Meraki

Program Notes:

Meraki is a Greek word that roughly translated means “a love for doing something”. It is usually referred to in the context of cooking, making a home, etc., but in this case, I applied it to music-making. I composed this piece for the Triad Area Medical Orchestra, a community orchestra based in Winston-Salem, NC. They are a brilliant group of volunteer musicians who excelled exponentially in their musical skills during my time as assistant conductor, and then music director. I composed this piece to showcase not only their abilities but also their unfiltered enthusiasm for music-making.

Instrumentation:

  • Flute I & II
  • Oboe I & II
  • Clarinet I & II (in B-flat)
  • Bassoon I & II
  • Horn I-IV
  • Trumpet I & II (in B-flat)
  • Trombone I & II, Bass Trombone
  • Tuba
  • Timpani
  • Percussion: Suspended Cymbal, Chimes, Glockenspiel, Crash Cymbals
  • Harp (or Piano)
  • Strings