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:

  • Doctoral composer Greg Dixon's stereo electroacoustic work, Disconnect, was performed at Sonic Vigil on 17 July 2010 at St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral (Cork, Ireland) and at the Electronic Music Midwest Festival on 14 October 2010 at Lewis College (Romeoville, IL). Another stereo electroacoustic work, You Station, was performed at EMTWO on 16 November 2010 at Ball State University (Muncie, IN).

  • David Stout and Cory Metcalf performed NoiseFold 2.0, a new 3-Screen interactive sound and cinema work on 5 November 2010 at the REDCAT theater in the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, CA.

  • Works by student composers Joshua Harris, Brian Hernandez, Mark Oliveiro, Ilya Y. Rostovtsev, Kohsuke Tajima, and Dan Tramte were showcased at the annual Electric LaTex festival in Tulane University (October 2010). Tramte's composition, Nomos Delta won the audience favorite prize for the first show.

  • Alumna composer Christina Rusnak continues to organize the sound art series titled "New Sounds for a New Space" at the Dallas Contemporary, with a program on 7 October 2010 at 7:00 pm. The program includes works by Rusnak, and faculty composers Cindy McTee and David Stout.

  • The Canadian Electroacoustic Community, in collaboration with the Australasian Computer Music Association (ACMA) has announced the results of the 11th edition of JTTP (Jeu de Temps/Time Play). This year's winners included doctoral composer Mark Oliveiro in the Australasian section (for In Maluga) and 2010 Bourges resident artist Émilie Payeur in the Canadian section (for Triptyque). The 2010 edition of this project was open to young and/or emerging sound artists/composers from (or living in) either Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.

  • Doctoral composer Da Jeong Choi gave a presentation on "My Musical Language and Compositional Techniques" at the 12th Annual Aspen Composers' Conference, Aspen Music Festival 2010 (1 July - 22 August 2010). Cantus Curatio II (Healing Melody II) for solo violin was performed by Cheng-Yin Lin at the Aspen Composers’ Conference concert on 26 July 2010.

  • Several works by doctoral composer Da Jeong Choi were performed and premiered on a European Concert Tour in 2010. The program included Prelude (2002), Chasing Invisible Light (2009), Pontis (2007), improvvisazione con le mani (2010 world premiere), Mei Votum (2008), and Dear My Friend (2002), performed at Spazio Paraggi Gallery in Treviso, Italy (2 July 2010), at Berlin Jeil Church in Berlin, Germany (4 July 2010), at Eglise Presbyterienne Coreenne du Pont-Neuf in Paris, France (11 July 2010). Works were performed by guitarist Roberto Benetton, cellist Hun Sun Chae, bassoonist Sung Chan Hong, pianist Young Mi Seo, pianist Agnese Toniutti, and choreographer/pianist/vocalist Da Jeong Choi.

  • Doctoral composer Da Jeong Choi gave a presentation on "My Musical Language and Compositional Techniques" at the 12th Annual Aspen Composers' Conference, Aspen Music Festival 2010 (1 July - 22 August 2010). Cantus Curatio II (Healing Melody II) for solo violin was performed by Cheng-Yin Lin at the Aspen Composers’ Conference concert on 26 July 2010.

  • Explorations of a Drum (2009) for Snare Drum Solo by doctoral composer Da Jeong Choi was performed by Concepcion Rocio Rios Zamora on 15 June 2010 at Conservatorio Profesional de Musica Manuel Carra (Málaga, Spain). Choi's Cantus Curatio (Healing Melody, 2008) for Fixed Media was performed at SUNY Stony Brook (Stony Brook, NY) on 3-5 June 2010 and at Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (Providence, RI) on 18 June 2010.

  • Terry Lee (MM 2009) received a commission from the Rose V. Johnson Flute Performance Studio in Federal Way (Seattle), WA for a new work for flute choir. San Juan Suite, a five movement composition for 2 piccolos, 8 flutes, alto flute, and bass flute, was premiered in Federal Way on 4 June 2010.

  • Works by the following UNT composers were selected for performance at the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) in New York City and Stony Brook, NY on 1-5 June 2010: student composer Da Jeong Choi (Reflection in the Glass); emeritus faculty composer Larry Austin (Le flutes de Pan, homage a Debussy); alumna composer Elainie Lillios (Nostalgiac Visions); and past CEMI resident composer Diana Simpson-Salazar (Spindle Song).

  • Top of the Mountain (2009) for trumpet and percussion (two players) by doctoral composer Da Jeong Choi was recorded in June 2010 for release on the Crystal Records CD "Facets 4" featuring trumpeter John Holt (UNT faculty member and principal trumpet of the Dallas Opera Orchestra).

  • Piano works by current and former UNT composers were presented in two programs in Seoul, South Korea. "UNT in South Korea: Works for Piano" was sponsored by the Composers Forum and featured works by Daniel Bernardo, Da Jeong Choi, Joshua Harris, John Mallia, Andrew May, and James Worlton. The works were performed at Konkuk University (20 May 2010) and Baekseok Art University (27 May 2010) by UNT alumni pianists Hyangmee Kim, Min Kim, Eun Jun Oh, and Young Mi Seo.

  • Elizabeth McNutt will be a guest artist of the upcoming Texas Flute Society Flute Festival, where she will present a recital, a masterclass, and a lecture, and will be an adjudicator for the Myrna Brown Flute Competition. She also has been invited to present a recital in the upcoming National Flute Association Convention in Anaheim, CA.

  • Alumnus Chapman Welch's article "Programming Machines and People: Techniques for Live Improvisation with Electronics" will be published in The Leonardo Music Journal 20.

  • Electric Monster Laptop Ensemble, directed by doctoral composer Hsiao-Lan Wang, has commissioned works by a number of composers, including several female composers. The ensemble will go on tour to Beijing, China, in May 2010.

  • Jessica’s Story: One Child’s Justice and Healing, for film by Ivana Corsale with music by doctoral composer Da Jeong Choi, was presented at Children’s Advocacy Center (Lewisville, TX) on 1 April 2010 and at the FILMIDEO Film Festival, Index Art Center (Newark, NJ) on 16 April 2010.

  • Composition alumnus Stephen Anderson (MM 2000; DMA 2005) received a commission from the Barlow Endowment for a new piano concerto, composed for UNT faculty pianist Steven Harlos. Harlos premiered the work with the University of North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Tonu Kalam, on 13 April 2010.

  • Undergraduate composer Ryan Taycher’s string quartet was selected as the second prize winner in the college division of the North Texas Young Composers Project. In addition to a cash prize, the prize-winning work was performed at Southern Methodist University on 11 April 2010.

  • The following UNT composers participated in the SEAMUS 2010 Conference at St. Cloud State University, 8-10 April 2010: student composers Greg Dixon and Da Jeong Choi; faculty members David Bithell, Andrew May, Jon Christopher Nelson, and Elizabeth McNutt; emeritus faculty composer Larry Austin; and alumni composers Elainie Lillios and Chapman Welch.