Newsletter 09-2012

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to the e-newsletter from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Composition Department. Please forward this newsletter to colleagues, students, and other interested parties in Bloomington and elsewhere.

We have begun an online archive of the works commissioned through the Dean’s Prize and the Georgina Joshi Composition Commission Award. Links to recordings but the New Music Ensemble, scores, composer sites, etc. can be found at theRecordings page.

The composition department is thrilled to have Sven-David Sandström rejoin the faculty for the 2012-2013 academic year, teaching during sabbaticals of Don Freund (fall) and David Dzubay (spring).

We are proud of the strong presence IU composers had at the Aspen Music Festival this summer, with Texu Kim, Bin Li, Ryan Chase, Chris Renk, and Alumnus Max Grafe as participants.   As well, both Alex Blank and Ezra Donner were participants at the Brevard Music Center.

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MASTERS RECITAL- Bridget Leahy, Percussion

Saturday, Sept. 8, 4:00pm, Auer Hall

Taylor: Silounds

PATTEN LECTURE – The Transformative Role of Music in Film, Werner Herzog

Thursday, Sept. 13, 7:30pm, Whittenberger Auditorium, IMU
SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – Constantine Kitsopoulos

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 8:00pm, MAC

Chase: The Light Fantastic (Dean’s Prize 2012)


Sunday, Sept. 23, 8:00pm, MAC

Travers: Fairytale


Wednesday, Sept. 26, 4:00pm, TBA
* NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE – David Dzubay, Donald Crockett & Sven-David Sandström

Thursday, Sept. 27, 8:00pm, Auer Hall

Andrew Norman: Try (2011)
Don Crockett: to airy thinness beat (2009)
Sven-David Sandström: Five Fantasy Pieces (2012) – premiere


Elliott Bark’s new string quartet (commissioned by Porterville Summer Strings) Tango Suite was selected for the reading session (7/23) in Chicago by Fulcrum Point New Music Project.
Ryan Chase

Ryan Chase’s The Light Fantastic, was awarded a 2012 BMI Student Composer Award. The press release may be found Here. Chase was also awarded the Lee Ettelson Award by Composers, Inc. His winning piece, Gold Rush, will be performed by members of the San Francisco Symphony in April. Previous recipients include faculty members Jeffrey Hass and David Dzubay and IU alumnus Clint Needham.

Nicholas Cline’s …and the wind whispers… will be performed by clarinetist Arianna Tieghi on September 5th in Ravenna, Italy as part of the festival: Valori Giovani 2012.
Ezra Donner

Ezra Donner’s Mountain Suite (2011) for String Orchestra has been awarded First Prize in the Respighi Prize CompetitionMountain Suite will be premiered by the Chamber Orchestra of New York during its 2012-2013 season.

Ezra Donner’s ¡Cigarra! has been awarded First Prize in the IMTA Opus Competition. The Opus Composition Festival is a competitive event designed to encourage students to create and write music. The Opus Composition Festival promotes creativity and educates students in the art and craft of musical composition.

Ezra Donner’s album of solo piano music, Steel Sky, has been released on CD and mp3. Described as “impresssive,” “jazzy,” and “often intensely energetic” (The Big City), the album features exciting, witty, and heartfelt contemporary music for solo piano, composed 2009-2011 at Indiana University. Steel Sky is available on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, and CDBaby.

Melody Eötvös’ Patoises II: SoW has been accepted into both the Electronic Music Midwest festival (Oct. 11-13 2012) and the Nashville Soundcrawl (Oct 6-10 2012). She is also a finalist in the Soundstream Composition Competition (Adelaide, Australia) and one of six participants selected for the Oz Asia Festival 2012 (Australia).
Louis Goldford

Entering MM Louis Goldford has just returned to the US after 3 years of active music making in Taiwan. Most recently his polystylistic contemporary improvisation and jazz group Flâneur Daguerre appeared for a lecture-concert at DamChiang University in Taipei (June). He has subsequently recorded a new piece for kanjira and live electronics called ????? (Du? B?o Gé F?ng Xiá) Curio Box for Kanjira + Electronics, with Taipei-based percussionist Cody Byassee.

