Newsletter 09-2013


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 by the New Music Ensemble, scores, composer sites, etc. can be found at the Recordings page.

Alumni: Please make sure that you are listed correctly on our Alumni page and send any updated information to the coordinator.

Current list of ALL School of Music Events

Current list of Composition Department related Events and Announcements


(* Starred events are REQUIRED for IU composition students.)

GUEST LECTURE – Svetlana Sigida: Transformations of American Minimalist Techniques in the Music of Russian Composers

Wednesday Sept. 4, 5:15pm, M267


Wednesday, Sept. 18, 8:00pm, MAC

     J. Haydn: Symphony No. 44 in E Minor, Hob.I:44 (“Trauer”)

Stravinsky: Concerto in D (“Basle”)

Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93


Wednesday Sept. 25, 4:00pm, Ford Hall

NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE – David Dzubay, Director; Sebastian Currier, Guest Composer

Thursday Sept. 26, 7:00pm, Auer Hall

     Eric Lindsay: Icarus (2013, dissertation, premiere)

Sebastian Currier: Bodymusic (2009)

FACULTY RECITAL – David Ward-Steinman

Saturday, Sept. 28, 6:00pm, Auer Hall




CECM-studioACECM composers selected for the 2013 Electroacoustic Barn Dance

Four composers from the Indiana University Center for Electronic and Computer Music have been invited to a three-day festival of electronic music and art, to be held November 7 – 9, 2013 on the campus of the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Read more…


IU Composers at 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival

Four IU composition students had works performed by Alarm Will Sound at this year’s Mizzou International Composers Festival. Read more…


Sang Mi AhnSang Mi Ahn wins the Judith Lang Zaimont Prize

Congratulations to Sang Mi Ahn, who won the Judith Lang Zaimont Prize at the 2013 Competition of The International Alliance for Women in Music with her piece Dirge for the Earth Elements. For more news from Sang Mi…


Ryan-Diefenderfer_Publicity-Photo-220Ryan Diefenderfer wins the 2013 National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Student Composition Competition

Congratulations to Ryan Diefenderfer for being selected as a winner of the 2013 National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Student Composition Competition for his piece, Krakowian Dances.Read more…


ezra_donner-220Update from DM Composer Ezra Donner

Ezra Donner’s Mountain Suite for String Orchestra will be performed October 12, 2013, by the Chamber Orchestra of New York in Carnegie Hall. Read more…


meotvos_profileMelody Eötvös selected for 2013 PARMA Anthology of Music

Melody Eötvös’s string quartet, Olber’s Dance in the Dark, has been selected as one of the 10 winners in the PARMA Student Composer Competition. Read more…


Will_Rowe-220Will Rowe’s work selected for World New Music Days 2013

Will Rowe’s choral piece The House on the Street has been chosen as the American ISCM Section’s selected work at the ISCM World New Music Days 2013 festival. Read more…


Ben_Taylor-220Update from DM Composer Benjamin D. Taylor

Benjamin D. Taylor’s newest commissioned band work, Trailing Clouds of Glory has met with tremendous success, already garnering 12 performances in 7 states with many more performances planned for the Fall 2013 semester. Read more…


Sam Wells and Ben Taylor featured at Fulcrum Point Discoveries Series

On Monday, July 15, the Fulcrum Point Discoveries Series of new works by young and emerging American composers will be presented at the Merit School of Music.  Read more…



Vicente AvellaVicente Avella (BM ’95) Receives Global Music “Award of Excellence”

The Global Music Awards recently granted All the Days of My Life an “Award of Excellence” for instrumental performance solo, an “Award of Merit” for album and an “Award of Merit” for album cover/art/graphics. All the Days of My Life, Avella’s first album release, features original arrangements of timeless wedding classics, embracing both traditional and contemporary sensibilities. Read more…


Elliot BarkIU Philharmonic to premiere composition by Jacobs alumnus Elliott Bark (DM ’13)

Composer Elliott Bark’s dissertation YOOK-I-O (6-2-5): KOREAN WAR LETTERS will be performed by the IU Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro David Effron on October 9 at the Musical Arts Center. Read more…


faegre_headshot1Update on Composer Brendan Faegre (MM ’10)

Jacobs alumnus Brendan Faegre’s The Brightness of Light premiered at The Lake George Music Festival on Wednesday, August 21. This newly commissioned work in honor of Georgia O’Keeffe’s legacy in Lake George was comprised of an undectet conducted by Roger Kalia. Read more…


eric guinivanEric Guinivan appointed Assistant Professor of Composition at James Madison University

Alumnus Eric Guinivan (BM ’06) was recently appointment as Assistant Professor of Composition at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Read more…


seanshepherdAlumnus Sean Shepherd’s Magiya performed at BBC Proms

Composer Sean Shepherd (BM ’02) recently saw his commissioned work Magiya make its European premiere at the BBC Proms on July 21, 2013. Carnegie Hall’s newly established National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America was Conducted by Valery Gergiev and broadcast live on BBC Radio. Read more…



2013 Summer Festival Performances of Faculty works

Friday, June 28, 2013 6:45 pm Sweeney Hall

Don Freund Lecture

Inside a Composer’s Workroom

Friday, June 28, 2013 8:00 pm Auer Hall

Festival Chamber Players

Don Freund: Summersongs (String Quartet No. 4) (2009)

Monday, July 15, 2013 8:00 pm, Auer Hall

Festival Chamber Players

Eugene O’Brien: Four Songs from “Algebra of Night” (2009)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 8:00 pm Auer Hall

Pacifica Quartet

Claude Baker: Tableaux funèbres for Piano Quintet (2003)


claudebaker-250Claude Baker

In September 2012, a commercial recording of four orchestral works by Claude Baker was released on the Naxos label (8.559642). Included on the disc are The Glass Bead Game, Awaking the Winds, Shadows: Four Dirge-Nocturnes, and The Mystic Trumpeter. The pieces are performed by the St. Louis Symphony conducted by Leonard Slatkin and Hans Vonk. Read more…


genoa-smileDavid Dzubay

David Dzubay was on sabbatical during spring 2013, spending five weeks in Bogliasco, Italy with a fellowship at the Liguria Study and Conference Center near Genoa. Read more…


donFreund-220Don Freund

Don Freund’s visit to Brazil in May included lectures, master classes and recitals at the National Musicology Symposium in Pirenópolis, the Colloquium of Early Music in Goiás, and at the State University of Ceara in Fortaleza. Read more…


jg-wgbhJohn Gibson

John Gibson was Composer in Residence at the Lipa Festival of Contemporary Music at Iowa State University in October. Read more…


phan-200World premiere of P.Q. Phan’s opera The Tale of Lady Thi Kinh

The world premiere of The Tale of Lady Thi Kinh by Jacobs faculty composer P.Q. Phan, set in 10th-century Vietnam, will be presented from Feb. 7-8 and 14-15, 2014 at the IU Musical Arts Center. The opera will be stage directed by Liotta, who also did the honors for the work’s July 2011 workshop performances.Read more…


Sandstrom-2Sven-David Sandström

Sven-David Sandström accepted an invitation to return to Indiana University in Bloomington as visiting professor of composition in fall 2012. Sandström held the post as professor of composition between 1999 and 2008, and now returns for a three-year period.


aarontraversProfessor Aaron Travers wins in Alexander Zemlinsky Composition Competition

Aaron Travers was recently selected as the second-prize winner of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music’s (CCM) 2013 Alexander Zemlinsky Composition Competition. Read more…

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