Jacobs School of Music Composition
May 2016
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  Upcoming Events - May  
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New Voices Opera
Double Bill - Operas by Nic Chuaqui and Max Ramage
Thursday, May 5 | 7pm | Buskirk-Chumley Theater
  News - Current Students  
2016 Dean's Prizes Announced

The faculty of the Jacobs School of Music Composition Department is pleased to announce results for the following annual internal competitions.


Category A (Orchestra or Wind Ensemble, $500 prize):
Phillip Sink, After Images, for orchestra

Category B (Chamber/Ensemble, $1000 prize and commission for a new work to be premiered by the New Music Ensemble in 2014-15):
Grant Luhmann, Grodek, for baritone & sinfonietta

Category C (Undergraduate, $300 prize):
Grant Luhmann, Grodek, for baritone & sinfonietta

Category D (Electronic, $300 prize):
Phillip Sink, To See in Color

($1000 prize and commission for a new work for voice and ensemble to be premiered by the New Music Ensemble in 2014-15):
Corey Rubin, In the Name of the Bee, for baritone, oboe, viola & piano


$500, Robin Meiksins, flute
$300, Isaac Allen, violin
$200, Paul Mortilla, conductor, violin, voice

Double Exposure Score by Alex Blank Receives Award in Toronto Short Film Festival

Alex Blank's 2015 Double Exposure collbatoration with Javier Ramierz and Nico Useche, Printed Memories, recieved the award for "Best Experimental Short" in the 2016 Toronto Film Festival. Additionally, the film has been selected to be shown in the Blowup Film Festival in Chicago, and is currently being considered for several other film festivals.

  News - Alumni  
Melody Eötvös (DM '14) wins Left Coast Chamber Ensemble Composition Contest 2016

Melody Eötvös' House of the Beehives is the winner of the 2016 Left Coast Composition Contest. Left Coast will perform the piece in the 2016-17 season. Founded in 1992, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble communicates with audiences through inspiring performances of new and old chamber music. By embracing both musics, they enrich the audience’s experience — they reawaken a feeling of immediacy in performances of familiar masterpieces and reveal the powerful expressive intentions in the music of our time. The ensemble’s twelve musicians, many of whom have played together since the 1980s, perform in different combinations, using strings, winds, guitar and piano to present a wide range of repertoire.

Update from Jihyun Kim (MM '15)

Jihyun's piano piece, Three Etudes, has been performed by pianist Hsin-I Huang, at The Firehouse Space, NY on March 18. Upcoming, Jihyun's Extempore Anamnesis will be performed by PUBLIQuartet on April 25 at First Church of Boston.

Nick Morandi (MM '15), Cohosts New Music Radio Show, Announces New Online Archives
Announcing the arrival of the online archives of Music Matters, a radio show from the composition department at the Eastman School of Music. Featuring hosts and producers Prof. Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez and graduate students Diana Rosenblum, Aristéa Mellos, Alex Stephenson, and Nick Morandi. Music Matters explores the music of our time, and features lively discussions about issues facing composers today, as well as music by and interviews with prominent and emerging composers in the field including Aaron Jay Kernis, Jo Kondo, Robert Morris, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Amy Williams, and Carolyn O'Brien. Tune in to the live broadcast every week at 5 pm EST at

Archives at More past episodes coming soon!


Keith Fitch (BM '89, MM '92, DMA '95) Recognized by American Academy of Arts and Letters

Keith Fitch (BM '89, MM '92, DMA '95) has been awarded the Walter Hinrichsen Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. This award, established by C.F. Peters Corporation, is given to a gifted American composer and carries with it the publication of a work by C. F. Peters. Recent performances of Fitch's music include In Memory by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Matthew Kraemer, conductor, as part of the Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival, and the Indiana University-South Bend Philharmonic, Jameson Cooper, conductor; the premiere of a piano quartet, Last Words, by members of the Cleveland Institute of Music faculty and The Cleveland Orchestra; and multiple performances of Dancing the Shadows by the Ars Futura ensemble.

Update from Aaron Smith (BM '15)
Aaron Michael Smith (class of 2011) presented a 7.1 multimedia installation, it's so easy (the mechanism of power), from April 1-10 as a part of the Atlanta Film Festival along with his collaborator, Russell Sheaffer. The installation includes an ever-changing sonic and video environment that runs for 9 hours a day and it also includes a performative element every other night, featuring percussion performances composed by Aaron Michael Smith and performed by Sean Gill on various types of electronic equipment, such as old TVs, microwaves, ultrasound machines, and printers, with live electronics performed by Aaron Michael Smith and live video manipulation by Russell Sheaffer. The installation explores our culture of surveillance, the legal system, trauma, and how media can be used in various different ways and for very different reasons. The audio in the installation also features saxophone samples recorded by Steven Banks.

Russell Sheaffer and Aaron Michael Smith are also presenting their latest short experimental film, On Surgery, first premiered at Indiana University on April 7th at the 7 Stages Theater in Atlanta. It is being shown on 16mm and in 5.1 sound.


James Aikman (MM '89, DM '93) Premieres Oratorio with ICO

On April 15th, James Aikman received the premiere of his "filmic oratorio", Peacemakers, by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra with . James has been in residence with the ICO since 2013, and this performance is the second of a grand scale composed for the orchestra. The 80-minute work is divisible into 15 sections, each focused around a different figure dedicated to their vision of a peaceful world. Read more...

Marjorie Rusche (DM '96) Anticipates Cantata Premiere in Muncie

Marjorie Rusche's Middletown Chronicles will be premiered by the Masterworks Chorale in Muncie, IN on May 14th. The piece celebrates Muncie as "America's Middletown", and chronicles the highlights of small-town, midwestern America through libretto founded in documents and letters from 1920's Muncie.

David Dzubay, Chair
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