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--See recently completed projects by 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

Quick Links

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

2014 NewMusic@ECU Festival

March 19-23, 2014

A celebration of ideas--come see it live!


ECU Voices
Talea Ensemble
ECU NewMusic Camerata
ECU Symphony
Premiere Performances

Come out, hear some new ideas live, and celebrate with us! OUR 14th ANNUAL EXPLORATION OF THE SOUNDS OF OUR TIME This year's festival features eleven concerts, Master Classes with visiting performers and composers, reading sessions of student composers' works, & more!

We hope to meet you at our 14th NewMusic@ECU Festival!

For additional information about the festival, or to become a festival sponsor, contact: East Carolina University School of Music, 252-328-6851, or Edward Jacobs, NewMusic@ECU Festival Founding Director, NewMusic@ECU.EDU

2014 Schedule of Events

(all in A.J. Fletcher recital hall, unless noted)


Mar. 19

a NewMusic Ensemble

Mar. 20

@7:30pm: ECU Voices
Kathryn Mueller, soprano
Meghan Dewald, soprano
Jami Rhodes, mezzo-soprano
John Kramar, baritone
and friends

Mar. 21

@7:30pm: The Talea Ensemble
James Baker, conductor

Mar. 22

@3:00pm: ECU NewMusic Camerata

@7:30pm: East Carolina University Orchestra
Jorge Richter, Director
Emanuel Gruber, cello
at Wright Auditorium

Mar. 23

@7:30pm: Premiere Performances

Performers & Composers in attendance

Performers (Guest artists bold; ECU Faculty italics; ECU Students *)

James Baker, conductor

FREQUENCIES [ECU Student Contemporary Ensemble]
*Benjamin Sledge, flute
*Jackie Traish, flute
*Willie Santiago, flute
*Mary Gheen, flute
*Wesley Rhodes, clarinet
*Cristina Rekeibe, bassoon
*Payton Chadwick, horn
*Cole Merrick, trumpet
*Mary-Catherine Cox, violin
*CJ Collins, cello
*Kate Avery, piano

Christine Gustafson, flute
Douglas Monroe, clarinet
Mary Burroughs, horn
Britt Theurer, trumpet
Kathryn Mueller, soprano
Meghan Dewald, soprano
Jami Rhodes, mezzo-soprano
John Kramar, baritone
Catherine Garner, piano
Alisa Gilliam, piano
Eric Stellrecht, piano
Emanuel Gruber, cello
Scott Carter, conductor
Jorge Richter, conductor

ECU Symphony Orchestra
ECU Wind Ensemble members


Michael-Thomas Foumai, University of Michigan
          Winner, 2014 NewMusic@ECU Festival Composition Competition
Joel Hoffman, University of Cincinnati
marc faris, East Carolina University
Travis Garrison, East Carolina University
Mark Richardson, East Carolina University
Mark Taggart, East Carolina University
Edward Jacobs, East Carolina University

Works to be performed at the festival

* ECU Composition students

Adamo, Mark, "Perfect as we are" (Jo's aria), from Little Women (1998)
Berio, Luciano, Sequenza I (1958)
Billone, Pierluigi, Mani.Long (2001)
Boysen, Andrew, Jr., Night Song (1994)
Corigliano, John, Three Irish Folksong Settings (1988)
Dawe, Jonathan, Fantasey (2013) WORLD PREMIERE
faris, marc, Warped + Wefted (2014) WORLD PREMIERE
Foumai, Michael-Thomas, Lady Dark (2013)
     WINNER, NewMusic@ECU Festival Composition Competition
*Franklin, Nia, Sunflower (2014) WORLD PREMIERE
Golijov, Osvaldo, Lua descolorida (1999)
Gordon, Ricky Ian, "Song" from Orpheus and Euridice (2001)
Harbison, John, Music for Eighteen Winds (1986)
*Hemminger, Sarah, Lost and Found (2014) WORLD PREMIERE
Hoiby, Lee, Beginning My Studies (1988)
               Last Letter Home (2006)
               Lady of the Harbor (1990)
Hoffman, Joel, Self-Portrait with Gebirtig (1998)
*Huff, Travis, Midnight Blue (2013) WORLD PREMIERE
Illari, Bernardo, Cancioncilla del primer deseo (2011) WORLD PREMIERE
               Casida de la muchacha dora (2014) WORLD PREMIERE
Jacobs, Ed, A Function of Memory (2001)
*Keil, Drew, Ten Thousand Myles (2013) WORLD PREMIERE
Lang, David, Cheating, Lying, Stealing (1993, rev. 1995)
*Lipford, Akeem, Theme 3.2 (2012) WORLD PREMIERE
*Mangold, Connor, Left, Right, Left, Right (2014) WORLD PREMIERE
Martinu, Bohuslav, La Revue de Cuisine (1927)
Messiaen, Olivier, "Appel interstellaire" from Des canyons aux étoiles (1971)
Mincek, Alex, Nucleus (2007)
*Pfalz, Andrew, It can be hard to fall asleep when you're on fire (2014) WORLD PREMIERE
Richardson, Mark, Arcs and Spirals (2004, rev. 2010)
Rorem, Ned, Some Trees (1968)
*Rose, Patrick, Redemption (2014) WORLD PREMIERE
Rzewski, Frederic, "Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues" from Four North American Ballads  (1979)
*Sledge, Benjamin, Conversations at Dawn (2014) WORLD PREMIERE
Sutton, Tim, Grace (2006)
*Travitz, Myles, Animation (2014) WORLD PREMIERE
          Xanadu (2013) WORLD PREMIERE
*Ward, Isaac, A Pathetic Piece (2014) WORLD PREMIERE
*Ward, Julian, Waves (2014) WORLD PREMIERE
*Williams, Colin, Abmiram (2014)
          The Great Divide (2014)
*Zakula, Aaron, Ping Pong with a Cello (2014) WORLD PREMIERE

