Jacobs School of Music Composition

April 2017


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  Upcoming Events – April  
  (* Starred events are REQUIRED for IU composition students.)  
* Senior Recital
Grant Luhmann, composer
Saturday, Apr. 1 | 5:00pm | MAC066

NOTUS: Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
“This View of Life: Serendipity in Song”
Dominick DiOrio, conductor
Saturday, Apr. 1 | 8:00pm | Auer Hall
Crouch:The Light of Common Day (2009)
DiOrio:You Do Not Walk Alone (2013)
Yi:Spring Rain (2011)
McLoskey:Zealot Canticle (2011)
LaRosa:Jesus Wept (2016)
Freund:Popping Bubbles (2015, premiere)
Alba Cal:Pórtico (2010)
Berio:E si fussi pisci (2002)
Woo:Pal-So-Seong – Eight Laughing Voices (2012)

Percussion Ensemble
John Tafoya and Kevin Bobo, directors
featuring works by IU composers
Sunday, Apr. 2 | 1:00pm | Auer Hall

* Student Composition Recital
Thursday, Apr. 6 | 8:30pm | Recital Hall

* Senior Recital
Christopher Neiner, composer
Saturday, Apr. 8 | 3:00pm | MAC066

Hammer & Nail
A collaboration between composers and percussionists.
Sunday, Apr. 9 | 8:30pm | Recital Hall

Kids Compose!
Featuring orchestral pieces by Jacob Walsh and Christopher LaRosa
Wednesday, Apr. 12 | 10:00am | Musical Art Center

* Senior Recital
Justin Parish, composer
Thursday, Apr. 13 | 8:30pm | Recital Hall

Guest Composer Lessons
Tansy Davies, guest composer
Tuesday and Thursday, Apr. 18 & 20 | 9:00-12:00am | JS311

* Student Composition Recital
Tuesday, Apr. 18 | 8:00pm | Auer Hall

* Guest Composer Lecture - Tansy Davies
Wednesday, Apr. 19 | 4:00pm | MAC066

* New Music Ensemble
David Dzubay, director; Tansy Davies, guest composer
Simin Ganatra, violin; John Rommel, trumpet; Noah Sonderling, piano
Thursday, Apr. 20 | 7:00pm | Auer Hall - Live Streamed!
Davies: Nature – Concerto for piano and ten players (2012)
Dzubay: Chamber Concerto for trumpet, violin, and ensemble (2016)

BTFW New Music Festival
Saturday, Apr. 22 | 12:00pm-8:00pm | College Mall
Bringing a marathon concert of music by Philip Glass, Steve Reich, and winners of the Breaking the Fourth Wall 1st International Composition Competition, to Bloomington, Indiana.
* Computer Music and Video Recital
Center for Electronic and Computer Music
John Gibson and Jeffrey Hass, directors
Sunday, Apr. 23 | 8:00pm | Auer Hall
  News – Current Students  
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Matthew Recio is selected as the first place winner of the American Prize in Choral Composition for the 2016-2017 year
Recio's work How to Survive for Vesuvius , which also won first prize in the NOTUS Competition (2015), the Cincinnati Camerata Composition Prize (2016) and the ACDA honorable mention award (2015), alongside They Say Memories, which was awarded honorable mention in the Morton Gould Awards for Young Composers (2015) were both advanced to the winning round for The American Prize . William Stowman recently released his CD, A Timeless Place with Klavier Records that features Matthew Recio's song cycle Chronology of Storms . This work was a commission from Damian Savarino (assistant professor of voice at Messiah College) for bass-baritone, trumpet, and piano.
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Amin Sharifi's select chamber music released by Petrichor Records
Newly Released A Portrait of the Composer as a Young Man (title inspired by Irish writer James Joyce’s first novel) is an album of Amin Sharifi’s select chamber music composed from 2013 to 2016, performed and recorded by members of Pierrot-Tehran New Music Ensemble, Breakout Ensemble and solo artists in Germany, the U.S. and Sharifi’s home, Iran. This album could be considered the musical equivalent of Künstlerroman, German for "artist's novel" —a narrative about a young artist's serious explorations and growth toward artistic maturity. The album is now available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon MP3, Apple Music, Youtube Music, CDBaby, etc. More information about the album and Sharifi's music on

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Patricia Wallinga Directs New Production of Ghost Quartet
The University Players, Indiana University's undergraduate student-run theater company, will stage an all-new production of Dave Malloy's theatrical concept album Ghost Quartet in April. The show tells a story spanning seven centuries and a diverse collection of influences, from Arabian Nights and Thelonious Monk to Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen Sondheim; four actors play all of the many characters and instruments involved. As music director, Wallinga has created an entirely new arrangement based on the flexible score provided by the composer and tailored to the talents of this production's cast. Performances are April 7 and 8 in the Hoagy Carmichael Room in Morrison Hall.
  News – Alumni  
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Ryan Chase (DM '14)
Ryan Chase has received the 2017 Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. This summer will feature the premiere of The Current Home , a symphonic-length work for choir and orchestra commissioned by the Albany Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Erie Canal.
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JunYi Chow (MM’13)
JunYi Chow’s Kampung and the City for Chinese Orchestra received the Grand Prize of Best Original Orchestra Work from Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra International Composition Competition; additionally, it won awards for Best Orchestration and and The Orchestra Member's Favorite Choice. The work was performed by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra in March 1, 2017 at Hong Kong City Hall as part of the Hong Kong Arts Festival. This year, Chow was also selected as one of the 2017 Queens Arts Fund Artist (New Works Grant), funded by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs/ Greater New York Arts Development Fund in partnership with the NYC Council. Chow shall collaborate with video artist Karen Y. Chan in Stillness in Queens , a video and sound art exhibition with live performance that explores moments of stillness found in Queens, offering a new perspective of everyday life in the borough to visitors and its inhabitants. Read more about JunYi Chow here.
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Kimberly Osborg (MM '16)
Kimberly Osberg has been serving as a guest composer for the Indiana University Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance this past season, and will be premiering original music in their production of Prospect Hill, a brand new play by MFA student Bruce Walsh - commissioned by the At First Sight series. The play will premiere later this month at the Wells-Metz theatre in Bloomington, Indiana. More information about the show can be found here.
  News – Faculty  
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Don Freund
Don Freund will have two premieres of commissioned works at the beginning of April. Popping Bubbles (Four Poems of Emily Bobo), commissioned by Dominick DiOrio for JSoM’s NOTUS contemporary vocal ensemble, will have it’s Bloomington premiere on April 1 (after its initial performance at Anderson University March 23rd), and Amen: Quintet Fantasy on the Plagal Cadence will be premiered by Ensemble/CONCEPT 21 conducted by Jorge Muñiz in South Bend on April 7.
David Dzubay, Chair
Composition Department
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

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