David Dzubay’s summer 2014 began with three performances of “Snake Alley” in May with Carlos Kalmar and the Oregon Symphony. This closely followed the April premiere of “It is Above That You and I Shall Go” for two percussion and two pianos by Berlin PianoPercussion in the Berlin Konzerthaus.
After teaching composition and conducting at IU the first six weeks of the summer, Dzubay returned to the Brevard Music Center for a fourth year of teaching composition and conducting readings with two of the orchestras and wind ensemble. Two current IU composition majors and two incoming majors were among the 14 student composers at Brevard. The final Saturday night orchestra concert at Brevard included another performance of “Snake Alley,” led by JoAnn Falletta.
Rounding out the summer activity was a stellar performance (see reviews) by The New Fromm Players of String Quartet No. 1, “Astral,” during the annual Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, curated by John Harbison and Michael Gandolfi.
Yie-Eun Chun’s piece “Game of Fives” has been selected for performance by the Breakout Ensemble for its 2014-15 concert series.
It will be performed this October in Munich, Germany.
More info at http://www.breakoutensemble.com/.
Louis Goldford received a world premiere of his “Travertine Hybrid #3″ for violin and electronics at the Composit New Music Festival in Rieti, Italy. Violinist Marco Fusi gave the premiere performance.
Additionally, Goldford performed his ”Chu Sheng Tai” (“Nascent States”) for sopranino saxophone and electronics at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at New England Conservatory, as well as his “Grad Sepia Taksim”at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival in June 2014
Read more at http://louisgoldford.wordpress.com/.
Undergraduate student Grant Luhmann (front center) was awarded a 2014 BMI Student Composer Award for his percussion trio “The Triumvirate” in May.
Read more at http://www.bmifoundation.org/news/bmi_bmi_foundation_announce_winners_of_62nd_annual_bmi_student_composer_awa.
Sang Mi Ahn’s Convergence has been selected for performance at the Idee Fixe Ensemble’s Electroacoustic Concert titled “+29 db May”. The piece will be performed by saxophonist Theofilos Sotiriades at “Mikropolis” (Venizelou street & B.Irakleiou 18) in Thessaloniki, Greece on May 29, 2014.
Ahn completed a Doctor of Music degree in Composition from Indiana University, where she also earned her Master of Music in Composition and served as an Associate Instructor in Music Theory. Her teachers at Indiana include Claude Baker, Don Freund, David Dzubay, P. Q. Phan, Aaron Travers, John Gibson (electro-acoustic), Jeffrey Hass (electro-acoustic), and Alicyn Warren (electro-acoustic). She received her Bachelor of Music in Composition from Yonsei University (Seoul, Korea) with top distinction in her class.
More info here: http://www.ideefixe.gr/?page_id=63&lang=en
Jacobs alumnus Matthew Peterson charmed both the jury and the audience in Uppsala, Sweden at the finals of the biannual young composer’s contest. He was the big winner in this year’s edition of Uppsala Tonsättartävling. Matthew won both the jury and audience award with his chamber orchestra work “And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”
In addition to the honor and recognition, Peterson receives 50,000 kronor and performances by ten professional orchestras in Sweden and Estonia. As winner of the public prize, his work will be rebroadcast on Swedish Radio P2.
The award, funded by Uppland’s Music and Uppsala Chamber Orchestra, was open to composers born 1978 or later. The jury included, among others, former Jacobs faculty member and composer, Sven-David Sandström.
Peterson holds degrees from the Gotland School of Music Composition (artist diploma), Indiana University School of Music (M.M.) and St. Olaf College (B.M.). He has previously served on the faculty of the Gotland School of Music Composition (Visby, Sweden) and as an Associate Instructor in music composition at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is a freelance composer in Stockholm, Sweden.
Read more here: http://www.matthew-peterson.com/news/2014/3/19/matthew-peterson-wins-2014-uppsala-tonsttartvlingen
Nicholas Cline will be the Summer 2014 composer-in-residence at High Concept Laboratories. He will present a series of talks, workshops, and performances of a new work for percussion and electronics that explores Midwestern earthquakes through sonification and spatialization.
Other recent performances include Homage to La Monte Young (4-channel playback) at the Sweet Thunder Festival of Electro-Acoustic Music on April 24 alongside several IU composers. In June, he will present grainstream (8-channel playback) at the Sound in the Land Conference at the University of Waterloo, Canada.
Read more here: http://highconceptlaboratories.org/
Composer and Jacobs School of Music alumnus Tim Miller’s “Three Junes” was recently performed by the Indiana University Southeast Concert Band on April 13, 2014 at the Ogle Cultural and Community Center in New Albany, IN. Miller is currently serving as an adjunct faculty in music theory at Indiana University Southeast.
Miller has also recently founded a new experimental music group called Eight.dB based in Louisville, KY. The group’s premiere performance is scheduled for this Summer in Louisville, KY.
Read more here: https://www.facebook.com/Eight.dB.Music
Jacobs School alumnus, Natalie Williams, was recently appointed as the National Student Chapters Coordinator for the SCI (Society of Composers, Inc.). The Student Chapter Coordinator serves as the liaison between SCI and SCI Student Chapters. The Coordinator provides guidance to SCI Student Chapter leaders and faculty sponsors, develops and implements visioning, and aligns with the SCI secretary to provide administrative services, including regional and national SCI student conferences. Natalie began this role in April of 2014.
Natalie is an Australian composer and United States permanent resident; currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in Music Theory and Composition at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, University of Georgia. She completed her Doctorate in Composition at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as a four-year doctoral fellow.
Read more here: http://www.societyofcomposers.org/about/officers.html
The New York Philharmonic and American Composers Orchestra, in collaboration with ACO’s EarShot: the National Orchestra Composition Discovery Network, have announced the selection of 13 emerging composers whose original scores for orchestra have been chosen for readings and performances by the Philharmonic and ACO. They were selected from an international pool of more than 400 applicants from 37 states and 7 additional countries and ranging in age from 9 to 84