Hayman's UT master's thesis COMRADES for orchestra impressed the IDCC judges who invited Jeff to attend the final round in Prague. He was locked up alone in a room and asked to produce two pieces, one of which, based on Dvorak's music, was later awarded a Special Prize. Jeff came in third in the senior competition and was the only American composer to be a winner this year. Congrats, Jeff!
Ian Dicke (UC Riverside faculty) and Sam Pluta (Manhattan School of Music faculty) were among the six composers to receive have their commissions funded by the Barlow Foundation. Ian will write a work for the PAUSE ensemble; Sam's piece will be composed for flutist Anne La Berge. Congrats, guys!
- UT alumnus Eli Fieldsteel (DMA 2015) has accepted a one-year position as an Assistant Professor of Music Theory/Composition at Ball State University (Muncie, IN), where he will be teaching composition, computer music, and acoustics during the 2015-2016 academic year.
Brian Heim (BM in Composition '14) was awarded the Leo Kaplan Award, which is the grand prix of Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. The winning composition Two Portraits from Moby-Dick was written last year at UT and premiered by the UT New Music Ensemble, conducted by Dan Welcher. The piece was spotlighted at the annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards ceremony at Merkin Concert Hall in New York on May 21, 2015.Another UT alum, Matt Jackfert (MM in Composition '13), was a finalist in the same competition with On the Shores of Qingdao, a piece which was also written at UT and later performed by the West Virginia Symphony.
Yuanyuan (Kay) HE's orchestral piece "Passeig de Grácia" was selected for reading at the 24th Annual Underwood New Music Readings & Commission by the American Composers Orchestra (ACO). This event will take place on Wednesday, May 6 and Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York City. There are seven works in the reading, which were chosen from over 200 submissions received from around the country. Congrats, Kay!