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:
Thu, Sep 27 2018 |

Doctoral composer Christopher Poovey's 2 Strands will be performed at the 2018 Seoul International Computer Music Festival held 27-30 September 2018. 

Wed, Aug 01 2018 |

Doctoral composer Jacob Thiede’s work And everything in-between will be performed at the 2018 National Flute Assocation's Annual Convention in August 2018 by flutist Krisztina Dér

Sun, Jul 22 2018 |

Works by three UNT doctoral composers were presented at the 2018 New York City Electronic Music Festival in July 2018: Mark Vaughn's The Curved Line in the Garden for fixed media, Jacob Thiede’s And everything in-between for flute and computer (performed by flutist Linda Wetherill), and Christopher Poovey's only through fractures may light shine for double bass and live electronics (performed by Jack McGuire). 

Tue, Jun 26 2018 |

Doctoral composer Michael Smith presented his research on using Virtual Reality for 3D spatialization at the Sounds in Space conference at the University of Derby (England) in June 2018. Michael discussed his software VRSoundMapper and its various options for positioning sounds in a 3D sound field. 

Sat, May 19 2018 |

Graduate composer Bihe Wen’s composition Regression for fixed media was selected from among more than 450 submissions for performance at the ISCM World New Music Days held at the Beijing Modern Music Festival, 19-26 May 2018.  It was also selected for performance in Semaine internationale de la musique électroacoustique SIME 2018, 18-24 April 2018, at the Université Lille in Lille, France.

Thu, Mar 29 2018 |

Nine UNT-affiliated composers were selected to participate in the SEAMUS 2018 Conference at the University in St. Cloud of Oregon, 29-31 March 2018: faculty members Panayiotis Kokoras and Marco Buongiorno Nardelli, students Miguel Espinel, Christopher Poovey, and Mark Vaughn, and alumni Paul Thomas, David Gedosh, Eli Fieldsteel, and Mikel Kuehn.  

Sat, Mar 10 2018 |

Doctoral composer Jacob Thiede’s work While it was raining in the woods was featured on the 2018 SCI National Conference in March 2018 at the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA).

Mon, Mar 05 2018 |

Doctoral composer Jacob Thiede presented his paper titled The Broken Saxophone: Exploring problems and solutions to contemporary saxophone techniques through Alex Mincek's "Ali" at the 2018 Biennial North American Saxophone Alliance Conference held at the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music in March 2018. 

Fri, Dec 01 2017 |

Graduate composer Bihe Wen’s work In Limbo for soprano recorder, male voice and fixed media won first prize in the mixed media category of the 2017 Musicacoustica-Beijing Competition. 

Sun, Sep 24 2017 |

Besieged by an Expert Sun, a multimedia work by graduate composer Alejandro Carrillo, has been selected as part of the 39th Manuel Enríquez International New Music Forum in Mexico City.  Alejandro will perform the work on 24 September 2017 in the National University’s Contemporary Art Museum.

Sat, Sep 23 2017 |

Graduate composer Christopher Poovey's composition Dripstone for baritone saxophone and stereo fixed media will receive its New York City premiere at the 2017 Bushwick Open Studios at MISE-EN_PLACE, which takes place 23-24 September 2017.

Fri, Sep 01 2017 |

Doctoral composer Jacob Thiede received an Honorable Mention from the Flute New Music Consortium in the "Flute and Accompaniment" category for his composition, And Everything In-Between. The Flute New Music Consortium, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose members live around the world and perform newly commissioned pieces and outstanding works from the composition competition in individual recitals, as well as at FNMC-organized events at regional and national flute festivals.

Fri, Sep 01 2017 |

Doctoral composer Omar Fraire presented his video installation To be radical is a privilege at the Museo Espacio in the city of Aguascalientes, México. The work was commissioned by the International Festival Ctrl + Ñ in collaboration with the Institute of Culture and the Autonomous University of Aguascalientes, for a collective exhibition from August through September 2017. 

Tue, Jun 20 2017 |

Doctoral composer Zach Thomas's composition efflux was selected from among more than 1100 submissions for performance at the Mise-En Music Festival 2017 in New York City, 20-25 June 2017.

Thu, Apr 20 2017 |

Eight UNT-affiliated composers were selected to participate in the SEAMUS 2017 Conference at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN, 20-22 April 2017: faculty composers Andrew May and Jon Nelson; student composers Miguel Espinel, Timothy Harenda and Michael Smith; and alumni composers Elainie Lillios, Jon Anderson, and Eli Fieldsteel. Also performing at the conference is faculty flutist Elizabeth McNutt. 

Fri, Mar 10 2017 |

Graduate composers Michael Smith, Jacob Thiede, Bihe Wen, and Jinghong Zhang will have works presented and performed at the National Student Electronic Music Event (NSEME 2017), 10-11 March 2017 at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA.

Sun, Feb 19 2017 |

Electroacoustic works Contemplating Larry by alumna composer Elainie Lillios (DMA 2000) and Regression by graduate composer Bihe Wen were two of thirteen prizewinners selected from a pool of 109 composers from 25 different countries in the Concours de Composition Acousmatique Métamorphoses 2016. The prizewinning works are included on the CD recording Métamorphoses 2016, released in February 2017.

Wed, Feb 15 2017 |

Doctoral composer Michael Smith has been selected as a finalist in the 2017 ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Composer Commission Competition for his work Ictus.

Tue, Nov 29 2016 |

Doctoral composer Seth Shafer has been selected as one of three finalists in the Lyra Society's Costello Competition for Composition for his solo harp piece Night in Arcturus Stream. As a finalist, Shafer will compose a new work for solo harp with a chance to win a $1000 prize, a world premiere at the Curtis Institute of Music's Field Concert Hall in May 2017, and a publishing contract with Fatrock Ink Music Publishers.

Wed, Oct 19 2016 |

Graduate composer Bihe Wen's composition Regression was selected as a finalist in MÉTAMORPHOSES 2016. The program will take place on 19 October 2016, during the international festival "L'ESPACE DU SON" in Brussels, Belgium.

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