MakeMusic Employees Make Music for MN MEA

Will you be attending Minnesota Music Educators Association’s (MMEA) Midwinter Clinic? This year two MakeMusic, Inc. employees will have original jazz band pieces premiered at the conference.

Many MakeMusic employees have careers in music beyond the work they do here, and this year’s MMEA Midwinter Clinic is just one of the many places you can hear their music. Here is more information about the composers and their MMEA performances:


Doug Rasmussen – Customer Support

  • Title of tune: Inventio 14
  • Performed by Eagan High School Jazz Ensemble 
  • Conducted by Conrad Miska
  • Friday, February 15, 2013, 3:45 PM

Composers note: I was commissioned by Eagan High School to write a Big Band chart that went between Baroque style classical music and Funk. The basis of the composition is Invention 14 from the Bach Two Part Inventions. The complete Invention is performed in sections broken up by a Funk Groove that I think really sneaks in.  It features Electric Guitar and Clarinet as a duet.

Beth Varela – Marketing

  • Title: Wait for Katie Hill
  • Preformed by St. Paul Central High School Jazz Band 
  • Conducted by Matthew Oyen
  • Friday, February 15, 1:15 PM, Minneapolis Convention Center, room 204

Composers note: I was commissioned to compose a piece for MMEA to be performed by a high school of which I am an alumni. This tune, titled Wait For Katie Hill, got it’s name because I first sketched it’s major themes while literally waiting for a student named Katie Hill to arrive for her piano lesson. My intention was to produce a fun, playful piece that showcases the strengths of the ensemble for which I was commissioned to write for. Strengths to look out for are the group’s high energy, improvisational skills, and their love for new music.

We’re so proud of all the exciting opportunities our employees pursue, and hope that if you’re planning to attend MMEA Feb 14th – 16th at the Minneapolis Convention Center, you’ll join us in the audience.


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