Crossroads of America combines Hoosier talent with immersive visuals by Camilla Tassi to create the Symphony’s inaugural composer competition! This second installment of the June H. Edwards Mosaic Series Crossroads of America: Composer Competition on January 8, 2023, at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center invites audience members to vote for their favorite piece and select the composer who will write a commission for the Symphony!

Earlier this year, the Symphony invited Indiana composers to submit a composition for a chamber orchestra. On November 1, Nathan Froebe, Tim Reinholz, Eric Saroian, and Michael Schelle advanced to the next level of the competition and the chance to write a piece for the Symphony to perform in the 2023-24 Season.

Opening the concert with Aaron Copland’s Our Town encapsulates America’s uninhibited values synonymous with rural life in the early 1940s.

The Symphony thanks Jack M. Champaigne for his support of the June H. Edwards Mosaic Series. Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka proudly supports the 90th Season Guest Artists. This concert is sponsored by Carol and Craig Kapson.



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About the South Bend Symphony Orchestra

Embarking on its 90th season, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra is the region’s only professional orchestra and is committed to engaging the community in all it does. In addition to being recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts and other state and local arts funding organizations, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra is the recipient of the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County’s 2019 Leighton Award for Nonprofit Excellence, which recognizes the best-run nonprofit organization in St. Joseph County, Indiana.


About Eric Saroian

Composer and percussionist Eric Saroian composes various works that draw inspiration from numerous sources, from personal experiences to fantastical settings. As a three-time winner of the Indiana University South Bend’s Ensemble Concept/21 call for scores, he performs in South Bend, Chicago, and Lansing, Michigan. As a percussionist, Saroian is a strong advocate for the creation of new solo and chamber works. Currently, he is performing with the Michigan State University Percussion Ensemble and Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.

About Nathan Froebe

Nathan Froebe’s work has earned recognition from the North American Saxophone Alliance, the International Tuba-Euphonium Association, the National Flute Association, the International Trombone Festival, and the Society of Composers, Inc. He writes music for chorus, orchestra, wind band, chamber, and electronic mediums. Eclectic in style, Froebe writes with creative orchestration and programmatic narrative in many of his works. He received his doctorate of musical arts in composition from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Mead Witter School of Music. Currently, he is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Indiana University East, where he teaches theory, composition, aural skills, piano, band, and more. He holds memberships in CMS, ASCAP, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Kappa Kappa Psi (honorary), and he is a proud member and advocate of the LGBTQ+ community.

About Timothy Reinholz

Timothy Reinholz composes music that builds upon the classical tradition, incorporating philosophical and production techniques of electronic music. Milwaukee’s Tontine Ensemble regularly performs his compositions around the Midwest. He earned his master of music in Composition from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a bachelor of music in composition from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2018. In addition, he studied jazz with Russ Johnson and viola with Mark Jackobs.

About Michael Schelle

Michael Schelle’s work is heard across the United States and internationally by over 350 orchestras and professional chamber ensembles. In addition, he has been a guest composer in residencies in the United States, Poland, China, and Japan.

Today he is the Artist-in-Residence at Butler University in Indianapolis. Schelle earned degrees from Villanova University, the Hartt School (CT), Trinity College of Music (London), and the University of Minnesota and has studied with Arnold Franchetti, Dominick Argento, and Aaron Copland.

About Camilla Tassi

Born in Florence, Italy, and described by Third Coast Percussion as “sharing passion for meaningful cross-disciplinary collaboration,” Camilla Tassi is a designer and musician interested in producing music and theatrical performances.

Passionate about the production process, she produces and directs musical works, including Song from the Uproar by Missy Mazzoli and Talk to Me Like the Rain by Larry Delinger. She’s also produced G.F. Handel’s La Resurrezione HWV 47 and If This is a Man: music, science, and humanity, an interdisciplinary project and tribute to Italian chemist and author Primo Levi – which included the United States premiere of Ennio Morricone’s Se questo e` un uomo for chamber orchestra, soprano, and reciting voice.