Scenes from the Bayou was written in 2016 on a commission from Dr. James Boldin for his trio, the Black Bayou Brass.This piece is a collection of short programmatic scenes that portray various times of day, animals, and scenery at the lush Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana. The five movements, “Morning on the Bayou,” “Chasing Prey,” “Bayou Boardwalk,” “Cypress Trees,” and “Fire in the Sky" evoke a day in the bayou, morning to night, in rhythms, modalities, and styles that are reminiscent of both the nature and the culture of the area.
Dr. Gina Gillie is an Associate Professor of Music at Pacific Lutheran University where she teaches horn and performs frequently in solo and chamber recitals. She is a member of two faculty chamber ensembles: the Camas Wind Quintet and the Lyric Brass Quintet. As an orchestral player, Dr. Gillie held the position of Assistant Principal with Symphony Tacoma from 2008-2017. Dr. Gillie received her bachelor’s degree in Horn Performance from Pacific Lutheran University and her master’s and doctoral degrees in Horn Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While in graduate school, she began her foray into composition as well as the natural horn, both of which have become specialties for her. As a composer, she enjoys writing chamber music for horn and other instruments, and she frequently receives commissions for a variety of chamber works.