Ben Stonaker has been awarded the Composition Fellow at the Bennington Chamber Music Conference under Composer-in-Residence Sean Shepherd from Aug 3-10. The fellowship includes tuition, room, and meals. He will be writing a brand new chamber work to be premiered at the conference, while coaching the ensemble and studying with Sean Shepherd and Donald Crockett.
The Atlantic Coast Conference Band Directors' Association (ACCBDA) has named doctoral candidate Eli Fieldsteel as the sole recipient of the 2014 James E. Croft Grant for Young and Emerging Composers, which offers up to twelve performances of the completed work. Fieldsteel's proposal is an interactive work for wind ensemble and electronics, to be delivered to the organization in November. The twelve schools that comprise the ACCBDA (Duke, Florida State, North Carolina State, and others) are home to wind ensembles and conductors who are among the most esteemed in the country.
Several of our recent DMA graduates (some with an ABD status) are beginning their new teaching appointments this fall. Ian Dicke (DMA '12) is Assistant Professor of Composition (tenure-track) at the University of California, Riverside afer spending a year in Sweden on Fulbright. Zack Stanton (DMA '12) is Visiting Assistant Professor of Composition and Theory at the University of Iowa. Steven Snowden (ABD) is joining the faculty at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology following his Fulbright stint in Portugal. Ethan Greene will be teaching music theory and technology at Tennessee State University. Hermes Camacho is on the faculty at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. And Luis Passos (DMA '11) is Assistant Professor of Music Theory/Composition at the Federal University of Campina Grande, Brazil. Hook 'em, people!
West Virginia Symphony will perform On the Shores of Qingdao by MM candidate Matthew Jackfert during their final subscription concert of the 2013-2014 season. Jackfert's work shares the spotlight with Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.