Jun 27, 2016 7:10 PM
Kyle Morrison Torrington High School Class of an introverted classical pianist raised on 80’s thrash metal has produced a musically schizophrenic hybrid of chaos and tranquility. Kyle Morrison has fronted the metal acts TRIPHONand SHATTERSPHERE as both the vocalist and keyboardist. Kyle has made a name for himself crafting classically-infused, video game inspired pianometal. An aggressive twist backing a typically soft instrument has created a unique genre that commands appreciation from multiple musical backgrounds.
“It’s like Metallica and Beethoven are fighting for dominance over my musical ideas. Some days I want to play screaming thrash metal and other days I only want to hear the notes of my piano. My work is the result of this constant tug of war. Throw in my lifelong hobby of video games and you have a concoction of musical madness.”
Combining modern technology with traditional composition, Kyle has created a genre of music that puts the focus on an often overlooked instrument within an aggressive setting. “The piano is such as diverse instrument. I’d like to push it in a direction that really hasn’t been explored to the fullest extreme. Given the technology, I’d imagine that our classical forefathers would have done the same.”
Kyle is currently working on his debut album slated for release in 2016.
Lore of the Immortals
One Winged Angel
The Maple Leaf Rag
Bouree in E Minor
The Death of Gilgamesh
The Athlete’s Rag
Rondo Alla Turca
The Bloody Tears of Simon Belmont
TES V: Skyrim Theme
Descent Into Darkness
WWE – World Wrestling Entertainment
Sang the original version of ECW theme “Don’t Question My Heart.”
Walker and the Brotherhood of the Grape
The One and Lonely
Remember The Sandwich – EP
Jun 20, 2016 8:51 PM
Bridget Bertoldi is a fifth year senior at the Bard College Conservatory of music, studying flute with Tara Helen O’Connor and pursuing a double degree in psychology.
Bridget was salutatorian of her class at Torrington High School 2012 in Torrington, Connecticut, began taking private flute lessons at the age of seven, and studied with Greig Shearer, principal flutist of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, for her four high school years. She was principal flutist in the Connecticut Youth Symphony of the Hartt School in West Hartford, Connecticut and was enrolled in the pre-college Performance Certificate Program at The Hartt School Community Division.
As a sophomore, she was accepted to perform at the American High School Performance Series at Carnegie Hall under the conductorship of H. Robert Reynolds. Based on her audition, she was chosen as principal flute player. During her junior year, Bridget was a finalist in the Williams Chorale Bacardi Performing Arts Competition and also received the Hartt Community Division’s Winds, Brass & Percussion Honors Award. As a senior Bridget was a finalist in the Stamford Symphony Competition. She has taken part in the ARIA International Summer Academy, the Julius Baker Flute Masterclasses at Western Connecticut State University as well as in masterclasses with Paul Edmund Davies, Gary Schocker, Eugenia Zukerman, Rae Tattenbaum, and Rhonda Larson.
In 2013, Bridget was a winner of the National Flute Association’s Masterclass Performance Competition and performed “Zoom Tube” by Ian Clarke for Pierre Yves-Artaud, flute professor at the Paris Conservatory at the National Flute Convention in New Orleans. She was a finalist in Bard Conservatory’s Concerto Competition this past fall and has played principal in the orchestra’s 2014 Eastern European Tour and their 2016 Cuba Tour. She plans to pursue both her PhD in forensic clinical psychology and her love for contemporary music after she graduates.
Memories from THS Band
Most of the memories from high school that are closest to my heart are from being a member of the Torrington High School band. The THS band provided me with a warm community of friends, many of whom I consider family today, that made my high school experience unforgettable. Besides the innumerable amount of laughs and fun I had, I remember the enormous sense of pride and dedication I felt to be a part of such an amazing group. None of the magic of this program would exist, though, without the huge heart and passion of its leader, Mr. S. I have never met anyone in my life who would do and give up as much as he does for his students. I feel so lucky to have been able to be a part of such a special group and I still miss it today. I will be eternally grateful for the lifelong friends and memories I have made from my time spent in the THS band.
Jun 17, 2016 2:49 PM
My fondest memories of the music program at Torrington HS include playing in a string quartet with three other members of the class of 2011, singing in the chamber choir, and composing a piece of music for the orchestra, which was performed at the 2011 Farewell Concert. I was a bit shy in high school, and being a member of the music department - both in orchestra and choir - helped me meet people and grow more confident and social. Most importantly, Mr. Splettstoeszer’s suggestion that I write a piece for the orchestra during my senior year opened up the possibility of pursuing a career in composition, which has shaped the direction my life and education have taken ever since.
Dale Osterman (b. 1993) is a composer, musician, and writer from Torrington, Connecticut. He became involved with music at age nine, playing cello in school and going on to perform as a singer-songwriter before eventually writing his first “serious” work at the age of seventeen. Since then Dale has written numerous works for a plethora of mediums. He has written for chamber pieces, solo works, works for large ensembles including symphony orchestra, and electronic works, including a piece (Pangaea) that was choreographed for the Hartt school’s 2016 choreo-comp collaboration. Dale’s music is often characterized by close harmonies, involved rhythms, and an energy inspired both by popular styles and by the music of young contemporary composers. Lately, he has been interested in exploring texture, noise, and space in his music, and in seeking ways to employ sounds typically found in electronic music in acoustic settings.
