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Pendulum New Music is excited to present the first concert of 2016 showcasing CU’s own fresh ink! The upcoming January concert will feature recent works of our very own Sara Corry, Kurt Mehlenbacher, Phil Taylor, Kayla Goodison, and Elena Specht, as well as a brilliant new work by the renowned American composer Lori Laitman.

Kayla Goodison, one of the featured composers this month, is a fresh voice in the new music scene. She is quickly developing her own unique style through experimenting with different types of tonal and modal music, and brings intriguing and new musical pieces to both concert audiences and moviegoers alike.

Romanced by the film scores of Hollywood greats such as John Williams and James Newton Howard, Kayla began her own adventures into world of composition as a junior in high school. While she had grown up learning the intricacies of the viola, she never envisioned a career in performance. She wanted to create her own worlds primarily through words and writing, but now she had found another medium: music.

Under the guidance of Roy Safstrom, her instructor at Douglas County High School, she began to grasp the basics of music theory and aural skills. Kayla first wrote small pieces for class projects, and then moved on to larger ensembles. Her first piece for string orchestra, “Crimson Waltz,” was completed during the first few weeks of her senior year, and was later performed by the school’s chamber orchestra. Tragedy struck in January of 2012, when Mr. Safstrom passed away. This even struck a personal chord, as Safstrom had mentored Kayla since 2008, going as far as to state that he “believe[d] she could be the next John Williams.”

Kayla kept pursuing her passion as a way to honor her teacher, and was soon accepted to the University of Colorado’s music composition department. She is currently a senior at CU-Boulder with Michael Theodore, where she works hard to continue her teacher’s legacy and fulfill her own dreams. To check out Kayla’s music, visit her SoundCloud at

If you want to hear Kayla’s new work for solo viola entitled Six Enigmas, as well as five other mind-blowing new works, come to Pendulum New Music Series’ upcoming concert on January 26, at 7:30 pm, at Grusin Hall!

Concert this Wednesday!

Hi Friends!  We invite you to hear:

World premieres by Sara Corry, Kurt M. Mehlenbacher, Phil Taylor,Kayla M. Goodison, Elena Specht

With Abigail Nims, mezzo soprano

Songs by Lori Laitman

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016, Grusin Music Hall, Imig College of Music

Local Artists Feature– our artwork for Pendulum posters this year continues to feature art and photography of people within our Pendulum community.  This month we are thrilled to feature artist Michi Theurer, performing songs inspired by her own paintings

See you Wed. at 7:30PM!

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Recent Faculty and Alumni projects:

Michael Theodore has a new kinetic installation opening up in Denver!

Yale University’s Schola Cantorum chamber choir will be recording Daniel Kellogg’s “Shout Joy!” commissioned for their recent New York & Europe Tour.

Jeff Nytch’s Symphony No. 1: Formations will be performed in Feb. on the Colorado Symphony/DYAO “side-by-side” concert.

Alum Keane Southard won the Composer-in-Residence Award from the Colorado State Music Teachers Association- congratulations!