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:

  • Loveletter, postmark San Jose, a tiny tender tuba concerto for euphonium and strings by Joelle Wallach, has been added to the required repertoire list of the euphonium competition of the International Women's Brass Conference and has recently been published by Just for Brass, LLC (Summer 2011).

  • UNT composition alumna Hsiao-Lan Wang (DMA 2010) received a commission from the Taiwan Symphony Orchestra to compose a piano trio titled Blue Mirror, Green Mirror, Red Mirror. The work is scheduled to be performed by players of the TSO in August 2011, and will be published and subsequently released on CD.

  • The following UNT composers had their works presented at the 2011 International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) at the University of Huddersfield, England (31 July - 5 August 2011): doctoral student Dan Tramte; alumni Da Jeong Choi, Mikel Kuehn, Elainie Lillios, and Yu-Chung Tseng; and former faculty John Mallia.

  • Mei Votum (My Prayer, 2008) for solo piano by doctoral composer Da Jeong Choi will be performed by Young Lang Kim (Chair and piano faculty at Myongji University) at the International Conference 2011 of the College Music Society in Seoul and Gyeongju, South Korea (3-10 July 2011).

  • Etude for Orchestra, a work by alumna Hsiao-Lan Wang (DMA 2010), will receive a performance by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra in July 2011, with the composer conducting. The Japan Federation of Composers sponsors the performance as part of the Asian Music Festival 2011.

  • Alumnus composer Chaz Underriner (BA 2010) received a commission as the winner of the annual composition competition by the Santa Clarita Master Chorale for the piece A Mountain in Labor for choir, narrator and piano. The work was premiered in June 2011 at the College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center (Santa Clarita, CA).

  • Improbable Edges for oboe and trombone by alumnus composer Mark Scott (BM 2008) will be performed by fellow UNT alumni Ben and Kristin Polk at the 2011 International Double Reed Society conference at Arizona State University.

  • Diversions, a four movement work for tuba and piano by Kendall Prinz (MM 1999), received its world premiere on 20 May 2011 at the Southwest Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conference, which was held at Northern Arizona University. The work was premiered by Justin Lerma, tubist with the U.S. Navy Band in San Diego, CA.

  • Doctoral flutist-composer Lisa Bost-Sandberg was invited to Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, as a guest composer and flutist 18-19 May 2011. During the two-day residency she performed a recital that included three of her own works, taught flute and composition masterclasses, and presented two lectures.

  • Chaz Underriner (BA 2010) has performed as a guitarist at REDCAT in Los Angeles at the Sofia Gubaidulina Festival (May 2011), at the Wild Beast concert hall at California Institute of the Arts as a soloist with the Dogstar Orchestra performing Michael Pisaro's here (1) (July 2011), and as a soloist at the Laboratorium 2011 Festival in Antwerp, Beligum performing Mark Applebaum's DNA (March 2011).

  • Faculty composer Joseph Klein has been commissioned by the Cornell University Department of English to compose computer music settings of poems by four MFA students in Cornell's Creative Writing Program. Klein will be in residence at Cornell in April 2011, where he will participate in the premiere of these settings, along with a performance of Three Poems from Felt with poet Alice Fulton.

  • The percussion ensemble arrangement of Lift up My Hands to You (2004) by doctoral composer Da Jeong Choi was performed by Delaware Percussion Ensemble at the University of Delaware, (Newark, DE) on 11 April 2011. Choi's Explorations of a Drum (2003; rev. 2009) for solo snare drum was performed by Greg Neblett at Morehead State University (Morehead, KY) on 17 April 2011; this work has also been included on the suggested performance lists of PAS Italy-International Competition (2-14 September 2011).

  • Alumnus Arthur Barrow (BM 1975) has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Singularity, an album featuring music by Robby Krieger of The Doors. Barrow co-wrote much of the music and co-produced the album with Krieger. Singularity was released in June 2010, and is a nominee in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category. The award ceremony is 13 February 2011.

  • Fourteen UNT-affiliated composers have been selected to participate in the SEAMUS 2011 Conference at the University of Miami, 20-22 January 2011: student composers Da Jeong Choi, Greg Dixon, Joshua Harris, Brian Hernandez, Mark Oliveiro, L. Scott Price, and Dan Tramte; alumni composers Elainie Lillios, Stephen Lucas, Ilya Rostovtsev, Kohsuke Tajima, Rodney Waschka, and Chapman Welch; and former faculty member Butch Rovan.

  • The first movement of Ilya Y. Rostovtsev's master's thesis composition Understatements was selected for presentation in the Pixilerations festival at Brown University in Rhode Island (October 2010) and the sfSound-curated San Francisco Tape Music Festival (January 2011).

  • Doctoral composer Da Jeong Choi's Mons Montis (Great Rock, rev. 2010) for multi-percussion solo and 2-channel electroacoustic music was presented at Electro-acoustic Music on Radio New Zealand Concert (Wellington, New Zealand) on 17 December 2010.

  • On Top of Wheat Silos, a work by alumnus Ryan Manchester (BM 2008) was presented by the Chicago-based group Access Contemporary Music on 6 December 2010. A review of the event may be found on the Chicago Classical Review website.

  • Cantus Curatio (Healing Melody, 2008) for fixed media by doctoral composer Da Jeong Choi received several performances in 2010: Pina Bausch Theatre at Folkwang University (Essen, Germany) on 3 December 2010; Longy School of Music (Cambridge, MA) on 3 December 2010; The Art of Record Production Conference at Leeds Metropolitan University (Leeds, England) on Dec 3, 2010; SALT Gallery (New York City) on 13 November 2010; and Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte (Buenos Aires, Argentina) on 1 October 2010.

  • UNT alumnus and composer Michael Daugherty was nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition for his piece Deux ex Machina. The album was nominated for Best Orchestral Performance and Best Classical Album.

  • UNT composition faculty artist, David Stout, and iARTA research associate, Cory Metcalf, received an honorable mention in the VIDA 13.0 International Art & Artificial Life Competition (sponsored by Fundación Telefónica in Madrid, Spain) for their latest performance, NoiseFold 2.0. Noisefold 2.0 was among 285 projects presented by artists from 39 countries, representing a broad range of technological resources such as autonomous robotics, chaotic algorithms, computer viruses, biotechnology, virtual environments and sound sculptures (Fall 2010).