Jacobs School of Music Composition

September 2018


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  Upcoming Events – September  
  (* Starred events are REQUIRED for IU composition students.)  
* Composition Forum
Mark Campbell, librettist
Wednesday, Sept. 12 | 4:00pm | MC066

Hammer and Nail - Symphonic and Concert Bands
A Collaboration between the Student Composers Association and the Band Department
Conductors: Jason H. Nam with Jeff Osarczuk (Concert Band), Eric M. Smedley with Alexander Baczewski (Symphonic Band)
Tuesday, Sept. 18 | 8:00pm | Musical Arts Center
Zare: Lift Off (2005/07)
Y. Chen: Believe Yourself (2018, premiere)*
M. Ridge: Flirting with Disaster (2018, premiere)*
Van der Roost: Canterbury Chorale (1991/93)
Hesketh: "Quodling's Delight" from Danceries (Set I) (1999)
C.M. Davis: War Against the Soul (2018, premiere)
Rotolo: Pulchra, Prifma (2018, premiere)
Sabzghabaei: ThruDimension (2015)
B. Li: People of the South Wind (2014)

Additional repertoire to be announced

*Composed as part of the 2018 Hammer and Nail collaboration

Society of Composers, Inc. - Student National Conference
* Concert I
Featuring the IU New Music Ensemble
David Dzubay, director; Roger Roe, English horn; R. Kent Cook, prepared piano
Thursday, Sept. 27 | 8:00pm | Auer Hall
Golijov: Last Round (1996)
Luhmann: ergo* (2018)
Peck: Vinyl (2017)
Giang: reeling (2017)
Santos: through thoughts of a different kind (2018)
Stang: Second's the Best* (2018, dissertation)


Guest Panel: Emerging Opportunities in New Music
Friday, Sept. 28 | 10:00am | MC036

Concert II
Featuring works by Stephen Weigel, Maria Kaoutzani, Jorge Iván Ramírez Marín, Natsumi Osborn, Ash Stemke, Ara Cho, and Wenxin Li and performances by the Kuttner Quartet
Friday, Sept. 28 | 2:00pm | Ford-Crawford Hall

Concert III
Featuring works by Robert Rankin, Josiah Tayag Catalan, Aaron Israel Levin, Aaron Spotts, James Keuler, Jamie Kunselman, and Julián Brijaldo
Friday, Sept. 28 | 4:00pm | Recital Hall

Concert IV
Featuring Brass Choir, Chamber Orchestra, SCI Project Chorus, and Symphonic Band
Friday, Sept. 28 | 8:00pm | Auer Hall

Concert V
Electroacoustic Music
Featuring works by David Q. Nguyen, Kyle Peter Rotolo, Caroline Flynn, Jacob Thiede, Julius Bucsis, Qi Shen, Johnny MacMillan, and Jihyun Kim
Saturday, Sept. 29 | 11:00am | Auer Hall

Concert VI
Featuring works by Christopher E. Hass, Dongryul Lee, Lydia Dempsey, Craig Michael Davis, William Trachsel, Ralph Lewis, and Katherine Bodor and performances by the Elara String Quartet, Guitar Ensemble, Empyrean Saxophone Quartet, and Katherine Jolly
Saturday, Sept. 29 | 2:00pm | Ford-Crawford Hall

Concert VII
Featuring works by Paul Novak, Leigha Amick, William A. Peacock, Jung-Woong Oh, Nicholas Shaheed, Isaac Pyatt and Curtis Rumrill and performances by the Kenaderu Saxophone Quartet
Saturday, Sept. 29 | 4:00pm | Recital Hall

Concert VIII
Closing Performance
Featuring works by Ben Robichaux, Navid Bargrizan, Tomàs Peire Serrate, Ryan Stees, Pinda D. Ho, and Frank Nawrot; featuring Nebular Blue
Saturday, Sept. 29 | 8:30pm | Ford-Crawford Hall

  News – General  
IU New Music Ensemble performance in Mexico City, May 29, 2018
The IU New Music Ensemble, directed by David Dzubay, performed a concert celebrating the opening of IU's Gateway Center at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City. The program featured music by former IU visiting professor and distinguished Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz, in a collaboration with performers from Mexican ensemble ONIX, along with works by alumni Francisco Cortés Álvarez (DM 2016, 2011 Dean’s Prize commission) and Christopher LaRosa (DM 2018, 2017 Georgina Joshi commission) and current DM student Felipe Tovar-Henao (2017 Dean’s Prize commission). The concert was given to a full house at UNAM, with many alumni and dignitaries from both IU and UNAM, including IU President Michael A. McRobbie. The trip was organized largely by Javier F. León, director of the IU Latin American Music Center, who is also assisting with preparations for bringing composers Gabriela Ortiz and Carols Sanchez-Gutierrez as well as ONIX to IU next April for the IU Arts and Humanities-sponsored “Mexico: remixed” celebration.
SCI Composers Conference hosted at the Jacobs School of Music
On September 27-29, the Jacobs School will host the Society of Composers, Inc National Student Composers Conference. There will be 8 concerts and 56 pieces performed, with composers from all around the country (and one from overseas) coming to hear performances of their works. The Conference begins Thursday evening, September 27, with an 8 pm performance by our New Music Ensemble conducted by David Dzubay, featuring 4 works by composers attending the Conference. Friday at 10am, the Conference continues with a panel discussion sponsored by our Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development entitled “Emerging Opportunities,” including guests from BMI, American Composers Forum, Alarm Will Sound, and our own Prof. Larry Groupé.

