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

2005 NewMusic@ECU Festival

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

March 2-5, 2005

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

Schedule of 2005 NewMusic@ECU Events

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

March 2, Wednesday

8:00 p.m.
Concert I: Christine Gustafson, flute: NewMusic from China
Assisted by John O'Brien and Alisa Gilliam, piano

Hong Qian Hui, The Reflection of the Flute (2001)
Fuk Wing Yim, Monologue (1990)
Gordon Chin, Trees (1991)
Huang Hu Wei, The Sunny Tian Mountains (1964)
Taiwanese folksongs
(Tickets: $10 general/$5 students)

March 3, Thursday

2:00 p.m.
Master Class I: Laurie San Martin, Visiting Distinguished Composer

Fletcher Music Center, Rm. TBA

4:00 p.m.
Master Class II: Sam Nichols, Visiting Distinguished Composer

Fletcher Music Center, Rm. TBA

8:00 p.m.
Concert II: Amy Dissanayake, NEWMUSIC for Piano

Tania Leon, Mistica (2003)
Marta Ptaszynska, Pianophonia (2004)
David Smooke, Requests (2003)
Amy Williams, Refined Art (2003)
Kurt Rohde, Two Left Hands (2004)
Laurie San Martin, Cuerpos (2004) (world premiere)
Martha Horst, Shades of Silence (2004) (world premiere)
Tania Leon, Ritual (1987)
(Tickets: $5)

March 4, Friday

10:00 a.m.
Seminar II: Approaching a New Work, readings of student compositions
Amy Dissanayake, piano
11:00 a.m.
Master Class III: David Smooke, Visiting Distinguished Composer

Fletcher Music Center, Rm. TBA

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

Rehearsal and Recording of Choral Composition Competition Winner
Psalm 117 - Universal Call to Worship
by John M. Dull
Featuring ECU Chamber Singers, Daniel Bara

3:00 p.m.
Concert: NEWMUSIC for Mixed Ensembles I

ECU New Music Camerata
Dick Goodwin, Jabbo; Jessica Dixon, flute; Robert Burkett, oboe, Randy Ward, cello
Jacob Ter Veldhuis, The Garden of Love; Michael Stephenson, alto saxophone
Edward Jacobs, Soliloquy; Britton Theurer, trumpet
Bo Newsome, Quality of LIght; Jessica Dixon, flute; Robert Burkett, oboe, Randy Ward, cello
(Tickets: $5)

4:30 p.m.
Master Class III: Dafnis Prieto, percussion

Fletcher Music Center, Rm. 101

5:00 p.m.
Seminar III: Writing for Brass & Percussion, readings of student compositions

Meridian Arts Ensemble

8:00 p.m.
Concert III: Michael Lowenstern, NEWSOUNDS for the Bass Clarinet

1985; Sha; Summertime; But Would She Remember You?; Ten Children; Spasm
(Tickets: $5)

8:00 p.m.
Jazz at Night

Featuring ECU Jazz faculty and students
Mendenhall Student Center Great Hall
(tickets required contact 1-800-ECU-ARTS)

March 5, Saturday

10:00 a.m.
Seminar III: Approaching the Bass Clarinet, readings of student compositions
Michael Lowenstern, bass clarinet
12:00 p.m.
Michael Lowenstern
3:00 p.m.
Concert IV: NewMusic for Mixed Ensembles II

Martha Horst, Elegy for winds, percussion; Scott Carter, conductor
Robert Kurka, Good Soldier Schweik; Scott Carter, conductor
Edward Jacobs, dis/Connect for pre-recorded sound and dancers (Patti Weeks, choreographer) (2005) (world premiere)

8:00 p.m.
Concert V: Meridian Arts Ensemble

Peter Alexander, Ferrafunx (1997) (world premiere)
Britton Theurer, Animal Rights (2003) (world premiere of sextet version)
Iannis Xenakis, Khalperr (1983)
Milton Babbitt, Counterparts (1994)
Dafnis Prieto, Echo-Dimensions (2005) (world premiere)
John Ferrari, Baqrz Duzn (2004) (world premiere)
(Tickets: $10 general/$5 students)

