Brian Heim (BM in Composition '14) was awarded the Leo Kaplan Award, which is the grand prix of Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. The winning composition Two Portraits from Moby-Dick was written last year at UT and premiered by the UT New Music Ensemble, conducted by Dan Welcher. The piece was spotlighted at the annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards ceremony at Merkin Concert Hall in New York on May 21, 2015.Another UT alum, Matt Jackfert (MM in Composition '13), was a finalist in the same competition with On the Shores of Qingdao, a piece which was also written at UT and later performed by the West Virginia Symphony.
Yuanyuan (Kay) HE's orchestral piece "Passeig de Grácia" was selected for reading at the 24th Annual Underwood New Music Readings & Commission by the American Composers Orchestra (ACO). This event will take place on Wednesday, May 6 and Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York City. There are seven works in the reading, which were chosen from over 200 submissions received from around the country. Congrats, Kay!
Michael Mikulka’s composition “To Throw” was chosen as the Grand Prize winner of the 2014 PARMA Student Composer Competition. It was performed by Redline Brass Quintet, and opened the “Main Event” concert of the 2014 PARMA Music Festival on August 16th. The PARMA Music Festival occurred from August 13th-16th in Portsmouth, NH, and featured 14 concerts of (primarily) new music.
We are very happy for Ethan Greene (DMA '13) who has been hired as an Assistant Professor in Digital Arts at Stetson University. This is a tenure track job and a perfect fit for Ethan, since he will be teaching composition, music technology, and recording. The timing is perfect, too, since he currently has a one-year visiting position at Tennessee State and just had his first child!
The highly-esteemed University of Texas (UT) Wind Ensemble, led by world-renowned conductor Jerry Junkin, will be giving the world premiere of Tetelestai by DMA student Andrew Boss. The program will feature this large three-movement symphony during their Fall 2014 season in Bates Recital Hall at UT. Congrats, Andrew!