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March 19, 2004

Student Composers Will Gather For National Conference At UI April 2-3

Student composers from all across the country will gather in Iowa City for "Echoes of a Passing Era," a weekend of new music concerts, lectures and workshops, April 2-3 at the University of Iowa School of Music.

The 6th Annual National Student Conference of the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI), sponsored locally by the School of Music and the UI Center for New Music, will feature a series of free concerts Friday evening and all day Saturday that will allow local audiences as well as the assembled composers to hear the latest works from student composers.

Free concerts will be presented in Clapp Recital Hall, at 8 p.m. Friday, April 2, and at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 3.

SCI is a professional society dedicated to the promotion of composition, performance, understanding and dissemination of new and contemporary music. Members include composers and performers both in and outside of academia. The conference has been organized by the UI student chapter of SCI and is coordinated by Joseph Dangerfield, a UI graduate student in composition.

Works were submitted for the public concerts by nearly 100 composers. Dangerfield and a panel of other UI composition students -- Andy Jasinski, Jean-Paul Perrotte, Luke Dahn and Evan Kuchar -- met during the fall semester to select about 30 pieces for inclusion on the public concerts. Performers for the concert will include more than 20 UI students and performers from other institutions who will travel to the UI for the conference.

The programs include a concert of electro-acoustic music, at 8 p.m. Friday, as well as many works for various combinations of live performers on the other concerts. Many of the student works will be receiving their first performances at the conference.

The final concert, at 8 p.m. Saturday, will feature the UI Center for New Music, which will premiere the three winning compositions from a national competition sponsored by SCI and the Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), and perform music by Russian composer Vladimir Tarnopolski, the special guest composer at the conference.

The ASCAP/SCI Student Composition Commission is an annual contest to award commissions to three student composers, with fees range from $500 to $1,250. This year's winning works, to be performed on the Saturday concert, are:
-- Concertino for mixed ensemble, percussion and piano by Jeff Myers, a doctoral student at the University of Michigan;
-- "The Time Being" for clarinet, violin, cello and piano by Orianna Webb, a graduate of Yale University School of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Chicago, and currently acting head of the composition area at the Cleveland Institute; and
-- "d' ogne luce muto" for piano by Dimitri Papageourgiou, a graduate of the University of Music and Drama at Graz, Austria, who is completing doctoral work at the UI.

The conference guest composer, Vladimir Tarnopolski, will be represented on the final concert with his "Echoes of the Passing Day," performed by guest artists Esther Lamneck, clarinet; Craig Hultgren, cello; and Marian Lee, piano. Tarnopolski will also present lectures and other activities during the conference.

A native of the Ukraine, Tarnopolski studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where he has taught composition since 1992. He has taught composition seminars throughout Europe and has been a guest at the Berliner Festwochen, Wien Modern, the Holland Festival, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Make Music Together in Boston, the San Diego Arts Festival, Warsaw Autumn and many other contemporary music festivals.

Tarnopolski has played a significant role in the development of contemporary Russian musical life. In 1989 he was one of the initiators of the Association of Contemporary Music in Moscow, which represented a group of composers who reacted against the official Soviet philosophy of socialist realism. In 1993 he founded the Center for Contemporary Music at the Moscow Conservatory as well as the Studio for New Music Ensemble, which has performed many works by Russian avant-garde composer.

In 1994 Tarnopolski also founded Moscow Forum, a new annual festival that aims to integrate of contemporary Russian and East-European music with Western European contemporary music.

More information on composers, performers and works scheduled can be found on the conference website, provided by the UI student chapter of SCI, at

A flexible organization devoted to the presentation of the music of the past 100 years, the Center for New Music is directed by David Gompper, a faculty member in the theory and composition area of the UI School of Music. Part of the UI Division of Performing Arts, the center supports its own performing ensemble, including both faculty and students of the School of Music, and presents concerts of recent music by guest artists.

Support for the conference comes from the Millice Fund through the composition area of the School of Music, the UI Center for New Music, the Society of Composers and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

The School of Music and Center for New Music are part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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Sixth Annual National Student Conference of the Society of Composers
Full Schedule of Concerts


Concert I: Electroacoustic music -- 8 p.m. Clapp Recital Hall

"Seeking Reconstruction" by Nicole Carroll
" Saturations III-A" by J. Anthony Allen
" ...and then eventually 10 -43 seconds later" by Ryan Torchia
" Solitary Garden" by Juraj Kojs
" Electric Sonata" by Evan Kuchar
" Trains Go By" by Jean-Paul Perrotte


Concert II -- 10 a.m. Clapp Recital Hall

"Twelve Beauties of Jingling" for voice, flute/piccolo, pipa, violin, cello and piano by Chiwei Hui
" Natalia Mia" for clarinet by Maria Contreras
" Like Staring at a Word" for soprano and tape by Stephen Lilly
" TOE (Theory of Everything)" for alto saxophone and vibraphone by Stephan Wiseman
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano by Mei-mi Lan
" Core Event" for jazz quartet by Carl Schroeder

Concert III -- 1 p.m. Clapp Recital Hall

"Transformations for Piano" by Tim Sullivan
" Thingvellir" for trumpet by Per Boland
" Triptych" for organ by Sabin Levi
" Nostalgia" for flute by Grace Choi
" BOB" for piano by Bradley Decker
" In the Mud at Toad Suck Park " for percussion by Daniel Nass

Concert IV-- 3 p.m. Clapp Recital Hall

"Dodici" for mixed ensemble by Russell Nadel
" Quod Tantus Iuvat" for two violins by James Ogburn
" Glimpses of the Moon" for violin by Brian Bice
Septet by for strings and trombones by Aaron Roth
" Confession" for violin by Vera Ivanova

Concert V-- 8 p.m. Clapp Recital Hall
UI Center for New Music, David Gompper, director

Concertino for mixed ensemble, percussion and piano by Jeff Myers
" The Time Being" for clarinet, violin, cello and piano by Orianna Webb
" d' ogne luce muto" for piano by Dimitri Papageourgiou
" Stone Memories" for clarinet, violin, cello and piano by Joseph Dangerfield
" Echoes of the Passing Day" for clarinet, cello and piano by Vladimir Tarnopolski

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