To the Glory of God alone.

About

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Joshua Carver earned his Ph.D. in music composition under Dinos Constantinides at Louisiana State University. He earned the M.M. degree in theory and composition from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the B.Mus. degree in guitar performance from Louisiana Tech University. His composition teachers include Constantinides, Joe L. Alexander, Gabriel Miller, Quincy Hilliard, and Jonathan Kulp. Several of Carver's works have received awards, including The Cavalier Suite for low brass quartet, Silent Noon for women’s chorus, and his String Quartet No. 1, which received First Prize in the Philip Slates Memorial Composition Competition, sponsored by the Southeastern Composers League. His works have been performed by soloists and ensembles across the United States and in Athens, Greece.

 

Dr. Carver serves as Associate Minister of Music and Worship at First Baptist Church of Lafayette, where he leads the eleven:11 worship service and the CrossfireWorship Youth Choir and Band. He has also remained active as a teacher through his guitar studio and has instructed college courses in counterpoint, harmony, aural skills, orchestration, and appreciation. He also gave the inaugural lecture for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lecture Series in Music Scholarship in 2009, titled, “Persuasions against the Canonization of Bad Music.” His two-part dissertation comprises his Symphony No. 1: On the Creation and a study of chromaticism and harmony in Henry Purcell's sacred music.

 

Joshua, his wife Lana, and his children Alma, Jocelyn, and Henry live happily in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Compositions

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Arrangements     Chamber Music     Choral     Orchestral     Solo Works     Songs

 

Chamber Music

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2007

            Atonal Wars; mezzo-soprano, trumpet in B-flat, guitar

2008

            The Cavalier Suite; low brass quartet

2009

            Duates (Fraist Duate and Saykun Duate); clarinet in B-flat and alto saxophone

            Trio; clarinet in B-flat, alto saxophone, and guitar

2011

            Homage to Josquin des Prez; woodwind quintet

2012

            String Quartet No. 1, on a row derived from Bach’s Magnificat; string quartet

Arrangements

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2012

            A Lover’s Concerto (Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell, Screen Gems – EMI, 1965); flute and strings

            Dawn from Pride and Prejudice (Dario Marianelli, Universal Pictures Music, 2005); string quartet

            Joyful, Joyful (Roger Emerson, Hal Leonard, 1994); flute and strings

            Oh Happy Day (Edwin R. Hawkins, Kama Rippa Music/Edwin R. Hawkins Music, 1969); flute and strings

            Only Time (Enya, Nicky Ryan, and Roma Ryan, EMI Music Publishing LTD, 2000); string quartet

            Order My Steps (Glenn Burleigh, Burleigh Inspirations Music, 1991); flute and strings

            Overture to The Choice (Robert Sterling, Word Music, 1992); 3.3.3.3 winds, 4.3.3.1 brass, timpani, percussion, piano/rhythm section, harp, strings

2013

            I Love Paris from Can-Can (Cole Porter, Robert H. Montgomery, 1953); baritone voice, alto saxophone, piano, drums, and strings

            Let’s Do It from Paris (Cole Porter, Warner Bros. Inc., 1928); baritone voice, alto saxophone, piano, drums, and strings

            You Do Something To Me (Cole Porter, Warner Bros. Inc., 1929); baritone voice, alto saxophone, piano, drums, and strings

 

Choral

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Arrangements     Chamber Music     Choral     Orchestral     Solo Works     Songs

2007

            O World, Be Nobler; SATB div., text by Lawrence Binyon

            Silent Noon; SSAA, text by Dante Gabriel Rosetti

            Veritas, Æquitas, Fortitudo; SATB div., text from Psalms, in Latin

2008

            Dies Sanctificatus; SA

2011

            Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming; SSA, Theodore Baker & Michael Praetorius

2013

            Psalm 113; SATB div., text from KJV Bible

Orchestral

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2011

            The Federalist Papers: Three Songs for Tenor, Baritone, Bass, and Orchestra; 2 flutes, oboe, English horn, bassoon, 2 trumpets in B-flat, horn in F, timpani, harpsichord, organ, tenor, baritone, bass, string orchestra

            Soggetto Cavato; flute, oboe, clarinet in B-flat, bassoon, guitar, string orchestra

2012

            Poem for Chamber Orchestra; 2 oboes, 2 horns in F, string orchestra

2013

            Romans 12; 3.3.3.3 winds, 4.3.3.1 brass, timpani, 2 percussion (xylophone, marimba, vibraphone, tubular bells, bass drum, cymbals, triangle), harp, SATB soloists, SA boys’ choir, SATB mixed choir, strings; text from KJV Bible

2014

            Symphony No. 1: On the Creation; 3.3.3.3 winds, 1.1.1.1 saxophones, 4.3.3.1 brass, timpani, 3 percussion (crash cymbals, suspended cymbal, chimes, snare drum, bass drum, vibraphone, marimba, glockenspiel, slapstick, thunder sheet, triangle, wind chimes, 3 wood blocks), piano/celeste, organ, harp, strings

 

Solo Works

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2008

            Chorale No. 2; keyboard

            Fire! (A Canon); keyboard

            Menuet in E-flat Major; keyboard

            The Death Star Is Now Operational; keyboard

2009

            An Explication; piano

            The Birth of Aphrodite; piano

            Winds; flute

2012

            Little Pieces; piano

            Sonata No. 1; guitar

2013

            Contexts; cello

            Decatur; saxophone

Songs

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2010

            Icarus Falling; soprano, bass, and piano (Commissioned by Keith Dorwick for his video Icarus, supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, as administered by the Acadiana Center for the Arts)

2011

            that twinkling in your eye; soprano and guitar, text by Colin Carver

 

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