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:

  • Alumna composer Elainie Lillios (DMA 2000), an associate professor of composition at Bowling Green State University, has been awarded a commission from the prestigious Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM) in Paris. Lillios is only the second American composer in the history of the GRM to be awarded a commission. Lillios’s new work will be premiered in October 2013 at La maison de Radio France in the Salle Olivier Messiaen, as a featured piece on the GRM’s “Multiphonies” concert series.

  • Alumna composer Michelle Alonso (BM 2011) has been awarded a Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Residency Fellowship for the summer of 2012. The fellowship provides three months of free housing for artists to work at the Foundation, located in Taos, New Mexico.

  • Alumna composer Christina Rusnak has been selected as Composer-in-Residence at Homestead National Monument in spring 2012 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act. The residency will provide three weeks of housing at the monument, located near Beatrice Nebraska.

  • Fsculty composer Joelle Wallach has had recent performances of her works in Fairbanks, Alaska (The Fairbanks Choral Society & the Fairbanks Parks and Recreation Department) in Martch 2012 and in Washington, DC (Biennial Convention of the National League of American Pen Women) in April 2012. She has also given pre-concert lectures for the New York Philharmonic (15-20 March 2012) and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (12-15 April 2012).

  • Dream of a Thousand Keys, the dissertation composition by alumna Da Jeong Choi (PhD 2011), was premiered on 8 March 2012 by the Joven Orquesta Provincial de Málaga as part of the International Women's Day celebration in Spain. The performance was featured on Canal Sur TV.

  • There Are Ghosts, a video work by alumnus composer Brian Hernandez (MA 2011), has been selected for performance at the international film and video festival, CINESONIKA, which takes place 18-19 February 2012 in British Columbia, Canada. In addition to the performance, all accepted works will be eligible for international distribution on DVD, public exhibition, museum curatorial, video on demand, and touring festival.

  • Alumnus Eli Fieldsteel (MM 2010) was awarded the ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commission at the 2012 SEAMUS Conference for his master's thesis composition, Fractus I for trumpet and electronics.

  • Nine UNT-affiliated composers were selected to participate in the SEAMUS 2012 Conference at Lawrence University, 9-11 February 2012: student composers L. Scott Price and Greg Dixon; alumni composers Ethan Hayden, Chapman Welch, Mikel Kuehn, Daniel Zajicek, Eli Fieldsteel, and Elainie Lillios; and former faculty member Butch Rovan.

  • It is with sadness that we report the passing of Professor Phil Winsor on 23 January 2012. Prof. Winsor was a member of the UNT composition faculty from 1982 through 2010, during which time he served as co-founder and director of CEMI and as chair of the composition division (1996-97).

  • Tartarian Psalm II: Metrical Charm, a composition for bass trombone by doctoral composer Mark Oliveiro, has won first prize in category I of the British Trombone Society’s Composition Competition 2012. The work will be performed in Manchester UK in May 2012 and published by Warwick Music.

  • Alumnus composer Yo Goto (MM 2004) has been awarded the American Bandmasters Association 2011 Sousa/Ostwald Award for his work Songs for wind ensemble. Previous winners of this prestigious award include North Texas alumni Michael Daugherty (2007) and Fisher Tull (1970), and former faculty composer Martin Mailman (1983, 1989).

  • Doctoral composer Mark Oliveiro's composition for Soprano and Piano, Il Garrot, was awarded an Honorable Mention Citation in the International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition 2011, sponsored by the National Academy of Music.

  • After receiving an American Composers Forum Encore Grant (2011) to compose a new work for the new music ensemble Pictures on Silence, doctoral composer Mark Oliveiro’s composition Tanox has been made the subject of a short promotional video documentary, released early this year by the American University (Washington DC).

  • "Epitaphs Unwritten," the second symphony by alumnus Kevin Walczyk (MM 1991; DMA 1994), was selected as the winner of the National Band Association's 2011 Wiliam D. Revelli Memorial Composition Contest. Dr. Walczyk's Songs of Paradise for concert band received an honorable mention in the 2011 College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Young Band Composition Contest.

  • Just After The Rain, a work by faculty composer Jon Christopher Nelson, is one of nine works selected by an international jury for Sonic Screens 2011. The work will be performed at O' in Milan, Italy on 26 November 2011. One of the other selected works was Spindlesong by 2007 Bourges/CEMI resident Diana Salazar (Simpson).

  • On 16 October 2011, Old Dominion University will perform faculty composer Joelle Wallach's secular oratorio, Toward A Time of Renewal for orchestra, chorus, and SATB soloists, which will also be featured at the 2011 National Conference of the College Music Society on 21 October 2011.

  • Faculty composer Joelle Wallach will be featured on Voices of Change's opening concert of the 2011-12 season (9 October 2011), with a performance of three chamber works. WRR will record, broadcast, and podcast an interview with Dr. Wallach, as well as several of her works.

  • The following North Texas composers will be participating in Electronic Music Midwest at Kansas City Kansas Community College (30 September - 1 October 2011): students Jonathan Jackson, Greg Dixon, and Dan Tramte; and alumnae Da Jeong Choi and Elainie Lillios.

  • Jon Nelson received an Honorable Mention in the Música Viva Electroacoustic Competition 2011 for his work Turbulent Blue. The international jury reviewed 179 works by composers from 35 countries; the prize-winning works will be released on CD by Miso Records.

  • Jonathan Anderson (DMA 2010) has been appointed Assistant Professor of Composition at Wayne State University beginning Fall 2011, after having served as Dance Media/Production Coordinator at the university in recent years.