Jacobs School of Music Composition

November 2018


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Current list of Composition Department related Events and Announcements
  Upcoming Events – November  
  (* Starred events are REQUIRED for IU composition students.)  
* Student Composition Recital
Tuesday, Nov. 6 | 8:00pm | Auer Hall

* Composition Forum
Don Freund, guest speaker
Wednesday, Nov. 7 | 4:00pm | MC066

New Art / New Music
Concert featuring student works performed side by side with the artworks that inspired them
Thursday, Nov. 8 | 6:00pm | Grunwald Gallery, School of Fine Arts

* Senior Recital
Grace Ann Lee, composer
Saturday, Nov. 10 | 3:00pm | Recital Hall

Faculty Recital
P. Q. Phan, composer
Monday, Nov. 12 | 8:00pm | Auer Hall

* Composition Forum
Caroline KyungA Ahn, guest speaker
Wednesday, Nov. 14 | 4:00pm | MC066

* Student Composition Recital
Wednesday, Nov. 28 | 8:00pm | Auer Hall

* Star-Cross'd Lovers - A Shakespearian Music-Drama
New Music Ensemble & Members of the Indianapolis Opera
Don Freund, composer and music director
Thursday, Nov. 29 | 8:00pm | Auer Hall

  News – Alumni  
Alex Berko wins Boston New Music Initiative Competition
Alex Berko (BM ‘18) was recently selected as the winner of the 2018 Boston New Music Initiative (BNMI) 6th Annual Commissioning Competition. As a result, Alex will compose a new work for pierrot ensemble that will be featured in Spring of 2019 by the BNMI ensemble. In addition, his new orchestral work Among Waves, commissioned by the Monterey Symphony, recently received its premiere on October 20. A review can be found here. Among Waves will also be performed by the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra on March 23 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.
Brookline Youth Orchestra Performs John Ferguson's "Vincent Van Gogh"
John Ferguson (DMA piano, 1999) leads the Brookline Youth Orchestra in Brookline, Massachusetts in a performance of his "Vincent Van Gogh" on December 12, 2018. The piece was composed in 2008 and depicts the many facets of Van Gogh's life and work, through a wide range of compositional styles.
Tyler Habig anticipates performances in various media
Tyler Habig (BM ‘18) will have performances of two saxophone works in March, 2019: Washing Up On Shore (2016) will be performed by the LUCA Saxophone Ensemble in Belgium, and a new work for the Murray State Saxophone Quartet will be performed in Kentucky. He also wrote the 2019 show music for the Avon Gold Dance Team. In September, the Pops Orchestra of Sarasota & Bradenton premiered Habig's 30-minute orchestration of The Cosmic Guide LP by hip hop artist, Ryanito, and the performance is coming to Netflix in 2019.
Eric Nathan wins Fromm commission
Eric Nathan (MM ‘18) was awarded a commission from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University for a new work for sinfonietta to be premiered by the IU New Music Ensemble in 2020. Nathan's Missing Words IV for chamber sextet premieres in November with Boston Musica Viva, commissioned for its 50th anniversary season.
David Dzubay, Chair
Composition Department
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

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