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Graduation Eve - OB/PN or SOP SAX/PN

Composer: Resnik, Ethan

Publisher: TrevCo

Edition: 71792


Graduation Eve
for oboe or soprano saxophone and piano
by Ethan Resnik - American composer and pianist


Originally for oboe and piano, Graduation Eve was written for an AP music theory assignment in 2018. Nearly six years later, I came across the handwritten manuscript buried away in a cabinet among heavy stacks of wrinkled, disorganized papers.

Looking back on my high school sophomore self, I hope to bring this piece back to life again. Since graduating high school, I feel that my perspectives on life and music have evolved and grown more sophisticated. As a rising senior in college, I guess the title makes more sense to me now than it did as a tenth grader.



Ethan Resnik is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music Degree in Composition at the Eastman School of Music. His works are often inspired by nostalgia, nature, and places that he visits, as well as his synesthesia, as he associates colors with letters, numbers, and sounds.

Ethan is the recipient of awards including the Eastman School of Music Belle Gitelman Award, the Louis Lane Prize, the Susquehanna University Composition Prize, and he received first place in the Akron Symphonic Winds Young Composer’s Competition and the Villa Musica Call for Scores. His music has been performed by ensembles including the American Modern Ensemble, North/South Chamber Orchestra, Quartetto Zuena, Atlantic Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble, Akron Symphonic Winds, The Rhythm Method String Quartet, and the Julius Quartet. In addition, he was featured as a composer on NPR's From The Top, which aired in February of 2020.

As a pianist, he was a soloist with the North Shore Symphony Orchestra, a finalist in the Yonkers Philharmonic Concerto Competition, and he received first place in the American Fine Arts Festival Concerto Competition. He also enjoys performing chamber music, accompanying, and arranging.

For two years, Ethan studied composition with Eric Ewazen at The Juilliard School Pre-College Division. He also participated in the New York Youth Symphony Composition Program, as well as several summer festivals and workshops.

Ethan is dedicated to volunteer work and community service. For over two years, he performed weekly concerts for local assisted-living residents. He also participated in the “Bach to Bach” Project. He has organized solo benefit concerts in his community for charity.

Besides music, Ethan enjoys riding roller coasters, hiking, studying French, and going to beaches.