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, Jan 13 2009 |

Pintar and Ratnip, two pieces for woodwind quintet by doctoral composer Greg Dixon, were performed by the UNT ensemble, Madera Winds, on their Texas-Oklahoma tour (13-15 January 2009) at Southwestern Adventist University, Tulsa Community College, Oklahoma State University, Northeastern State University, and Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Tue, Dec 02 2008 |

Two works by graduate composer Eli Fieldsteel, Statements for Wind Symphony and Fantasy for Wind Symphony, were performed 2 December 2008 by the Wesleyan Wind Ensemble, conducted by Peter Hadley.

Sun, Nov 16 2008 |

The following UNT composers were featured on the 2008 Electric LaTex Festival at Rice University in November 2008: Aaron Fryklund, Greg Dixon, Chris Williams, and Dave Gedosh.

Sun, Nov 09 2008 |

Doctoral composition students Da Jeong Choi and Paul Thomas produced Musica Donum: A 21st Century Contemporary Music Composition Concert, featuring original compositions presented at Trinity United Methodist Church (Denton, TX) on 9 November 2008. The program included performances by violinist Maria Jose Romero Ramos, pianist Chie Watanabe, saxophonist Chiaki Hanafusa, and pianist Hsing-Yin Ko.

Thu, Oct 16 2008 |

Cantus Curatio for electronics by doctoral composer Da Jeong Choi received performances at the Electronic Music Midwest Festival at Lewis University (Romeoville, IL) on 16-18 October 2008, at the 2nd Kentucky New Music Festival on 9-14 November 2008, and at 60x60 2008 Midwest Electronic Music Concert at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, on 13 November 2008.

Fri, Oct 10 2008 |

Different but One Body for percussion ensemble by doctoral composer Da Jeong Choi has received three performances by the Indiana Wesleyan Percussion Ensemble (featuring IWU faculty percussionist Marc Wooldridge as soloist) at the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers (CFAMC) at Indiana Wesleyan University (Marion, IN) in October 2008.

Sat, Aug 30 2008 |

Doctoral composition candidate Hsiao-Lan Wang has accepted a position as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Technology at Montana State University, beginning in the fall of 2008.

Wed, May 28 2008 |

Undergraduate composer Mark Scott’s Spring Lightning for trombone quartet received its premiere performance at the International Trombone Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah on 28 May 2008. It was performed by the Bell Street Four trombone quartet, a UNT ensemble in which the composer also plays.

Mon, Apr 28 2008 |

On 28 April 2008, UNT alumni Ben and Kristin Polk performed undergraduate composer Mark Scott’s Improbable Edges, a duet for oboe and tenor trombone, at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA. The performance was part of a Guest Artist recital presented by Ben Polk, who received his Artist Certificate from UNT in May 2008.

Sat, Apr 19 2008 |

Cantus Curatio (2008) for alto saxophone and piano by doctoral composer Da Jeong Choi was performed by Chiaki Hanafusa and Hsing-Yin Ko for the NASA Biennial Saxophone Conference at the
 University of South Carolina,
 Columbia, on 19 April 2008.

Tue, Apr 15 2008 |

Works by the following UNT composers were presented at the 2008 conference of the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) at the University of Utah (April 2008): Nick Bober and Stephen Lucas (Shattered Images), Camilo Salazar and alumna Jessica Leza (Vejez naciente, Naciente vejez), faculty member Jon Christopher Nelson (Just After the Rain), alumni Mikel Kuehn and Elainie Lillios, and former faculty members Butch Rovan and Larry Austin.

Sat, Apr 05 2008 |

On 5 April 2008 Three Pieces on the Shapes of a Pair by doctoral composer Sarah Page Summar premiered at the Campus Theatre in downtown Denton as part of the 2008 Collage Dance Festival. The work was a collaboration with TWU choreographer Lily Sloan and was performed by Ms. Sloan and Emily Lockard with musicians Jon Jackson, Gary Knudson, Tim Mabrey, Laura Nieman, Sarah Summar, and Rachel Yoder.

Tue, Apr 01 2008 |

In April of 2008, undergraduate composer Chaz Underriner's composition, Rondo for Viola Solo, was premiered at Rice University in Houston by violist Rachel Kuipers. Also during the spring 2008, Chaz composed and recorded improvisatory guitar music for a UNT RTVF master's student documentary, Searching For Juan Carlos. Chaz also composes and performs in an experimental indie-folk band, Baruch the Scribe, that regularly plays in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

Sat, Mar 08 2008 |

Doctoral composition student Dave Gedosh curated a program of electroacoustic music for the Living Arts of Tulsa's "New Genre Festival" on 8 March 2008. Featured UNT composers included Nick Bober, Greg Dixon, Dave Gedosh, Stephen Lucas, Joseph Klein, Andrew May, Jon Nelson, and alumna Jessica Leza. UNT percussionist Julie Licata was featured in two of the works.

Sun, Mar 02 2008 |

Undergraduate composer Kris Peysen’s chamber ensemble piece, Seeker, was selected as the winner of the 9th Annual Russell Horn Young Composer’s Project. In addition to a cash prize, the work was performed by Voices of Change at Caruth Auditorium (SMU campus) on 2 March 2008. Doctoral composer Da Jeong Choi received Honorable Mention in the competition.

Sat, Mar 01 2008 |

The interactive composition LÜ (for erhu and msp) by doctoral composer Jing Wang was selected for inclusion in the International Women's Electroacoustic Listening Room Project at California State University, Fullerton, on 1 March 2008.

Sat, Feb 23 2008 |

Czardas (for erhu and string orchestra), orchestrated and arranged by doctoral composer Jing Wang, was performed by Ms. Wang and the Cobb Symphony Orchestra in Atlanta, Georgia, on 23-24 February 2008.

Fri, Feb 22 2008 |

Pontis (2007) for marimba solo by doctoral composer Da Jeong Choi has received several performances during the spring 2008 semester by UNT faculty percussionist Mark Ford: East Carolina State University (22 February 2008), Messiah College in Grantham, PA (24 March 2008), Indiana University of Pennsylvania (26 March 2008), and Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma (4 April 2008).

Fri, Feb 01 2008 |

Doctoral student Greg Dixon participated as a guest composer at Capital University's NOW Music Festival in Columbus, OH, in February 2008. His piece for snare drum and computer, Imprints, was performed at the festival by UNT percussionist Julie Licata.