Shepherd graduate premieres composition by Dr. Mark Andrew Cook in Italy

Shepherd University graduate Nicholas Corasaniti will premiere the Sonata for Trumpet, composed by Shepherd music faculty Dr. Mark Andrew Cook, at the Alba Music Festival in Italy that takes place May 24 - June 3, 2012. Dr. Mark Andrew Cook, Associate Professor of Music and Director for Music Theory and Composition at Shepherd University, will travel to Italy to attend the premiere of his work.

Nicholas Corasaniti received his degree in music education from Shepherd University last year, where he studied trumpet with Wayne Cameron, and composition and musicology with Dr. Cook. Since graduating, Corasaniti has pursued studies in Italy with trumpet teachers and musicologists of international repute. His honors thesis abstract was recently published in the Spring 2012 journal of the International Gustav Mahler Society in Vienna. The premise of the thesis being that Mahler was the true progenitor of Expressionism in music.

A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory in 1978 with a degree in music education, Dr. Cook came to Shepherd in 2005. He graduated from Catholic University with a master's degree in music theory in 1990 and doctorate in 2004. He is an honorary, fully-inducted member of Phi Mu Alpha, Xi Epsilon Chapter, the national music fraternity, and an honorary member of Sigma Alpha Iota, the national women's music fraternity. Cook performs throughout the region and is in demand as a jazz clinician and adjudicator. Cook is a guest lecturer in music theory and composition at the Barbara Ingram School of the Arts in Hagerstown, Maryland, and is currently writing an online textbook, "Foundations of Music Theory," to be released in July by Flat World Knowledge Publishing.

The City of Alba, located in the northern Piemonte region of Italy, is the stage for the dynamic and internationally influenced Alba Music Festival, which attracts more than 10,000 people each year and has been called "the little Spoleto of Piemonte". The concerts take place in the most prestigious places in Alba, including dozens of majestic castles and intimate churches that are the heart of the region's uniqueness. A spectacular journey in a thousand-year-old framework, the Festival is host to a magical meeting between rich history, stirring scenery, and music, featuring renowned soloists, orchestras, and musicians from all corners of the world. Over 100 students participate each year in the rich exchange that results from the meeting of European and American cultures. Public dialogue does not end after each concert but continues with a full calendar of interactive classes, seminars, and workshops.