Composition Division News

The following is a listing of recent accomplishments and activities by students, alumni, and faculty of the UNT composition program. Items are listed in reverse chronological order and may be filtered using the menus below:

  • Oh My Soul, a choral work by undergraduate composer Ronald Harris, has been selected as a finalist in Chanticleer's Student Composer Competition, and will considered for performance in November 2014 by the Chanticleer Lab Choir.

  • Faculty composer Panayiotis Kokoras received the first prize award in the 7th Destellos International Competition of Electroacoustic Music 2014 in Argentina, for his work Jet for soprano recorder and electronics. Alumna Elainie Lillios (DMA 2000) received second prize in the same competition for her work The Rush of the Brook Stills the Mind for percussion and electronics. The Destellos Prix 2014 jury was composed of: Gilles Gobeil (Canada), Eric Chasalow (EU), Gregorio Jiménez (Spain), Federico Schumacher (Chile) and chaired by Elsa Justel.

  • Senior composition student Daniel Sabzghabaei has been selected as a winner in the inaugural International Composition Competition as part of the 10th Annual Busan Choral Festival and Competition, South Korea's premier choral festival. His piece Two Scenes from Shakespeare for SATB a cappella choir was selected out of a pool of 70 applicants from 20 different countries, and will be performed by one of the festival choirs as part of the Busan Choral Festival. The concert will also be broadcast live on South Korean television and radio. In addition to performance, the piece will also be published by Busan Choral and the Korea Choral Institute. Daniel will travel to Busan, South Korea in October 2014 to attend the festival, attend masterclasses with professional choral conductors and ensembles, and rehearse his piece with one of the festival choirs.

  • Panayiotis Kokoras’, Kydoimos for orchestra commissioned and premiered by Athens State Orchestra, will be performed during the International Society of Contemporary Music – World Music Festival 2014 (ISCM-WMD) in Wroclaw, Poland. Kydoimos will be performed by the Świętokrzyska Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Jacek Rogala, at the Wroclaw Philharmonic Hall on 9 October 2014.

  • University of Wisconsin-Green Bay based ensemble "a very small consortium" will be presenting a number of new miniatures including senior composition student Daniel Sabzghabaei's work, Fond Memories of a First Love. The concert takes place on 27 September 2014 at 7:30 pm in Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The concert will also be streamed at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/a-very-small-consortium.

  • The Atlantic Coast Conference Band Directors' Association (ACCBDA) has named UNT alumnus Eli Fieldsteel (MM 2010) as the sole recipient of the 2014 James E. Croft Grant for Young and Emerging Composers. The twelve schools that comprise the ACCBDA will hold exclusive performance rights through 2015.

  • Panayiotis Kokoras, Assistant Professor of Composition Studies, has been awarded First prize at the 7th Destellos International Competition of Electroacoustic Music 2014 in Argentina for his composition Jet for soprano recorder and electronics. With the intention to offer new possibilities to the creators, the Foundation Destellos attributes to the winner $600 US and subsequent performances by the Destellos Network. The Destellos Prix 2014 jury was composed of: Gilles Gobeil (Canada), Eric Chasalow (EU), Gregorio Jiménez (Spain), Federico Schumacher (Chile) and chaired by Elsa Justel.

  • DMA alumnus James Worlton (DMA 2003) has accepted a position as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Texas Woman’s University (Denton, TX), where he will be teaching Theory and Arranging beginning in the fall of 2014.

  • Mimesis, a work by doctoral composer Michael Smith, was premiered in Perth, Australia by the Quanta Quartet during their August 2014 Australian tour.​

  • Oregon State Parks selected Alumna composer Christina Rusnak (MA 2010) to compose a work for the new Cottonwood Canyon State Park. Canyon Voices explores the natural and cultural heritage of the John Day River basin. In August 2014, The Life of Ashes, exploring Mt. Adams through the lens of wildfire, was premiered in Hood River Oregon commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. In September 2014, Rusnak heads up to North Cascades National Park as Artist in Residence. Three of her jazz pieces, arranged by UNT alumnus arranger Dave Richards (MM 2010), are being released in November 2014 on Parma Recordings.

  • Alumnus composer Greg Dixon (PhD 2012) has been appointed Assistant Professor of Music and Sound Design at Digipen Institute of Technology (Redmond, WA) beginning in the fall of 2014.

  • Alumnus composer Jay Alan Walls (PhD 2011) has been appointed Assistant Professor of Music at Harding University (Searcy, AR) beginning in the fall of 2014.

  • Every Tear from Their Eyes for choir and large ensemble by alumna composer Da Jeong Choi (PhD 2011) was broadcast on C Channel (TV) for the 100th day of remembrance of the South Korean Ferry Tragedy on 24 July 2014 and included in Kukmin ilbo (Korean newspaper) on 29 July 2014. This work will be performed by Banana Choir (from India) throughout South Korea in November-December 2014.

  • Graduate composer Mary F. Mixter was selected to participate as a composition fellow for the 2014 nief-norf Summer Festival at Furman University in Greenville, SC.

  • Senior composition student Daniel Sabzghabaei was recently selected as a finalist in the 2014 SCI/ASCAP Student Commission Competition for his piece Four Short Dreams for chamber ensemble and tape. His piece was selected from a pool of about 200 applicants and represented region 6 (Southern USA) in the final round of selection.

  • Senior composition student Daniel Sabzghabaei received second prize in the 2014 Texas Young Composers Festival Composition Contest with his piece Hal: Chahargah for solo violin. It will be premiered by distinguished violinist Mary Reynolds with the acclaimed, Dallas-based new music ensemble Voices of Change on Sunday 4 May 2014 at 5:00 pm in the SMU Owen Arts Center (Dallas, TX).

  • Senior composition student Daniel Sabzghabaei was one of six winners in the 2014 Cambiata Composition Initiative. His piece Mosjdeh Beh Bolbol Dehid, for two-part boys choir, solo violin, and piano, will be premiered at the 2014 MS/JH National Convention for Choral Music by the award-winning Lake Jackson Intermediate School Manchoir, conducted by David Hill, and violinist Caleb Mallett on Saturday 3 May 2014 at UNT.

  • Recent composition graduate Joshua Harris (PhD 2013) has accepted a tenure-track position in music at Sweet Briar College in Virginia, where he will be teaching theory, composition, and electronic music, as well as directing the school's music theater productions. He will begin his appointment in the fall of 2014.

  • On 27 April 2014, Mivos quartet will perform Panayiotis Kokoras' Holophony for string quartet during the Northwestern University New Music Conference (NUNC!) Panayiotis will also give a presentation titled "Ensemble Holophony Project: Perspectives on Instrumental Sound-based Composition."

  • Panayiotis Kokoras has been commissioned by Festival Mixtur to compose a piece for clarinet, piano, violin and cello. Ensemble Taller Sonoro will perform the piece on 25 April 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. Panayiotis will also coach a student’s composition workshop and give a short presentation on his piece.