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, Oct 15 2009 |

Portal (2007/09) for trombone solo by doctoral composer Da Jeong Choi was performed by Lauren Husting at Lincoln Memorial University Guest Artist Series, the United Methodist Church of Harrogate (Harrogate, TN) on 15 October 2009.

Sat, Oct 10 2009 |

Doctoral composer Da Jeong Choi organized an event titled Soaring Sound, a program of contemporary electroacoustic & acoustic music presented at Aubrey First United Methodist Church (Aubrey, TX) on 10 October 2009. The program featured works by Choi and fellow doctoral composers Greg Dixon, Jason Fick, and L. Scott Price, and included performances by flutist Julee Kim, and saxophonists Ann Bradfield, Chiaki Hanafusa, Sarah Roberts, and Matt Morey.

Fri, Oct 09 2009 |

Cantus Curatio III (Healing Melody III: shorter version, 2009) for piccolo solo by doctoral composer Da Jeong Choi was performed by Lisa Bost at the Society of Composers, Inc. 2009 Region VI Conference, Clarke College (Dubuque, IA) on 9 October 2009. Choi's Cantus Curatio III (2008) for piccolo solo was premiered by Julee Kim at Eastfield College (Dallas TX) on 11 February 2009.

Thu, Oct 01 2009 |

Andrew Jordan Miller, Stephen Dunning, and Chaz Underriner were awarded an Undergraduate Research Grant from the UNT Honors College for their research regarding the relationship between sound and emotion in collaboration with Dr. Oscar Garcia and Dr. Shengli Fu of the UNT Electrical Engineering Department.

Wed, Sep 30 2009 |

Death of a Wizard, a piece for wind ensemble by undergraduate composer Richard Daskas was performed at the 2009 NACUSA Conference at Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, TX) by the SFA Wind Symphony on 21 February 2009. The piece will also be performed at the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) World New Music Days in Sweden in the fall of 2009.

Tue, Sep 01 2009 |

In the fall of 2009, Cindy McTee received one of two inaugural fellowships sponsored by UNT’s Institute for the Advancement of the Arts. She also completed one new work entitled The Unquestioned Answer for orchestra and was commissioned to write a wind version of her work Double Play.

Tue, Sep 01 2009 |

Works by UNT composers Sarah Summar, Chaz Underriner, and Jay Walls were selected for performance by the Southern Methodist University String Quartet for a concert on the 2009-2010 concert series.

Wed, Aug 26 2009 |

Doctoral composer Joshua Harris has been awarded a prestigious Barlow Endowment Commission Award to compose a new work for the Appalachian State Wind Ensemble, scheduled for premiere in the spring of 2010.

Thu, Aug 20 2009 |

Works by several UNT composers were selected for performance at the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) in Montreal, Québec on 16-21 August 2009. Among those represented were student composer Greg Dixon (Water Home to Water); faculty composer Andrew May (Still Angry, performed by UNT faculty flutist Elizabeth McNutt); alumni composers Tseng Yu-Chung (FMM) and Kevin Patton (Digital Poplar Consort); and past CEMI resident composers Diana Simpson (Papyrus) and Juan Parra-Cancino (GeoAves).

Sun, Aug 02 2009 |

Doctoral composer Greg Dixon attended the Orford Sound Creation Workshop in Orford, Québec from 2-15 August 2009, where he participated in workshops, lectures, and concerts with electroacoustic composers Yves Daoust, Robert Normandeau, John Oswald, Jean- Françoise Laporte, Annette Vande Gorne, Gilles Gobeil, Hans Tutschku, and Alexandre Burton.

Sat, Aug 01 2009 |

In 2009, Andrew May's Still Angry, part of "The Tornado Project" with faculty flutist Elizabeth McNutt and clarinetist Esther Lamneck, was performed in Aberdeen, Scotland; Montreal, Canada; and Belfast, Northern Ireland, as well at the SEAMUS National Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The work is also scheduled for performance at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival in 2010.

Sun, Jul 26 2009 |

Doctoral composer Greg Dixon presented his work Imprints for snare drum and interactive electronics at the Pure Data Convention (PdCon) 09' in São Paulo, Brazil on 26 July 2009. The piece was performed by Brazilian percussionist Danilo Valle.

Wed, Jul 01 2009 |

Cataclysm for solo violin by alumnus Ryan Manchester was selected for recording at the Cleveland Composers' Recording Institute in July 2009. The piece was recorded by violinist Rolf Schulte and engineered by Grammy-winner David Yost.

Sat, Jun 27 2009 |

Chasing Invisible Light (2009) for two alto flutes by doctoral composer Da Jeong Choi was premiered by Carla Rees and Lisa Bost at St Leonard’s Church (London, UK) on 27 June 2009.

Wed, Jun 24 2009 |

Mei Votum (2008) for solo piano by doctoral composer Da Jeong Choi was performed at the Belvedere Chamber Music Festival (Memphis, TN) in June 2009.

Thu, Jun 11 2009 |

Daniel R. Mitchell (MM 1984) recently authored the book BasicSynth: Creating a Music Synthesizer in Software (ISBN: 978-0-557-02212-0). The book and accompanying software explains how to create a custom music synthesizer in software using the C++ programming language. Information about the book is available on the internet at http://basicsynth.com

Wed, Jun 03 2009 |

Veiled Resonance, a work for soprano saxophone and live interactive electroacoustics by alumna Elainie Lillios (DMA 2000) won in The Trivium Category 3 of the 36th International Competition of Electroacoustic Music and Sound Art/Bourges 2009 (www.imeb.net). Among the finalists were alumni Henry Vega (MM 2004) and Dave Gedosh (DMA 2009).

Mon, Jun 01 2009 |

In 2009, Cindy McTee was guest composer at Central Michigan University’s New Music Symposium, BMI Composer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University, keynote speaker for the 2009 NACUSA Texas Conference at Stephen F. Austin State University, guest composer for the Society of Composers, Inc. Region VI Conference at Oklahoma City University, and guest lecturer at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Mon, Jun 01 2009 |

Jon Christopher Nelson recently completed Turbulent Blue, a new work for stereo computer music commissioned by the Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges (IMEB) and composed in residence in their studios in Bourges, France. His work objet sonore/objet cinétique was selected for inclusion on the forthcoming Music from SEAMUS 2009 compact disc recording.

Sat, May 23 2009 |

Mons Montis (Great Rock, 2005) for multi-percussion solo and CD accompaniment by doctoral composer Da Jeong Choi was performed by Kuo-Hsuan Wu at Chi-Shan Hall (Kaohsiung, Taiwan) on 23 May 2009. The work was also performed by Peter James Saleh at Tainan National University of the Arts (Tainan, Taiwan) on 11 March 2009 and at SookMyung Women's University (Seoul, South Korea) on 15 March 2009.