Isle Royale Reflection
"I was an Artist-in-Residence at Isle Royale, staying at the Dassler Cabin for about three weeks in June 2005. Because I had composed a number of works inspired by water features in national parks, Isle Royale seemed an ideal place for me to seek inspiration for a large-scale composition. My proposed project was a half-hour concerto for flute, cello, and orchestra that would be premiered later that year by flute soloist Amy Saxton Wiggs, cello soloist Steven Wiggs, and the Fort Dodge Area Symphony, an amateur orchestra I was conducting at the time in Fort Dodge, IA.
Of Minong (2005) is a series of musical meditations on aspects of Isle Royale National Park. Surrounded by the waters of northern Lake Superior, this island wilderness has been the source of inspiration for uncountable numbers of artists, especially since the National Park Service hosts a series of artists in residence on the island each summer. Of Minong is the result of Eric's residency in the summer of 2005.
About the Artist
Eric McIntyre was an Isle Royale Artist-in-Residence from June 7th to June 25th, 2005. He is a versatile artist who maintains careers as a composer, conductor, instrumental performer, and educator. He currently serves on the faculty of Grinnell College where he conducts the Grinnell Symphony and teaches music composition, theory, and history. He is also the Music Director of the Central Iowa Symphony and the Fort Dodge Area Symphony.
Last updated: January 22, 2020