Texu Kim’s orchestra work Splash has been selected from over 165 scores to be performed by the Minnesota Orchestra as part of the 2012-13 Composer Institute, to be held from January 7-11, 2013.
Congratulations to Eric Lindsay has received first place in the St. George Lake Music Festival.
Tim Miller has been offered a continuation of his teaching position at Indiana University Southeast. He will be teaching Rudiments of Music 1 and Music Theory 1.
Jeremy Podgursky’s Mindjob (Version 2) was chosen as winner of the Contemporaneous call-for-scores. The piece was chosen out of a field of 144 international submissions, and will be performed by Contemporaneous at Bard College and in NYC in February, 2013.
The House on the Street by William Rowe has been selected for performance at the 2013 ISCM World New Music Days, which will take place in Slovakia and Austria.
Benjamin Taylor was selected as a participant in the 2012American Composers Orchestra Underwood New Music Reading Session. His orchestra piece Leaving White was one of six works chosen including a piece by fellow IU doctoral student, Ryan Chase. These past summer months Ben has enjoyed playing trumpet with Mr. Taylor and his Dirty Dixie Band, a traditional dixieland jazz band playing the music of the early 1900’s. header
Benjamin Taylor


Chia-Ying Chiang (DM 2011) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Composition & Theory at Taipei Municipal University of Education, Seoul, Korea.
Brian Ciach (DM 2012) has accepted a tenure track position as Assistant Professor (Music Theory and Electronic Music) at Murray State University, KY.
Bin Li

Bin Li (BM 2012) has been selected as the winner of the 2012 Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Composition Competition for his piece Autobahn Beyond. It will be performed in Indiana State University in Oct 25 by ICO.

Forrest Pierce (DM 1999) has been awarded The Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University for 2012. Dr. Pierce has two graduate music degrees–MA from the University of Minnesota (1996) and the DM from Indiana University (1999) where he garnered the Dean’s Prize in Composition. At those institutions, he studied composition with Dominick Argento and Don Freund. Pierce’s fascination with Sufi mysticism has now evolved to an interest in textural conception that is “primarily heterophonic, largely derived from Rock root-position progression and florid Qawwali music…his rhythmic language has become an alternation and collision between freely improvisatory meditative landscapes and consistently pulsed motoric dance rhythms.” He currently holds a faculty position at the University of Kansas.
Natalie Williams

Natalie Williams, (DM 2012) has accepted a position as Visiting Assistant Professor in Composition and Music Theory for the 2012-13 at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia.

Gordon Williamson (DM 2012) has signed with the Berlin based publisher Edition Gravis. Recent activities include the May premiere of Five Moving Pictures by the Kairos Quartet at the 2012 Visions Festival in Hannover and a new orchestral commission from RSO Stuttgart for the 2014 Eclat Festival in Stuttgart.
Mischa Zupko

Mischa Zupko (DM 2003) was commissioned by theMichigan Youth Arts Festival to write a multi-disciplinary work involving orchestra, chorus, dance, drama and media arts on a text by Madeline L’Engle in celebration of MYAF’s 50th anniversary. The Michigan Youth Arts Festival is the culmination of a nine-month search for the finest artistic talent in Michigan high schools. More than 250,000 students statewide participate in the adjudication process that results in nearly 1,000 being invited to participate in the annual three-day arts spectacular held in May.

In addition, Mr. Zupko was commissioned by the Music Institute of Chicago to write a Piano Quartet for the Lincoln Trio (pianist Marta Aznavoorian, violinist Desiree Ruhstrat and cellist David Cunliffe) joined by violist Masumi Per Rostad of the Pacifica Quartet. The new work asl premiered at the Ravinia Festival on August 24, 2012.


