Graduate Awards News

Minato Sakamoto

Minato Sakamoto wins 8SW Composer Competition 2020

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Sakamoto's Rondo Americano for flute, viola, and cello won First Place in 8SW (8 Strings & Whistle) Composer Competition. 8 Strings & Whistle will premiere the piece in New York City in Fall 2020 and perform it several times throughout the next season. Minato Sakamoto... Read More »
Huijuan Ling and Jason Mulligan

Graduate Composition Fellows win 2020 Charles Ives Scholarships

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Ling and Mulligan have received two of only six Charles Ives Scholarships given this year. This is the first time two fellows in the Duke graduate composition program have been awarded this distinction in the same year.  The scholarships, in the amount of $7500 each, will be... Read More »
Pigeonwing Dance

Premieres by Duke composition fellows James Budinich and Jason Mulligan

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
James Budinich's "Plexus: a work in knots" is an electroacoustic score commissioned by Princess Grace Award winning choreographer Gabrielle Lamb for her own company, Pigeonwing Dance. The new, evening-length work will take place on February 7 at the Gerald Lynch... Read More »
James Budinich

Graduate composer James Budinich's "Tiled Fields" premiered by the Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
About Tiled Fields, Budinich writes: Tiled Fields, whose name stems from a misreading of Joan Miró’s painting Tilled Fields, creates successive sections that obsessively build on the same material. While writing Tiled Fields, I drew inspiration from Miró’s combination of a freely composed... Read More »

UNC Symphony Orchestra premieres new work by Maxwell Ramage

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Max Ramage is a musicology graduate student in the Duke University Department of Music.  A native of Durham, he holds degrees from Yale and Indiana University and has won a number of honors for his compositions. Taiga, premiered by the UNC Symphony Orchestra, is an... Read More »
Dayton Kinney

Graduate composer Dayton Kinney is a finalist for the 2019 Rapee Sagarik Composition Prize

Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Kinney is headed to Thailand to attend the festival at the College of Music, Mahidol University, where her string quartet, “Hand Carved Names and Railroad Tracks,” will be premiered. This is a busy summer of premieres for Kinney. On July 12, her “Obsessive Snapshots” premiered at... Read More »
Brittany Green

Incoming composition fellow Brittany Green receives JACK Quartet Studio Commission

Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Described by Chicago Classical Review as “cinematic in the best sense” and “searing,” Brittany J. Green’s music is centered around facilitating collaborative, intimate musical spaces that ignite visceral responses. The intersection between sound, movement, and text serves as the focal point of... Read More »
Beauty of the Night flyer

Eren Gümrükçüoğlu's "Bozkır" for string quartet premieres at Boston New Music Initiative concert

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
"Bozkır," composed in 2016, was one of the selections of the call for scores announced by the Boston New Music Initiative (BNMI) for the 2018-19 season. The Oct. 12 program on which it premieres also features pieces by composers Caroline Shaw and Osvaldo Golijov,... Read More »
Matthew Zeller

Musicology graduate student Matthew Zeller to present a paper at the national conference of the American Musicological Society/Society for Music Theory

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Zeller's paper is part of his dissertation, "The Emancipation of Timbre: From Mahler to Varèse; Functional Orchestration, Syntax, and Planal Analysis." The dissertation focuses on timbre's functional role in musical logic in late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century music. This talk... Read More »
Hermitage director Bruce Rodgers with Sid Richardson

Sid Richardson (Ph.D Composition, 2018) wins the 2018 Hermitage Prize

Tuesday, August 28, 2018
The Hermitage Artist Retreat and The Aspen Music Festival and School (AMFS) announce that Sid Richardson, a composition student at AMFS, has been awarded the 2018 Hermitage Prize. Richardson receives a six-week residency at the Hermitage, along with a $1,000 stipend for travel and food expenses.... Read More »

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