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Members' ActivitiesPeter Boyer's The Phoenix was premiered at Carnegie Hall by the New York Youth Symphony on May 17, and received a warm review in The New York Times. This commission was Boyer's prize for winning the national First Music competition. On May 15, Boyer conducted the premiere of he work At the Crossings, commissioned by Claremont Graduate University, where he is a member of the faculty. This work was written for four brass quartets and four percussion, which surrounded a large outdoor audience at eight points. On August 14, Boyer conducted the Henry Mancini Institute Chamber Orchestra at the Carpenter Peforming Arts Center, Long Beach, in music by Copland and Elmer Bernstein. Boyer's tone poem Titanic, will be performed by the Toledo Symphony on September 25 and 26, and by the Fresno Philharmonic on October 3 and 4, followed by public radio broadcasts in both cities.
William Price's And They Did Feast Upon... (fl, cl, ob, tpt, tbn, tuba, pf, perc.) was performed by the New Music Ensemble at Louisiana State University's 53rd Festival of Contemporary Music, Baton Rouge, Louisiana on March 15; Sleep Cycle (cl trio) was performed by Reese Manceaux, Kristy Kepley, and Harry Bulow at the Southeastern Composers by League 1998 Festival of New Music, Charlotte, NC on March 27. Dhamar was performed by Yuri Murata, tenor trombone and Dave Watts, bass trombone at Louisiana State University on April 20 and received 2nd prize in the Phillip Slates Memorial Composition Contest sponsored by the Southeastern Composers League; Strata I for solo flute was performed by Sarah Berg at the Baton Rouge Gallery as part of a NACUSA Mid-South concert on April 26; A Prayer for the Forgotten (sax qt) was performed by the Red Stick Saxophone Quartet a the Baton Roughe Gallery as part of a NACUSA Mid-South concert on June 14.
Steven L. Rosenhaus' Sussex Celebration was premiered June 7 by the Sussex County Youth Orchestra, with the composer conducting, at the Lenape Valley High School (NJ). The work was also performed with the same forces on June 20 at the the Blair Academy (NJ) and on a concert tour of London, Paris, Lucerne, Munich, and Rothenburg from June 24 to July 9. The work was commissioned by SCYO with grants from the American Composers Forum and the Margaret Jory Copying Assistance program of the American Music Center. The composer's participation was sponsored in part by Meet the Composer. Other upcoming performances include The Kiss (1984) for piano and Rondo (1984) for flute (or oboe) and piano, both to be played by Laura Leon-Cohen (pf) and Amy Zieggelbaum (fl) December 5 at the Hecksher Museum in Huntington, NY, and The Ides (1992), to be played by Taimur Sullivan (alto sax.) and a pianist tba at a concert sponsored by Composer Concorcance on February 25, 1999 (venue tba)
Phillip Schroeder's Reminiscence for double reed quartet was performed by WIZARDS! at the International Double Reed Society Conference at Arizona State University on June 5. The Moravian Philharmonic, Juri Mikual, conductor, performed and recorded Salutations for orchestra in late June; it will be released on CD through Vienna Modern Masters in November. Steams of Ascension (sop sax, pf) was premiered by Scott Plugge and Heather Hamilton during the NASA Conference at Northwestern Unversity on March 26, and performed at Sam Houston State University on April 3. Unions: Merging with the Universe was performed by the SHSU Wind Ensemble on April 3 with Schroeder conducting. Movement: in Ten Parts (cl, pf) was performed by clarinetist Tamara Raatz and the composer at the University of St. Thomas (TX) on March 10, Marian College (IN) on March 16, Butler University (IN) on March 18, Baylor University (TX) on March 26. McMurray University (TX) on April 9, and Texas Tech University on April 16.
Cherilee Wadsworth Walker, former fleet vocalist of the United States Navy, has been appointed to the music faculty at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. Among her assignments this fall will be founding and directing a new Vocal Jazz Ensemble and teaching applied voice.