A former Vernonia High School student has composed a piece of orchestral music, dedicated to the community of Vernonia and his classmates at VHS.
Nate McCroskey-Izzett, a senior at Mazama High School in Klamath Falls, Oregon, directed the world premiere performance of Vernonia Overture, which he composed, at the Klamath Falls Community Band concert on April 12, 2015. The composition was inspired by the devastation and recovery that the community experienced during and following the December 3, 2007 flood.
McCroskey-Izzett is the son of former Vernonia Band Instructor Rob Izzett, who now teaches at Mazama High School. Izzett led the Vernonia Band when they won the State Championship in 2012.
McCroskey-Izzett began composing the musical piece while he was a sophomore at Vernonia High School. He and his family moved to Klaamth Falls in 2013, and McCroskey-Izzett completed the seven minute composition as his Senior Project. He worked with noted American composer Robert Sheldon as his mentor for the project. McCroskey-Izzett and Sheldon became acquainted following the flood when Sheldon, the head of instrumental music for Alfred Publishing, donated sixty music titles to the Vernonia School when he heard about the devastation and the loss of Rob Izzett’s music library in the flood. Sheldon provided guidance and instruction to McCroskey-Izzett via email during the composition of the piece. Read More