Editing & Writing Bio
In addition to his musical career, Joseph Sowa has nearly a decade of experience writing and editing in academic, magazine, and public relations settings. A graduate of BYU’s editing program, he has worked for the BYU Humanities Publication Center, the BYU Honors Program, Stowaway Magazine, and the BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications. He is available for freelance projects in the areas of editing, indexing, layout and design, proofreading, researching, and writing.
What My Collaborators Have To Say
“He has taken articles with which I was fairly comfortable and turned them into pieces of pride. . . . His edits have always been thoughtful, and when he has added content, he matches my style effortlessly.”
“I came to trust and rely on Joseph’s exceptional attention to detail. He saved our work and reputation many times by catching errors that had been missed by others. . . . Attributes that stand out when I think of Joseph are his professionalism combined with his good nature. . . . He is a person I would always want to have on my team.”
BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications
The following is a collection of my editing and writing work. Learn more at LinkedIn.
Music Theory for the Twentieth-First Century: James Tenney’s Meta-Hodos
I wrote this term paper written for my contemporary music seminar. It presents the basics of Tenney’s theory of temporal gestalt perception in music and argues for its more widespread use.
The State of Scholarly Research on Harrison Birtwistle
This article surveys the existing scholarly work on the composer and includes a comprehensive list of articles, books, dissertations, and interviews. It appeared in vol. 48 no. 2 of Brio, pp. 22–37.
‘Sweet as!’: the intensifier as in New Zealand and Australian English
This article began its life as a term paper for a grammar class. After many revisions and the help of Dr. Don Chapman, it appears in vol. 25, no. 2 of English Today.
Temporal Gestalt Analysis and Principles of Form and Contrast in Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1
Another term paper on James Tenney’s Meta-Hodos, as applied to the music of Bach. The paper explores composition strategies revealed through a temporal gestalt analysis.
Alba, Orlando. La identidad lingüística de los dominicanos. Santo Domingo, República Dominicana: Ediciones Librería La Trinitaria, 2009.
Apolline Project vol. 1: Studies on Vesuvius’ North Slope and the Bay of Naples. Edited by Girolamo F. De Simone and Roger T. Macfarlane. Serie Beni Culturali 14. Rome: Herder, 2009.
Zion’s Trumpet: 1850 Welsh Mormon Periodical. Translated and edited by Ronald D. Dennis. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2011.
Life After Brahms: Learning to Live with the Classical Music of the Twentieth Century
This article originally appeared in Insight, the magazine of the BYU Honors Program. As a composer and the managing editor of that magazine, I felt it was a good place to introduce students interested in art to music with which they probably were not familiar.
Stowaway Magazine, Fall 2010 issue
As part of the capstone editing class, I worked as a senior designer for the Fall 2010 issue of Stowaway, a travel magazine. In addition to helped with the design, I also edited and proofread several of the articles.
Humanities at BYU, Winter and Spring 2009 issues
While interning at BYU’s Humanities Publication Center, I designed and typeset the College of Humanities magazine.
The following are articles that I wrote or edited while managing editor for public relations team of the BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications. My favorites are starred.
Think Flat Draws Biggest Crowd for an Exhibition Opening in Museum History. Museum of Art Blog
Eleven Teichert Paintings Donated to BYU Museum of Art. Museum of Art Blog
Object of Devotion Enters Its Final Week. Museum of Art Blog
* 8-bit Serendipity: Whiting Speaks on His Artistic Process and Growth. Museum of Art Blog
Party Like It’s 1399. Museum of Art Blog
Stanford Sets the Scene for Object of Devotion. Museum of Art Blog
Transcending the Complexities of Truth and Beauty. Museum of Art Blog
Fine Arts Convocation, Sara Lee Gibb. CFAC Blog
MOA Mail Newsletter. May 2012–April 2013
Timpanogos Through Telford’s Lens. Museum of Art Blog
* Viewer Voices: Heech. Museum of Art Blog
Viewer Voices: In-Between Times and Maynard Dixon’s The Lonesome Journey. Museum of Art Blog
Viewer Voices: The Source of Our Flame. Museum of Art Blog