Here’s a little valentine to my composition students – we’re having an outstanding year.  Check out the slate of performances and recording sessions these young composers are having between now and April.

February 15: Premiere of Noah Ferguson’s Swash, with faculty tubist Matt Ransom as soloist.  UNCSA’s Watson Hall, 7:30 pm.

February 26: Premiere of Ted Oliver’s Frost and Wind, with faculty organist Timothy Olsen and trumpeter Judith Saxton.  UNCSA’s Crawford Hall, 7:30 pm.

February 28 and March 2: Recording sessions of pieces by Ted Oliver, Alicia Willard and Max Witt with the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra.

March 2 and 3: Premiere and three additional performances of Ted Oliver’s Dreamcatcher by the Winston-Salem Symphony, as a result of winning their Mary Starling Composer Competition.

March 25: Recording session with members of the North Carolina Symphony of works by Noah Ferguson, Leo Hurley, Ted Oliver, Zack Polozune, Nicchi Rozsa, Alicia Willard, Max Witt.

March 25: Premiere of Leo Hurley’s String Quartet No. 1 by members of the North Carolina Symphony, as a result of winning their 2011 Young Composers Competition.  Meymandi Hall in Raleigh, 6:00 pm.

March 25: Entire Composition Department will be guests of the North Carolina Symphony for their John Adams Composer Perspectives Concert.  Meymandi Hall in Raleigh, 8:00 pm.

April 16: The UNCSA Symphony Orchestra performs the premieres of Departure by Leo Hurley, Time, Twisting by Alicia Willard and Concertino by Max Witt, as well as an encore performance of Ted Oliver’s Dreamcatcher.  Crawford Hall, 2:00 pm.

Yes, you read that right: one of these guys is getting five performances of an orchestra piece, two recording sessions and a professional premiere.  Of course, these students get other performances I don’t even hear about.  In addition, we’ll have visits from guest composers David Maslanka and David Smooke, as well as a few other department seminars, performances and new music events.

Then things will really get rolling when the calendar turns over to May.

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