Newsletter 12-2013


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


Tuesday Dec. 3, 8:00pm, Auer Hall


Wednesday Dec. 4, 4:00pm, Ford Hall


Thursday Dec. 5, 9:00am, JS311

9:00-10:30 – Phillip Sink, Nick Morandi, Jess Turner

       10:30-12:00pm – Will Rowe, Corey Dundee, Chen Yihan

* NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE – David Dzubay, Director; Libby Larsen, Guest Composer

Thursday Dec. 5, 8:00pm, Auer Hall

Miller: Organism (2013, dissertation, premiere)

       Larsen: Full Moon in the City(2013)

Larsen: Sonnets from the Portuguese (1989)

CECM Computer Music Recital, Jeffrey Hass and John Gibson

Sunday, Dec. 8, 8:00pm, Auer Hall


Monday Dec. 9, 7:00pm, MC036

HOLOGRAPHIC – Jeremy Podgursky, Ben Bolter

Thursday Dec. 12, 8:00pm, Neal-Marshall Grand Hall

Works by Jacob TV, Steve Rouse, Evan Chapman, David Biedenbender, and Steve Reich



avatars-000037696047-88cnyd-cropYie-Eun Chun has work selected for TIMF in Korea

Yie-Eun Chun’s chamber piece, A Little Puppet Play, has been selected for performance by the contemporary ensemble TIMF (Tongyeong International Music Festival) in Seoul, Korea, November 15th-16th, 2013.


ezra_donner-220Ezra Donner selected for New Voices Opera in 2014

Bloomington’s New Voices Opera has selected Ile, Ezra’s new sung drama in one act, for performance on May 2 and 3, 2014 in the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center. The piece will be double-billed with Eric Lindsay’s Cosmic Ray and the Amazing Chris. New Voices Opera of Indiana University is a student organization committed to the production of new operas by student composers. ‬


LouisLouis Goldford recent performances

Louis Goldford received performances of his Grand Sepia Taksim (2013) for belly dancer and live electronics, at the recent Midwest Composers Symposium in Ann Arbor and at Electronic Music Midwest in Kansas City.


DSC_143Kevin Hartnett recent performance

Kevin Hartnett’s song cycle Three Longfellow Songs for soprano and piano was recently performed by Christina Casey and Taylor Burkhardt at the University of Missouri in Columbia.


Ben_Taylor-220Benjamin D. Taylor recent performances

Benjamin D. Taylor has recently enjoyed presenting his works at the Electronic Music Midwest Festival (Kansas City), the Midwest Composer’s Symposium (Ann Arbor) as well as the Electroacoustic Barn Dance Music Festival (Virginia). He was also honored to be a Guest Composer with the Hochstein School of Music (Rochester, NY) as well as Brigham Young University (Provo, UT) where he presented a masterclass and guest lectured in orchestration and electronic music courses. The visit to BYU was in conjunction with the Utah premiere of Trailing Clouds of Glory by the BYU Symphonic Band under the direction of Kirt Saville. Mr. Taylor also recently signed a publication contract with Manhattan Beach Music.

Wells_bioRecent performances and works by Samuel Wells

Samuel Wells recently had works selected for Electronic Music Midwest, Electroacoustic Barn Dance, and the Understanding Visual Music conference at Centro de Experimentación e Investigación en Artes Electrónicas in Buenas Aires. Sam was also the featured performer for this year’s Electroacoustic Barn Dance, presenting six works for trumpet and electronics. His work, Leander’s Swim for piano and live electronics will be performed by the Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance in December. Sam has also been selected as a 2013-2014 Scholar for Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC).



binliUpdate from Alumni Bin Li (BM ’12)

Bin Li is the overall winner of 2013 SCI/ASCAP Commissioning Competition for his work Autobahn Beyond for Chamber Orchestra. Inspired by Bin’s friend Brad Emerson’s Autobahn painting series, Autobahn Beyond was completed in his senior year at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. In addition, Bin Li’s new work commissioned by Ensemble Lunatik will be premiered on November 30, in Quebec City, Canada. ‬


Brian-Ciach-200Upcoming Projects by Alumni Brian Ciach (DM ’11)

Upcoming projects for composer-pianist, Brian Ciach (DM, ’11), include a new work for tuba and piano commissioned by Paul Carlson, tubist in the Dallas Brass (current IU doctoral student), to be premiered at IU, host of the 2014 International Tuba and Euphonium Conference. Brian’s new choral work, Rorate caeli, commissioned by Vivian Wing Wun Ip (IU alumna), will be premiered in two churches by the Chorus Delicti Wien in Vienna, Austria (Dec, 2013), performances which he will attend. Dreamcatcher (2013), a guitar concerto inspired by melodies heard in dreams, was premiered in October at Murray State University by Duane Large, guitar, and the MSU Symphony Orchestra, Dennis Johnson, director. Brian performed two movements of his 50-minute Third Sonata for piano (2012) at the University of Iowa in September, on a program with works by Mike D’Ambrosio (Murray State colleague) and David Lang. This sonata was premiered in September on a lecture-recital at Murray State University, where Brian is an Assistant Professor in Music Theory, Composition, and Electronic Music. For more information, please visit:



David Ward Steinman-2Update from composer David Ward-Steinman

The world premiere of David Ward-Steinman’s Singapore Sonorama will be given in Singapore’s Esplanade Concert Hall Dec. 1 by the Philharmonic Winds of Singapore conducted by Leonard Tan, who commissioned the piece. (The American premiere was recently given by the IU Wind Ensemble under the direction of Stephen Pratt on Nov. 12). Ward-Steinman will also deliver a lecture on world music at the Singapore University on Thanksgiving Day. On Nov. 4 he was featured on the national “Composers Datebook” broadcast and represented by excerpts from his Woodwind Quintet No. 2 (Night Winds) which was also performed at IU on his Faculty Recital Sept. 28 by the Category Five Quintet Quintet. Ward-Steinman is now the currently “Featured Composer” on the E.B. Marks Music Co. website. ‬


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