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

2011 NewMusic@ECU Festival

March 15 - 21, 2011

Celebrating the music of our time with

Genkin Philharmonic
Yukiko & Keiko Sekino, piano duo
  ECU Symphony, Jorge Richter, dir
Ensemble 4.33
ECU NewMusic Camerata
marc faris' An Alternative Community
Christopher Ulffers, bassoon
Midori, violin

Come out, hear some new ideas, and celebrate with us--OUR 11th ANNUAL CELEBRATIONS OF THE SOUNDS OF OUR TIME This year's festival features NINE concerts, master classes with visiting composers, performers, reading sessions of student composers' works, and more!

Please take a few moments to browse the schedule of events here, or use the menu on the left for more information.

We look forward to meeting you at the Annual NewMusic@ECU Festival.

March 21, 2011 @ 7:30pm: Midori

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 Director, NewMusic@ECU.EDU 252-328-4280

2011 Schedule of Events

(all classes, events, concerts in one handy booklet, just click, download and print)

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

Mar. 15
@7:30pm: Ensemble 4.33
                Morton Feldman's Crippled Symmetry

Mar. 16
@7:30pm: Secret Messages:
                An Exhibition of Contemporary
                Art Music, Curated by Jon Nelson

Mar. 17
@7:30pm: Genkin Philharmonic

Mar. 18
@7:30pm: Yukiko & Keiko Sekino, piano duo

Mar. 19
@3:00pm: ECU NewMusic Camerata @7:30pm: East Carolina University Orchestra
                Jorge Richter, Director
                at Wright Auditorium

Mar. 20
@3:00pm: marc faris'
                An Alternative Community
                Toyota Amphitheater
                Greenville Town Common
                1st & Greene St. @7:30pm: Christopher Ulffers, bsn
                St. Paul's Episcopal Church
                401 E 4th St., Greenville, NC

Mar. 21
@7:30pm: Midori, vln
                Wright Auditorium

Performers & Composers in attendance

Performers (Guest artists bold; ECU Faculty italics)
Genkin Philharmonic

Steve Baczkowski, winds
  Tim Clarke, trumpet
  Matthew Felski, drums
  Tom Kolor, percussion
  Jon Lombardo, trombone
  William Louden, piano
  Jeff McLeod, guitar
  Jon Nelson, trumpet
  Lazara Nelson, violin
  Mike Wagner, piano

Christine Gustafson, flute
Christopher Grymes, clarinet
Christopher Ulffers, bassoon
Chris Nappi, percussion
Catherine Garner, piano
Alisa Gilliam, piano
Keiko Sekino, piano
Yukiko Sekino, piano
Eric Stellrecht, piano
Midori, violin
Shelley Maddox, soprano
Melissa Reardon, viola
marc faris, guitar
Scott Carter, conductor
Jorge Richter, conductor

ECU Symphony Orchestra
ECU Wind Ensemble members

Members of:
Cantwell, Gomez & Jordan
In the Year of the Pig
Le Weekend
Maple Stave
Savage Knights


Paul Siskind, Winner, 2011 NewMusic@ECU Festival Composition Competition
Ross Bauer, University of California, Davis
marc faris, East Carolina University
Mark Taggart, East Carolina University
Mark Richardson, East Carolina University
Edward Jacobs, East Carolina University

Works to be performed at the festival

* indicates a WORLD PREMIERE performance!

Adams, John, Road Movies (1995)
Babbitt, Milton, Concerto Piccolino (1999)
                  Homily (1987)
*Ballou, Dave, for trumpet and vibraphone (2011) WORLD PREMIERE
*Bauer, Ross, Split Infinitives (2010)
Berio, Luciano, Sequenza VI (viola) (1967)
Dean, Brett, Berlin Music (2010)
Dockery, Dwight, Reflections of the Moon (2009)
Eötvös, Peter, Kosmos (1961/99)
Feldman, Morton, A Very Short Trumpet Piece (1983)
                  Crippled Symmetry (1983)
Hendrix, Jimi, Crosstown Traffic
                  Purple Haze
Hosokawa, Toshio, Vertical Time Study III (1996)
King Crimson, Thrak
Korf, Anthony, 6 Miniatures for flute with piano (1996)
                  3 Movements for Clarinet Solo (1992)
MacMillan, James, After the Tryst (1994)
Mobberley, James, Words of Love (2008)
Nancarrow, Conlon, Tango? (1983)
Penderecki, Kyzysztof, Symphony No. 4 (1989)
Rabe, Folk, Basta (1982)
Reynolds, Verne, Fantasy-Etudes for Bassoon and Percussion (1979)
*Richardson, Mark, Concerto for Tuba (2011) WORLD PREMIERE
*Shulman, Moshe, Secret Messages (2010) WORLD PREMIERE
Siskind, Paul, Gumption Trap (2010)
*Stadelman, Jeffrey, Koral 17, "Soulflake" (2009) WORLD PREMIERE
Steinmetz, John, Sonata for Bassoon and Piano (1980)
Stravinsky, Igor, Sacre du Printemps (two pianos)
van Vliet, Don, Apes Ma
                  Dropout Boogie
                  Ice Rose
Vasks, Pëteris, In Memoriam (1977)
Vustin, Alexander, "The Weeping"
Waddle, P. Kellach, Stolen from Churches
Watkins, Huw, Coruscation and Reflections (1989)
Xenakis, Iannis, Rebonds B (1987-9)
Zappa, Frank, Big Swifty
                  The Black Page
                  Dog Breath Variations (1993)
                  Dupree's Paradise
                  Eat That Question
                  Echidna's Arf
                  Envelopes (1982)
                  Harry, You're A Beast
                  Igor's Boogie
                  Let's Make The Water Turn Black
                  Marqueson's Chicken
                  The Orange County Lumber Truck
                  Peaches en Regalia
                  Pygmy Twylyte
                  Run Home Slow
                  T'Mershi Duween
                  Zomby Woof


To become one of the growing number of sponsors of the NEWMUSIC@ECU FESTIVAL
please contact: Edward Jacobs, 252-328-4280 or

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
Aaron Copland fund for New Music
Alicem M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University
Student Forum for Music Organizations, ECU School of Music
Student Government Association, East Carolina University
Dept. of Theory, Composition & Musicology, ECU School of Music
Hopper Piano and Organ
Leslie Vincent Massage Therapy


Audrey Andrist
Ross Bauer
College of Fine Arts & Communication, Michael Dorsey, Dean, in memory of Rita Jacobs
Martin Boykan
J. Christopher and Mary Buddo
Blair & John Van Coutren/Hilton Greenville
Michael Crane
Martha & Harley Dartt
Stephen Dembski
Michael Dingfelder
Tom & Alice Glennon/Hilton Greenville
Christine Gustafson & David Savige
Edward Jacobs
Glenn Laursen
Michael Lowenstern & Katherine Cooke
Jon R. Nelson
Steve Rosenthal
Barry Shank
Diane & Peter Stein
Anonymous, in memory of Gene M. Taggart
Glenna, Michi & Britt Theurer, in memory of Rita Jacobs
Carol Thomas
Leslie Vincent
Jim & Margaret Wirth

With special thanks to Harley Dartt, Paula Toothman, Terri Bostick, Dawn Harrison, Vickie Peele, Michael Dorsey, Chris Buddo, Tom Huener, Michael Crane, Michael Laroche, Jessica Ker, Tom Skinner, Leslie Vincent & Silver Faris, Krystal Wilkinson of the Hilton Greenville, the entire School of Music staff, faculty and administration for their ongoing support and assistance throughout the year.

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