School of Music
2018-2019 NC NewMusic Initiative!

To engage our community in all phases of new music's culture:

Visiting artists (listed here) are deeply involved with the creation and dissemination of new musical ideas. Guests will work with our community in:

  • Instrumental/vocal Master Classes
  • Workshops for composers
  • Seminars on commissioning new work
  • Reading, recording and critique of student composers' music

Each year we will (see video introduction to the unique program):

Contact us NewMusic@ecu.edu to be a part of

Check out these video and print pieces about the NewMusic Initiative!

The fruits of our efforts:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
Insectaphobia
Insectaphobia comes alive on stage in ECU Opera Premiere
 
 
 

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2018 - 2019
Schedule of Events

DETAILS HERE

Oct. 25, 2018 @ 7:30pm
ADAM UNSWORTH, horn
CATHERINE LIKHUTA, piano
Nov. 19, 2018 @ 7:30pm
PREMIERE PERFORMANCES 
NewMusic by ECU student composers
Jan. 10, 2019 @ 7:30pm
MODERNMEDIEVAL
TRIO OF VOICES
Jan. 25, 2019 @ 7:30pm
KRISTIN LEE, violin
KWAN YI, piano
Feb. 21, 2019 @ 7:30pm
TRANSIENT CANVAS
Amy Advocat, bass clarinet
Matt Sharrock, marimba
Feb. 26, 2019 @ 7:30pm
FREQUENCIES a NewMusic Ensemble
Mar. 22-23, 2019 @ 7:30pm
Special Event!! In collaboration with
ECU OPERA THEATRE
NewMusic Initiative commission
WORLD PREMIERE of
Tell It Slant 
by MELINDA WAGNER
Mar. 23, 2019 @ 7:30pm, McGinnis Theatre
THE MACHINE IS NEITHER
Dance 2019 Special Event!
1-800-ECU-ARTS for tix
NewMusic Initiative Commission
WORLD PREMIERE 
Mar. 25, 2019 @ 7:30pm
THE MACHINE IS NEITHER
Emma Hospelhorn, flute
Igor Santos, composer-technologist
Newly commissioned works
Mar. 26, 2019 @ 7:30pm
PREMIERE PERFORMANCES 
NewMusic by ECU student composers
Apr. 6, 2019 @ 7:30pm, Wright Auditorium
ECU SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Jorge Richter, Director
featuring Portal, by Yang, Ting-Ting
14th Composition Competition Winner
Apr. 16, 2019 @ 7:30pm
PREMIERE PERFORMANCES 
NewMusic by ECU student composers
Yang, Ting-Ting

14th Orchestra Composition Competition
WINNER ANNOUNCED: Portal, by Ting-Ting Yang
to be performed April 6, 2019

Yang, Ting-Ting is a multi-genre composer, arranger and collaborative pianist, whose musical journey began at a young age in Taiwan. Currently an undergraduate from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Ting-Ting was fortunate to receive a full scholarship under Professor Ho Chee Kong in Singapore. Despite her young age, she is grateful to have her compositions premiered by renown artists and ensembles which include Percussionist Max Riefer (2016), Cellist Martin Jaggi from Ensemble Phoenix Basel (2017), and Trio Surplus (2017). Along side composition, Ting-Ting is also a freelance arranger in both Taiwan and Singapore and been engaged as a Score Editor for Homeland Choir Taiwan’s publications.

Prior to studying in Singapore, Ting-Ting had won the Taipei Music Competition’s Composition category for two years (2012, 2014) and with a special mention for the winning work "Rain in Spring" for piano solo in the National Taiwan Music Competition’s Composition category (2015). Besides original compositions, she came in first at the Classical Poem Music Arrangement Creation (2014). During her time in the Conservatory, her new compositions were featured by the Conservatory’s OpusNovus (New Music Ensemble), Woodwind and Brass studios as well as receiving premieres by the school’s faculty. In 2019, her new composed orchestral composition had been selected to be recorded by the Conservatory’s Orchestra.

