Kayali ’01 Composes Inaugural Brass Fanfare

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Francis Kayali ’01, who recently joined the music faculty at Saint Anselm College, was asked to compose an inaugural brass fanfare before his first semester had even begun. Read a first-hand account of Kayali’s experience on Saint Anselm’s blog.

1 comment to Kayali ’01 Composes Inaugural Brass Fanfare

  • Terry Stenberg '56

    Francis Kayali is an accomplished composer, whose works have been performed by symphony orchestras as well as the Bowdoin Concert Band and Bowdoin Chamber Choir. This is not the first time that a college has called upon him to write a celebratory piece. His “Fantasy on Bowdoin Songs” was played by the Concert Band for the opening ceremonies of Studzinski Hall in 2006. In his Saint Anselm College blog statement, Francis mentions that he spent the summer of 2013 working on his composition (for brass quintet) for the inauguration of the College’s new President. Interestingly, the previous summer Francis had written another piece (then for a concert band). The latter work, “Scarab Dance,” was dedicated by him to John Morneau, on the occasion of John’s twenty-fifth year as Director of the Bowdoin Concert Band. It was performed by the Band at is concert last November. Congratulations, Francis! In your fanfare composition for Saint Anselm you have effectively used five brass instruments to create a stirring, fitting piece. Best wishes to you as you complete your first year on the Saint Anselm faculty.

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