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Member ActivitiesJohn Allemeier received Honorable Mention in the ASCAP/Rudolph Nissim Composers Competition in 1/98 for his piece Locust Hour (chamber orch).
Kenneth R. Benoit's Indecision (brass qnt) was performed by the Westwind Brass on 11/14/97, as part of the Festival of New American Music at California State University, Sacramento, CA.
Robin Cox and his wife, choreographer Stephanie Nugent, produced an evening-length concert of their works in San Diego on 1/30 and 31 at Sushi Performance and Visual Arts. He is also completing a commission from the New Horizons Chamber Ensemble of Baltimore.
Tina Davidson was recently appointed the first composer-in-residence at the Fleisher Art Memorial. Her first solo compact disc, I Hear Mermaids Singing was selected by the City Paper as one of the top ten recordings of 1996. Performances included: Of the Running Way (cl, pf) on 10/11/97 and Fire on the Mountain on 3/8/98 by New Ear in Kansas City (MO).
Nancy Bloomer Deussen received the following performances: Reflections on the Hudson by the Coastside Community Orchestra on 1/17 and 1/18, by the Iowa State University Symphony on 1/14, and by the Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra on 2/27; Parisian Caper and Soundmoves were performed on 1/29 at Western Oregon University on 1/29; Ascent to Victory was performed by the Mission Chamber Orchestra in Palo Alto (CA) on 2/15; Pegasus Suite was premeiered at All Souls Episcopal Church in Berkeley (CA) on 3/29.
David Drexler was commissioned by Music on the St. Croix, a concert series in Stillwater (MN), the work was premeiered in 2/98. Echoes was performed by the Tuba Tzars on a Sound-the Alarm! concert on 5/13/97 at the Hyde Park Theater in Austin (TX). Electricity (fl) was performed at the Ear & Now concert on 4/6/97 at Canterbury Booksellers and Coffeehouse. Forgotten at Dawn... was performed by Synchronia, the St. Louis new music ensemble on 2/9/97.
Donna Kelly Eastman's Scenes for Piano won the 1997 Keyboard Music Award of the Delius Composition Competition and was performed in Jacksonville (FL). Other 1997 performances included three works on a concert sponsored by the Sigma Alpha Iota Alumni Chapter of Washington, DC - The Signs of the Zodiac (fl), Three Dances for Violin, and Andante cantabile (fl, va, vc). If Only... was performed by the NYU New Music Ensemble, and Windows (cl) was premiered by Leslie Nicholas at the Mid-Atlantic Regional meeting of the College Music Society at the University of Richmond (VA). Gold, Incense, and Mirth was heard at the University of Massachusetts and again at Ohio University during their Women in Music Conference. A Virginia Labyrinth (fl) was played at Radford University, the University of Tennessee, and the Virginia Polytechnic University. Au Lever du Soleil for Orchestra was premiered by the Ohio University Symphony Orchestra. Her song cycle Encounters (texts by Dona Stein) was released on CD by Living Artist Recordings with performers Carmen Mason (S) and Ginger Englund Dismukes (pf).
Daniel Goode's Tunnel-Funnel, a recording of his ensemble music,was released in 1/98 on the Tzadik label.
Donivan Johnson had several recent works premiered during a Good Friday concert at the Cutter Theatre in Metaline Falls, WA. His passion music Ecce Agnus Dei (pf), Lindisfarne Ground (tape), Until The Ninth Hour/Passion Chorale (tape), The Seven Last Words of Christ (speaker, pf), By His Grace Alone (fl), and Deeply Fixed Thorns (T, vn, pf, chimes) was performed. His Easter Vigil Cradlesong (org) was premiered by the composer at American Lutheran Church, Newport, WA on Easter.
Ann Kearns's So be it: Amen (SAB, org) was premiered on 2/21/98 at the Five College Choral Festival by the combined choirs of Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holsoke College, Smith College, and the University of Mass.
