the composercait podcast

the composercait podcast

A new podcast series about the concert music of Cait Nishimura (@composercait).

Episodes

April 15, 2024 28 mins

Beneath the Canopy was commissioned as a flex band piece first and then made into a full band version. In this episode, I talk about the inspiration behind the piece, how it was all created based on one melody, and encourage folks to make connections between nature and music.

Episode links:
-Purchase Beneath the Canopy
-Aaron Perrine's website
-Lynn Valley parks
-Tree Canada

Audio credits for...

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Prompted by a recent real-life situation, in this episode I share my thoughts on saying no, making tough decisions, navigating disappointment, trusting yourself, and working at your own pace.

Episode shoutouts
Ashley Killam
Emily Steinwall
Marcus Grant

Please visit caitnishimura.com for perusal scores, recordings, program notes, and more info about me and my work. Connect with me on social...

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March 18, 2024 16 mins

This episode is about Reflections (2019) for grade 2.5 concert band, which was commissioned by the Minnesota Junior Winds.

Episode links:
-Learn more about the Minnesota Junior Winds
-Peruse/purchase Reflections

Audio credits for this episode:
-Arizona State University and conductor Malcolm Jones

Please visit caitnishimura.com for perusal scores, recordings, program notes, and more info about me and m...

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March 11, 2024 29 mins


Episode Links:
-purchase Boreal Pines
-Fort McMurray wildfire documentary

Audio credits for this episode:
-Ashley Brockway (audio clip)
-University of Southern Mississippi Symphonic Winds

Please visit caitnishimura.com for perusal scores, recordings, program notes, and more info about me and my work. Connect with me on social media: @composercait

If you have a question, submit it here and it m...

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March 4, 2024 40 mins

A whole episode dedicated to answering listener questions! 

Episode Links:

Please visit caitnishimura.com for perusal scores, recordings, program notes, and more info about me and my work. Connect with me on social media: @composercait

If you have a question, submit it here and it may be answered during a future episode.

Thank you for listenin...

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February 19, 2024 24 mins

In this episode, I talk about the bird calls that inspired Ready to Fly and share a letter from the commissioner!

Episode Links
Ready to Fly: https://caitnishimura.com/pages/ready-to-fly
Purchase link: https://caitnishimura.com/products/ready-to-fly 

Birds Canada: https://www.birdscanada.org/
Merlin: https://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/
E-bird: https://ebird.org/home 

Audio credits for this episod...

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February 5, 2024 19 mins

This episode is about A New Horizon, which was written for the University of Oklahoma New Horizons Band, and features an audio clip from the commissioner, Chris Baumgartner!

Episode links
Purchase a copy of A New Horizon
Learn more about New Horizons bands
OU New Horizons

Please visit caitnishimura.com for perusal scores, recordings, program notes, and more info about me and my work. Connect with me on social ...

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January 29, 2024 25 mins

This week we're looking at Alpine Meadow and how it evolved from roadtrip-inspired ideas to a full piece for concert band. I also answer a listener question and talk about composing at home vs on the road.

Audio credits for this episode:
Christian Amonson and Arts Laureate (audio/video editing on virtual recording of Alpine Meadow)

Episode links:
-Purchase Alpine Meadow
-Listen & learn more a...

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January 22, 2024 27 mins

This episode is all about Autumn. I talk about the evolution of this piece from poem to choir to band piece, and offer some tips for interpreting the music.

Recordings credits for this episode:
Toronto Youth Choir (Matthew Otto), Pacific Lutheran University Wind Ensemble (Edwin Powell), Amador Valley HS Wind Ensemble (Jonathan Grantham, David Vickerman)

Episode Links:
-Submit a question
-Purchase / pe...

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January 15, 2024 28 mins

In the first episode of this new series, I'm talking about Into the Blue, which is a short piece for grade 2 concert band.

To purchase a copy of Into the Blue for your own library, visit caitnishimura.com.

Audio credits for this episode:  
-Baldwin Wallace Conservatory Symphonic Band 
-Margot Northcott 

Please visit caitnishimura.com for perusal scores, recordings, program notes, and more info about...

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November 18, 2023 55 secs

My name is Cait Nishimura and I am a composer! In this podcast series, I’m going to tell you about each piece of music that I’ve written so far. 

I’ll be sharing behind the scenes stories from creating the piece, suggestions for performers and conductors, and teachable moments within the music. I’ll answer frequently asked questions and even share perspectives from my collaborators.

My goal is to offer you a candi...

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