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Polina Nazaykinskaya wins Russian YouTube competition

First-year DMA student Polina Nazaykinskaya won the Russian YouTube Viewers' Appreciation Award for her orchestral work WINTER BELLS. As a winning composition, it will be performed by the Russian National Orchestra in September. The work was also selected for this year's Minnesota Symphony Composer Institute.  

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NY-based Vent Nouveau to premiere quintet by Akshaya Tucker (MM '18)

The New York-based ensemble Vent Nouveau selected first-year MM student Akshaya Avril Tucker's wind quintet, It all comes down to a single point,

Kay He's (DMA '16) piece to be performed at the ISCM

Yuanyuan (Kay) HE's piece "On the Pivot of an Abandoned Carousel for flute and electronics" has been selected for performance at ISCM World Music Days 2016

Jeffrey Hayman (MM '13) gets the bronze at the International Dvorak Composition Competition

Hayman's UT master's thesis COMRADES for orchestra impressed the IDCC judges who invited Jeff to attend the final round in Prague. He was locked up alone in a room and asked to produce two pieces, one of which, based on Dvorak's music, was later awarded a Special Prize. Jeff came in third in the senior competition and was the only American composer to be a winner this year. Congrats, Jeff!

Ian Dicke (DMA '12) and Sam Pluta (MM '05) awarded Barlow General Commission funds

Ian Dicke (UC Riverside faculty) and Sam Pluta (Manhattan School of Music faculty) were among the six composers to receive have their commissions funded by the Barlow Foundation. Ian will write a work for the PAUSE ensemble; Sam's piece will be composed for flutist Anne La Berge. Congrats, guys!

Brian Heim (BM '14) wins top ASCAP prize

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.

DMA student Kay He's composition to be read by ACO

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.

Ethan Greene (DMA '13) hired by Stetson University

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! 

Brandon Rumsey's Limelight at Belvedere Chamber Music Festival

 Brandon Scott Rumsey's (MM '14) Limelight has been awarded 2nd prize, for performance at the 8th Annual Belvedere Chamber Music Festival in Memphis June 18-21, 2014. Two selections were made from 144 scores. Congrats, Brandon! 

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