Festival Performers

Christine Gustafson, flute
Jessica Dixon, flute
Robert Burkett, oboe/english horn
Christopher Grymes, clarinet
Michael Lowenstern, bass clarinet
Michael Stephensen, alto saxophone
* Dan Grabois, French horn
* Brian McWhorter, trumpet
* Jon Nelson, trumpet
Britton Theurer, trumpet
* Ben Herrington, trombone
* Ray Stewart, tuba
* Jon Ferrari, percussion
Amy Dissanayake, piano
Alisa Gilliam, piano
John O'Brien, piano
Christian Loebs, guitar
Randy Ward, cello

*Meridian Arts Ensemble: East Carolina University's 2005 Robert L. Jones Distinguished Professor of Music

ECU NewMusic Camerata
Scott Carter, conductor

ECU Chamber Singers
Daniel Bara, conductor

Festival Composers in attendance

David Smooke, University of Chicago
Sam Nichols, University of California, Davis
Dafnis Prieto, New York City
Mark Richardson, East Carolina University
Laurie San Martin, University of California, Davis
Mark Alan Taggart, East Carolina University
Britt Theurer, East Carolina University
Martha Horst, East Carolina University
Bo Newsome, East Carolina University
Edward Jacobs, East Carolina University

Works to be performed:  [*=world premiere]

*Alexander, Peter, Ferrafunx (1997)
Babbitt, Milton, Counterparts (1994)
Boulez, Pierre, Domaines (1968)
Chin, Gordon, Trees (1991)
*Ferrari, John, Baqrz Duzn (2004)
Fuk Wing Yim, Monologue (1990)
Goodwin, Dick, Jabbo (2002)
Hong Qian Hui, The Reflection of the Flute (2001)
*Horst, Martha, Shades of Silence (2004)
          Elegy (2002)
Huang Hu Wei, The Sunny Tian Mountains (1964)
* Jacobs, Edward, dis/Connect (2004) for pre-recorded sounds and dancers
          Soliloquy (2004) for solo trumpet
Kurka, Robert, Good Soldier Schweik (1956)
Leon, Tania, Mistica (2003)
                    Ritual (1987)
Lowenstern, Michael, But Would She Remember You?
          Ten Children
Newsome, Bo, Quality of Light (1996/2002)
Ptaszynska, Marta, Pianophonia (2004)
*Prieto, Dafnis, Echo-Dimensions (2005)
Rohde, Kurt, Two Left Hands (2004)
*San Martin, Laurie, Cuerpos (2004)
Smooke, David, Requests (2003)
*Theurer, Britton, Animal Rights (2003/4) (world premiere of sextet version)
Ter Veldhuis, Jacob, The Garden of Love
Williams, Amy, Refined Art (2003)
Xenakis, Iannis, Khalperr (1983)


Aaron Copland Foundation
Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University
North Carolina Arts Council
Southern Arts Federation Regional Touring Grant
Southern Arts Federation in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Arts and Meet-The-Composer, Inc.
Jarrell Design Collective, Inc.
City Hotel & Bistro
Panera Bread
Emerge Gallery 
Greenville Hilton
Cafe Caribe

East Carolina University
East Carolina University School of Music Special Events Committee
Student Gov’t Association of East Carolina University
East Carolina University Minority Scholars Presence Program
ECU Honors Undergraduate Research Assistant Program
Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity
Sigma Alpha Iota music sorority

Individual Donors:
Artist Sponsor ($1000 and above):
    Nicholas Patrone and Judy Kornegay
    Tom & Alice Glennon/Greenville Hilton
    Nick Glennon/Greenville Hilton
    Mr. & Mrs. Henry Smith
NewMusic Seeds Friends ($100 and above)
    Charles Fantazzi
    Thomas Masella
    Hap & Anne Maxwell
    Kevin & Melanie Moll
    Cindy & Eric Teague
    Carol Thomas
NewMusic Advocate ($50 and above)
    Ross Bauer
    Ann Glennon
    Patricia Glennon
    Glenn Laursen
    Dr. Douglas & Joanne Newton
    Marilyn Nonken & Jason Eckardt
    Patti Weeks
NewMusic Friend (to $50)
    Christine Gustafson