A lip injury is what helped Nicole Piunno recognize a future in music composition.

A lip injury is what helped Nicole Piunno recognize a future in music composition.

The 31-year-old Dublin resident had begun composing music, but she had her heart set on trumpet performance when she tore her upper lip muscle from playing too much in 2008.

"The only way to get out music that I had was now through writing it," Piunno said.

Her compositions have been played by a variety of musical groups, including the Principal Brass Quintet of the New York Philharmonic.

Now, the 2003 Dublin Scioto High School graduate has written an eight-minute work, "Eternity in an Hour," commissioned specifically for the Dublin Wind Symphony's 5th anniversary performance Scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, in Scioto's Marina Davis Performing Arts Center.

The commission was funded through the Dublin Arts Council's Community Arts Grants program, which gives the council the ability to fund community arts organizations through its bed tax allotment from Dublin City Council, Executive Director David Guion said.

Since 1999, the council has funded nearly $350,000 in grants to non-profit organizations.

The commission for the Dublin Wind Symphony represents $4,000 of a $7,500 grant award.

Guion said the council's board members decide what to fund.

"Supporting a composer and commissioning a work is something we're very interested in doing," he said.

The Wind Symphony had already enjoyed playing some of Piunno's other pieces, said Jeff Chesser, Dublin Winds conductor.

Chesser said he had the chance to work with Piunno in his capacity as assistant band director at Scioto and knew her composing skills.

Since she is also a Dublin native, Chesser said he "thought that would be a perfect fit."

In addition to teaching trumpet to students in the Columbus area, Piunno also works with the Scioto marching band and wrote music for its shows this year.

She said she quickly realized her inspiration for the Dublin Winds fifth anniversary piece -- a William Blake poem, "Auguries of Innocence." The poem, she said, talks about metaphors.

Piunno said music, for her, is "a metaphor to connect us to something outside of ourselves."

She said she took about a month to write the piece, working daily starting at the piano and meditating on the poem while she worked.

Piunno said she knew she wanted the music to be celebratory and connect to what she valued.

"I think the No. 1 one thing I received from growing up here was the quality of music education," she said.

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