Bryce Craig earned a B.M. in Music Composition from Kansas State University and is currently a Masters student and a Graduate Assistant in Music Composition at Central Michigan University. Current and former composition teachers include Keith Larson, Craig Weston, David Gillingham, and Jay Batzner. He works as a free-lance composer, private theory/composition instructor, and as Staff Composer/Arranger for the non-profit Kansas City Youth Percussion Ensemble. Bryce's works have been played nationwide at events such as the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy, the Michigan Intercollegiate Composition Concert, and the SCI Region IV conference. His orchestral overture Tracks was selected as the winner of the 2014 James and Paula Nelson Young Composer Award and was premiered by the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra . Bryce is particularly interested in the area of dance music and is currently writing a ballet in collaboration with choreographer Laura Donnelly and physicist Amit Chakrabarti dealing with the physics of crystals. Bryce is also active as a freelance percussionist and percussion instructor, performing primarily on the MalletKAT MIDI controller.

Compositions

Indescribable



One of the most chilling and visceral events I’ve experienced occurred in the spring of 2011 while storm chasing with my father. The outbreak that day took us across the state of Missouri and into its south-west portion, near the city of Joplin. Although we did not see the tornado itself, we did drive through part of the town merely ten minutes after touchdown. Words cannot describe what I saw nor heard over our radios. Needless to say, that day left a very deep and indelible impression on me. Soon afterwards I wrote this piece both in honor of the people who were affected by that tornado as well as to show respect for these storms’ sheer power and destructive potential.


Crystal Ballet I - Solid Crystal



The first movement of the Crystal Ballet, made in collaboration with choreographer Laura Donnelly and physicist Amit Chakrabarti at Kansas State University. The work deals with the movement of molecules in a crystal structure.


Mercury Fanfare



Several years ago I was given a copy of Bullfinch'ʹs Mythology, a 19th century guide to ancient and medieval legends, by my Uncle Dale. The Greek and Roman myths particularly interested me and so I decided to write a piece based on one of the ancient Roman gods. I settled on Mercury, also known as Hermes. He was known as the messenger of the gods and could quickly fly from place to place. Interestingly, his name is also the basis of the adjective mercurial, meaning impatient, volatile, and unstable. I thought this combination of ideas (quick and unstable) would translate well into a fanfare.


Prelude to a Dream



Prelude to a Dream was written as a gift to my recently born nephew, Callen. While trying to think of an appropriate type of piece for a new- born, I realized that a simple lullaby would probably be a wise choice. With that choice made I then attempted to think about not only what the lullaby itself would be, but what it might sound like when heard in a dream. Granted, dreams are quite different experiences for everyone, but I figured it wouldn’t hurt to give it a shot. The resulting piece uses several devices to help with that depiction, including electronic effects, changing time signatures, and abrupt tonal shifts.