Composition News

Graduate composers Yuxin Ouyang and Maximiliano Amici to have works recorded by the North Carolina Symphony

Thursday, December 21, 2017
The reading and archival recording session will take place on May 2, 2018, in Meymandi Hall (Raleigh, NC) with the North Carolina Symphony and Music Director Grant Llewellyn. This opportunity is the second in an ongoing collaboration between the Department of Music's graduate... Read More »

Composers Admitted to Summer Fellowship Programs

Thursday, December 21, 2017
Scott Lee has been accepted as a Composition Fellow at the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Music Festival, and Sid Richardson has accepted the invitation of the Aspen Music Festival to join its program as a Composition Fellow.  Both of the programs are among the most known programs for... Read More »

Dan Ruccia (PhD Composition, 2013) releases "Scratch Slice Jag" on Out & Gone Music

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Recorded live at the Carrack Art Museum in Durham, North Carolina, in October 2016, Scratch Slice Jag is the natural outgrowth of the collaboration between Bishop and Ruccia. The two were frequent collaborators when Bishop lived in Durham from 2012 to 2015, and they quickly developed a natural... Read More »

BRITISH MUSIC & EUROPE in the age of Brexit

Monday, September 25, 2017
All symposium events, including concerts, are free and open to the public. No registration is necessary.   For inquiries, contact Philip Rupprecht: philipr@duke.edu   Paper Abstracts   Common Currencies (Philip Rupprecht)   Friday, November 3 PANEL 1... Read More »

Penka Kouneva (Ph.D., Composition, 1997) inducted into Duke Graduate School's Few-Glasson Alumni Society

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Penka is generously supporting the graduate composition program at Duke through a recurring commission award that allows current students to compose works to be rehearsed and recorded by the North Carolina Symphony. Scott Lee, one of two graduate students to receive a commission in 2016, won... Read More »

David Kirkland Garner (Ph.D., Composition, 2014) releases new CD, "Dark Holler"

Monday, August 14, 2017
Dark Holler was recorded November 3-4, 2013 in Baldwin Auditorium on Duke's East Campus as a collaboration between the Department of Music and Duke Performances.  The album, released from New Focus Recordings on July 28, features members of the yMusic ensemble, as well as many Duke alumni... Read More »

Alumna Penka Kouneva (Ph.D. 1997) composes music for NASA's "Heroes and Legends" exhibit

Saturday, August 12, 2017
The one-hour exhibit experience tells the story of the early space exploration and the astronauts who took part in them through 3D films, installations, mini-documentaries, and Augmented Reality. Kouneva's music, recorded with a large orchestra, is modern (hybrid) cinematic scoring... Read More »

2017 Music Department Graduates

Friday, May 26, 2017
Music Graduation 2017 Undergraduate Degrees Conferred   First Major Jonathan Aisenberg, Highest Distinction: Composition, Filamentary, for Orchestra & Original Chamber Works Emily Levinstone Ying Ni Nicole Wong Second Major Xiating Chen Jake Grusd, ... Read More »

Philip Rupprecht, new co-edited volume, "Tonality Since 1950"

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
The volume is co-edited by Philip Rupprecht, with colleagues Felix Woerner (University of Basel) and Ullrich Scheideler (Humboldt-University, Berlin), and features 15 new chapters by North American and European scholars.  Tonality Since 1950 documents the debate surrounding one of the... Read More »

Graduate composer Scott Lee receives 2017 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Scott Lee also won Symphony In C's 2016-17 Young Composers' Competition for Vicious Circles. It was performed by Symphony In C on January 28, 2017. Vicious Circles was read in March 2016 by the North Carolina Symphony as part of a year-long engagement between the Duke... Read More »

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