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thumb PaickWhen contemporary composer Yoomi Paick writes music, she begins it the old-school way with a pencil, eraser and lots of blank sheet paper.

The Tennessee Tech University music professor’s classic ways may have helped her write a piece to premiere with the Romantic program set for the New York Classical Players’ most recent concert in New York City.

The premiere was Paick’s first in New York. The Classical Players is a professional chamber orchestra dedicated to bringing free classical concerts to the public. Its performers are all younger musicians at the beginning of their careers.

“People think contemporary music is always hard and it’s always strange, so the Classical Players commission new composers to narrow that gap,” said Paick, who teaches aural technique and music appreciation at TTU. “When you’re sitting there, listening to your piece being performed, it’s exciting but you’re nervous too.”

The Classical Players commissioned the piece, “Sudden Path,” for a string ensemble. Paick has also written solos for performers and ensembles at TTU. She also serves as an accompanist for TTU’s concert choir.

Classical Players called Paick “a brilliant young composer.” The group put on two performances of the concert that included “Sudden Path,” one in the Bronx and another in Manhattan earlier this month.

Another of her compositions will premiere in January at her alma mater, Indiana University. In February, she will rejoin the Classical Players to arrange their next concert.