When I took charge of the Composition Department here in 2000, the first thing I did was secure funding to establish the NCSA Twenty-first Century Residencies program, through which we bring a major new music figure or ensemble each year. Here’s what we’ve done so far:

2000-01: Composer Bernard Rands. Performance of String Quartet No. 2 (1994), Memo 8 (2000) and Concertino for Oboe (1996), with guest oboist Jacqueline LeClair.

2001-2: eighth blackbird. Music by George Perle, Frederic Rzewski, Daniel Kellogg, Minimum Security Composers Collective.

2002-2003: Speculum Musicae. Music by Mario Davidovsky, Christopher Winders, Charles Wourinen.

2003-2004: Composer William Bolcom. Premiere of String Quartet No. 11 (2003) to celebrate the opening of Watson Chamber Music Hall.

This season we’re bringing the Da Capo Chamber Players for a residency — I will be picking them up at the airport this evening. Schedule:


Outreach: Forsyth County Day Care: 1:30

Instrumental classes: 7:30 pm

  • Patricia Spencer: Contemporary Flute Repertoire and Extended Techniques
  • Meighan Stoops: Professional Opportunities for Clarinetists
  • David Bowlin: Violin Master Class
  • Andre Emilianov: Cello Master Class
  • Blair McMillen: Piano Master Class

10 am – 1 pm, Open Dress Rehearsal
7:30 pm, Concert

SUNDAY 10 APRIL: Watson Hall

Recording Session for student composers:

  • Gregory Miles Hoffman (Graduate 1): Unine Emamesilane
  • Dylan Zola (College 1): From the Head
  • Joseph Edwards (College 1): idolini
  • Felix Ventouras (College 2): Mystery
  • J.E. Rose (Professional Artist’s Certificate) Quintet No. 2
  • Justin Poindexter (College 3): Photograph Quartet
  • William Stevens (College 4): Capriccio

Lunch with Da Capo and Composition Department

2:00 Internet 2 Session
Da Capo Chamber Players Informance on John Harbison’s “Songs America Loves To Sing”

The recording session will be a great opportunity for the students involved, who are used to having their peers play their music, to get direct feedback from professionals who are unfamiliar with their work. The Internet 2 session will include several other schools, allowing for questions and discussion in real time on a new work by John Harbison.

I’ll be very busy hosting/shuttling/trouble-shooting (and conducting) over the coming days, but I will give a full report as I’m able. Some parts of the residency will undoubtedly be spectacular, and there may be some disappointments. We’ll see. I’m curious to hear about similar guest residencies at other schools, since I’m always looking for ways to make this program work as effectively as possible.

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