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, 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.

Fri, Nov 02 2007 |

The video work Hard-Boiled Wonderland by doctoral composer Hsiao-Lan Wang and alumnus Daniel Zajicek was presented on the 4D Dream-a-Thon for experimental videos in San Francisco, CA, at The Climate Theater (November 2007).

Thu, Nov 01 2007 |

Doctoral student Hsiao-Lan Wang's video work Nouveau Park (images by Brandon Duhon) was screened at Angelika Film Center and Landmark River Oaks Theater in Houston as a result of the 2007 A/V Swap.

Sat, Oct 13 2007 |

Doctoral composer Greg Dixon presented You Station at the OKelectric Festival in Tulsa, Oklahoma on 13 October 2007 as well as Electric Latex 2007, hosted by UNT on 17 November 2007. His work Canon S&H is included as part of the 2007 Vox Novus 60x60 Midwest Minutes Mix.

Sat, Sep 29 2007 |

Doctoral composition student Da Jeong (Juliana) Choi’s Pontis (Bridge, 2007) for marimba solo was premiered by Peter Martin at Northwestern University on 5 June 2007; the work was also performed by Mark Ford in Las Vegas, NV on 29 September 2007. Additionally, Mons Montis (A Great Rock, 2005) for multi-percussion solo with computer music was performed by Annie Stevens at First Presbyterian Church (Evanston, IL) on 4 October 2007.

Sat, Sep 01 2007 |

Works by the following UNT composers were presented at the 2007 International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) in Copenhaguen, Denmark (August 2007): Camilo Salazar (Siluetas), alumnus Kazuaki Shiota (Internal Rhythms), and faculty member Andrew May (Ripped Up Maps). Papers were also presented by alumnus John Chow Seymour (“Computer-Assisted Composition in Equal Tunings”), composition student Adam Lockhart (“Cognitive Implications of Musical Perception”), and alumnus Jeffrey Morris (“Feedback Instruments: Generating Musical Sounds, Gestures, and Textures in Real Time with Complex Feedback Systems").

Sat, Aug 18 2007 |

Undergraduate composer Mark Scott’s orchestral work, Design, was performed by The National Taiwan Symphony Youth Orchestra in Taipei on 18-19 August 2007; UNT alumna Ai-Kuang Sun, former doctoral student of Anshel Brusilow, conducted the orchestra.

Thu, Jul 19 2007 |

Undergraduate composer Mark Scott’s trombone octet, ‘spectives, was selected as the winner of the 2007 Iowa Trombones Composition Contest. The contest awarded a cash prize and a performance, which took place on 19 July 2007 in Waterloo, Iowa.

Sun, Jul 01 2007 |

Three Sonnets by Dante Alighieri, a set of songs for tenor and piano composed by doctoral composition student Jay Alan Walls, was performed in July 2007 at the Dallas Museum of Art. Tenor Stephen Mark Brown included them on the program of Italian music accompanied by masters composition student Elliot Figg.

Fri, Jun 29 2007 |

Doctoral composer Da Jeong (Juliana) Choi collaborated on two works with UNT faculty and students: Deception (2007), music for a film directed by Andrew Herta, was premiered at the Texas Film Festival in Plano, TX on 29 June 2007; and Antigone, incidental music for a play directed by Andrew Harris, was presented at UNT in November 2007.

Sun, Jun 24 2007 |

Doctoral composition student Da Jeong (Juliana) Choi’s Hae O Rum Church (2007) for Orchestra and Choir was premiered for the 30th Anniversary of Hae Orum Church, Seoul, South Korea, on 24 June 2007, and performed again by the same ensemble in Seoul on 18 November 2007.