Update on Jacobs alumnus James Aikman

JameAikmanJames Aikman’s Triptych: Musical Momentum was recently performed by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra on April 11th at the Schrott Center for the Arts. Aikman is the current composer-in-residence of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.

Aikman earned his Master of Music degree in 1988 and Doctor of Music degree in 1993 from the IU School of Music.

Read a review of the performance here: http://www.nuvo.net/indianapolis/butler-artsfest-indianapolis-chamber-orchestra/Content?oid=2809548#.U0xI_VehhnY

Read an interview here: http://www.tokafi.com/15questions/interview-james-aikman/

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Composition Department prizes announced

Sheets of MusicThe faculty of the Jacobs School of Music Composition Department is pleased to announce results for the following annual internal competitions.

2014 “DEAN’S PRIZE” COMPOSITION COMPETITION
 
Category A (Orchestra or Wind Ensemble, $500 prize):
Sang Mi Ahn, Valley of Dry Bones, for orchestra

Category B (Chamber/Ensemble, $1000 prize and commission for a new work to be premiered by the New Music Ensemble in 2014-15):
Jay Hurst, Grand Guignol, for sinfonietta

Category C (Undergraduate, $300 prize):
Will Rowe, Secessionist Subjects, for violin and piano

Category D (Electronic, $300 prize):
Louis Goldford, Grand Sepia Taksim
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2014 GEORGINA JOSHI COMPOSITION COMMISSION AWARD
($1000 prize and commission for a new work for voice and ensemble to be premiered by the New Music Ensemble in 2014-15):
Yie-Eun Chun, Urban Polyphony & Game of Fives

The Georgina Joshi Composition Commission Award
A vision of Louise Addicott-Joshi and made possible by a gift from the Georgina Joshi Foundation, the annual Georgina Joshi Composition Commission is awarded to a student composer in support of a new work for solo voice and instrumental ensemble to be premiered and recorded by the New Music Ensemble. The award is presented in conjunction with the Composition Department’s annual “Dean’s Prizes” that celebrate the highest ranked student compositions of the year.

Georgina Joshi
Georgina Joshi received her bachelor’s degree in music (with honors) from the Royal College of Music in London and, at the time of her death, was pursuing a master’s degree in the Jacobs School of Music. While at IU, Joshi appeared as a soloist in major choral performances and IU Opera Theater productions. An enthusiastic performer, she was featured in a variety of regional ensembles and festivals, and appeared as a soloist in England, Wales, Romania, and Greece.
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2014 MRS. HONG PHAM MEMORIAL RECOGNITION AWARDS FOR NEW MUSIC PERFORMANCE ($500, $300 ,and $200 prizes):

$500, Maya Nojiri, cello
$300, Heath White, flute
$200, Nick Morandi, clarinet

The Mrs. Hong Pham Memorial Recognition Award for New Music Performance is an annual prize awarded by the Composition Department to the performers who, through collaboration and performance, made the most significant overall contribution to the presentation of new music by student composers in the Jacobs School during the academic year.

The Composition faculty are extremely grateful for the participation of so many wonderful musicians in performances throughout the year.  It is truly remarkable to experience the dedication, commitment, and musical abilities of the student performers here at IU.
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Our congratulations to all of the winners, and, indeed, to all of our student composers for an excellent year!

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Sang Mi Ahn’s composition to be performed in Korea

mail.google.comSang Mi Ahn’s “Hwae Sang” (“Remembrance”) will receive its Korean premiere by violinists Bo-Yun Lee and Won-Soon Chung at Recital Hall in Seoul Arts Center on May 9, 2014.

 

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Texu Kim appointed composer-in-residence at Korean Symphony Orchestra

Texu Kim, a D.M. student of Claude Baker, has been appointed composer-in-residence at the Korean Symphony Orchestra, one of the finest orchestras in South Korea. It will premiere two of his orchestral pieces in 2015.

Visit the home page of the orchestra at http://koreansymphony.com/store/main/main_eng.php.

 

 

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Williamson, Frizzo, and Kim named finalists in C4 Commissioning Competition

All three finalists of the 2014-15 C4 Commissioning Competition are IU composers: Gordon Williamson (recent D.M. student), Carlo Frizzo (current D.M. student), and Texu Kim (current D.M. student).

Their pieces will be premiered in March 2015.

They were chosen from over 300 composers submitting works.

Congratulations to all!

 

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Kenji Kuriyama Receives Performance at 2014 SCI National Conference

Kenji_KuriyamaKenji Kuriyama’s trio for flute, cello, and piano Redemption was performed at the 2014 SCI National Conference at Ball State University, Sursa Hall on March 23rd.

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Corey Rubin featured at 2014 GAMMA-UT Conference

Corey-Rubin Corey Rubin’s Eulogy for “This Way to the Monkeys” for clarinet, cello, and piano, was featured at the fourteenth annual GAMMA-UT conference at the University of Texas at Austin on March 29. The work was performed by students from the UT Butler School of Music.

http://gammaut.music.utexas.edu/GAMMAUT/Home.html

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Curtis Smith’s “Echoes” Premiered at 2014 NASA Convention

Curtis Smith, left.

Curtis Smith, left.

The second quartet collaboration between composer Curtis Smith and saxophonist Casey Grev (see photo) was premiered March 22nd, by Grev’s Echo Quartet, at the University of Illinois as part of the North American Saxophone Alliance convention. The quartet is scheduled for performances in April and May at Michigan State University.

 

http://curtisnsmith.net/concert-works/echoes/

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Update from Samuel Wells

samuel wellsSamuel Wells was the guest artist and composer of the 2014 Montana State University Brass Weekend, where the MSU Wind Symphony gave the premier performance of Castle Rock for band and electronics. Sam has also had performances at the 2014 National Student Electronic Music Event and the 2014 SEAMUS National Conference.

In April, Sam will be guest artist and composer at the University of Western Ontario and Western Michigan University, where he will discuss his music and present recitals of new music for trumpet and electronics.

In June, Sam will perform his work, (dys)functions, at the New York City Electronicacoustic Music Festival.

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Sang Mi Ahn named a finalist in the Maurice Gardner Competition

mail.google.comSang Mi Ahn’s “Dirge for the Earth Elements” was selected as a finalist in the Third Biennial Maurice Gardner Composition Competition held by the American Viola Society.  The piece was written in collaboration with violist Tze-Ying Wu at Indiana University.

Sang Mi Ahn’s “Convergence” (winning work of the 2013 Heckscher Composition Prize) is going to be performed by saxophonist Steven Mauk at the Americas Society in New York City on April 14.

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