UNT composition alumna Hsiao-Lan Wang (DMA 2010) received a commission from the Taiwan Symphony Orchestra to compose a piano trio titled Blue Mirror, Green Mirror, Red Mirror. The work is scheduled to be performed by players of the TSO in August 2011, and will be published and subsequently released on CD.
The following UNT composers had their works presented at the 2011 International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) at the University of Huddersfield, England (31 July - 5 August 2011): doctoral student Dan Tramte; alumni Da Jeong Choi, Mikel Kuehn, Elainie Lillios, and Yu-Chung Tseng; and former faculty John Mallia.
Alumnus composer Chaz Underriner (BA 2010) received a commission as the winner of the annual composition competition by the Santa Clarita Master Chorale for the piece A Mountain in Labor for choir, narrator and piano. The work was premiered in June 2011 at the College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center (Santa Clarita, CA).
Diversions, a four movement work for tuba and piano by Kendall Prinz (MM 1999), received its world premiere on 20 May 2011 at the Southwest Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conference, which was held at Northern Arizona University. The work was premiered by Justin Lerma, tubist with the U.S. Navy Band in San Diego, CA.
Chaz Underriner (BA 2010) has performed as a guitarist at REDCAT in Los Angeles at the Sofia Gubaidulina Festival (May 2011), at the Wild Beast concert hall at California Institute of the Arts as a soloist with the Dogstar Orchestra performing Michael Pisaro's here (1) (July 2011), and as a soloist at the Laboratorium 2011 Festival in Antwerp, Beligum performing Mark Applebaum's DNA (March 2011).
Alumnus Arthur Barrow (BM 1975) has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Singularity, an album featuring music by Robby Krieger of The Doors. Barrow co-wrote much of the music and co-produced the album with Krieger. Singularity was released in June 2010, and is a nominee in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category. The award ceremony is 13 February 2011.
Fourteen UNT-affiliated composers have been selected to participate in the SEAMUS 2011 Conference at the University of Miami, 20-22 January 2011: student composers Da Jeong Choi, Greg Dixon, Joshua Harris, Brian Hernandez, Mark Oliveiro, L. Scott Price, and Dan Tramte; alumni composers Elainie Lillios, Stephen Lucas, Ilya Rostovtsev, Kohsuke Tajima, Rodney Waschka, and Chapman Welch; and former faculty member Butch Rovan.
On Top of Wheat Silos, a work by alumnus Ryan Manchester (BM 2008) was presented by the Chicago-based group Access Contemporary Music on 6 December 2010. A review of the event may be found on the Chicago Classical Review website.
Alumna composer Christina Rusnak continues to organize the sound art series titled "New Sounds for a New Space" at the Dallas Contemporary, with a program on 7 October 2010 at 7:00 pm. The program includes works by Rusnak, and faculty composers Cindy McTee and David Stout.
The Canadian Electroacoustic Community, in collaboration with the Australasian Computer Music Association (ACMA) has announced the results of the 11th edition of JTTP (Jeu de Temps/Time Play). This year's winners included doctoral composer Mark Oliveiro in the Australasian section (for In Maluga) and 2010 Bourges resident artist Émilie Payeur in the Canadian section (for Triptyque). The 2010 edition of this project was open to young and/or emerging sound artists/composers from (or living in) either Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.
Terry Lee (MM 2009) received a commission from the Rose V. Johnson Flute Performance Studio in Federal Way (Seattle), WA for a new work for flute choir. San Juan Suite, a five movement composition for 2 piccolos, 8 flutes, alto flute, and bass flute, was premiered in Federal Way on 4 June 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).
Piano works by current and former UNT composers were presented in two programs in Seoul, South Korea. "UNT in South Korea: Works for Piano" was sponsored by the Composers Forum and featured works by Daniel Bernardo, Da Jeong Choi, Joshua Harris, John Mallia, Andrew May, and James Worlton. The works were performed at Konkuk University (20 May 2010) and Baekseok Art University (27 May 2010) by UNT alumni pianists Hyangmee Kim, Min Kim, Eun Jun Oh, and Young Mi Seo.
Composition alumnus Stephen Anderson (MM 2000; DMA 2005) received a commission from the Barlow Endowment for a new piano concerto, composed for UNT faculty pianist Steven Harlos. Harlos premiered the work with the University of North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Tonu Kalam, on 13 April 2010.