JUNE 16, 2006 — HINSDALE, ILL. — Bright and uplifting, Daniel M. Reck's new work for handbell ensemble was published today by forzandoArts. "Grüne Schlossglocken" was written for the high school handbell ringers of the Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church in Greencastle, Indiana, after whom the work is named. The title literally means "green castle bells."
"The ringers went through a couple dozen names before that one," Reck says, who conducted the ensemble from 1999 to 2001 during his residency at DePauw University. "Those students were outstanding and great to work with," he says, "I wrote this piece for them but am glad that we can now share it with other two- and three-octave ensembles."
Outside of music, Reck will begin graduate studies in education and social policy at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois this summer. He just finished a stint as a Student Life Counselor at Ball State University's Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities, which is located in Muncie, Indiana. For two years, he worked closely with the three hundred students as a mentor and program facilitator. "They're the best Indiana has to offer," Reck says, "I think they taught me more than I tought them." While at the Academy, Reck was composer-in-residence and assistant conductor for the University Schools Band, which combines students from the Academy and the neighboring Burris Laboratory School. The band premiered Reck's "An American Fanfare" last month.