On November 13, the Nashville Composer Collective hosted a concert featuring the original works of five composers chosen based on submissions from all around Middle Tennessee—and three of the five composers proudly represented Belmont. Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Composition Dr. Mark Volker, graduate student Michael Quintana and undergraduate student Shelby Blalock each presented performances of one of their works at the concert in Green Hills. Volker presented his work titled “Echoes of Yesterday,” Quintana presented “Strata” and Blalock presented her composition “Fuse.”
The Nashville Composer Collective was started in 2012 and aims to facilitate regular performances by coordinating musicians and venues. This allows Nashville composers a platform to premier their compositions at various concerts in the community. According to the organization’s website, the group has facilitated the premier of over 70 works since its inception.