Ara Cho (MM ’13) won the 4th Ilshin Composition Prize, which included the premiere of a new composition at the Seoul Spring Festival. With an additional prize of ten thousand dollars, her piece “The Star” was performed by Ensemble TIMF for Seoul Spring Festival in Korea.
Cho’s teachers of composition include Jiesun Lim, Soyeon Lee, Aaron Travers and P.Q.Phan.
More Information Here: http://www.seoulspringnew.org/2014-en/land-of-opportunity/
Justin Merritt (MM ’99, DM ’03) has 3 new CDs of his music available: “American Lyricism” by pianist Christ Atzinger,” Blender” by pianist Matthew McCright, and “Norge Mitt Norge” by the St. Olaf Choir.
Merritt studied composition with Samuel Adler, Sven-David Sandstrom, Claude Baker, Timothy Kramer, Don Freund, and electronic and computer music with Jeffrey Hass. He is currently Associate Professor of Composition at St. Olaf College. He resides in Northfield, Minnesota with his wife Faye and their children Cullen Fang Ouxiang and Molly Fang Qinghe.
Keith Fitch (BM, ’89; MM, ’92, DM, ’95) spent the month of July in residence at The Copland House (Rock Hill), in Cortlandt Manor, NY, Aaron Copland’s longtime home. He was one of eight composers chosen for 2014 from a pool of 99 applicants. While there, he worked on a piano quartet to be premiered in February 2015 by members of The Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Institute of Music faculty. Recent performances of his music include his guitar and harp duo Knock on Wood, performed by Jason Vieaux (guitar) and Yolanda Kondonassis (harp) to great acclaim on their Spring 2014 West Coast tour and subsequently recorded by them for Azica Records (Fall 2014 release); In Memory (chamber orchestra) performed by the League of Composers Orchestra (NY), the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, and the Berkshire (MA) Symphony; and Midnight Rounds, performed several times in the last two seasons (including an East Coast tour) by Ars Futura, a Cleveland-based new music ensemble. Keith currently heads the Composition Department at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Fitch earned his BM, MM, and DM from Indiana University as a student of composition under Frederick Fox, Eugene O’Brien, and Claude Baker, double bass with Bruce Bransby and Murray Grodner, and chamber music with Rostislav Dubinsky, founder of the Borodin Quartet.
More information here: http://www.keithfitch.com
Benjamin Taylor (DM 2014) enjoys an active career as a composer/performer/entrepreneur. He has recently had performances of his compositions in Sweden, Brazil, Oregon, New York, Idaho, Utah, and Indiana. He is excited to be booked solid with commissions through 2015.
Taylor holds his DM (’14) from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and received his MM from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and his BM from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
More information here: http://www.benjamintaylormusic.com/biography.html
In April, Eric Nathan (MM’08) was awarded a 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Musical Composition and was appointed Visiting Assistant Professor at Williams College for the 2014-15 academic year. This summer, New York Philharmonic Principal Trombonist Joseph Alessi premiered Eric’s “As Above, So Below” at the New York Philharmonic Biennial, and “Toying” for solo trumpet was performed at the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music. In July, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra premiered “Gibellina” for orchestra. This fall Eric works on a commission for the Boston Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players to premiere in January 2015 and a new work for violinist Jennifer Koh.
Nathan received his D.M.A. in composition from Cornell University, an M.M. from Indiana University, and his B.A. from Yale College. He also attended The Juilliard School Pre-College Division. His principal teachers include Steven Stucky, Roberto Sierra, Claude Baker, Sven-David Sandström and Kathryn Alexander.
More information here: http://www.gf.org/fellows/17641-eric-nathan
The trombone music of Dr. David P. Jones (DM 1995) is featured exclusively on “Bone Moan”, a CD (Summit) released in December 2013. The recording features Mark Hetzler (Faculty, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison), the Pro Arte String Quartet and several professional and student trombonists and percussionists from Wisconsin and Florida and includes most of the trombone centered works of Dr. Jones composed between 1986-2007. Three more CD’s to be released in the next six months will also include his music. PercuDuo (Paris) has recorded “Gamelocity” (2012) for vibraphone and marimba for the French Polymnie label. Michael Tunnell (Trumpet, Louisville Orchestra) and Meme Tunnell have recorded “OrNoPeia” (commissioned in 2010) for corno di caccia and piano for release on the Centaur label. “Family Dances”, a work completed in 2014 (for clarinet, bassoon, violin and cello) will be recorded this fall by a faculty ensemble from Eastern Washington University. Dr. Jones continues to teach jazz, history of rock music, improvisation and music appreciation at Peninsula College (WA).
More information here: http://www.summitrecords.com/product.tmpl?SKU=678
Robert Paterson’s recent accomplishments include winning the Utah Arts Festival Composition Competition, which included the premiere of his commissioned work “Hell’s Kitchen” for chamber sextet, the New York City semi-staged premiere of his one-act opera The Companion, co-presented by American Opera Projects, Ear Heart Music and the American Modern Ensemble and a newly commissioned work for flute and harp entitled “Pegasus” for the Aletheia Duo (IU alumnus Ann Yeung, harp, and Jonathan Keeble, flute). “Pegasus” was premiered at the World Harp Congress International Conference in Sydney, Australia, the American Harp Society’s National Harp Conference in New Orleans and at the National Flute Association’s Opening Gala Concert at their Annual Convention in Chicago. This summer he was also composer-in-residence at the Rocky Ridge Music Center, guest composer at Point Counterpoint and on faculty at the Atlantic Music Festival.
Patterson holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (BM), Indiana University (MM ‘01), and Cornell University (DMA). He lives in New York City with his wife, Victoria, and son, Dylan, and summers at the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Colorado where he is composer-in-residence.
More information here: http://uaf.org/commissions
Members of ICE and the New Juilliard Ensemble gave the New York premiere of Eric Lindsay’s “Hopkin and the Wired Night” as part of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Summergarden concert series. The work was performed alongside premieres from Roberto Sierra, Peter Sculthorpe and Errollyn Wallen.
Lindsay received his DM from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2013 and also holds a composition degree from University of South Carolina as well as studies at King’s College in London. His past instructors include Don Freund, Donald Crockett, Morten Lauridsen, P.Q. Phan, Claude Baker, Gabriela Ortiz, and Sydney Hodkinson.
More information here: http://newyorkclassicalreview.com/2014/07/moma-closes-summer-series-with-compelling-music-for-string-quartet/
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/.