2012 NewMusic@ECU Festival

March 14 – 18, 2012

Celebrating the music of our time with

Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo
Tom McCaslin, tuba
JACK Quartet
ECU NewMusic Camerata
ECU Symphony

Come out, hear some new ideas, and celebrate with us–OUR 12th ANNUAL CELEBRATIONS OF THE SOUNDS OF OUR TIME This year’s festival features six concerts, master classes with visiting composers, performers, reading sessions of student composers’ works, and more!

Please take a few moments to browse the schedule of events here, or use the menu on the left for more information.

We look forward to meeting you at the Annual NewMusic@ECU Festival.

March 16, 2012 @ 7:30pm: JACK Quartet
1-800-ECU-ARTS for tickets ($10)

For additional information about the festival,
or to become a festival sponsor, contact:
East Carolina University School of Music, 252-328-6851, or
Edward Jacobs, NewMusic@ECU Festival Director, NewMusic@ECU.EDU

2012 Schedule of Events(PDF)

(in preparation: all classes, events, concerts in one handy booklet, just click, download and print)
CONCERT SCHEDULE (all in A.J. Fletcher recital hall, unless noted)

Mar. 14

@7:30pm: Bugallo-Williams Duo
Dancing Cage Project

Mar. 15

@7:30pm: Tom McCaslin, tuba
Catherine Garner, piano

Mar. 16

@7:30pm: JACK Quartet

Mar. 17

@3:00pm: ECU NewMusic Camerata

@7:30pm: East Carolina University Orchestra
Jorge Richter, Director
Elliot Frank, guitar
John Kramar, baritone
ECU Combined Choirs
Andrew Crane, Director
at Wright Auditorium

Mar. 18

@7:30pm: Premiere Performances

Performers & Composers in attendance

Performers (Guest artists bold; ECU Faculty italics)
Continuously updating–check back soon!

JACK Quartet

Christopher Otto, violin
Ari Streisfeld, violin
John Pickford Richards, viola
Kevin McFarland, cello

Bugallo-Williams Duo

Amy Williams, piano
Jacob Greenberg, piano

Chris Nappi, percussion
Britt Theurer, trumpet
Tom McCaslin, tuba
Catherine Garner, piano
Ara Gregorian, violin
Melissa Reardon, viola
John Kramar, baritone
Elliot Frank, guitar
Scott Carter, conductor
Jorge Richter, conductor

ECU Symphony Orchestra
ECU Wind Ensemble members


Jessica Rudman, Winner, 2011 NewMusic@ECU Festival Composition Competition
Andrew Rindfleisch, Cleveland State University
Jason Eckardt, University of California, Davis
Marc Faris, East Carolina University
Mark Taggart, East Carolina University
Mark Richardson, East Carolina University
Edward Jacobs, East Carolina UniversityWorks to be performed at the festival
* indicates a WORLD PREMIERE performance!

Arrell, Chris, Diptych (2011)
Bauckholt, Carola, Myzel (2009)
Berio, Luciano, Sequenza VI for viola (1969)
Bunch, Kenji, Aria (1996)
Cage, John, Three Dances for Two Prepared Pianos (1945)
Eckardt, Jason, Subject (2011)
Faris, Marc, This World May Lose its Motion, for guitar and orchestra (2012) WORLD PREMIERE
Gorecki, Henryk, Beatus Vir (Op. 38) (1979)
Huff, Travis, Dysania (2012) WORLD PREMIERE
Aphasia (2011) WORLD PREMIERE
Jacobs, Edward, Marginalia (2009)
King, John, Duelocity (2010)
Kurtag, Gyorgy, Signs, Games and Messages
Lachenmann, Helmut, String Quartet No. 3 “Grido” (2001)
Lipford, Akeem, Vibrations (2012) WORLD PREMIERE
Lippe, Cort, Music for Hi-Hat and Computer (1998)
Marshall, Zack, String Quartet No. 1 (2011) WORLD PREMIERE
Satan Allowed to Test Job (2012) WORLD PREMIERE
Oberheu, Stephen, Clear Lake (2001)
Pepple, Joanna, Raindrop Blossoms (2011) WORLD PREMIERE
Richardson, Mark, Concerto for Tuba (arr., 2012) WORLD PREMIERE
Rindfleisch, Andrew, String Quartet No. 1 (rev. 2012)
Rudman, Jessica, Seasonal Affective Disorder (2011)
WINNER, NewMusic@ECU Festival Composition Competition
Schulz, Patrick, Miniatures for Tuba and Piano (2001)
Solis, Faustino, anxiety and rage (2011) WORLD PREMIERE
Taggart, Mark, The Searching Waltz (2010)
Epithet en Forme de Tango (1988)
Theurer, Britt, Urban Funk (2011) for solo trumpet
Ecolocution for Solo Tuba (2012) WORLD PREMIERE
Tomlinson, Joshua, A History Lesson (2012) WORLD PREMIERE
Travitz, Myles, Transparent (2011) for solo piano WORLD PREMIERE


To become one of the growing number of sponsors of the NEWMUSIC@ECU FESTIVAL

please contact: Edward Jacobs, 252-328-4280 or NewMusic@ecu.edu

This annual celebration of contemporary music is made possible only with the generous sponsorship of foundations, corporations and individuals.  We are profoundly grateful for the support they have offered us, and are proud to count those listed below among the NEWMUSIC@ECU FESTIVAL’s benefactors:

Hilton Greenville
Aaron Copland fund for New Music
Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University
Student Forum for Music Organizations, ECU School of Music
Student Government Association, East Carolina University
Dept. of Theory, Composition & Musicology, ECU School of Music


Audrey Andrist
Ross Bauer
Martin Boykan
Blair & John Van Coutren/Hilton Greenville
Michael Crane
Stephen Dembski
Tom & Alice Glennon/Hilton Greenville
Christine Gustafson & David Savige
Edward Jacobs
Glenn Laursen
Michael Lowenstern & Katherine Cooke
Carol Thomas

With special thanks to Harley Dartt, Paula Toothman, Terri Bostick, Dawn Harrison, Diane Ritchey, Michael Dorsey, Chris Buddo, Tom Huener, Michael Crane, Tom Skinner, Krystal Wilkinson of the Hilton Greenville, the entire School of Music staff, faculty and administration for their ongoing support and assistance throughout the year.

