School of Music
2018-2019 NC NewMusic Initiative!

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

Visiting artists (listed below, 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!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
Insectaphobia
Insectaphobia comes alive on stage in ECU Opera Premiere
 
 
 

Quick Links

2018 - 2019
Schedule of Events

DETAILS HERE

Sep. 13, 2018 @ 7:30pm
MODERN MEDIEVAL, vocal trio
Oct. 25, 2018 @ 7:30pm
ADAM UNSWORTH, horn
CATHERINE LIKHUTA, piano
Nov. 19, 2018 @ 7:30pm
PREMIERE PERFORMANCES 
NewMusic by ECU student composers
Jan. 25, 2019 @ 7:30pm
KRISTIN LEE, violin
KWAN YI, piano
Feb. 9, 2019 @ 7:30pm, Wright Auditorium
ECU SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Jorge Richter, Director
Travis Alford's Apophenia
WORLD PREMIERE
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
ECU OPERA THEATRE Special Event!
NewMusic Initiative commission
WORLD PREMIERE
by MELINDA WAGNER
Mar. 23, 2019 @ 7:30pm, McGinniss Theatre
THE MACHINE IS NEITHER
Dance 2019 Special Event!
NewMusic Initiative Commission
WORLD PREMIERE 
Mar. 25, 2019 @ 7:30pm
THE MACHINE IS NEITHER
Emma Hospelhorn, flute
Ben Sutherland, 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
14th Annual Composition Competition Winner
Apr. 16, 2019 @ 7:30pm
PREMIERE PERFORMANCES 
NewMusic by ECU student composers

What if everyone plays a role in creating new music?

We think it's not a radical idea.

  • What if musicians learn, from their earliest days making music, that you needn't be a composer to be a part of creating a new piece of music?  
  • What if we teach musicians that the partnerships which bring about new works--identifying composers, collaborating as new ideas are formulated, performing and recording--would be richer with their involvement? 

Watch this brief video for a quick outline of how we're implementing a new model at the ECU School of Music's NC NewMusic Initiative.

Here at the NewMusic Initiative, we imagine the commissioning process playing out over three years, with students at the heart of each stage of the process:

Commission slide 1

Using a recent commission of students' selected composer James Mobberley as an example,
here's what a single commission's cycle looks like:

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And here's where we are in the ongoing cycle, thanks to lots of participating students and supportive sponsors!

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Here are a few recently completed projects of ECU forces recording 
NewMusic Initiative Commissions 


BECOME A SPONSOR!

Come hear how new ideas are initiated, and celebrate our
18th 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!
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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