Kristinmark Overture

Medium: Concert Band/ Wind Ensemble

Kristenmark Overture was commissioned and composed for the Symphonic Wind Ensemble of the University of Minnesota Duluth, Mark Whitlock conductor and the Symphony Band of the University of Wisconsin River Falls, Kristin Tjornehoj, conductor.The name “Kristinmark” are the first names of both conductors.It has been played many times in Europe, South America and the United States. It is often used in honor band festivals as it fits the level of difficulty (grade 4) for the average high school band festival and good duration for such events – seven minutes. The piece is in a clear Sonata Allegro form and includes short solos for trombone, horn, alto sax, trumpet, timpani, snare drum, tuba, oboe, crotales, flute, piccolo, bassoon, euphonium and clarinet. Non of the solos are very long or difficult. The solos are meant to feature as many musicians as possible. In some cases, alternate instruments have cues if particular instrumentalists are not strong performers . In 2017 Kristenmark Overture was submitted to The American Prize Composition Contest, Band Division. It placed as a Semi Finalist that year. Kristenmark Overture can be heard by the Brazilian Wind Orchestra, conducted by Dario Sotelo at: Instrumentation is: Piccolo, 2 Flutes 2 Oboes, 2 Bassoons, Eb Clarinet (Optional), 3 Clarinets, Bass Clarinet, 2 Alto Saxophones, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, 3 Trumpets, 4 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Timpani, Percussion (4 players – snare drum, bass drum, crash cymbals, suspended cymbal, tam tam, claves, triangle, cabasa, crotales, bells, vibraphone, xylophone)

Commissioned by

University of Minnesota Duluth and University of Wisconsin River Falls


the American Prize 2016 Band Music Composition Semi Finalist