Colorado State University - Pueblo (Composer-in-Residence, February 2016)
I was invited to be the first resident composer of the CSU Annual Festival of Winds. The CSU Wind Ensemble performed my work 'Prelude to Something Big' as well as premiering 'Pastorale' a work commissioned by the Rocky Mountain Commissioning project. I also gave two lectures one for composition students (in addition to private lessons) and one one wind repertoire to high school teachers. The Festival band also performed my piece 'First Snow'
"The Rocky Mountain Commissioning Project selected Anthony O’Toole to write a piece to premier at our annual Festival of Winds and High School Honor Bands. After delivering the composition far ahead of schedule, the University Wind Ensemble enjoyed preparing the work for its premier and found new meaning during rehearsal preparations with Anthony. During his residency on campus, he offered master classes with university composition students and also was eager to meet with more than 50 visiting high school band directors to talk about his music and the compositional process. The result of his efforts was Pastorale for Wind Band, which was received warmly by the audience and was deemed age appropriate by the participating consortium members who subsequently offered performances of the work with their high school ensembles. It was a pleasure working with Anthony O’Toole."
Dr. Alan W. Mills Director of Bands, Colorado State University-Pueblo