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Music Technology Leaders Support Alexander Publishing’s free online “Orchestration Class of the 21st Century”

United States
New class is a model for what can be achieved in the collegiate classroom.

Petersburg, VA (November 29, 2006) — Music technology leaders EastWest, Tascam, and VI-Control.net are sponsoring Alexander Publishing’s new “Orchestration Class of the 21st Century” with contests, prizes, and virtual classroom space.

At the conclusion of a standard semester of this free online course that starts on December 11, 2006, students will have written and produced more than a dozen original works, giving them a start to a publishing portfolio and possibly their first album. As a kind of music technology “Prix de Rome,” 11 students will win prizes for best electronic orchestration work. The top three winners will receive EastWest Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra in one of three versions; QLSO Platinum (a $2795 value) for first place, QLSO Gold (a $995 value) for second place and QLSO Silver (a $295 value) for third place. The next eight students will win an individual copy of Tascam’s award winning GigaStudio 3 in its new GVI format, a $349 value.

“Our goals for this new class model exceed the traditional 2-credit hour collegiate class where a majority of students never hear their final composition,” explained author Peter Alexander. “By using the electronic orchestral libraries, students can realize their assignments while developing recording skills in the process, which is a post-graduation standard for today’s composers.”

The “virtual classroom” space is provided by www.vi-control.net, a leading global forum for professional composers created by Midwest composer Frederick Russ (www.frederickruss.com). Here, Mr. Russ has created a special “offline” forum so that students can freely present their compositions to each other for critiquing.

Required text for the free course is Alexander Publishing’s Professional Orchestration™ Volume 1, Solo Instruments and Instrumentation Notes which comes with a one-year subscription to the 24/7 165,000 track streaming audio Naxos Music Library, the audio listening component of the Professional Orchestration teaching approach (www.professionalorchestration.com), and the Professional Mentor™ workbook/syllabus. Professional Orchestration is a breakthrough in price and content for collegiate music curriculum since text, audio package and workbook are available in a downloadable format for only $60 compared to over $200 for the nearest competitor. An 875-page printed text is also available.

Within the class is a recording module moderated by noted arranger/composer/engineer Patrick Valentino. Mr. Valentino has been musical director for Disneyland, The Sandpipers, The Lettermen, Peggy Fleming’s “An Evening on Ice,” for ABC, guest conductor for the Manchester Symphony (UK), Virginia Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Nashville Symphony and the Anaheim Symphony for Disneyland’s Candlelight Ceremony, as well as film composer for the critically acclaimed, “Reflections of a Life.” Mr. Valentino runs his own recording studio in Las Vegas.


To register, prospective students should go to this link at VI-control.net: http://vi-control.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5121. Registration deadline is December 10, 2006.

About Peter Lawrence Alexander

Peter Lawrence Alexander is a graduate of Richard Bland College of the College of William and Mary and the Berklee College of Music. In Los Angeles, he studied orchestration with the noted Hollywood orchestrator, Dr. Albert Harris, served Henry Mancini as his computer tech, and studied on the scoring stage with Jerry Goldsmith. Out of this experience, Mr. Alexander wrote Professional Orchestration Volume 1, with Volume 2A shipping in December 2006. He is the author of numerous books in music including How MIDI Works, Applied Professional Harmony, Counterpoint by Fux, Writing For Strings, and other works in music technology.

About Alexander Publishing

Alexander Publishing, a division of Alexander University, Inc., is a leading music education textbook publisher. Its hedgehog statement, learn it right the first time, guides the company in producing training that gets results.

About EastWest

Founded by music industry veteran Doug Rogers, EASTWEST (soundsonline.com) has established itself as a company dedicated to perpetual innovation and uncompromising quality - setting the industry standard for all to follow as a leading producer and distributor of Sample CDs and Virtual (software) Instruments.

About Tascam

TASCAM, one of four divisions of TEAC Corporation, is dedicated to making innovative products for capturing creativity in the field of music and audio. For more than 50 years, TASCAM has been a leading pioneer in recording technology and today continues to grow with the addition of new software and digital recording companies and products.

About Frederick Russ

Frederick Russ began composing in 1991. He’s composed music for two feature films and numerous short films for production companies in the USA. Mr. Russ has a world-class authoring studio seated in the Rockies.
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