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:
Tue, Jun 01 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).

Tue, Jun 01 2010 |

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).

Sat, May 01 2010 |

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.

Sun, Apr 11 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.

Sat, Apr 10 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.

Sun, Mar 28 2010 |

Doctoral composers Da Jeong Choi and Greg Dixon, and alumnus Chapman Welch, were invited as guest artists to New Music Focus Week 2010 at the State University of New York, Oneonta (28 March - 1 April 2010). In addition to performances of their works by percussionist Julie Licata, Choi also presented three lectures at the festival.

Fri, Mar 19 2010 |

Mons Montis (2005) for Multi Percussion Solo and CD accompaniment by doctoral composer Da Jeong Choi was performed by Nathan Tingler at the University of Georgia on 19 March 2010. Choi's Reflection in the Glass (2008) for Vibraphone with Live Electronics was included in Theresa Sauer's entry Encounters with Contemporary Women Composers part 1, on the International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM) blog on 19 March 2010.

Mon, Mar 15 2010 |

Undergraduate composer Ryan Pivovar's Guitar Quartet No. 1 (2009) was performed at the Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Festival (Brownsville, TX) in March 2010.

Wed, Mar 10 2010 |

Graduate composer Eli Fieldsteel's recent orchestral piece, Cordillera, was selected for performance on 10 March 2010 by the UNT Symphony Orchestra as part of the annual Concerto Competition.

Mon, Feb 15 2010 |

The following graduate composers were selected as winners of the Lewisville Lake Symphony "Love and Immortality" Project: Eli Fieldsteel, Benjamin Johansen, Jiri Levicek, and Jay Walls. These composers will be contenders for a commission during the 2010-11 season.

Fri, Feb 12 2010 |

Graduate composer Eli Fieldsteel has won the Bandmasters Academic Society of Japan 2009 First Annual Composition Award for School Band. His prize-winning work, Fantasy for Wind Symphony, will be performed in Tokyo on 11 February 2010 and has been recommended for publication within the year. Fantasy also was selected as a finalist in the 2nd International Frank Ticheli Competition.

Sun, Jan 17 2010 |

Made in..., a multimedia collaboration with music by doctoral composer Hsiao-Lan Wang, was featured in a dance performance titled "Das Paradies entsteht aus dem" in Landes Coburg Theater (Coburg, Germany) on 17 January 2010. The work was also included in the Electronic Arts and Music Festival, at Harold Golen Gallery (Miami, FL) on 4 December 2009, as well as on the Music BYTES video program at Lewis University on 30 October 2009.

Fri, Jan 08 2010 |

Doctoral composer Greg Dixon and TWU art professor Colby Parsons premiered their collaborative installation for kinetic sculpture, light, and sound, Luminous Oscillations, at the Myers gallery in Tulsa, OK (hosted by Living Arts of Tulsa), 8-28 January 2010.

Tue, Dec 01 2009 |

Doctoral composer Da Jeong Choi has received the Second Prize in the 2009 Con/un/drum Solo Percussion Composition Competition for her work Explorations of a Drum (2003/2009) for snare drum solo.

Sun, Nov 15 2009 |

Works by student composers Nicholas Kanozik (Caught Tossed Triggered, 2008), Ilya Y. Rostovtsev (An Echo Precedes the Source, 2009), Patrick Peringer (Constrast, 2007), L. Scott Price (Mercurial, 2009), and Greg Dixon (Disconnect, 2009) were presented at the annual Electric La-Tex Festival at Texas A&M University (College Station, TX) in November 2009. Composition students Benjamin Johansen and Nicholas Kanozik performed at the festival.

Fri, Nov 13 2009 |

String Quartet No. 1 (2009) by doctoral composer Da Jeong Choi was premiered at THE ECHOES OF SPACE, the 18th International Review of Composers, Composers Association of Serbia, Belgrade, Serbia in November 2009. The performance was broadcast on television and radio.

Fri, Nov 06 2009 |

Works by doctoral composers Da Jeong Choi (Reflection in the Glass for vibraphone with live electronics, 2008) and Paul Thomas (Giving Sound to the Seeing for 2-channel audio, video, and Braille box, 2009) were presented at the Electronic Music Midwest Festival, Kansas City Community College, (Kansas City, KS) on 6 November 2009.