School of Music
17th 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:

  • Commission a new work--Recently projects by James Mobberley, Travis Alford and Aaron Brooks!
  • 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

Contact us to be a part of

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

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2016 - 2017
Schedule of Events


September 29, 2016 @ 7:30pm
Michael Lowenstern, bass clarinet solo
October 23-25, 2016 @ 7:30pm
ECU Opera Theatre
Virgil Thomson's Four Saints in Three Acts
November 3, 2016 @ 7:30pm
Julia Den Boer, piano
November 11, 2016 @ 7:30pm
Premiere Performances
NewMusic by ECU student composers
January 26, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Sharon Harms, soprano &
Steven Beck, piano
February 16, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Frequencies a NewMusic Ensemble
March 4, 2017 @ 7:30pm
East Carolina University Orchestra
Jorge Richter, Director
at Wright Auditorium
March 18, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Meridian Arts Ensemble
Brass Quintet & Percussion
April 1, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Premiere Performances
NewMusic by ECU student composers
April 2, 2017 @ 7:30pm
ECU Sinfonietta, Scott Carter, dir
World Premiere, NCNMI Commission
by Jim Mobberley
April 20, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Premiere Performances
NewMusic by ECU student composers

2004 NewMusic@ECU Festival

Notice: this is archived material, and as such, links may no longer work since being moved to this permanent location.

March 23-27, 2004

East Carolina University  School of Music
Greenville, North Carolina (driving directions)
7 concerts/recitals, 4 Master Classes, 4 Seminars, and readings of student compositions will highlight this Fourth Annual Festival of New Music at East Carolina University.
For more information contact: Edward Jacobs, 252-328-4280

Schedule of 2004 NewMusic@ECU Events

All events in the A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall unless noted.

March 23, Tuesday

8:00 p.m.
Concert I: Concertante

Contemporary works for strings, including Jan Radzynski's Five Duets, Oliver Knussen's Secret Song, Ittai Shapira's Virtuoso Variations, Enesco's Octet. (Tickets: $10 general/$5 students) March 24, Wednesday

3:00 p.m.
Master Class I: Mario Davidovsky w/ECU student composers

in ECU Center for Composition with Electronic Media (Fletcher C203)

8:00 p.m.
Concert II: Concertante

Contemporary works for strings, including Bohislav Martinu Sextet, Chen Yi's Sound of the Five, Osvaldo Golijov's The Last Round . 
(Tickets: $10 general/$5 students) March 25, Thursday

2:00 p.m.

Seminar I: Mario Davidovsky, composer
Speaks to Music Theory and Music History classes; A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall

4:00 p.m.
Master Class II: Benjamin Broening, composer (University of Richmond)

Fletcher Music Center, Rm. 200

8:00 p.m.
Concert III: Contemporary works for Clarinet and Piano

Christopher Grymes, clarinet and Peter Henderson, piano
    Kryzstof Penderecki, Three Miniatures  (1959)
    Benjamin Broening, Arioso and Arioso/Doubles (2002)
    David Schober, Small Hole at the Top of the Sky (1997)
    Michael Hersch, Ballade (1995, world premiere)
    Mark Taggart, Breaking In Pieces (1988, world premiere)
    Jason Haney, Four Preludes for Piano (2003, world premiere)
    Edward Jacobs, Aural History (2004, world premiere)
(Tickets: $5) March 26, Friday

10:00 a.m.
Seminar II: Mario Davidovsky

Speaks to Advanced Music Theory classes; A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall
Fletcher Music Center, Rm. 305

11:00 a.m.
Master Class III: Thomas Massella, composer

Fletcher Music Center, Rm. 305

1:00 p.m.
Seminar III: Choral Competition

Rehearsal and Recording of Choral Composition Competition Winner: work by Leon Harrell
Featuring ECU Chamber Singers, Daniel Bara

3:00 p.m.
Concert IV: New Music for Mixed Ensembles
ECU New Music Camerata

  Thomas Massella, September Music  (2001); Michael Stephenson, saxophone; Jill Bazar, piano
    Andrew Zohn, E Sonata for solo guitar (2003, world premiere), Elliot Frank, guitar
    John Stevens. Salve Venere, Salve Marta;  (1990) Jeffrey Jarvis, tuba
    Gary Smart, The Major's Letter  (2003) (world premiere); John Kramar, baritone; Eric Stellrecht, piano
    Thomas Massella, Reveries; (2003, world premiere); Michael Stephenson & Jeff Bair, saxophones; Alisa Gilliam, pno
    Mark Richardson, Arcs and Spirals (2004, world premiere); Britt Theurer, trumpet, Gary Smart, piano
(Tickets: $5)

8:00 p.m.
Concert V: PRISM Unplugged - PRISM Saxophone Quartet

Joe Cutler, Screaming 229a (1996)
    Jennifer Higdon, Short Stories (1996)
    James Primosch, Short Stories (2003)
    Gabriel Erkoreka, Duduk II (2000)
    Terry Riley, Tread on the Trail (1965)
    William Albright, Fantasy Etudes (1993) (Tickets: $5) March 27, Saturday

12:00 p.m.
Master Class IV: Approaching a New Work

Prism Saxophone Quartet reads news works by student composers (Fletcher Recital Hall)

1:00 p.m.
Seminar IV: Triple Helix: What Music Tells Us of a Composer's World

Acclaimed piano trio in a revealing lecture/demonstration (Fletcher Recital Hall)

3:00 p.m.
Concert VII: New Music for Large Ensembles

Members of the ECU Wind Ensemble, Christopher Knighten, conductor;
  Gyorgy Ligeti, Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet (1953)
    Charles Ives, The Unanswered Question (1906)
    Darius Milhaud, La Creation du Monde (1923)

8:00 p.m.
Concert VIII: Triple Helix; A Sense of Time and Place

  Mario Davidovsky, Chacona (1972)
    Arlene Zallman, Trio 1999 ("Triquetra")
    Bright Sheng, Four Movements for Piano Trio (1990)
    Martin Brody, Book of Hours (World Premiere) (2003)     Charles Ives, Piano Trio (Tickets: $10 general/$5 students)