5 and 10, 2009, by Conor Nelson, at the Oklahoma City (OK) University and the University of Oklahoma-Norman; and again by Butterfield February 27, Society of Composers Region VI Conference at Oklahoma City University, March 14, Concert III of The College Music Society South Central Regional Conference at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, and April 6, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond.

Song of the Seasons for soprano, clarinet, cello, and piano, received its premiere January 31 at the University of Central Oklahoma from Pamela Richman, Ron Howell, Tess Rémy-Schumacher, and the composer; the same group performed the work again February 3 on a faculty concert at the University of Central Oklahoma; February 5 at the Oklahoma City Pianists’ Club meeting; February 14 at the University of Chicago; April 11, University of Central Oklahoma; March 31, New Music Festival Concert at Cameron University in Lawton, OK; and February 18, 2009, Ladies Music Club Annual Composers Program at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, Oklahoma City, OK. A Prayer for Peace, a liturgical setting for SATB Choir, was premiered April 25 by the UCO Concert Chorale led by Karl Nelson, First Christian Church, Edmond, OK; and subsequently performed on the chorale’s summer tour of Italy May 17 in Spoletto and May 22 in Padova (Dolo). Natalie Syring led the Oklahoma Celebration Flute Choir in the first performance of Serenade, August 7, National Flute Association Convention, Kansas City, MO. Brightsuite Trio was first heard October 28 in a performance by clarinetist Chad Burrow, violinist Gregory Lee, and cellist Jon Ruck, on a brightmusic concert titled “Old and New” at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, Oklahoma City. Fanfare Duet, for two French horns, was premiered September 22, 2009, by Ted Honea and Genevieve Craig, at the Jazz Lab, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK.

PERFORMANCES

Tango Flauto for flute quartet received numerous performances from the Vivace Flute Quartet, October 1, 2007, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA; October 9, Daniel Oduber Primary School in San Jose, Costa Rica; October 10, José Figueres Ferrer Cultural and Historical Center in San Ramón, Costa Rica; October 11, Eugene O’Neill Theater in the Costa Rican-U.S. Cultural Center in San Jose; October 13, Plaza Del Sol in San Jose. The work was further performed March 11, 2008 by Charlotte Daniel, Kelsey Washburn, Melissa Williamson and Caylee Wells, Oklahoma State University in Stillwater; November 2, by Gina Eosco, Anna Forehand, Mallory Phillips and Brandy Siegmund, University of Oklahoma, Norman; and November 22, 10th- 11th- and 12th-Grade Honor Flute Choir along with Serenade for flute choir, by the Oklahoma Celebration Flute Choir, both groups led by Natalie Syring at the 15th Annual Flute Fair of the Oklahoma Flute Society, Oklahoma Christian University, Edmond. Cello Rag Rag for soprano and chamber orchestra was presented February 1, 2008, by Pamela Richman and the UCO Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Remy-Schumacher, Northern Hills Elementary School, Edmond, OK; the same group performed the work again February 3, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond. Hommage à Brahms was performed February 15 by clarinetist Howell, cellist Remy-Schumacher, and the composer at the piano, University of Central Oklahoma, and again March 31, at the New Music Festival Concert at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. Other works performed on the New Music Festival Concert were “Tess” Variations, performed by Remy-Schumacher; Vignettes, by Richman with the composer; and Remy 2002, performed by Remy-Schumacher and the composer. Odyssey Etude was presented by flutist Mira Magrill and pianist Vahan Sargsyan May 1, 2009, at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. June 4, Tango Guitello was performed by Remy-Schumacher and guitarist Stefan Grasse, guitar, on a program titled “Romanza, Pasión y Danza” at Wohnstift Augustinum Roth, Germany; the duo performed the work again June 5, Synagoge Schwabach, Germany; June 6, Dreieinigkeitskirche Nürnberg-Gostenhof, Germany; and June 7, at both Neumarkt Oberpfalz “Sommer im Park” Arena, Germany and Burg Rabenstein, Ahorntal, Germany.


 

2008

Samuel Magrill is Composer-in-Residence at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) School of Music in Edmond, OK. In the summer of 2007, he received a UCO Faculty Merit Credit Award for creative activities. In the fall, he received his 20th consecutive ASCAP Award. His work has been played on Rob Deemer’s radio show The Composer Next Door on KCSC-FM: Tango Guitello (Tess Remy-Schumacher, cello, and Stefan Grasse, guitar) on December 31, 2006, and “Tess” Variations (Remy-Schumacher) on August 26, 2007.

Premieres

The UCO Percussion Consort, directed by David Hardman, premiered Comfort Food for percussion ensemble December 14, 2006. Tango Flauto for flute quartet was introduced February 27, 2007, by the Clarke College Flute Choir, led by Margaret A. Cornilis, on Concert I of the Society of Composers Region V Conference at Clarke College, Dubuque, IA; the same group performed the work again April 17 on the Clarke College Flute Choir Concert; the same work received its Chilean premiere from the Vivace Flute Quartet on June 4, with subsequent performances at the International Flute Festival at the Teatro
del Lago in Frutillar (June 5) and at the University of Chile Conservatory of Music in Santiago (June 11).

Performances

Strands of Time for half-track stereo tape was performed November 4, 2006, on the SCREAM (Southern California Resources for Electro-Acoustic Music) 20th Anniversary Concert at Los Angeles Harbor College, Wilmington, CA. On January 11, 2007, Whitman Songs was presented by baritone Ian Geller, with the composer at the piano, on a guest artist recital at the University of Central Oklahoma. Vignettes, eight pieces for soprano and piano (after Donald E. Hines), was performed by soprano Pamela Richman and the composer on February 10 for the Concert VII of the Society of Composers Region VI Conference at the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg. Richman and the composer also performed Reflections, four songs for soprano and piano, on February 21 at a Ladies Music Club Concert in Oklahoma City; on March 16 at a Composers Concert at The College Music Society South Central Chapter 2007 Regional Conference at Arkansas State University, Jonesboro; and on April 25 at a Contemporary Music Recital at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond. Island of the Dew of God was presented August 26 by violinist Stefanie Lang, accompanied by the composer, on a chamber music recital at the University of Central Oklahoma.

 

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