Kansas composer Dwight Beckham, Sr. did his undergraduate and graduate work at Wichita University. He has studied composition with Homer Keller, Adrian Pouliot, Harold Moyer, Joshua Missal, and Robert Marek. He has played trumpet with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, and the Wichita Wind Ensemble. Beckham has been inducted into the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame and the Kansas Music Educators’ Association Hall of Fame. He was recently named Outstanding Bandmaster by the Kansas Bandmasters Association. As member of ASCAP he has a number of publications with Wingert-Jones, Grand Mesa, Daehn, TRN, and C. Alan. His works include commissions for concert band, full orchestra, string orchestra, and chamber groups. He is the recipient of a Kansas Arts Commission Fellowship in Music Composition.



Three Orchestral Works

Release Date: October 13, 2017
Catalog Number: NV6122
21st Century
THREE ORCHESTRAL WORKS BY DWIGHT BECKHAM, SR. marks a tremendous sample of American composer Dwight Beckham’s lyrical style and command of the orchestra. Based in Kansas, Beckham is part of an important generation of composers who, in the latter half of the twentieth century, persisted in their pursuit of a classically Romantic aesthetic. To this end, Beckham’s orchestral music is stalwartly thematic, crisply orchestrated, and centered on dramatic melodic and harmonic ideas.