Fairfax Academy Student Musical Composition To Be Performed Friday

A signature project composition created by Music and Computer Technology students from Fairfax Academy is being premiered this week.

Textures for Electronic Trio and Orchestra will be performed by Northern Virginia Community College’s (NOVA) Annandale Campus Symphony Orchestra on Friday, April 29, at 8 p.m. at NOVA’s Ernst Community Cultural Center.

The composition

Textures for Electronic Trio and Orchestra is a composition in seven movements created by second year Music and Computer Technology students, and features electric guitar, electronic harp, and electric violin. Its seven movements are built around a musical ‘feel’ or ‘texture.’

In addition to composing the piece, the students developed the plan for logistics, acoustics, and spacing for the orchestra and soloists. Student Cory Wilhite will play electric guitar with the symphony orchestra.

Composers of Textures for Electronic Trio and Orchestra include Daniel Tenhundfeld, Ana Fernandez, Jacob Luftglass, Patrick Weaver, Jacob Downer, Alexander Audritsh, and Ethan Schwartz.

Creating music

Music and Computer Technology students create individual and group projects using musical instrument digital interface (MIDI) and digital audio software including Sibelius and ProTools, both standard technology tools in the music industry.

They compose and arrange music, apply music theory, use MIDI and synthesizers, and record in digital audio. All students enter the class with some instrumental and/or vocal music training.

Many students from the program continue their music study in college, and many alumni are now working in the music industry as composers for film and video, managers and promoters, recording and sound technicians, entrepreneurs, and performers.

Tickets will be available at the door; seniors and students with a valid ID will receive a discount.

Fairfax Academy is one of six high school academies in Fairfax County Public Schools.