The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music offers an unparalleled array of opportunities for young composers to hear first-rate performances of music, including monuments of music literature from all periods, new works by faculty and guest composers, and most importantly, the students’ own compositions. Each academic year the Composition Department schedules at least eight general Student Composition Recitals; all composition majors are encouraged to program their works on these recitals, which usually comprise solo instrumental and vocal pieces, works for chamber ensembles, and electro-acoustic compositions. Students also present their own degree recitals. Each semester a week of readings by one of the school's orchestras is devoted to student compositions. The orchestras also regularly perform dissertations. Other ensembles, such as the Wind Ensemble, the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, and the New Music Ensemble, also schedule readings and performances for composers. Performance is central to our department; the chance to regularly collaborate with some of the world's finest student performers is truly unique to the IU environment.
Ryan Chase, Ghost of the Machine, 2014
IU New Music Ensemble, David Dzubay, September 25, 2014