There will be chamber music concerts at 2pm and 4pm on the 28th, and 2pm, 4pm, and 8:30pm on the 29th, with performances by guest artists and Jacobs School soloists and ensembles including the Kuttner String Quartet, the Guitar Ensemble, saxophone quartets, and faculty soprano Katherine Jolly. Saturday morning, September 29 at 11am, there will be a concert of Electro-acoustic music. The Friday evening concert, September 28 at 8pm, will bring the Brass Choir, SCI Project Choir, Chamber Orchestra, and Symphonic Band to the Auer Hall stage.

Jacobs School composers on the conference program include current students Robert Rankin, Alex Worland, Jamie Kunselman, Leigha Amick, Johnny MacMillan, Kyle Peter Rotolo, Ara Cho, Will Trachsel, Craig Michael David, Ryan Stees and Katherine Bodor, as well as JSoM alums Grant Luhmann, Jihyun Kim, Bin Li and Nicolas Cline.

More details about the Conference, including registration and hotel information can be found at
Hammer and Nail: Premieres of new works for band by IU composers
This Fall, seven IU students will receive premieres of their new works for band across three concerts as part of the JSoM Composition department’s Hammer and Nail collaboration program. The concerts, conducted by Profs. Jason Nam and Eric Smedley, will feature: Yi-De Chen’s Believe Yourself, Matt Ridge’s Flirting with Disaster, Craig Davis’ War Against the Soul, and Kyle Rotolo’s Pulchra Prifma (September 18); Amin Sharifi’s Veni, Vidi, Amavi and Corey Rubin’s Christmas Football USA (October 23); and Robert Rankin’s Reveilles (October 30).
Big wins for IU students at the SCI/ASCAP Commission Contest
Three IU composition students were honored at the 2018 SCI/ASCAP Commission Contest this summer. Doctoral student Felipe Tovar-Henao was named the winner in the graduate division of the SCI/ASCAP Student Commission Contest for his piece Danzas Encefalicas. Matthew Schultheis was the winner in the undergraduate division for his piece Chamber Concerto, and Stephen Karukas was given honorable mention in the same division for his piece I am [electric].
IU composers study at IRCAM
IU Composers Miggy Torres (MM), Leigha Amick (BM), Luka Marinkovic (BM), and Stephen Karukas (BM) spent the month of June studying Contemporary Music Creation + Critique at IRCAM in Paris, France. Torres, Amick, Marinkovic, and Karukas were a part of a small group of composers from around the USA who took specialized classes in electronic music software including MAX and AudioSculpt. The delegation of composers from IU also took part in the Manifeste Academie where they attended lectures, masterclasses, and concerts by some of todays most distinguished luminaries including Helmut Lachenmann, Rebecca Saunders, Beat Furrer, and Thierry De Mey. As part of their studies, the composers wrote and presented new works for electronics.
  News – Students  
Jamie Kunselman Receives Premieres from Choral Arts Initiative and the BSO
On June 15, 2018, Choral Arts Initiative performed Kunselman’s recent commission, Into the Twilight, at the PREMIERE|Project Festival in Newport Beach, CA. James was one of seven fellows commissioned for the festival. He was also selected as a division winner of the BSO Composition Competition. Early next year, on February 10, 2019, the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra will be performing his new orchestral work, From Under.
Matthew Recio’s work added to Dale Warland Series
Matthew Recio is pleased to announce that his choral work, How to Survive Vesuvius was added to the 2018 Dale Warland Series as a part of the Hal Leonard/G. Schirmer Collection. This piece was a previous winner of the American Prize, Cincinnati Camerata competition, NOTUS competition, as well as an ACDA finalist. Commack High School commissioned the work in 2015 through the BOSCES foundation.
Matthew Schultheis wins second BMI Award, ASCAP commission
Matthew Schultheis, a junior this year, received his second BMI Student Composer Award for his Chamber Concerto for fifteen players, premiered last October at IU. Having also won last year for the mixed quartet Suibokuga, he became one of the youngest composers in the award's 66-year history to win two BMI awards consecutively. Winners were honored at an awards ceremony held on May 14th in New York City. On June 3rd, Matthew also won the SCI/ASCAP Student Commission Competition with the same work, and received a commission from the Society of Composers to be performed at the SCI National Conference in March at the University of New Mexico. The Chamber Concerto will also receive its professional premiere next summer by Density512, a chamber orchestra in Austin, Texas.
  News – Alumni  
Andreas Apostolou wins first prize in international competition
Pianist-composer and IU alumnus Andreas Foivos Apostolou ('16) was awarded the First Prize in the 27th Edition of the "IBLA Grand Prize" International Music Competition in Italy with Special Mention for his work “Synchronism 35” for solo piano. He will be performing in Carnegie Hall on May 16 and tour in the US and Asia. The album “In Crescendo”, which includes his winning work “Metamorphosis” for solo piano (“Best Contemporary Work for Piano Solo”- Cum Laude Music Awards) was released on July 20. The recording is available on Amazon and will be distributed in the US and Canada by Naxos of America records.
Texu Kim appointed professor of teaching at Syracuse University
Texu Kim has been appointed to Syracuse University Setnor School of Music as its Assistant Professor of Teaching in Composition and Theory.
  News – Faculty  
Claude Baker
On April 12, Claude Baker celebrated his 70th birthday. In the weeks surrounding that date, there was a flurry of performances of his music, most notably by the Momenta String Quartet (in NYC and Louisville), the Locrian Chamber Players (in Manhattan and Westchester), the Cincinnati College-Conservatory Chamber Choir, the IU Philharmonic (with Gilbert Varga conducting), organist Carolyn Craig (in Bloomington and Lexington, KY), and violist Lorenzo Boninsegna (in Lugano, Switzerland). Earlier in the spring semester, Dr. Baker was awarded a grant from the New Frontiers program at Indiana University to subsidize in part the creation of an orchestral work approximately 15-20 minutes in duration. The new piece will be premiered during the 2019-20 concert season by Das Berner Symphonieorchester in Switzerland. To acquaint the players and audience members with his music prior to the premiere, the orchestra will perform his Piano Concerto: “From Noon to Starry Night” on September 22 and 23 with Claire Huangci as the soloist.

