FAU Alumnus Makes it to Carnegie Hall

As a commercial music student in FAU’s department of music, and a member of Hoot/Wisdom Recordings, Brian Petuch got a taste for composing classical music. Little did he know that one day he would have his composition performed at Carnegie Hall.

Brian Petuch graduated as a commercial music major from FAU’s department of music in 2008, and went on to attend the Mannes School of Music.  He was a finalist in the 2013 ASCAP Foundation’s Morton Gould Young Composer Awards and was a Guest Composer for the Albany Symphony’s 2013 American Music Festival. Earlier this year, his composition of a First Music commission titled “If You see Something, Say Something” was performed by the New York Youth Symphony in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

“Carnegie Hall is representative of the artistic and musical culture in New York City and it is a great honor to become a part of that,” said Petuch. “I’m thrilled beyond belief to have been awarded this opportunity.”

Petuch’s new composition was performed by a select ensemble from the Chamber Music program. The ensemble also performed a range of works from the great masterpieces, putting Petuch’s work in amongst those by Maurice Ravel, Franz Schubert, Anton Arensky and other world famous composers.

Petuch mainly writes contemporary classical music, but he also works for a contemporary classical record label and non-profit, and records live sound for an opera company.

“FAU gave me a solid foundation,” said Petuch. “Coming into college I had been involved with rock bands and other popular music but only had minimal experience with classical music. The course work involved with my degree track was extremely broad and all encompassing. These wide-ranging areas of music study made me well equipped to work in almost any type of music.”

When asked what advice he would give to other commercial music majors, Petuch responded: “Never stop learning and always have an open ear. When looking at the most successful American composers working in my field today, those are the things that they all have in common. You have to continue to deepen your understanding of music and other subjects such as literature, art, and science. No matter if you are a recording engineer, a rapper, or a composer for film, becoming a well-versed musician and human being will always give you an advantage.”

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