Composer Denzel Washington (B.A in Music from Mercer University) is a graduate student pursuing and M.M in Music Composition at the University of Northern Iowa. He is a member of ASCAP and SCI (Society of Composers Inc.)Washington interns as a music producer for Belton Ideas, a multimedia and marketing company based in New York. His principal teacher is Dr. Christopher Schmitz (Mercer). He has participated in masterclasses with Dr. Zae Munn, Dr. Paul Salerni, and Dr. PQ Phan. His musical inspiration stems from a variety of composers, such as Charles Ives, Johannes Brahms, and Claude Debussy.
Washington placed first and received $1000 in the Atlanta Mu Phi Epsilon Alumni Chapter Scholarship Competition. This achievement came after his composition recital on October 31, 2016. Here he showcased his original compositions in Neva Langley Fickling Hall at Mercer University, including the premiere of his Symphony No. 1 “Memories of Mercer.”
In the fall of 2015, Washington was commissioned by Dr. Douglas Hill, director of the Mercer University Wind Ensemble, to write Fanfare Extraordinaire for the Mercer University Faculty Brass Quintet to premiere in their annual concert. Other commissioned works include Sonata for Double Bass and Piano for Reed Tucker (graduate student at the Juilliard School) and Fantasie and Dance for Euphonium and Piano for Demariquez Springs a senior Music Education major at Troy University.
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