Dale holds a Bachelor’s degree in Audio and Music Production from Western Connecticut State University and is currently attending the Hartt School of Music where he hopes to earn a Master’s degree in composition. He has studied cello with numerous teachers, including Harmon Steiner, Mariel Roberts, and Richard Vaudrey. While at WCSU he studied production with Edward Dzubak and Douglas O’Grady, and composition with Kevin Jay Isaacs. His composition teachers at the Hartt School have been Ken Steen and David Macbride.
As a cellist, Dale has performed with numerous groups and in solo performances. Orchestral engagements have included the Ives Orchestra in Danbury, the WCSU orchestra, the Hartt Symphony Orchestra, and the 2015 Next Festival of Emerging Artists, as well as numerous pit orchestras for theatrical performances. As a soloist, he premiered his piece Scorched Earth at the Hartt School’s Fall 2015 Public Works recital.
He is also a member of the Hartt School’s Composer’s Ensemble, a contemporary experimental group dedicated to performing new works by its members, and holds an assistantship directing and performing with the Composer’s Chorus. Both of these ensembles have performed works of Dale’s, including This Living Dream, The Sound of Sense, and H+ for man and machine. This Living Dream was one of the fist works of Dale’s that incorporated poetry that he wrote himself.
Upcoming performances of Dale’s music include the string quartet Flood, which will be read and workshopped by the Mivos Quartet at the Walden School’s June 2016 Creative Musician’s Retreat in Dublin, New Hampshire; and an as-of-yet unfinished work for solo violin that will be performed in November of 2016 in a concert by Hartt School violinists.
Jun 15, 2016 7:38 PM
I am an Interior Communications Electrician Second Class Petty Officer, which means I am an E-5, I was one of the youngest in the navy when I made this rank. I am surface warfare and aviation warfare qualified. I lead 15 sailors in the day to day operations onboard USS Bataan where I have searved for 3 years, been on its last deployment to 5th and 6th fleet area of operations which included places like Italy, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Dubai, Bahrain, and Jordan. I have also assisted as Bataan went through its major shipyard maintenance availibility which consisted of the ship coming out of the water and going on blocks and basically taking the ship apart, repairing the parts and putting it back together. since being out of the shipyards I have assisted in Bataan gaining its major qualifications such as Aviation certification so we can launch and recover aircraft, Light Off assessment which allows us to bring our main engines online and allow us to go underway, our Navigation assessment which also allows us to complete underways and many more. as an Interior communications electrician or IC as we call it, i am responsible for over 150 different systems onboard, consisting of phones, TV, CCTV, Flooding/fire/smoke/intrusion alarms, Salinity indicating systems, General announcing systems, Cathodic Protection (which protects the bottom of the ship from the corrosive properties of the salt water with an electromagnetic current) we also set up PA systems for any ceremonies and CO's calls that happen onboard. IC's are technicians so we troubleshoot and repair systems, we are the only job in the navy that work from the tipity top of the ship to the bottom of the hull. if you couldnt tell i absolutely love my job and am proud of what i do in the worlds finest Navy.
Jun 3, 2016 5:42 AM
Justin McManus is a 2006 graduate of Torrington High School, having played both clarinet and bassoon during his time as a student. He was Drum Major of the “Pride of Torrington” Marching Band for the group’s first national performance, the 2006 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. His favorite memory at THS was his final home football game, leading the band onto the football field for the final time. Justin has continued to carry his Raider Pride throughout his collegiate and professional career, and is grateful for the incredible lessons he learned during his time in Torrington.
Justin holds a M.M. in Bassoon Performance, B.S. in Music Education, and B.A. in Music (Bassoon) from the University of Connecticut. As an undergraduate student at UConn, he was a tuba section member, manager, and drum major of the “Pride of Connecticut” Marching Band. As a Graduate Assistant, Justin led the UConn Pep Band between 2011-13, including the UConn Women’s Basketball National Title Game in 2013. He has studied bassoon under Mr. Ron Haroutunian of the Boston Pops, and Mrs. Alicia Simonetti-Sphur.
As an Assistant Director of the University of Notre Dame Band program, Justin assists with the “Band of the Fighting Irish” Marching Band, conducts the Symphonic Band and University Band, directs the 200+ member basketball pep band, and teaches studio bassoon lessons. In addition, he teaches a course in Instrumental Techniques, serves as a faculty member for the Moreau First Year Experience course, and is advisor/teaching faculty for the Notre Dame Bandlink Outreach program.
Jun 1, 2016 4:55 AM
Christopher DeLouis is a graduate of Torrington High School (11' saxophone) and the University of Rhode Island. He is an avid soloist, chamber musician and educator. With a passion for all styles of music ranging from traditional to contemporary, he has performed with the University of Rhode Island Symphony Orchestra, at North American Saxophone Alliance Regional Conferences and in multiple recitals. He has also commissioned and premiered new works for the instrument in order to broaden the saxophonists available repertoire and techniques. As a chamber musician he has performed at the United States Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, the Annual New England Saxophone Symposium and with ensembles of all sizes and instrumentation. In hopes to inspire the next generation of saxophonists, he has held private studios in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Ohio and has given clinics and master classes to musicians of all ages. Christopher is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Saxophone Performance at Bowling Green State University where he studies with Distinguished Artist Professor Dr. John Sampen. He holds a Bachelor Degree in both Music Education and Saxophone Performance with Summa Cum Laude honors from the University of Rhode Island where he studied with Dr. Jared Sims.