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:
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.

Thu, Oct 15 2009 |

Portal (2007/09) for trombone solo by doctoral composer Da Jeong Choi was performed by Lauren Husting at Lincoln Memorial University Guest Artist Series, the United Methodist Church of Harrogate (Harrogate, TN) on 15 October 2009.

Sat, Oct 10 2009 |

Doctoral composer Da Jeong Choi organized an event titled Soaring Sound, a program of contemporary electroacoustic & acoustic music presented at Aubrey First United Methodist Church (Aubrey, TX) on 10 October 2009. The program featured works by Choi and fellow doctoral composers Greg Dixon, Jason Fick, and L. Scott Price, and included performances by flutist Julee Kim, and saxophonists Ann Bradfield, Chiaki Hanafusa, Sarah Roberts, and Matt Morey.

Fri, Oct 09 2009 |

Cantus Curatio III (Healing Melody III: shorter version, 2009) for piccolo solo by doctoral composer Da Jeong Choi was performed by Lisa Bost at the Society of Composers, Inc. 2009 Region VI Conference, Clarke College (Dubuque, IA) on 9 October 2009. Choi's Cantus Curatio III (2008) for piccolo solo was premiered by Julee Kim at Eastfield College (Dallas TX) on 11 February 2009.

Thu, Oct 01 2009 |

Andrew Jordan Miller, Stephen Dunning, and Chaz Underriner were awarded an Undergraduate Research Grant from the UNT Honors College for their research regarding the relationship between sound and emotion in collaboration with Dr. Oscar Garcia and Dr. Shengli Fu of the UNT Electrical Engineering Department.

Wed, Sep 30 2009 |

Death of a Wizard, a piece for wind ensemble by undergraduate composer Richard Daskas was performed at the 2009 NACUSA Conference at Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, TX) by the SFA Wind Symphony on 21 February 2009. The piece will also be performed at the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) World New Music Days in Sweden in the fall of 2009.

Tue, Sep 01 2009 |

Works by UNT composers Sarah Summar, Chaz Underriner, and Jay Walls were selected for performance by the Southern Methodist University String Quartet for a concert on the 2009-2010 concert series.

Wed, Aug 26 2009 |

Doctoral composer Joshua Harris has been awarded a prestigious Barlow Endowment Commission Award to compose a new work for the Appalachian State Wind Ensemble, scheduled for premiere in the spring of 2010.

Thu, Aug 20 2009 |

Works by several UNT composers were selected for performance at the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) in Montreal, Québec on 16-21 August 2009. Among those represented were student composer Greg Dixon (Water Home to Water); faculty composer Andrew May (Still Angry, performed by UNT faculty flutist Elizabeth McNutt); alumni composers Tseng Yu-Chung (FMM) and Kevin Patton (Digital Poplar Consort); and past CEMI resident composers Diana Simpson (Papyrus) and Juan Parra-Cancino (GeoAves).

Sun, Aug 02 2009 |

Doctoral composer Greg Dixon attended the Orford Sound Creation Workshop in Orford, Québec from 2-15 August 2009, where he participated in workshops, lectures, and concerts with electroacoustic composers Yves Daoust, Robert Normandeau, John Oswald, Jean- Françoise Laporte, Annette Vande Gorne, Gilles Gobeil, Hans Tutschku, and Alexandre Burton.

Sun, Jul 26 2009 |

Doctoral composer Greg Dixon presented his work Imprints for snare drum and interactive electronics at the Pure Data Convention (PdCon) 09' in São Paulo, Brazil on 26 July 2009. The piece was performed by Brazilian percussionist Danilo Valle.

Sat, Jun 27 2009 |

Chasing Invisible Light (2009) for two alto flutes by doctoral composer Da Jeong Choi was premiered by Carla Rees and Lisa Bost at St Leonard’s Church (London, UK) on 27 June 2009.