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18th 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 (see video introduction to the unique program):

  • Commission a new work--Recently completed projects by James MobberleyTravis 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 NewMusic@ecu.edu to be a part of

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

Check out these video and print pieces about the NewMusic Initiative!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
Insectaphobia
Insectaphobia comes alive on stage in ECU Opera Premiere
 
 
 

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2017 - 2018
Schedule of Events

DETAILS HERE

October 13, 2017 @ 7:30pm
AYANO KATAOKA, marimba/percussion
NOVEMBER 9, 2017 @ 7:30pm
CLAIRE CHASE, flute
LEVY LORENZO, sound
November 20, 2017 @ 7:30pm
PREMIERE PERFORMANCES 
NewMusic by ECU student composers
January 26, 2018 @ 7:30pm
ENSEMBLE DAL NIENTE
February 27, 2018 @ 7:30pm
FREQUENCIESs a NewMusic Ensemble
March 15, 2018 @ 7:30pm
BEN MELSKY, harp
March 17, 2018 @ 7:30pm, Wright Auditorium
ECU SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 
Jorge Richter, Director
13th Annual Composition Competition Winner 
March 22, 2018 @ 7:30pm
DUO CORTONA, soprano & violin
March 28, 2018 @ 7:30pm
PREMIERE PERFORMANCES 
NewMusic by ECU student composers
April 14, 2018 @ 7:30pm, Wright Auditorium
ECU SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 
Jorge Richter, Director; Keiko Sekino, piano
World Premiere, NCNMI Commission 
by Matthew Ricketts
April 15, 2018, 3pm, Paramount Theatre
Goldsboro, NC
April 16, 2018 @ 7:30pm
PREMIERE PERFORMANCES 
NewMusic by ECU student composers

What if everyone plays a role in creating new music?

We think it's not a radical idea.

  • What if musicians learn, from their earliest days making music, that you needn't be a composer to be a part of creating a new piece of music?  
  • What if we teach musicians that the partnerships which bring about new works--identifying composers, collaborating as new ideas are formulated, performing and recording--would be richer with their involvement? 

Watch this brief video for a quick outline of how we're implementing a new model at the ECU School of Music's NC NewMusic Initiative.

Here at the NewMusic Initiative, we imagine the commissioning process playing out over three years, with students at the heart of each stage of the process:

Commission slide 1

Using a recent commission of students' selected composer James Mobberley as an example,
here's what a single commission's cycle looks like:

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And here's where we are in the ongoing cycle, thanks to lots of participating students and supportive sponsors!

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Here are a few recently completed projects of ECU forces recording 
NewMusic Initiative Commissions 


BECOME A SPONSOR!

Come hear how new ideas are initiated, and celebrate our
18th ANNUAL EXPLORATION OF THE SOUNDS OF OUR TIME
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, Founder & Director of the NC NewMusic Initiative, at
NewMusic@ecu.edu 252-328-4280
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