NewMusic@ECU–where newmusic is born–
dedicated to those who love to listen.


The judges for the Annual NewMusic@ECU Festival Orchestra Composition Competition were truly delighted to have the opportunity to review so many wonderful entries.  The variety of musical styles, and the diversity of composers’ backgrounds offered exposure to many gifted composers, and we are thrilled to know that wonderfully vital works are being written today in this medium.

Although it has become a cliché, it is no less true to say that the quality of the submissions was truly astonishing. The competition’s judges struggled to choose a single work from among many, many fine pieces which are appropriate for this ensemble.

We are delighted to announce that Seasonal Affective Disorder, by Jessica Rudman of Brooklyn, NY will be performed at the 2012 NewMusic@ECU Festival, on the evening of Saturday, March 17, 2012 in Wright Auditorium, on the campus of East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.

Jessica Rudman is active in the Connecticut new music community as a composer, concert organizer, and educator.  She is a founding member of The Hartford Sound Alliance (a local composer-performer collective) and is deeply involved in the Annual Greater Hartford Women Composers Festival, for which she was a co-recipient of a Women’s Education and Leadership Fund Grant from the University in Hartford. In previous years, she has also served as the director of Public Works, The Hartt School’s semi-annual student composer concert. Ms. Rudman is a faculty member at The Hartt School, Central Connecticut State University, and the Connecticut Inter-District Music Composition Program.

Ms. Rudman has been the recipient of various awards and honors including the Omaha Symphony’s New Music Symposium Score Call (2008), the Brander Wyatt Morrison Prize in Music (2004), the A&D Burton Scholarship for Music Composition (2007), the University of Hartford Regents’ Honor Award (2007), a Women’s Education and Leadership Fund Grant (2007).  Recently, her work Napoleon Complex was awarded first prize in the Con/un/drum Percussion Competition.  As a theorist, Ms. Rudman has presented her paper, “Hidden Complexity: Rhythmic Processes in Ligeti’s Arc-en-ciel” at meetings of the New England Conference of Music Theorists, the West Coast Conference of Music Theory and Analysis, and SCI (Region V conference). She has also served as a peer reviewer for the online journal, Search.

Ms. Rudman holds a B.A. with Distinction in Music from the University of Virginia, a M.M. in Music Composition from The Hartt School, and an A.D. in Music Composition, also from Hartt.  Her teachers have included Narcis Bonet, Matthew Burtner, Robert Carl, Stephen Gryc, Gilda Lyons, Ingram Marshall, Walter Ross, and Larry Alan Smith.  Ms. Rudman has also participated in masterclasses with Bright Sheng, Paul Moravec, George Tsontakis, and Joseph Schwantner, and has attended festivals including the Wintergreen Summer Music Academy, the European Musical Alliance Summer Composition Program, Music07, Nevada Encounters of New Music, and the Bard Conductor’s Institute.

Guidelines for the 2013 NewMusic@ECU Festival Orchestral Composition Competition

This composition competition is open to all composers, regardless of age, nationality or institutional affiliation.

For consideration, the following materials must be received by December 1, 2012:

Scores (a maximum of two works; two copies of each submission) professional quality score(s), meeting guidelines noted below: Scores (a maximum of two works; two copies of each submission) professional quality score(s), meeting guidelines noted below:

  • Name of composer (anonymous entry NOT necessary)
  • Maximum instrumentation:
    2 flutes (piccolo double)
    2 oboe (English Horn double)
    2 clarinet (e-flat, bass double)
    2 bassoon
    2 horn
    2 trumpet
    3 trombone (including bass)
    1 tuba
    2 percussion
  • Works with electronics/computer will be considered
  • work with Harp will not be considered
  • Works including soloists will not be considered
  • Maximum duration of twelve (12) minutes
  • Difficulty level suitable for advanced university orchestra

Information sheet with:

  • Composer’s name, address, telephone number, e-mail address
  • One paragraph bio, one paragraph program note
  • Title of submitted composition(s), list of instrumentation, duration of composition, date of completion, and performance history (if applicable)

If available, a recording of the submitted work(s) may be included.  Recordings are helpful, but are not necessary.

For EACH ENTRY, an application fee of $10 US in the form of a check payable to East Carolina University, with NewMusic@ECU noted in the memo.  [Cash (US $) is also acceptable.]

Self-addressed stamped envelope if you wish your materials to be returned.

Members of The East Carolina University Orchestra, Jorge Richter, Director, will prepare and perform the single winning work at the 2013 NewMusic@ECU Festival, on the East Carolina University campus in Greenville, NC.

Parts for the winning work must be received by January 15, 2013.

The composer of the winning work must be available to attend the festival.  Every attempt will be made by the festival staff to provide accommodations for visitors, and to subsidize costs of travel.  The composer of the winning work may also be asked to conduct a seminar, introducing their work to students and other festival attendants.

The composer of the selected score will be notified by December 20, 2012. Parts for the winning work must be received by January 15, 2013.