In Spring 2011, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra called on alumnus Robert Pound (BM, '92) as both conductor and composer, inviting him to conduct the ASO and commissioning him to compose a fanfare in honor of Music Director Robert Spano's tenth anniversary with the orchestra. Other recent premieres include his work for cello and piano, goes around, composed for the Murasaki Duo and perfomed by the duo on their Spring 2013 tour. Pound's work exhortation, a setting of texts for soprano and string trio inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke's letters, was premiered by soprano Juliana Burdick at the Peabody Conservatory in May 2013.
Eleven UNT-affiliated composers were selected to participate in the SEAMUS 2013 Conference at McNally Smith College in St. Paul, MN, 18-20 April 2013: faculty composers Panayiotis Kokoras and Jon Christopher Nelson; doctoral composer Mark Oliveiro; alumni composers Jon Anderson, Greg Dixon, Eli Fieldsteel, Dave Gedosh, Elainie Lillios, and L. Scott Price; and former faculty composer Butch Rovan. Also participating in the conference was faculty flutist Elizabeth McNutt.
Freshman composition student Brandon Maahs is one of ten selected composers whose works will be performed on the 3rd Annual Texas Young Composers Concert by the Austin Symphony Orchestra at the Long Center for the Performing Arts (Austin, TX) on 3 April 2013.
Alumnus Jon Anderson's electroacoustic work for fixed media, dash.em, was selected for performance at the regional Society of Composers Inc. Conference hosted by Clarke University. His work for fixed media and video luft am morgen, was selected for performance at the 2013 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival at the Graduate Center at CUNY. Both works were also invited for performance at the 2013 Electronic Music Midwest Mini-Festival, part of the New Sounds Festival 2013 hosted by Western Michigan University.
Alumna composer Sarah Summar was profiled in the recent UNT INhouse web magazine (13 December 2012).
Alumna composer Hsiao-Lan Wang (DMA 2010) has recently received three commissions for new works: Adoration for piano four-hands will be premiered in Houston on 17 November 2012; Before Sunrise for vibraphone and marimba, and will be premiered on 4 December 2012 at the National Recital Hall in Taipei, performed by percussionists Ling Sun and Kunihiko Komori; and Currents of Inevitable Convergence for chamber orchestra and computer music will be premiered in 2013 by the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra.
Faculty composer Panayiotis Kokoras won the 15th International Composition Competition Franco Evangelisti 2012 (Rome) for his work Shatter Cone for amplified violin and electronics. The composition has been selected for the final round and will be performed by violinist Giuseppe Crosta; the prize includes publication of the score by Edizioni Suvini Zerboni, a cash prize, and broadcast by Rai Radio3.
Err Prenne, a video work by alumnus composer Brian Hernandez (MA 2011) has been selected for inclusion at the 2012 International WOCMAT (International Workshop on Computer Music and Audio Technology) conference, which takes place on 30 November and 1 December at the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan, Republic of China. The conference includes guest speakers John Chowning, Simon Emmerson, Richard Dudas, among others, as well as sound installations and music and technology exhibitions.
Cornered, a work for computer music and dance with motion tracking using the Xbox Kinect controller by doctoral composer Jason Fick, was recently accepted into the Houston Fringe Festival (14-15 September 2012) and Soundcrawl in Nashville, TN (7 October 2012). Additionally, a staff writer at Microsoft has written an article on the work for the 8 June 2012 edition of their internal company newsletter, Company View.
There Are Ghosts, a video work by alumnus composer Brian Hernandez (MA 2011), has been selected for inclusion at the 2012 Studio 300 BYTE Gallery International Exhibition on 28-29 September 2012 in Lexington, KY. This festival will present thirty-four works by composers and artists from the United States, Europe, South America, and India, selected from a pool of over 200 entries. There Are Ghosts has also been selected for performance at the 2012 Soundcrawl Festival: Art of the Future exhibition at the Brick Factory on 7 October 2012 in Nashville, TN.
Faculty composer Jon Christopher Nelson was awarded the International Computer Music Association's 2012 America's Region Award at the International Computer Music Conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia in September 2012. This recognition is provided by an international jury that evaluates more than 500 conference composition submissions from around the world in a double-blind, two-tiered adjudication process. The international jury provides one award for the highest ranked composition in each of three international regions: The Americas, Europe, and Asia/Pacific regions. Nelson's composition, Turbulent Blue, was the highest ranked composition from the Americas region, and is featured on the conference CD.
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.
Composition alumnus Kendall Prinz (MM 1999), has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Low Brass & Instrumental Music Education at Northwest Missouri State University, beginning in the fall 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.
In July 2012, doctoral composer Mark Oliveiro's work Calliphora, for bass recorder and electronics, was performed at the Australasian Computer Music Conference, at Griffith University in Brisbane (Australia). The work will also be performed in October 2012 at the Electronic Music Midwest Festival in Chicago.
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).