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new Labyrinth 2005 Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Cello 6 minutes, 1 movement. Score/Parts:
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Amstutz PhotoS. Anthony Amstutz, Baritone, began singing in High School, as many do, in church and community choirs. There, he extensively sang the oratorios of Handel, Mendelssohn, and Haydn. He also performed many lead roles in High School and in community stage productions, portraying such characters as the Cowardly Lion, J.B. Biggley, and Ali Hakim, as well as Shakespeare's Oberon and Caius Cassius.
 
He began his studies at the Ball State School of Music in 2002 and, since then, has been fortunate enough to continue to perform with BSU Opera as a member of the chorus in Pucinni's Suor Angelica and Strauss's Die Fledermaus. In 2004, he created the role of Igor, in Jack and the Beanstalk, presented by the BSU Opera outreach program. Last year he enjoyed performing the role of Monostatos in Mozart's Die Zauberflüte. This February, he looks forward to performing a shared recital with Corby York, which will feature the works of Mozart, Fauré, and Wolf.
 
Although Amstutz has greatly benefited from his performance opportunities with the BSU Opera Theater, he himself makes his home not on the stage but in the realm of composition. He is a music theory and composition major. He has composed original works for both instruments and voice, including a large choral work, small chamber pieces, and several art songs, of which he was greatly honored by having several of these works performed on campus by both students as well as voice faculty members.
 
In 2005, he co-authored, with Dr. Carla Maltas, The Three Little Pigs, a children's opera, which was performed by the BSU Opera Outreach Program. The Three Little Pigs received over a dozen performances in the Indiana area and was a great accomplishment for all who were involved. Labyrinth, one of his chamber pieces, was selected by competition, and was performed at the 2007 Society of Composers Inc. Region VI Conference, held at The University of Central Missouri in February of 2007.
 
Amstutz is also the president and founder of the Ball State University Student Chapter of Society for Composers Inc., a newly formed student organization that promotes the performance of student composer's works. Amstutz presented his senior composition recital in April of 2007. This recital featured the premier of several of Amstutz's original compositions, including As Lady from her Door: a song cycle of escape set to poems by Emily Dickinson. The cycle was composed for Professor Kathleen Maurer, faculty member of the BSU voice department. Amstutz graduated from BSU in May of 2007 with a B.M. in Music theory and composition. He plans to continue his studies in composition in a graduate degree program.
 
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