Nicholas Allen lately wrote a paper that mixed two of his areas of curiosity: know-how and singing.
The paper, by the valedictorian of Alexander Central College’s Class of 2019, analyzed the concord, melody and structural content material of the music of AVIA, the world’s first synthetic intelligence composer to be acknowledged by an artist’s rights company.
Allen, a freshman majoring in pc science at Princeton College with a minor in engineering physics and vocal efficiency, hopes to sooner or later write, carry out and produce his personal album sooner or later. The album, he stated, would probably comprise “a mixture of authentic songs and preparations of songs close to and expensive to me.”
Allen, the 2019 John Mikalski Profession Music Scholarship recipient from the Genesee-Wyoming Music Educators Affiliation, is featured this week within the Affiliation’s digital live performance collection.
Allen is a baritone, and performs the vocal piece “Their Hearts have been Stuffed with Spring,” a track a few “very light boy” and “the woman who wore his ring.”
The track, first launched within the 1950s, has been recorded by such harmonizing teams as The 4 Freshman and The Seashore Boys. In his video, Allen performs every half – stitching the concord collectively digitally as he seems in every body’s for corners.
Whereas singing is Allen’s major instrument, he’s additionally adept at performing jazz piano and French horn. He stated he enjoys composing his personal music and arranging.
His favourite expertise thus far has been singing with the Princeton College Glee Membership in February beneath the path of Gabriel Crouch.
“We went on tour to carry out in Mexico,” he stated.
In highschool, Allen stated two performances standout: performing with the Alexander Jazz Expertise throughout its annual jazz invitational, and performing as a highschool junior with the NAfME All-Nationals Honor Ensembles Combined Choir in Orlando, Fla.
“In such a short while, I’ve had the pleasure of performing with so many splendidly gifted individuals,” stated Allen, the son of Daniel and Susan Allen.
Allen has been singing since elementary college and in center college turn out to be extra lively and a number one singer in his part. He based and led such teams because the Alexander Jazz Expertise , carried out and organized for ensembles such because the Genesee Valley Wind Ensemble, and acted in lead roles in Alexander’s musicals, together with “Guys and Dolls” his senior yr.
Allen, a member of the Nationwide Honor Society, undertook a rigorous educational load that included 15 Superior Placement exams and a wide range of college-level lessons by means of Genesee Neighborhood Faculty. He earned an affiliate in utilized science diploma in pc data methods and an affiliate in science diploma in liberal arts and science with a focus in physics a number of weeks earlier than incomes his highschool diploma.
Allen was additionally a three-sport athlete in highschool as a member of the varsity’s cross nation, swimming and monitor and subject groups, competing in sectionals in all three sports activities in a number of years.
Princeton is residence to 2 of his favourite efficiency venues, the Richardson Auditorium and Princeton College Chapel.
“These areas have such an unbelievable acoustic profile that performing music from Thomas Tallis’ 40-part motet to Psalms settings by Princeton’s personal Caroline Shaw with the Princeton Glee Membership has been only a surreal expertise,” Allen stated.
Allen has a protracted listing of musical influences and function fashions. They embrace his music academics, Jacob Collier, Invoice Evans, Louis Cole, and Cory Henry, Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky, and Eric Whitacre, amongst others.
The GWMEA is celebrating the expertise of highschool musicians and up to date alumni in a collection of social media performances.
The John Mikalski Profession Music Scholarship is awarded to 2 college students annually who want to pursue a profession in music. Every year, college students within the scholarship audition in entrance of a panel of judges and full an interview course of.
Earlier performances within the GWMEA collection have included guitarist Lowell Chamberlain of Alexander, flutist Lydia Geiger of Batavia and singer Andrea Gilebart of Batavia.
Upcoming performances will characteristic college students who graduated in 2018, 2017 and 2016.
Performances will likely be posted throughout the GWMEA’s social media platforms, together with Fb (@GWMEA), Instagram (@gwmeamusic) and Twitter (@gwmea).
The movies can even be obtainable Thursdays on thedailynewsonline.com.
The GWMEA, which incorporates 11 faculties in Genesee and Wyoming counties, works to reinforce college students’ musical experiences by means of solo and ensemble alternatives.
The aim of the net performances is to acknowledge the coed musicians whereas additionally creating instructional alternatives for viewers.