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, Dec 13 2012 |

Alumna composer Sarah Summar was profiled in the recent UNT INhouse web magazine (13 December 2012).

Sun, Sep 09 2012 |

This year's International Computer Music Conference, which takes place in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 9-14 September 2012, will include works by several UNT composers. In addition to being presented at the conference, works by faculty members Jon Christopher Nelson (Turbulent Blue) and Panayiotis Kokoras (Construct Synthesis) were selected by an international jury from among 600 entries for inclusion on the conference CD. Alumni composers Yu-Chung Tseng, Elainie Lillios, Jon Anderson, and Mikel Kuehn will also have works presented at the conference.

Tue, Aug 14 2012 |

Alumnus Kevin Walczyk (MM 1991; DMA 1994) has been named the recipient of the ninth Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize. The competition, organized by the University of Connecticut’s School of Fine Arts, supports and promotes composers and the performance of their new musical works. An international award, the prize offers a substantial recognition including a commission of $25,000 to compose a work for a specified ensemble, public performances, and a recording. This year’s prize is for a concerto for brass quintet (Atlantic Brass Quintet) and wind ensemble.

Fri, May 25 2012 |

Alumnus Ricardo Gallo (BM 2002) remains active as a jazz composer and pianist. The Ricardo Gallo Cuarteto will be on a European tour (May-June 2012) and Gallo was featured in an article in the Colombian newspaper El Espectador. The interdisciplinary group La Quinta del Lobo premiered Gallo's work Vanitas Libellum in March 2012 at Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, with subsequent performances at the Festival de La Imagen (Manizales, Colombia) and at Teatro Britanico (Lima, Peru).

Tue, May 15 2012 |

Alumna composer Michelle Alonso (BM 2011) has been awarded a Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Residency Fellowship for the summer of 2012. The fellowship provides three months of free housing for artists to work at the Foundation, located in Taos, New Mexico.

Thu, Mar 08 2012 |

Dream of a Thousand Keys, the dissertation composition by alumna Da Jeong Choi (PhD 2011), was premiered on 8 March 2012 by the Joven Orquesta Provincial de Málaga as part of the International Women's Day celebration in Spain. The performance was featured on Canal Sur TV.

Wed, Nov 16 2011 |

Just After The Rain, a work by faculty composer Jon Christopher Nelson, is one of nine works selected by an international jury for Sonic Screens 2011. The work will be performed at O' in Milan, Italy on 26 November 2011. One of the other selected works was Spindlesong by 2007 Bourges/CEMI resident Diana Salazar (Simpson).