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

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

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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