College of Fine Arts and Communication
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:
Each year we will (see video introduction to the unique program):
NewMusic@ecu.edu to be a part of
Guest artist Chris Grymes performs in Todd Dining Hall
OUR HISTORY& archives
2018 - 2019Schedule of Events
ECU School of Music performers focus their talents on the music of ECU composers in these first ever public performances--world premiere performances. The first of three concerts each year dedicated to the newest ideas of these developing young composers.
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[November 19, 2018 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]_____________________________________________________________________
Frequencies is an ensemble created and directed entirely by students. These remarkable members of the ECU School of Music's community make programming decisions, form ensembles, rehearse and prepare works for performance. Frequencies is music's future blooming before our ears. Come hear what drives the next generation's musical interests and passions!
Program to be announced; concert will be available via livestream at livemusic.ecu.edu.
[February 26, 2019 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]______________________________________________________________________
Dedicated to spreading their repertoire, Transient Canvas has performed across the United States and
Europe. They have been presented by the Alba Music Festival (Alba, Italy), SoundNOW Festival (Atlanta,
GA), Music at the Forefront (Bowling Green, OH), New Music Gathering (San Francisco, CA), Moore Hall
Recital Series (Pembroke, NC), New Music at the Short North Stage (Columbus, OH), Music on Madison
(Evanston, IL), New Music Nights at Spectrum (New York, NY), Clocks in Motion (Madison, WI), First
Fridays (Providence, RI), New Hampshire Music Festival (Plymouth, NH), Society of Composers, Inc.(Orono,
ME), New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (New York, NY), Guerrilla Composers Guild (San
Francisco, CA), and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (Indianapolis, IN). In Boston, they
are regularly featured on the Equilibrium, Original Gravity, Open Sound, and New Gallery concert series.
We're thrilled to hear the ECU Opera Theatre's WORLD PREMIERE of MELINDA WAGNER's Tell It Slant, a new work featuring ECU's exceptional student vocal soloists, choir, and instrumentalists, under the baton or Dr. William Staub.
As the composer selected by ECU music students to receive
a commission through the NewMusic Initiative's unique
Commissioning Program, Melinda Wagner visited campus twice during the
2017-2018 season to collaborate with our students and ensembles, teach, and to
hear some of her sketches read by vocal students. Under the
direction of William Staub, ECU Opera Theater Directors Daniel Shirley, John Kramar, we're excited to premiere and record this new
contribution to the literature!
Celebrated as an "...eloquent, poetic voice in contemporary music..." [American Record Guide], MELINDA WAGNER's esteemed catalog of works embodies music of exceptional beauty, power, and intelligence. Wagner received widespread attention when her colorful Concerto for Flute, Strings and Percussion earned her the Pulitzer Prize in 1999. Since then, major works have included Concerto for Trombone, for Joseph Alessi and the New York Philharmonic; a piano concerto, Extremity of Sky, commissioned by the Chicago Symphony for Emanuel Ax; and Little Moonhead, composed for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, as part of its popular "New Brandenburgs" project. Wagner's most recent commission from the Chicago Symphony, Proceed, Moon, was premiered by the CSO under the baton of Susanna Mälkki in June, 2017.
A passionate and inspiring teacher, Melinda Wagner has given Master Classes across the United States, and has held faculty positions at Brandeis University and Smith College, and has served as a mentor at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Composers Conference, and Yellow Barn. Dr. Wagner currently serves on the faculty of the Juilliard School of Music.
In a unique collaboration between several programs within ECU's College of Fine Arts & Communication, The Machine Is Neither... will create a new work to be danced by students in the School of Theater and Dance. This newly commissioned work incorporates motion capture hardware and software, as well as other applications, in designing the relationship between sound and gesture. This new work will be heard twice:
ECU School of Music performers focus their talents on the music of ECU composers in these first ever public performances--world premiere performances. The second of three concerts each year dedicated to the newest ideas of these developing young composers.
[March 26, 2019 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]_____________________________________________________________________
Jorge Richter, Director ,in a program featuring the winner of our 14th Annual Orchestral Composition Competition, sharing a program with Mahler's Symphony No. 4!
[April 6, 2019 Concert @ Wright Auditorium, 7:30pm, free admission.]______________________________________________________________
ECU School of Music performers focus their talents on the music of ECU composers in these first ever public performances--world premiere performances. The third of three concerts each year dedicated to the newest ideas of these developing young composers.
[April 16, 2019 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]_____________________________________________________________________