This year has been a very active and productive one for all of the members of the PhD program in music composition at the University at Buffalo. Our graduate composers have been racking up prestigious fellowships, residencies, commissions, and performances all across the globe and winning awards and receiving accolades from some of contemporary music’s most respected programs and institutions. Below is a very brief and selected summary of what some of our graduate composers have been up to this year:
Joe Lake, currently studying in Germany through a Fulbright Scholarship, has received a D.A.A.D. award for residency in Berlin for 2012-13.
Nathan Heidelberger has been named a Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival Summer Composition Program, one of the most prestigious composition programs in the U.S.
Diana Soh is in residence at IRCAM, in Paris, France, as a recipient of a rare year-long residency program, and has been selected as one of 5 composers from around the globe to be commissioned for a new work by IRCAM and to have a full year residency at IRCAM to prepare her new work. Diana also received artist-in-residence awards from Royaumont, Aix-en-Provence, and the Recontres Festival among many others.
Robert Phillips has been selected to be a participant in Harvard University’s Summer Composition Institute, and has been commissioned by Ensemble SurPlus to write a new work for their upcoming 20th anniversary concert in Freiburg, Germany.
Jacob Gotlib has been selected as one of 10 international composers to be in residence at the prestigious Wellesley's Composers Conference. His percussion quartet, Scape After Louise, won the Act Percussion First Prize and received a performance in Koln, Germany.
Megan Beugger was selected as a resident composer in the Akademie Schloss Solitude Summer Program in August, 2011, and had her Expanse – String Quartet No. 2, performed several times in Germany throughout 2011 and 2012.
Chun Ting Pang has had a work selected for performance at the Hong Kong Contemporary Music Festival and at Musicarama. Additionally, he was selected to be the national representative for the Asian Composer's League in Tel Aviv, Israel. Chun Ting was also named as a composer participant at Royaumont, in France, for the 2012 Fall Season.
Juan Colón-Hernández, Dimitar Pentchev, Clint Haycraft, Zane Merrit, and David Rappenecker have been selected to be participants in June in Buffalo 2012, among 25 selected participants from over 80 international applications.
Matt Sargent was commissioned for an installation work, no where I’m bound, by the Hemphill Gallery, which ran March-May 2012, and went on to receive additional performances throughout the U.S.