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2013 WJ Revenge of the Red Pepper

Christmas Musicals for Church

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Program Notes Revenge of the Red Pepper was commissioned by Dr. David Littrell, Kansas State University Distinguished Professor in Music, in honor of the 40th Anniversary of String Fling at K-State and for the Manhattan, KS youth symphony, the Gold Orchestra. The piece, a follow-up to Bishop���s popular Red Pepper, features two Cajun/Zydeco tunes that are passed between the various sections. Heavily swung rhythms play against a pizzicato bass line. A countermelody of longer notes is added as the piece races toward the last two plucked notes. About the Composer Jeffrey S. Bishop is currently the director of orchestras and division coordinator of fine arts at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School in Shawnee Mission, Kansas,a suburb of Kansas City. He is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, the American String Teachers Association, the American Composers Forum, and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Jeffrey has presented sessions at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic and the American String Teachers Association National Convention. He is in demand as a clinician, conductor, and composer across the country. His articles have appeared in the first three volumes of the GIA Publication Teaching Orchestra through Performance, the Instrumentalist magazine, and Orchestra News. Mr. Bishop���s compositions for string orchestra, full orchestra, concert band, and choir have been commissioned and performed in the United States, Mexico, and throughout Europe. The recipient of the 1997 National School Orchestra Association Composition Contest Award with his Symphony for Strings No. 1, He has appeared as a conductor/clinician for regional and state orchestras in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, Texas, and Oregon Jeffrey is currently completing coursework toward a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction (Music Education Cognate) at Kansas State University.

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