Composition Studio

Composition Studio

The Composition program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is dedicated to giving you the tools and opportunities you need to develop your musical language. Nestled in a community that values a vibrant arts culture and on a campus where the focus is nothing but the arts, UNCSA is a haven for creative innovation.

Spring 2020

Saturday 11 January, 7:30 pm
Sunday 12 January, 3:00 pm
Winston Salem Symphony
Maestro Timothy Redmond conducts Bela Fleck’s "Second Banjo Concerto" and Kenneth Frazelle’s "Shivaree." Stevens Center.

Tuesday 14 January: Watson Brass
Faculty brass quintet performs Anthony DiLorenzo’s "Tango No. 1" and Kevin McKee’s "Vuelta del Fuego" and premieres Drew Harris’ "October Nights." 7:30 pm, Watson Hall.

Monday 20 January: Recording Session
Soprano Lindsay Kesselman, clarinetist Oskar Espina-Ruiz and pianist Dmitri Vorobiev record G.E. Knudson’s "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird." 7-8 pm, Watson Hall.

Monday 20 January: Deadline
PDFs of scores and parts to Dr. Dillon for the Verona String Quartet recording session (Knudson, Pyle, Wray).

Friday 24 January: Deadline
Two bound scores and PDF parts to Mark Norman and Ken Wilmot for performance by the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra. All parts should be merged into a single PDF (Harris, Hinson, Pyle).

Saturday 25 January: Winston Salem Symphony
Professional premiere of Jacob Hinson’s "Enigma." 3:00 pm, Wait Chapel, Wake Forest University.

Friday 31 January: Composition Seminar
Guest composer Mara Helmuth (Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music) discusses her work via Skype. 3:45 pm, Library Conference Room.

Saturday 1 February: Jane Koelsch, clarinet
Master’s recital includes the premiere of Algernon Robinson’s "Autumn Dances." 7:30 pm, Watson Hall.

Saturday 1 February, 7:30 pm
Sunday 2 February, 3:00 pm
Reynolda String Quartet
Reynolda String Quartet premieres Lawrence Dillon’s "Last Spring." 7:30 pm, Reynolda House Museum of American Art.

Friday 14 February: Horn Studio in Recital
Students of Maria Serkin premiere Drew Banzhoff’s "The Great Eye." 7:30 pm, Watson Hall.

Friday 14 February: Deadline
Send PDFs of pieces for the April 19 recital to Dr. Dillon (Banzhoff, Jin, Marcellin-Little, Marshall, Paris Carter, Stornaiuolo, Wood, Whatley). 

Sunday 16 February: Ventus and UNCSA Wind Ensemble
Faculty wind quintet and UNCSA wind ensemble perform Jeff Scott’s "Baile si quiere" and James Barnes’ "Symphony No. 3." 3:00 pm, Stevens Center.

Monday 17 February: Composition Seminar
Guest ensemble the Verona String Quartet records music by G. E. Knudson, KC Pyle and Christian Wray. 4:00-6:00 pm, Watson Hall.

Monday 17 February: UNCSA Symphony Orchestra
Maestro Norman leads the first rehearsal of the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra in Drew Harris’ "The Stars Above," G. E. Knudson’s "Guards and Ghosts" and KC Pyle’s "Dances with Incandescence." 7-9 pm, SMC 167.

Tuesday 18 February: Verona String Quartet
Guest string quartet and faculty clarinetist Oskar Espina Ruiz perform the American premiere of Isabel Urrutia’s "Lilurak." 7:30 pm, Watson Hall.

Saturday 22 February: nu ensemble
New music ensemble performs David Sanford’s "Prayer: In Memoriam Dr. Martin Luther King," Missy Mazzoli’s "Set That On Fire," Jacob ter Veldhuis’ "Pitch Black," Florent Ghys’ "Hommage a Jacob ter Veldhuis" and Chen Yi’s "Suite for Chamber Winds," and premieres Jacob Hinson’s "In medias res." 7:30 pm, Watson Hall.

Sunday 23 February: Orchestra Premieres
Mark Norman leads the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra in premieres of Drew Harris’ "The Stars Above," G.E. Knudson’s "Guards and Ghosts" and KC Pyle’s "Dances with Incandescence." 3:00 pm, Crawford Hall.

Thursday 5 March: Dorothy Gallagher Smith, soprano
Senior recital includes the premiere of Ash PC’s "in your arms." 7:30 pm, Watson Hall. 

Tuesday 17 March: New York Alumni Quintet
UNCSA alumni (now members of the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra) return for a performance of Kenneth Frazelle’s "Elegy." 7:30 pm, Watson Hall.

Saturday 21 March: Music Technology Concert
Performance of student compositions incorporating recent advances in technology.  Time TBD, Center for Design Innovation.

Sunday 22 March: Jazz Ensemble
UNCSA Jazz Ensemble premieres Aron Stornaiuolo’s "Midnight in the City." 7:30 pm, The Ramkat.

Friday 27 March: Composition Seminar
Alumnus Bruce Tippette discusses his music and the publishing industry for band and choral music. 3:45 pm, SMC 123.

Saturday 28 March: UNCSA Symphony Orchestra
Guest conductor Michael Butterman leads the orchestra in a performance of Arturo Márquez’s "Danzon No. 2" and the premiere of "Pas de Deux" by Christopher Brubeck. 7:30 pm, Stevens Center.

Saturday 4 April: Jacob Hinson
Master’s degree recital includes performances of "String Quartet No. 1," "Avalanche," "Moonrise Silhouettes," "Metamorphosis," "In medias res and Introspections." 7:30 pm, Watson Hall.

Tuesday 14 April: WFU Gamelan Ensemble
Elizabeth Clendinning leads the Wake Forest University Gamelan Ensemble in the premiere of a new work by KC Pyle. 7:30 pm, Brendel Hall, Wake Forest University. 

Friday 17 April: Michael Rothkopf
Composition Professor Michael Rothkopf discusses the completion of "Crossed Destinies and Other Stories." 3:45 pm, SMC 123.

Sunday 19 April: New Piano Music
Pianists Emma Lin and Kelly Chabek premiere compositions by Drew Banzhoff, Sarah Jin, Julien Marcellin-Little, Jasmine Marshall, Ash PC, Aron Stornaiuolo, Ethan Wood, Charlie Whatley. 2:00 pm, SMC 167.

Wednesday 22 April, 7:30 pm
Friday 24 April, 7:30 pm
Sunday 26 April, 2:00 pm
Tobias Picker: "Thérèse Raquin"
Three Fletcher Opera Institute performances. Agnes de Mille Theater. 

Wednesday 29 April: COMPOSITION JURIES AND THESIS PRESENTATION
Jury packets due one week earlier.