Composition News

John Supko receives a Thomas Langford Lectureship award

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Composer and Associate Professor John Supko (pictured with Provost Sally Kornbluth at the Langford luncheon on February 21) is one of three 2016-2017 winners of Duke's Thomas Langford Lectureship awards. He presented a lecture and selections from his compositions at the luncheon... Read More »

Sid Richardson receives Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Sid Richardson writes concert music that imbues modern idioms with emotional grit and cerebral wit.  He has collaborated with ensembles such as The Da Capo Chamber Players, Ensemble Amarcord, and yMusic.  He has engaged in projects with prominent soloists like saxophonists Susan... Read More »

Carl Schimmel (Ph.D. Composition, 2008) receives Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Carl Schimmel is Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Illinois State University. Praised by The New York Times as “vivid and dramatic,” the music of Carl Schimmel is dense with literary and musical references, often humorous, and combines intensity of expression with a... Read More »

Dayton Kinney wins 2nd Prize in the American Prize for Opera/Theater/Film in the student division for her opera "Cold Hands"

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Dayton Kinney creates music that has won and has been recognized for numerous competitions at the international, national, and state levels. Performed in the U.S. and abroad, Dayton’s music has had notable performances by Deviant Septet, ICE, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Rela Percussion,... Read More »

Scott Lee wins Symphony In C's 2016-17 Young Composers' Competition

Friday, January 13, 2017
Vicious Circles was read in March 2016 by the North Carolina Symphony as part of a year-long engagement between the Duke University Department of Music and the NCS, including symposia, concerts, visiting composers and conductors, and courses devoted to the large ensemble and its repertoire.... Read More »

Stephen Jaffe pays tribute to composer Karel Husa (1921-2016)

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
From the News & Observer (Raleigh, NC), Jan. 3, 2017 by Stephen Jaffe North Carolinians busy with holidays and overwhelmed by the political events of 2016 may have missed news of the Dec. 14 passing of the prominent composer Karel Husa. He was 95. A United States citizen since 1959,... Read More »

Sid Richardson awarded fellowship by Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

Friday, December 9, 2016
Sid Richardson is a doctoral candidate in Composition in the Duke University Department of Music, studying with Stephen Jaffe and John Supko. The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts is located near Sweet Briar College in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in rural Virginia.... Read More »

Project Orfeo: A concert of words and music inspired by Richard Powers’ novel Orfeo

Friday, September 9, 2016
In his 2014 novel Orfeo, National Book Award–winning author Richard Powers explores musical creation within the framework of the natural world-- what we know of energy, matter, and time-- through the character of Peter Els, erstwhile questing composer and “Biohacker Bach.”  Jonathan... Read More »

Ph.D. Composition student Justin Tierney wins 2016 LA Time-lapse Film Festival

Thursday, August 25, 2016
"Tokyo Aglow" is the second installment in Tierney's dissertation, at the CONFLUX, for his Ph.D. in composition at Duke. Tierney describes at the CONFLUX  as "a time-lapse film in three parts that explores the rhythm of urban Japan and its people." All the filming was done by... Read More »

Dan Ruccia's chamber improvisation ensemble Cyanotype releases its debut album, "Two Silent Schnauzers"

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Led by violist and composer Ruccia, Cyanotype is an ever-shifting collective of improvisers who build complicated structures, melodies, and textures out of whatever personalities happen to be gathered. Fully improvised, "Two Silent Schnauzers" explores the timbral and sonic possibilities at play in... Read More »

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