Dr. Jason Heald (1958), Director of Music at Umpqua Community College, is an active composer, performer, educator, and clinician in the Pacific Northwest. He holds a Ph.D. in composition from University of Oregon, a Master’s degree from University of Portland, and a Bachelor’s degree from Lewis and Clark College. Dr. Heald is a prolific composer, with works published by ChoralWeb, UNC Jazz Press, Sound Music Publishing, Plymouth Music, Northwestborough Music, and Call of the Wild Publishing.
The Bugle - Vanguard Premieres Contest 2008 (Honorable Mention)
The poem “The Bugle” is from a larger work, The Princess, written by the English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892). The poem’s craggy alpine imagery paints much more than a picture for me. Having grown up in Alaska, I find that this poem evokes a vivid, sensual memory of sight, sound, smell, and touch that is incredibly personal. Truly, one can taste the mountain air as one experiences the text! Tennyson uses the wonder of nature to portray the nobleness of human life and to illustrate our ability to impact future generations. (Notes by the composer, 2008)