"Mr. Piland’s work, altogether, represents something that is fiercely compelling.”
- Kurt Munz-Raper, critic
Franklin Piland holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance with minor emphasis in Music Technology and Music Composition, and is currently earning his Masters of Music in Music Composition from the University of Texas at Austin.
As a composer and arranger Franklin has had multiple pieces premiered and recorded by Eastern New Mexico University and the University of New Mexico faculty and students, as well as renowned flautist François Minaux and critically-acclaimed saxophonist Ann Bradfield. His work was the first original student composition to be publicly-performed and recorded by the Eastern New Mexico University Wind Symphony since 1998, and continues to graciously receive continued world-class performances from the ensemble and its masterful director, Dustin Seifert. Arrangements of Franklin’s are widely-requested and numerous, and range from solos to symphonies. His band and choral works have drawn attention from legendary composers of our time, Eric Whitacre, Donald Grantham, and David Holsinger being some of the most prominent. He has been commissioned numerous works for a wide variety of ensembles, most recently "Flourishes & Mechanations" for Wind Ensemble, the original soundtrack to the film "Oh, Sleeper," and his Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra.
Despite all of his numerous obligations and responsibilities, Franklin is a lover of racquetball, painting, and Batman (though oddly enough he has yet to paint Batman playing racquetball). His ambition is to eventually relocate to Ireland, and live a life of composing, performing, collaborating, and teaching.
Masters of Music, Music Composition (Anticipated)
University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Music, Music Performance (2013)
Minors: Music Composition, Music Technology
Eastern New Mexico University
High School Diploma (2008)
Muleshoe High School