On September 28, a recording of his “Hor che’l ciel e la terra” by the NOTUS Contemporary Vocal Ensemble will be released on the Innova label. The disc includes as well works by four other current and former IU faculty composers (Profs. DiOrio, Gibson, Sandstrom, and Travers).
David Dzubay
The original orchestral version of Ra! is enjoying a resurgence, with a performance by Ken Lam at the Brevard Music Center in August and multiple performances scheduled with Thomas Wilkins and the Boston Symphony Orchestra March 26-30, 2019. Other summer activity included taking the IU NME to Mexico for a concert at UNAM celebrating the opening of IU’s new center there, teaching the annual New Music Conducting course at IU in early summer and teaching three weeks at Brevard in late summer, and an anniversary performance in June in Breckenridge, CO of Snake Alley by Carl Topilow and the National Repertory Orchestra, who commissioned the piece thirty years ago. Recently completed works include String Quartet No. 2 for the Pacifica Quartet, premiering April 12, 2019 at the University of Chicago’s Mandel Hall, and Gloriana Frangipana for band, premiered at IU Director of Bands Stephen Pratt’s retirement concert. Currently on the composing desk is a work for the Grossman Ensemble of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition. The premiere will be June 9, 2019 on a concert Dzubay is also conducting and featuring other premieres of works by Kate Soper, Steve Lehman and Jongbum Lee. Final preparations are under way for a double CD release on Innova comprised of chamber and ensemble music from the last decade.
John Gibson
John Gibson’s In Flight, for chorus and electronics, appears on the upcoming CD by IU's NOTUS, titled Of Radiance & Refraction, along with music by Professors Baker, DiOrio, Sandstrom and Travers. The CD is on the Innova label and will be released September 28. For a sample track, visit this link. Gibson’s new fixed-media piece, Almost an Island, will be included on a new release by the American Composers Edition, available November 1. He joined Prof. Jeffrey Hass and quite a few IU alumni at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival this summer, where his video piece, edgewater, was presented.
Aaron Travers
This summer, Aaron Travers’ work Box Gardens was performed at the GuitarArt Summer Festival in Herceg-Novi, Montenegro on August 17 by flutist Linda Chatterton and guitarist (and IU alum) Maja Radovanlija. Less than a week later, his work Sanctuary was performed twice by the American Wild Ensemble at Cascades National Park on August 21 and 23. In mid-September, the American Wild Ensemble will release a CD which includes Sanctuary along with many other works by Eastman School-affiliated composers, as well as videos specially constructed to accompany each work. Travers’ virtuosic organ work Exodus , performed by the inimitable Randall Harlow, is scheduled for CD release in September under the Innova label.
David Dzubay, Chair
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