Garry Wickliffe (b. 1985)
Garry Wickliffe is a published composer of concert music, film music, and various other genres of music. He currently resides in Nacogdoches, Texas, where he is finishing his Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition at Stephen F. Austin State University under the tutelage of Dr. Stephen Lias. Garry plans to attend Stephen F. Austin State University this coming fall as a graduate assistant in the music theory and composition department in order to work towards his Master's Degree in Composition.
Garry has made it a goal in his studies to diversify himself in the area of music composition as much as possible. He has composed numerous compositions for the concert stage, ranging in style from art songs, to accompanied solo instrument works, to the more traditional ensembles, such as string quartets and trombone choirs. He received his first publication of concert music in 2006: "Trouble Brewing," for Brass Quintet, and "O'er the Deep Blue Sea," for 6 part Trombone Choir.
While Garry tries to compose as often as possible, he has also completed professional arrangements and orchestrations, including carol arrangements for full brass choir, organ, and chorus in Stephen F. Austin State University's Christmas concert, "Song of the Angels." He also helped to orchestrate some missing numbers in Offenbach's opera, "La Perichole," in which he also performed the lead baritone role of Don Andres.
Garry had his first experience with film music in the fall of 2006. The SFASU composition department, under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Lias, was given the opportunity to score the film "Within Us," by Derek Johnson and Rob Senska. The high quality of the film led to a full, rich sound in the compositions written for various cues of the movie. Garry himself composed about eight of the forty-one cues, including the final cue of the movie, which was over seven minutes long and included both movie sequences and the entire roll of credits. He also composed the music for the trailer, which is available for online viewing at his website www.myspace.com/garrywickliffe.
A vocalist by nature, Garry has not given up his roots as a performer. He performed in four high school musicals during his schooling at Hudson High School, including such roles as Sky Masterson in "Guys and Dolls," and Charlie Brown in "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown." He was also asked to return during his freshman semester of college to participate as various small roles in the performance of "Honk." He has also starred in two of SFASU's spring operas; in spring 2005's performance of Strauss' "Die Fledermaus," he performed in the chorus and the spoken dialogue character Frosch, and in spring 2006's performance of Offenbach's "La Perichole," he performed as the lead baritone Don Andres. In this spring 2007's unabridged performance of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro," he performed the baritone role of Count Almaviva.
Garry hopes to one day write music for either film or video games. He honestly admits at this point that he would write music for whatever venue that would allow him to, but hopes one day to make his place among the great Hollywood composers and/or among the modern day composers of video games. He hopes to find some work after the completion of his Master's Degree, but plans to start work on his Doctoral Degree should jobs in the music composition field become sparse.