Night Sky Dark (2002)
trumpet and drumset

'Night Sky Dark' was inspired by my childhood memories of walking across the crisp frozen snowdrifts on my grandparents' Minnesota farm. The sensation of ultra silence except the crisp crunch of the blown snow under your feet, the sound of cattle in the barn, the crisp clean fresh air and dark star-lit night are vivid memories that awaken in me the warmth of those simple times. (Duration ca. 8 minutes) Amy Dunker

 

Amy Dunker has degrees from Morningside College (BME-Music Education), the University of South Dakota (MM-Trumpet Performance), Butler University (MM-Composition) and a DMA (Composition) University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music.  She has studied composition with James Mobberley, Chen Yi, Robert L. Cooper, Michael Schelle, James Aikman and Robert P. Block.  Amy's works have been performed at various conference and festival venues throughout the United States, Czech-Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Ukraine and Italy.  Her works have been performed by the following musicians and ensembles:  Kathleen Karr (Louisville Orchestra), Shannon Finney (Kansas City Symphony), the Indianapolis Brass Choir, Ensemble Octandre, Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra, Ovations Youth Orchestra of the Wheeling Symphony, Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and the Note Bene Ensemble.  Amy has received three ASCAP Standard Awards and a second place award in the Penfield Wind Band Competition.  She has received commissions from the Indianapolis Brass Choir,  Butler University Wind Ensemble, the Starr Foundation (Kansas City, MO), the Ovations Youth Orchestra of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra (Wheeling, WVA), and the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra (Dubuque, IA).  Amy's works have received reviews in Flute Talk (November 1998), the Dubuque Telegraph Herald (October, 2002), Saxophone Journal (November/December 2001) and the Society of Composers, Inc., Newsletter (April/May 2000).  Amy's works have been recorded by Jaime Guiscafre on the NextAGem label. Amy is an Associate Professor of Music at Clarke College where she teaches composition, theory,

 

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