For additional information contact:


This annual celebration of contemporary music is made possible only with the generous sponsorship of foundations, corporations and individuals.  We are profoundly grateful for the support they have offered us, and are proud to count those listed below among the NEWMUSIC@ECU FESTIVAL’s benefactors:

Hilton Greenville
Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University
The South Arts Foundation
Aaron Copland Fund for New Music
Student Forum for Music Organizations, ECU School of Music
Student Government Association, East Carolina University
College of Fine Arts & Communications, ECU, Chris Buddo, Dean
School of Music, ECU; Chris Ulffers, Director
Dept. of Theory, Composition & Musicology, Tom Huener, Chair


Tom & Alice Glennon
Charles Moore
John Van Coutren
Michael Crane
Martha Jacobs
Leslie Vincent
Salvatore Macchia
Etsil Mason, Alex Robertson
Jon & Robert Shaw
Glenn Laursen
Patti Weeks
Mark Richardson
Christine Gustafson & David Savige
Myron & Barbara Caspar
Edward Jacobs

With special thanks to Harley Dartt, Diane Ritchey, Paula Toothman, Dawn Harrison, and Dawn Phillips; to Chris Buddo, Chris Ulffers, Scott Carter, Tom Huener, Michael Crane, Travis Garrison; to John van Coutren, Ron Feeney and Krystal Wilkinson of the Hilton Greenville, the entire School of Music staff, the men of Phi Mu Alpha; Joshua Tomlinson, Andrew Pfalz; and the entire faculty and administration for their ongoing support and assistance.  

NewMusic@ECU--where newmusic is born--
dedicated to those who love to listen.

The 2014 NewMusic@ECU Festival is delighted to announce

Lady Dark, by Michael Foumai
winner of the 2014 Orchestra Composition Competition

and will be performed on
Saturday, March 22, 2014, 7:30pm
by the East Carolina University Symphony in
Wright Auditorium, Greenville, NC

Congratulations to Mr. Foumai, and deepest gratitude to the many composers, from around the globe, who submitted works for consideration.

Guidelines for the 2015 NewMusic@ECU Festival Orchestral Composition Competition

This composition competition is open to all composers, regardless of age, nationality or institutional affiliation.

For consideration, the following materials must be received by December 1, 2014:

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 double) 2 oboe (English Horn double) 2 clarinet (e-flat, bass double) 2 bassoon 2 horn 2 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

Information sheet with:

-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)

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

For EACH ENTRY, an application fee of $10 US in the form of a check payable to East Carolina University, with NewMusic@ECU noted in the memo.  [Cash (US $) is also acceptable.]
Payment may also be made online here.

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

Members of The East Carolina University Orchestra, Jorge Richter, Director, will prepare and perform the single winning work at the 2013 NewMusic@ECU Festival, on the East Carolina University campus in Greenville, NC.

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

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, 2014. Parts for the winning work must be received by January 15, 2015.

Address all submissions to:

Mark Taggart, Composition Competition Director
NewMusic@ECU Festival
366 Fletcher Music Center
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC  27858