BOZEMAN – Recent Montana State University music graduate Anthony Gaglia will travel to Qatar to present at the first ever World Congress on Undergraduate Research, which will be held Nov. 13-15 at Qatar University in Doha, Qatar.
Gaglia, who graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in music, will present his research on Haitian classical guitar music, including the work of Frantz Casseus, the only Haitian composer whose work is included in the standard classical guitar repertoire. Gaglia will also present an original work as the culmination of his research.
“This is such an amazing opportunity for me,” Gaglia said. “I’m still trying to fathom that my music and research are taking me to the other side of the world. I’m so excited to share my music with students and faculty from around the world, and to represent MSU and the School of Music at this first global conference.”
“It’s a wonderful honor for Anthony,” said Keith Kothman, director of the MSU School of Music. “It’s just another example of the high-quality work that is being done by our undergraduate majors in the School of Music.”
Gaglia, a Spearfish, South Dakota native who minored in business administration, composed and recorded his original work to add to the repertoire. Inspired by his volunteer work in Haiti in 2012, Gaglia investigated the rhythms and harmonies of different Haitian genres and chose specific compositional techniques to capture his impressions of the country.
The project began as research for MUSI 499, the senior capstone class for music majors, under the mentorship of Greg Young, MSU professor of music. After deciding to write his own music for guitar ensemble, Gaglia consulted Michael Videon, MSU’s guitar instructor, who provided additional mentorship and advice.
As part of his project, Gaglia composed an original piece for five guitars, “Impressions of Haiti.” The piece utilizes both traditional and extended guitar techniques some of which he created just for this piece.
“I tried to incorporate the different parts of Haiti that inspire me, including voodoo rituals and the work of Casseus while being true to my own compositional voice,” Gaglia said.
Gaglia will be moving to Portland in October, where he plans to start a private guitar studio, compose and perform for a while before making any concrete plans for his future.
“Grad school is definitely something I’m considering,” he said. “I want to continue composing, doing research and submitting my work for conferences. This (upcoming) trip has opened my eyes to where music could really take me in my life.”
For more information on the Qatar congress, see http://www.qu.edu.qa/WCUR2016/index.php.
To hear a recording of Gaglia’s composition, “Impressions of Haiti,” see https://soundcloud.com/anthony-gaglia/impressions-of-haiti.
Contact: Greg Young, School of Music, (406) 994-5753 or firstname.lastname@example.org