Thomas Yee's presentation "When Music Speaks" on the topic of Music and Meaning has been selected as one of three featured presentations for the Society of Composers, Inc. Region VI Conference. Additionally, his composition "Kristallnacht" will be performed on one of the conference's concerts. This year's conference will take place at UT Arlington from February 2-4, 2017 and feature new music from 55 living composers for a variety of chamber ensembles and instrumentations.
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!
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.
Michael Mikulka’s composition “To Throw” was chosen as the Grand Prize winner of the 2014 PARMA Student Composer Competition. It was performed by Redline Brass Quintet, and opened the “Main Event” concert of the 2014 PARMA Music Festival on August 16th. The PARMA Music Festival occurred from August 13th-16th in Portsmouth, NH, and featured 14 concerts of (primarily) new music.
Lake George Music Festival's composition competition announced its results, and the winner is UT alum Robert Honstein. Current MM student Egemen Kesikli is one of three finalists this year. It should be noted that all submissions were anonymous.
The selection committee for the 2013 SCI National Coference has chosen Aurora Borealis to be performed on the gala concert (Concert XII) of the conference -- February 16th, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. in Weigel Auditorium in the OSU School of Music. The Ohio State University Symphonic Band under the direction of Prof. Scott Jones will perform the work.