Outside arranging and composing, Ting-Ting is an avid performer on the piano. Though a composition major, she has collaborated with numerous chamber groups with a variety of instrumental combinations within and outside the conservatory. With a secondary study in Piano, Ting-Ting held small piano recitals in the Conservatory and performed piano with the New Music Ensembles. Ting-Ting also freelances as a piano accompanist for concerts, examinations and competitions. Through these numerous collaborations with instrumentalists, Ting-Ting also gained huge exposure to the vast collections of individual instrumental music which directly and indirectly influence her in her own compositions.  

[April 6, 2019 Concert @ Wright Auditorium, 7:30pm, free admission.]

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15th Annual Orchestra Composition Competition
GUIDELINES ANNOUNCED

Open to all composers, regardless of age, nationality or institutional affiliation. [Past winners listed below.]

Prize: The winning work will be performed by
the East Carolina University Symphony
April (date tba), 2020, in Wright Auditorium, Greenville, NC.

For consideration, the following materials must be received by December 1, 2019:

  1. Scores (a maximum of two works; two copies of each submission) professional quality score(s), meeting guidelines noted below:
    • Name of composer (anonymous entry NOT necessary)
    • Maximum instrumentation: 2 flutes (+piccolo), 2 oboe (1 English Horn double), 2 clarinet (+bass), 2 bassoon, 4 horn, 3 trumpet, 3 trombone (including bass), 1 tuba, Timpani, 2 percussion, piano, Strings
    • Works with electronics/computer WILL be considered
    • Work with Harp will NOT be considered
    • Works including soloists will NOT be considered
    • Maximum duration of twelve (12) minutes
    • Difficulty level suitable for advanced university orchestra
  1. Information Sheet with:
    • Composer's name, address, telephone number, e-mail address
    • One paragraph bio, one paragraph program note
    • Title of submitted composition(s), list of instrumentation, duration of composition, date of completion, and performance history (if applicable)
  1. If available, a recording of the submitted work(s) may be included. Recordings are helpful, but are not necessary.
  2. For EACH ENTRY, an APPLICATION FEE of $10 US in the form of a check payable to East Carolina University, with NewMusic Initiative noted in the memo. [Cash (US $) is also acceptable.]  Payment may also be made online here.
  3. Self-addressed stamped envelope if you wish your materials to be returned.

In the event that judges are unable to identify a work which meets the guidelines above, judges reserve the right to declare no winning work.

Members of The East Carolina University Orchestra, Jorge Richter, Director, will perform the single winning work on Saturday evening, April (date tba), 2020, on a NC NewMusic Initiative concert on the East Carolina University campus in Greenville, NC.

Parts for the winning work must be received by January 10, 2020.

The composer of the winning work must be available to attend the festival. Every attempt will be made by the festival staff to provide accommodations for visitors, and to subsidize costs of travel. The composer of the winning work may also be asked to conduct a seminar, introducing their work to students and other festival attendants.

The composer of the selected score will be notified by December 25, 2019. Parts for the winning work must be received by January 10, 2020.

Address all submissions to:
Mark Taggart
Composition Competition Director
NC NewMusic Initiative
Mail Stop 506
East Carolina University Greenville, NC 27858
E-mail: taggartm@ecu.edu
PAST WINNERS:
2019: Yang, Ting-Ting: Portal
2018: Frej Wedlund: Half-light on desolation
2017: Charles Peck, Mosaic
2016: John Costa, Esperanca 
2015: Roydon Tse, Three Musings
2014: Michael-Thomas Fumai, Lady Dark
2013: Nicholas Omiccioli, flourishes
2012: Jessica Rudman, Seasonal Affective Disorder
2011: Paul Siskind, Gumption Trap
2010: Ingrid Stölzel, Genius Loci
2009: Chen Yao, Two Poems
2008: Christopher Dietz, Gharra
2007: Lembit Beecher, Don't Go There
2006: Anthony Iannaccone, Waiting for Sunrise on the Sound

Come hear how new ideas are initiated, and celebrate our
19th ANNUAL EXPLORATION OF THE SOUNDS OF OUR TIME
There are concerts, Master Classes with visiting performers and composers,
readings of student composers' works, receptions, discussions and more!
Follow this link to make a secure donation.
For additional information or to become a sponsor, contact:
  Edward Jacobs, Founder & Director of the NC NewMusic Initiative, at
NewMusic@ecu.edu 252-328-4280
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