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May 2021 Newsletter
|Jacobs Composition Academy Summer Workshop
The department would like to take this time to tell you about the Jacobs Composition Academy Summer 2021 Workshop. The Workshop provides an exceptional opportunity for pre-college composers to work with Jacobs School composition faculty in six private lessons and six master classes to compose short works to be performed by Jacobs musicians on a July 3rd streamed concert.The workshop will run from June 15–July 3, 2021.
Registration deadline: June 1
|Works by Jason Bahr (MM ‘99, DM ‘03) Chosen for Publication
Two works by Jason Bahr were chosen for publication by North Star Music LLC. His songs Beyond the Stars and God Heareth Prayer will be included in North Star’s Modern Music for New Singers: 21st Century American Art Songs. The anthology will be available in August. Bahr’s songs are from his collection Songs for the Church Year. Bahr (a baritone) and pianist Peter Lewis gave the premiere of both songs in church services in Bonita Springs in 2018.
|Texu Kim (DM ’15): Album Release, Performances, and New Music Symposium
Universal Music Korea Classics recently released “Playful: Chamber Music by Texu Kim“. He also had several in-person performances in South Korea, including those of Zzan!!, commissioned by Busan Philharmonic Orchestra, and of Dear Luna, a ballet show in which Texu participated as the music director, at Tongyeong International Music Festival. He has been also directing the Korean Cultural Society of Boston‘s New Music Symposium, which will have a panel on Korean-American composers Earl Kim and Donald Sur with guest speakers like John Harbison, as its season finale.
|Matthew Peterson (MM ‘06) “Classical of the Year” at the Dalecarlia Music Awards
Composer Matthew Peterson was awarded “Classical of the Year” at the 2021 Dalecarlia Music Awards A collaboration between Musik I Dalarna, Dalapop, Swedish Radio, and the counties of Falu and Borlänge, the award celebrates the strength and breadth of musical life in the Swedish province of Dalarna, where Peterson has lived since 2018. The award hosts drew particular attention to the international acclaim surrounding the 2020 release of Peterson’s chamber opera Voir Dire.
|Mark Phillips ends a 39-year career in academia
After stepping away from full-time teaching in May 2017, Mark Phillips (MM 1980, DM 1986) continued teaching part-time at Ohio University, where he spent most of his career and was named a Distinguished Professor in 2007. In late April, he taught his last class and his final cohort of composition students over Zoom. He recently completed a three-year term as President of the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI), which he guided through its early response to the pandemic and to turbulent social issues involving diversity and representation, as well as the first major reorganization in decades of the day-to-day administration of the society. Despite retirement, he will maintain his university email, firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about his music is available at www.coolvillemusic.com.
|Summer Fellowships for Tyler Taylor (DM ‘21)
Tyler Taylor will be traveling to Washington, D.C. to participate in the National Orchestra Institute + Festival/American Composers Orchestra Composer Training Program. As one of three fellows, he has been commissioned to write a piece for a nonet of winds, strings, and percussion to be performed by members of the ACO. Directly after, Tyler will travel to Brusnwick, ME as the Composition Fellow at the Bowdoin International Music Festival. Tyler was offered this position for the summer of 2020 as well. Although the festival did not meet in person, Tyler facilitated and hosted weekly, virtual meetings for the festival composers. The 2021 season will meet in person where Tyler will work closely with Derek Bermel and other distinguished guest composers.
|The NSEME 2021 Featured Yi-De Chen’s Work
Yi-De Chen’s “The Changeable Weather” (2020) will be featured in the National Student Electronic Music Event 2021, hosted by students from Ithaca College’s composition department this year. This annual event seeks works for fixed media, multimedia, live electronics, and paper presentations related to electroacoustic music.”The Changeable Weather,” an interactive electronic music work for nanoKONTROL2, Max, and Kyma, was video-documented in November 2020 by Chen and streamed in the first online concert of NSEME, April 24, 2021. This video documentation is a live performance that shows his operating the nanoKONTROL2 at home in Taiwan and sound produced in JSoM CECM studio in real-time using UDP network transmission infrastructure. He felt deeply grateful for the generous support from Prof. Chi Wang on this piece during the challenging period, inspiring instructions from Profs. John Gibson and Jeffery Hass, and all the resources he received from the CECM at Jacobs.
|Daniel Cueto is Featured in IU’s “A Place for Film” Podcast
Daniel Cueto (DM composition student) was co-featured in Episode 25 of IU Cinema’s podcast alongside Alex Kopnick (film director) and Joey Miller (sound designer). They sat down with host Elizabeth Roell to talk about their collaboration on the 2021 Double Exposure film “Amici Novum”, the challenges they had to face in this COVID-era collaboration, and how they overcame them. It’s an insightful episode about the filmmaking process from three passionate students of their craft. Listen to the episode here: https://open.spotify.com/episode/71mvFAvIuKwxyG184UlgTl?si=ATjvQrU9SO-3OY-c4dgH7Q&nd=1
(* Starred events are REQUIRED for IU composition students)
* Song Genesis & ACDA Concert
Monday, May 3 | 7PM EST | ZOOM
* NME Spring Concert Stream #2
Thursday, May 6 | 8PM EST | IUMusicLive
* CECM Spring Concert
Thursday, May 13 | 8PM EST | IUMusicLive