Flights of Passage – Claude Baker

In July 2012, a commercial recording of five chamber works by Claude Baker,Flights of Passage, was released on the IUMusic label (CD2012-01). The performers on the disc are all members of the IU New Music Ensemble conducted by David Dzubay.

During the 2011-12 academic year, Mr. Baker was a guest composer/lecturer at the University of Minnesota, Williams College, Southern Methodist University, the Accent12 Summer Festival at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory, and was the featured composer on the season’s final concert of the Voices of Change in Dallas.

In May 2012, he was awarded a New Frontiers grant from Indiana University to subsidize in part the commercial recording on the Naxos label of his piano concerto, From Noon to Starry Night by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra with Marc-Andre Hamelin as soloist.

David Dzubay was composer-in-residence at the Brevard Music Center July-August, teaching composition and conducting readings with the orchestras and band. Keith Lockhart conducted the premiere of a new version of Shadow Dance on the closing concert of the Brevard Music Center Orchestra (which also featured IU faculty pianist Andre Watts); the performance was broadcast on WCQS and is available for listening/viewing at

In May, Dzubay was guest conductor for the League of Composers Orchestra, leading a concert at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on May 7, 2012.

In spring of 2013, Professor Dzubay will be on sabbatical, spending February-March in Italy with a fellowship from the Bogliasco Foundation. Also in spring, the U. of S. Carolina Wind Ensemble conducted by Scott Weiss will perform Snake Alley on a featured program at the CBDNA National Conference, Greensboro, NC, March 23, 2013.

Don Freund

Navona records released Don Freund’s double CD + DVD set The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: A Composer’s Approach. This unique combination of performance and compositional analysis has been praised by critics as “endlessly fascinating” (Gramophone), “brilliant analysis. . . engaging” (Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review), and ” gracefully reveals the polyphonic texture of the music”” (American Record Guide).

Freund’s band work Jug Blues & Fat Pickin’ has been performed a dozen times in the past year by bands including the US Army Field Band, Texas A&M Wind Symphony, and the University of South Florida Concert Band. Recent international performances of Freund’s music include Tuumben Paax, an all female vocal sextet, performing in Mexico, Italy and Spain, and recorder virtuoso Eva Legêne gave six performances of Daydream for Recorder in her July-August tour of Japan. Closer to home, in April of 2012, Freund enjoyed the premiere of Five Elizabethan Dances by the IU Wind Ensemble under the direction of Stephen Pratt, and his Seven Violin Duets by IU’s Violin Virtuosi. Freund is the winner of the Utah Arts Festival National Commissioning Program chamber commission for 2013.

John Gibson’s Red Plumes, for cello and live electronics, was premiered in February by Craig Hultgren at the 2012 SEAMUS National Conference at Lawrence University. His laptop ensemble piece, Wind Farm, was performed in April by the Laptop Orchestra of Louisiana (the LOLs) at the first Symposium on Laptop Ensembles & Orchestras at Louisiana State University. His Blue Traces, for piano and computer, was released in June on volume 21 of the Music from SEAMUS CD series, with Kati Gleiser performing. He has just completed Uncanny Valley, a 50-minute work for piano, reader, and electronics. The piece was commissioned by Boston-based pianist Oni Buchanan and poet Jon Woodward, who will tour the piece this year, beginning with a performance in September at the University of Michigan Museum of Art.
The Nature of Human, with music and video by Jeffrey Hass and choreography by Elizabeth Shea was performed by the Indiana University Contemporary Dance Theatre at the 2012 Society for Electroacoustic Music in the US national conference at Lawrence University.

Prof. Hass collaborated this past summer as sound designer with JSOM musicologist Prof. Halina Goldberg for a permanent exhibit called “In Mrs. Goldberg’s Kitchen,” a multimedia exhibition about the Jewish quarter in pre-WWII ?ód?, Poland at the Centralne Muzeum Wlokiennictwa in ?ód?.

David Dzubay, Chair
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