UNI School of Music to host guest artist and composer Andrew Boysen Jr.

Posted on Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Caroline Francis, communications and operations coordinator, UNI School of Music, 319-273-2028,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa-- The UNI Singers, Women's Chorus and Symphonic Band will collaborate with the Metropolitan Chorale to present a concert featuring the works of composer Andrew Boysen, Jr. The event will be at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 6, in the Great Hall at the Gallagher Bluedorn on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Andrew Boysen Jr. is a professor in the music department at the University of New Hampshire, where he conducts the wind symphony and teaches conducting and composition. He maintains an active schedule as a composer, receiving commissions from festival, university and high school concert bands across the United States. Boysen will be in attendance, and the concert will culminate with a new commission "To Break Earth's Sleep," which Boysen will conduct. The final piece was commissioned by the Metropolitan Chorale specifically for this collaborative performance with UNI.

"Commissioning a new piece provides a unique experience for our students," said Amy Kotsonis, conductor of the UNI Singers, Women's Chorus and the Metropolitan Chorale. "We have the opportunity to contribute to the repertoire for the unique combination of ensembles. To have the composer here to work on the new piece and help us gain insights into what it is like to compose a new piece of music − it gives the students a glimpse into the mind of a creative artist and the artistic process."

For more information, contact Caroline Boehmer, UNI School of Music communications and operations coordinator, at 319-273-2028 or