Salsa performance a big success!

On February 14th, the Northwest Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Dr. Spain opened their concert with Guthrie’s Salsa: The Allurement.  While the work has been criticized for being underdeveloped and perhaps uninteresting, the public loved the work.  Apparently Ian Guthrie had Ravel’s Bolero paradox: while the composer created something that “contained no music”, the… Continue reading Salsa performance a big success!

New York Chamber Players to premiere a work… but I cannot afford it alone

Ian Guthrie has recently received an opportunity to write a 20-25 composition for the New York Chamber Players. He has already planned to write the work, but he is currently searching for funds to help meet the production costs, which will amount to about $10,000. All donations are much appreciated, as well as suggestions of… Continue reading New York Chamber Players to premiere a work… but I cannot afford it alone

Ian Guthrie wins MTNA Oregon young artist competition

Ian Guthrie won first place in the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Piano Performance Competition for the state of Oregon in November 2013. As the state winner, he will represent Oregon at the MTNA Northwest Division Competition in Portland this January where he will compete against the state winners from Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana… Continue reading Ian Guthrie wins MTNA Oregon young artist competition

NW Symphony and other ensembles perform Guthrie’s work

The Northwest Symphony Orchestra has programmed Ian Guthrie’s “Salsa” from “The Spuniy Girl” for their February 14th, 2014 concert. Ian Guthrie’s newest piece, The Blast Zone, for two double basses and piano, will be performed at the Universityof Oregon’s Composers Symposium workshop “Virgin Ears” by the American Chamber Ensemble.  The exact date has not been… Continue reading NW Symphony and other ensembles perform Guthrie’s work

L’histoire performance on KBOO

The excellent performance on Monday included Stravinsky’s enormously popular L’histoire du Soldat and Marsalis’ A Fiddler’s Tale, as well as the premeire of four works by Marylhurst University’s top composition faculty and students.  The local radio KBOO also broadcast the entire concert (found at

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