wicked problems

wicked problems | alto sax, tenor sax, & fixed media | 8″ | 2017
commissioned | Karsten Wimbush, Darwin J. McMurray, Lindsay Myers, & Anna Petrenko
premiered | Anna Petrenko and Lindsay Myers @ 2017 NASA Region 5 Conference, Fort Wayne IN
recording | Anna Petrenko and Lindsay Myers
audio | Niko D. Schroeder

wicked problems was written for Karsten Wimbush, Darwin McMurray, Lindsay
Myers, and Anna Petrenko, and was premiered by Lindsay and Anna at the Region 5 NASA Conference at Purdue University – Fort Wayne in March 2017.

Karsten and I traveled together with the Grand Valley State University New Music
Ensemble on their second National Parks Tour, at which time the foundation for this
commission was developed. We both hold a powerful, spiritual reverence for nature, and
that concept is the focus of our piece.

In the parks, I saw enough irreverence to be deeply disturbed, and, as a composer, I
don’t know what better way to address the wicked issues that we face as a society than
through raising my voice in my compositions.

I am certainly not the first.

This bipartite piece presents the ways in which humankind can exist sustainably with
nature, and the ways in which humankind can stomp and consume it.


Other performances:

Anna Petrenko & LIndsay Myers @ Anna’s Senior Recital, Grand Valley State University
Anna Petrenko & Lindsay Myers @ Student Recital Hour, Grand Valley State University


All solo, chamber, and large ensemble works have score, parts, & relevant media available for purchase. Please contact me at nikodschroeder@gmail.com with inquiries. I’m happy to get my music in your hands!