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NC NewMusic Initiative 2014-2015

North Carolina NewMusic Initiative
Our Mission | Artists-In-Residence | Our Commissioning Program | How you can get involved

Our Mission

To engage our community in all phases of new music’s culture:
  • commissioning and meeting composers,
  • preparing new works for world premiere performances,
  • creation of archival recordings, and
  • pursuing questions of cultural and esthetic critique.


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

Our Commissioning Program

Each year we will:

  • Commission a new work
  • Host a NewMusic Initiative-commissioned composer who is writing for our forces
  • Rehearse and Premiere a NewMusic Initiative-commissioned piece
  • Encourage conversation about choices made by audiences, performers, and composers
  • Rehearse and create an archival recording of a NewMusic Initiative-commissioned piece

How you can get involved

Contact us [NewMusic@ECU.EDU] to be a part of

  • Greenville Community Commissioning Project
  • Come meet our guest artists (workshops, Master Classes)
  • Listen and share programs (critical discussions)
  • Post-concert receptions

2014-15 Schedule of Events

OCTOBER 2 @7:30pm
   Roomful of Teeth
   Vocal Octet
   St. Paul's Episcopal Church
   1-800-ECU-ARTS for tickets

NOVEMBER 6 @7:30pm
   Blair McMillen, piano

NOVEMBER 20 @7:30pm
   Premiere Performances
   NewMusic by ECU student composers

JANUARY 23 @7:30pm
   Chris Grymes, clarinet
   Xak Bjerken, piano

FEBRUARY 22 @7:30pm
   Evening of electronic music

MARCH 20 @7:30pm
   a NewMusic Ensemble

MARCH 21 @7:30pm
   ECU Chamber Winds
   Scott Carter, Director

MARCH 22 @7:30pm
Premiere Performances

MARCH 28@7:30pm
   East Carolina University Orchestra

   Jorge Richter, Director
   Chris Grymes, clarinet
at Wright Auditorium

APRIL 20 @7:30pm
   Premiere Performances

Performers/Composers in Attendance

Works to be Performed

Driving Directions/Maps to ECU


Annual Orchestra Composition Competition



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Announcing the winner of the 2015 Orchestra Composition Competition

Roydon Tse's Three Musings - a triptych for chamber orchestra
Members of the East Carolina University Orchestra
Jorge Richter, Director, will perform Three Musings on
Saturday, March 28, 2015, 7:30pm on a
NC NewMusic Initiative Concert in
Wright Auditorium, in Greenville, NC

Guidelines for the 2016 Orchestral Composition Competition

Open to all composers, regardless of age, nationality or institutional affiliation.

Prize: The winning work will be performed by
the East Carolina University Symphony in
March, 2016 in Wright Auditorium, Greenville, NC.

For consideration, the following materials must be received by December 1, 2015:

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


  • 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)

3. If available, a recording of the submitted work(s) may be included.  Recordings are helpful, but are not necessary.  

4. 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.

5. Self-addressed stamped envelope if you wish your materials to be returned.

Members of The East Carolina University Orchestra, Jorge Richter, Director, will perform the single winning work on a March, 2016, NC NewMusic Initiative concert on the East Carolina University campus in Greenville, NC.

Parts for the winning work must be received by January 15, 2016. 

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 20, 2015. Parts for the winning work must be received by January 15, 2016.

Address all submissions to:

Mark Taggart, Composition Competition Director NC NewMusic Initiative 366 Fletcher Music Center East Carolina University Greenville, NC  27858 E-mail:

ECU Symphony Orchestra, Jorge Richter, director

Jorge Richter, director in a program featuring

[March 28, 2015 Concert @ Wright Auditorium, 7:30pm, free admission.]


Come hear how new ideas are initiated, and celebrate our
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, NewMusic@ECU Founding Director 252-328-4280