Recently, I competed in the UMKC Concerto-Aria competition and was selected as one of the winners to perform with the orchestra. Below is the recording from the concert on February 28th, 2017, conducted by Garrett Rigsby. Hope you enjoy!
Hey guys! I’m super excited to announce the release of my new solo piano album. “Reminiscence” is the culmination of many hours of collaboration with my composition professors, piano teachers, and friends. I am honored to share my music with you. The album is now available on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, and many others. If you enjoy my music, feel free to share with your family and friends, or send me a message. Thanks for reading.
Josiah David Sprankle
Via my Facebook.
“Hey everyone! I haven’t had the chance to post on here for a while, so I figured I would take a moment to let you all what’s been going on in my life and give you guys a big announcement.
My first year at UMKC has been a year challenge, growth, fun, and education. I have learned so much from being surrounded by talented colleagues who are passionate about music. I have built friendships, developed as a musician and a person, and grown deeper in my walk with God.
At the end of my freshman year, I decided to take a huge first step into the world of professional music: polishing all of my piano compositions, learning them at a high level, and recording my first professional album.
I am still working all the details out, so stay tuned for information about the album release!”
Josiah David Sprankle
Instead working on a bunch of different compositions this semester, I decided to focus intensely on one major composition. Thus, internet, I present to you my magnum opus for the semester, The Four Temperaments. The instrumentation is violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, and piano. This piece is a culmination of hard work by my composition teacher, Chen Yi, all of my fantastic performers, and myself. I hope you enjoy!
This piece was premiered at Central United Methodist at the UMKC Conservatory Freshmen Composition Concert on May 6th, 2016.
So this week, I had the fabulous privilege of performing Chopin’s 2nd piano concerto, III. Allegro vivace with the Roanoke Youth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by James Glazebrook! I have been posting quite a few of my own compositions lately, so I figured it would be a nice contrast to include one of Chopin’s.
I was pleased to receive a performance of my Suite for Wind Quintet at the International Navy Saxophone Symposium on January 16th, 2016. While performing in the ensemble, I also had the chance to hear some amazing artists, which include the Habanera Quartet from France, and the 1st chair saxophonist for the Navy Band.
Credit to Matthew Brinkley for the video and photo on this site.
I was pleased to be involved with a project involving the UMKC Composer’s Guild and the UMKC Cello Studio. Each of the composers who volunteered were commissioned to write a short work for solo cello. After working closely with each cellist, the new works were presented in a concert at the Conservatory. My cellist and my good friend, Joshua Hart gave the premiere performance of my solo cello piece, “Off-Limits.” Check it out!
So, I have decided to write a set of piano etudes for piano. I am including the toccata in with this mix, mainly because it is difficult and fast and sounds like a piano etude. I wrote a new etude called “Whirlwind,” which was premiered at the December UMKC Composer Guild concert. Hope you enjoy!
My first UMKC composer guild concert went fantastic. It brings me great excitement to hear well-written music from my fellow colleagues, and it also brings me great excitement to hear my music performed. If you haven’t heard the new recording of The Wanderer, check it out! It is awesome. Well, at least my mom thinks so.
This piece was premiered by Kameron Sheffield (saxophone) and Josiah Sprankle (piano) at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Fall 2015 Composers Guild concert on October 6th, 2015.
The music is in two movements: 1.) Unrest, and 2.) Curiosity.
My orchestra piece, Reminiscence, is being featured on Composers Circle. If you haven’t heard of them, Composers Circle features a new composer and a new piece of music each day. Check them out and give a few composers a listen!