This work was commissioned for the 2013 Southeast Horn Workshop as required preliminary-round repertoire for the college solo competition.
James Naigus, currently a DMA candidate in horn at the University of Iowa, is a performer and composer of broadening recognition. He currently studies horn with Jeffrey Agrell; studied horn and composition with Paul Basler at the University of Florida during his master’s degree; and, while attending the University of Michigan for his undergraduate degree, studied with Sören Hermansson, Bryan Kennedy, and Adam Unsworth. Naigus has been a guest clinician and composer in residence at American Horn Quartet founder David Johnson’s summer workshop in Daytona Beach for several years. He has played with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Gainesville Chamber Orchestra, Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, Ocala Symphony Orchestra, and soloed with many regional professional choirs in Florida. Naigus’ compositions have been performed throughout the United States and beyond, with enthusiastic reception and rave review. In 2009 he was awarded an honorable mention award in the International Horn Society Composition Contest, selected from 85 entries spread over 16 nations.