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.
There Are Ghosts, a video work by alumnus composer Brian Hernandez (MA 2011), has been selected for performance at the international film and video festival, CINESONIKA, which takes place 18-19 February 2012 in British Columbia, Canada. In addition to the performance, all accepted works will be eligible for international distribution on DVD, public exhibition, museum curatorial, video on demand, and touring festival.
Nine UNT-affiliated composers were selected to participate in the SEAMUS 2012 Conference at Lawrence University, 9-11 February 2012: student composers L. Scott Price and Greg Dixon; alumni composers Ethan Hayden, Chapman Welch, Mikel Kuehn, Daniel Zajicek, Eli Fieldsteel, and Elainie Lillios; and former faculty member Butch Rovan.
Alumnus composer Yo Goto (MM 2004) has been awarded the American Bandmasters Association 2011 Sousa/Ostwald Award for his work Songs for wind ensemble. Previous winners of this prestigious award include North Texas alumni Michael Daugherty (2007) and Fisher Tull (1970), and former faculty composer Martin Mailman (1983, 1989).
"Epitaphs Unwritten," the second symphony by alumnus Kevin Walczyk (MM 1991; DMA 1994), was selected as the winner of the National Band Association's 2011 Wiliam D. Revelli Memorial Composition Contest. Dr. Walczyk's Songs of Paradise for concert band received an honorable mention in the 2011 College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Young Band Composition Contest.
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).
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.