School of Music
17th NewMusic Initiative

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

  • Commissioning and meeting composers--Recent projects by James Mobberley, Travis Alford and Aaron Brooks!
  • Preparing new works for world premiere performances--New works on the way from Matthew Ricketts and Melinda Wagner
  • Creation of archival recordings
  • 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

Each year we will:

  • Commission a new work--Recently completed projects by James Mobberley, Travis Alford and Aaron Brooks!
    New projects emerging from Matthew Ricketts and Melinda Wagner
  • 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

Quick Links

2017 - 2018
Schedule of Events


October 13, 2017 @ 7:30pm
AYANO KATAOKA, marimba/percussion
November 9, 2017 @ 7:30pm
November 20, 2017 @ 7:30pm
NewMusic by ECU student composers
January 26, 2018 @ 7:30pm
February 27, 2018 @ 7:30pm
FREQUENCIESs a NewMusic Ensemble
March 15, 2018 @ 7:30pm
March 17, 2018 @ 7:30pm, Wright Auditorium
Jorge Richter, Director
13th Annual Composition Competition Winner 
March 22, 2018 @ 7:30pm
DUO CORTONA, soprano & violin
March 28, 2018 @ 7:00pm
NewMusic by ECU student composers
April 14, 2018 @ 7:30pm, Wright Auditorium
Jorge Richter, Director; Keiko Sekino, piano
World Premiere, NCNMI Commission 
by Matthew Ricketts
April 15, 2018, 3pm, Paramount Theatre
Goldsboro, NC
April 16, 2018 @ 7:00pm
NewMusic by ECU student composers

2013 NewMusic@ECU Festival

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

2013 NewMusic@ECU Festival                                 (42 PIECES, 14 WORLD PREMIERES)
*Alford, Travis, Loose Strands, (2013)                                                                           world premiere
                                                NEWMUSIC@ECU COMMISSION
                        You, Create a Diversion (2005)
*Antoniou, Theodore, 6 Likes (1968) for solo tuba
Britten, Benjamin, Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury (1959)
*Cage, John, A Flower (1950)
                        Forever and Sunsmell (1942)
                        Musicircus (1967)
                        Third Construction (1941)
Cardew, Cornelius, Treatise (1963-67)
*Clarke, Ian, Orange Dawn (1992) for flute & piano
*Cotton, Jeffery, Meditation, Rhapsody and Bacchanal (2004)
*Crumb, George, Night Music II (1964)
Dorati, Antal, Cinq Pieces pour oboe (1981)
*Franklin, Nia, On the Grasshopper and Cricket (2012)                                                  world premiere
*Garrison, Travis, selectric.metal (2011)
*Grande, Dominick, One Famished Monk's Mead (2013)                                               world premiere
*Ives, Charles, Violin Sonata No. 3 (1914)
*Jacobs, Edward, Plus Ça Change, for violin and orchestra (2013)                               world premiere
*Lipford, Akeem, Solar (2013)                                                                                     world premiere
                        Pitched (2013)                                                                                       world premiere
*Kirchner, Leon, Five Pieces for Piano (1987)
*Macchia, Salvatore, Insectaphobia or Bug Off! (1997/2012)                                         world premiere
*Manzo, V.J., Discourse (2009) for clarinet and interactive software
*Marshall, Florrie, Curve of Color (2012)                                                                     world premiere
*Mazzoli, Missy, Dissolve, O My Heart (2010)
*Omiccioli, Nicholas, flourishes (2012) (US PREMIERE)
                       WINNER, 2013 (8th) ORCH COMPOSITION COMPETITION

Penderecki, Krzysztof, Capriccio (1980) for solo tuba
*Pfalz, Andrew, Follow no path (2012)                                                                          world premiere
                        We are restless things (2013)                                                                    world premiere
*Reich, Steve, Drumming Part One (1971)
Stravinsky, Igor, Symphonies of Wind Instruments (1920/1947)
*Theurer, Britton, Event Horizon (2012)                                                                      world premiere
*Thomas, Augusta Read, Bubble: Rainbow (spirit level) (2003)
                        Radiant Circles (2010)
                        D(i)agon(als) (2005)
                        Euterpes Caprice (2008)
*Tomlinson, Joshua, Audible Desserts (2012)                                                                world premiere
*Travitz, Myles, Dimension (Yellow and Brown) (2013)                                                   world premiere
*Wanamaker, Gregory, Duo Sonata (2002)
*Williams, Colin, Music for a Timeless Planet (2013)                                                    world premiere
*Wolfe, Julia, Dark Full Ride for 4 drum sets (2002)
Yi, Chen, Sprout (1986)

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