Daniel Kessner received the following performances at the Romanian-American Music Days: Chamber Concerto No.3 by the Black Sea New Music Ensemble on 7/9/97; Five Preludes for Piano by Sanda Luca-Zodieru on 7/15/97; Raging: Orchestral Prelude No.2 by the Black Sea Philharmonic on 7/17/97. Other performances include: Lyric Piece for Piano and Orchestra by the Sinfonica de El Salvador on 10/1 and 10/2; Shades of Pastel and Circle Music II on10/4; Symphonic Mobile II by the Caltech-Occidental Concert Band on 11/15; and Divertimento for Flute, Alto Flute, Vibraphone, and Piano was premeiered on 11/19 by the Consort of Families for a National Association of Composers USA concert at California State University, Northridge.
Jan Krzywicki's Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra was premeiered by Paul Krzywicki and the Temple University Orchestra on 10/12. Dirge in the Woods for Mezzo Soprano and Piano was premeiered as part of an AIDS Quilt Songbook concert by Orchestra 2001 on 6/4, and again in St. Petersburg, Russia in 12/97. Dithyramb for String Orchestra, commissioned by the Greenwood Music Camp on 8/2.
Daniel McCarthy recently completed three grant commissioning projects from the Indiana Arts Commission, The Indiana State University Arts Endowment, and Indiana State University College of Arts and Sciences. He appeared as guest composer and conductor at the 1997 Midwest Band and Orchestra Director's Clinic in Chicago (IL) and his composition for jazz orchestra. A commissioned work by Barrick Stees for bassoon and string quartet, All The West Was Moving, was premiered at the Double Reed Society National Conference this spring.
Steven Paxton has been named winner of the La Crosse Chamber Chorale's commission for a new work celebrating Wisconsin's statehood sesquicentennial. The commissioned work was performed in February by the chorale, under the direction of Paul Rusterholz. Paxton's Woods Mix for dancer and six jamboxes was selected for inclusion in the American Composers Forum's Sonic Circuits Electronic Music Festival. Wong Universal, an experimental music/theater/dance work, was premiered at Texas Tech University, and subsequently scenes from Wong Universal were presented at a concert of the Houston Composers Alliance. His Patterns and Poses (tbn) was published by ITA Press (International Trombone Association). Other commissions and awards have come from the Lubbock Youth Symphony and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of Taos, New Mexico.
A concert of chamber music by Steven L. Rosenhaus was presented by Greenwich House Arts/North River Music Series on 2/19. Works included: Rondo for Flute and Piano, For Clarinet Solo, Trumpet Sonata, The Kiss (pf), Suite for Harp (Airs and Dances), Philharmonic Preludes (pf), Kol Nidre Prelude (va, vc), Strange Loops (String Quartet No.1), and Tower Music.
Michele A. Schottenbauer's Fantasy for Solo Piano was performed on 9/28 Capitol Composers' Alliance Concert, on 10/19 for a Baltimore Composers Forum Concert, and at June in Buffalo on 6/7 by Stephen Manes.
Phillip Schroeder's Movement: in Ten Parts (cl, pf) was performed by clarinetist Tamara Raatz and the composer at five schools in Texas: Lee College on 1/20, Sam Houston State University on 1/29, University of North Texas on 2/3, Lamar University on 2/9, and Texas Christian University on 2/18. Veni Sancte Spiritus was premiered along with Lux Aeterna at Sam Houston State University on 1/29 by the SHSU All-Star 'Scratch' Choir with Schroeder conducting. Recital Publications has released Five Whitman Songs (S, pf) Edition No. 697.
Elliott Schwartz traveled to Holland this past December for a week-long residency with the Dutch National Youth Orchestra. His Equinox was performed at four different locations in the Netherlands, conducted by Roland Kieft. In February he conducted his Chiaroscuro for symphonic wind ensemble at the annual CBNDNA Symposium at Norfolk, Virginia; in March, Schwartz was in England for the premiere of his Vienna Dreams at the "Music Past and Present" series (London) and in Germany for a series of lectures and a concert of his music at the Franz Liszt Conservatory, Weimar.
Ira-Paul Schwarz's Rosa's Rhapsody, a tribute to Rosa Parks, was premiered on 2/7 by the Topeka Symphony Orchestra; The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. (B, pf) was performed by the National Association of Composers, USA on 2/22.