Majors: History and Music
School: Harpur College of Arts and Sciences
Project Title: War and Consequence: A Chamber Opera
My project will be to compose a new chamber opera that dramatizes the December 25, 1914, Christmas armistice during World War I. This work, which I anticipate to total between 30 and 45 minutes, will be written for four singers (soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor and bass-baritone) and five instruments (piano, bass, drums, trumpet and cello). In representing the story of the Christmas armistice, I aim to explore the historical, social and cultural contexts of this particular war and to raise larger questions about the nature of war more generally. It is my hope that, in dramatizing this event on the musical stage, I will invite the listener to make connections to the present and future, and to other conflicts such as the Vietnam War and World War II.
Evan’s faculty mentor is Daniel Davis, assistant professor of music, Harpur College of Arts and Sciences.
Where is your hometown?
I grew up just south of Buffalo in East Aurora, N.Y.
Why do you think creative work is important?
Creative work is vitally important because it is fundamentally creating something unique to the artist, an expression of opinions and a personal history. In being creative, an artist has to not only know how to create the art in question (be it music or sculpture or even a poem), but also how to problem solve and speak, artistically, with clarity, in a certain context. Creative work combines many of the most important qualities and skills that make up a successful “Renaissance man.”
What are your future plans?
After Binghamton, I plan on working toward training as a luthier and eventually opening up a music shop to teach students and repair instruments. I will eventually also return to university for a graduate degree in either music education or ethnomusicology, focusing specifically on jazz in the early-mid 20th century.
Do you have any hobbies?
In my free time, I enjoy cooking and working with computer hardware. I just finished building a computer.
Can you share a fun fact about yourself?
I am the technical director for Binghamton University’s own radio station, WHRW 90.5 FM Binghamton.
Last Updated: 5/12/14