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Jacobs School of Music Composition

May 2017


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  Upcoming Events – May  
  (* Starred events are REQUIRED for IU composition students.)  
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New Voices Opera - Featuring new operas by IU doctoral composers
Marilyn's Room by Kyle Peter Rotolo
In Memoriam by Matthew Recio
Thursday, May 4 | 7:00pm | Buskirk-Chumley Theater


  News – Current Students  
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ASCAP Award to Qi Li and Honorable Mention to Felipe Tovar-Henao
ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams has announced the recipients of the 2017 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards which encourages talented young creators of concert music. The composers will be recognized at an ASCAP event later this year. IU Graduate student, Qi Li, is one of the winners for her Music Diary (2014) for soprano, flute, clarinet. violin, and percussion. In Addition, Felipe Tovar-Henao, an IU graduating master's student received Honorable Mention. Read more here.
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Duo Sequenza features Amin Sharifi in celebration of National Chamber Music Month
Duo Sequenza, flute and classical guitar, will be performing at the Indiana Memorial Opera House, on Wednesday, May 17 at 7:30 pm in celebration of National Chamber Music Month. In keeping with their tradition of bold and imaginative concert programming, Duo Sequenza issued a "Call for Scores!" in celebration of Indiana's Bicentennial! The winning submission, which will receive its World Premieres at the May 17 concert, is Duets Exhibition, a set of five short pieces by Indiana University graduate composer and IU New Music Ensemble Assistant Director, Amin Sharifi. Read more about Sharifi's work here.

  News – Alumni  
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Kotoka Suzuki (BM 1994)
Kotoka Suzuki’s In Praise of Shadows for three paper players and electronics received First Prize at the Musica Nova International Competition of Electro-Acoustic Music in Czech Republic, as well as a Judges’ Citation Award from The American Prize in Chamber Music category. It was also selected as one of Canada’s official submission in the ISCM World Music Days Festival in Vancouver in November 2017. The work will be featured on the ISCM Canadian Section website. Recent and upcoming performances include East Coast premiere of In Praise of Shadows by the eighth blackbird at the Third Practice Festival in November 2016, a world premiere of The Excess for sub-bass recorder with electronics by Ulrike Mayer-Spohn (UMS’n JIP) at Zeughaus Kulture, Brig-Glis, Switzerland on May 13, 2017, followed by a performance tour in Switzerland (Basel, Zürich and Bern) throughout May. Her new chamber work for music boxes and electronics commissioned by the 21C Music Festival, will be premiered at the festival in Toronto, Canada on May 27, 2017. Additionally, Shimmer, Tree | In Memoriam Jonathan Harvey, will be given a Canadian premiere by the pianist Geoffrey Conquer at the festival. Recognized as one of the most important annual festivals in the city, the 21C Music Festival will consist of 9 concerts and 31 premieres (12 world premieres). Guest composers/artists include Unsuk Chin, John Oswald, Bang on a Call All-Stars, and Alexina Louie. Read more about Suzuki's work here.
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Will Rowe (MM '16) Receives Concerto Commission, Anticipates Performances
Will Rowe will receive two performances of his works this May. On May 1st, soprano Alondra Vega will perform the song Coated Macadam (Mender) from Will's cycle 5 Views Re/Dux, scored for soprano, cello, and piano. The performance is part of Vega's series Music Drama Through Art Song, of which this year's theme is In Wonderland. Will's second performance will be a concerto premiere - a commission from The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra and The Skylark Quartet. Scored for four solo horns with strings and percussion, Rowemance will be premiered in Seattle on May 19th as part of the SMCO's regular concert series, and performed again May 20th at the Fred Wildlife Refuge in a club setting. Rowemance is a strange bedfellow companion piece to Beethoven's second Romance (the other soloist feature on the May 19th concert), though the piece explores facets and ideas of romance that did not exist during the time in which the musical form was popular.
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ASCAP Awards to Ryan Chase (DM '14) and Chen Yihan (BM '15)
Two IU Jacobs School of Music Alumni are among the 2017 Morton Gould Young Composer Award Recipients. Ryan Chase for his come iri da iri (2016) for double wind quintet and Chen Yihan for his Phantasms (2015) for chamber orchestra. Read more here.
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