Thomas Childs, composer and instructor of music theory at Interlochen Arts Academy, attended the premiere performance of one of his newest works in March 2013 when the Michigan State University Symphony Band performed “Isle of May” in Cobb Hall under the direction of John Madden. The piece for wind ensemble was inspired by a tiny uninhabited island off the coast of Scotland.
"Isle of May" was the winner of the 2012 MSU Honors Composition competition. It is a challenging piece full of complex rhythms and includes both piano and harp, unusual additions to the standard wind symphony. The piece will receive a second performance when the Interlochen Arts Academy Band plays "Isle of May" in Corson Auditorium on April 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Childs’ work reflects his interest in the collision of popular and classical music and has been performed by the Grammy-winning group eighth blackbird, Alia Musica and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.