John Secunde (b. 1995) is an American composer hailing from Limerick, Maine. He has written a variety of solo works, chamber music, vocal music, and works for large ensembles. Drawing inspiration from visual art, literature, and poetry, Mr. Secunde strives for visceral musical expression through directness and unity of thought. He has been commissioned by the Fredonia Jazz Workshop and Novus New Music Inc. to write a concerto for saxophonist Connor Mikula and band. His piece for solo viola, Introduction and Toccata, was the winner of the 2015 Fredonia Composition Competition. Mr. Secunde's music has been performed by violist David Rose, the Fredonia Concert Band, cellist John Chatterton, and saxophonist Timothy Bachman at the International Saxophone Symposium. He is currently pursing a B.M. in Music Composition at the State University of New York at Fredonia, where he has studied with Drs. Sean Doyle, Karl Boelter, and Andrew Martin Smith, and has participated in masterclasses with Jennifer Higdon and Kenneth Froelich. ​Mr. Secunde is a member of ASCAP and Society of Composers Inc, and his music is published by Thousand String Harp Music (ASCAP). When he is not composing, John enjoys reading, collecting wheat pennies, and long walks - preferably not on the beach.

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Introduction and Toccata

Performed by David Rose.

Granite Flower

Performed by the Fredonia Concert Band, Raymond Stewart Conductor.