David Gompper, Director
Jean-François Charles, Music director, LOUi
Josh Levine, Visiting Asst Professor, 2017
Jinwon Kim, Research Asst, CNM
Zachery Meier and Jeremy Maas, Research Assts, CW

The composers and musicians who took part in Concert XX on April 23, 2017.

CNM's 2017-18 Season Concert Preview


— All concerts are free and open to the public —

Sept 10
Sept 17
Sept 24
Oct 22
Oct 29
Nov 5 
Nov 10-11
Nov 15
Nov 17
Dec 1 
Dec 10



Guests: violinist Davis Brooks
and composer Frank Felice


in a recital of 20th and 21st-century music
for solo violin and fixed media

Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm in the Concert Hall

The recital will include works by James Aikman, Patrick Long, Otto Luening, C. P. First, Hugh Levick, Tyler Entelisano, Thomas Wilson and Frank Felice.
    Davis Brooks comes from a diverse musical background as soloist, pedagogue, orchestral musician, studio musician, concertmaster on Broadway, conductor, and chamber musician. His teaching experiences have included faculty appointments at Baylor University, Wayne State University, University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, and Bucknell University. He is currently professor of violin at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN.
In addition to his present position as interim concertmaster of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Brooks was a member of the Mostly Mozart Orchestra at Lincoln Center for ten years, and he also was a member of the New York Chamber Symphony for nineteen years; an organization that produced over 20 critically acclaimed recordings during his tenure. He has been concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of New England, the Harrisburg Symphony (PA), and the Waco Symphony (TX).
    Frank Felice is an eclectic composer who writes with a postmodern mischievousness: each piece speaks in its own language, and they can be by turns comedic/ironic, simple/complex, subtle/startling or humble/reverent. Recent projects of Felice's have taken a turn towards the sweeter side, exploring a consonant adiatonicism.
Frank currently teaches as an associate professor of composition, theory and electronic music in the School of Music, Jordan College of Arts at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. In recent years he has been in demand as an electric and upright bassist, playing in various rock/funk/prog rock/big bands in the greater Indianapolis area.



University of Iowa - School of Music
 Society of Composers, Iowa Student Chapter presents 
24 + 24 Hour Concert Project

Sunday, September 17, 2017, at 7:30 pm in the Concert Hall

This year the 24 + 24 Hour Concert Project begins on Friday September 15 at 5:00 pm when composers meet with available performers and randomly pair. Within the next 24 hours composers are to write unique extemporaneous works for the assigned performers. At 5:00 pm on Saturday September 16, the performers are to receive their new compositions and begin practicing. The project culminates in a performance in the Concert Hall at 7:30pm on September 17. Please plan to join us and experience an evening of frenetically invented new music!


The Center for New Music Ensemble

guest composer and UI alumna Amy Dunker

Sunday, September 24, 2017, at 7:30 pm in the Concert Hall

Guest composer and UI alumnus Amy Dunker is a Professor of Music at Clarke University where she teaches music theory, aural skills, composition and trumpet. Amy has a DMA in Composition from the University of Missouri‐Kansas City Conservatory of Music, MM in Composition from Butler University, MM in Trumpet Performance from the University of South Dakota and a BME in Music Education from Morningside College. She has studied composition with James Mobberley, Chen Yi, Michael Schelle, James Aikman and Robert Block.


a.pe.ri.od.ic to present the 'trash opera'

Time With People (2013)
by British composer Tim Parkinson

Sunday, October 22, 2017, at 3:00 pm in the Stark Opera Studio

Time With People (2013) is not an opera in the traditional sense. There are no characters, costumes, or even orchestral instruments. Instead, the stage is set with trash and other assorted objects. The soloists and chorus speak, dance, chant, and drum. And the only “classical” music comes from a recording.
Alternately funny, playful, perplexing, and sad, the work challenges audiences to reconsider their preconceived notions of the nature of music. Writing about the world-premiere performance, Lawrence Dunn remarked, “This is a world in which music is a kind of memory—something that must be reconstructed from the ground up, and afterwards returned to the same ground.”
The piece hearkens back to the traditional sense of an opera as a collection of works, yet upends tradition by largely removing music and the orchestra, leaving behind only fragments, both musical and literal: recorded excerpts of Handel and Rossini begin and end the work, while a trash-strewn set serves as an orchestra of found objects as the performers wade through it.
The performance group a.pe.ri.od.ic, led by Nomi Epstein, is a collective of composers, instrumentalists and vocalists with experience in myriad experimental music practices. The group has a history of interpreting distinctive pieces using a collaborative rehearsal process, deriving meaning and intention from oblique prose scores with great sensitivity.


Composers' Workshop I

the first concert in Season 52 of UI composers' recent works
adjudicated and chosen by their peers

Sunday, October 29, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall

The Composers’ Workshop (CW), made available to the graduate and undergraduate students in the composition program, helps to promote new works in live performance, thus encouraging dialogue between composer/composer and composer/musician regarding musical ideas, instrumental techniques and mutually understood notation. The program is made up of pieces that are in various stages of development, from early sketches to completed compositions. Works for specialized performers, such as the JACK quartet, are adjudicated and considered for a performance. The CNM currently schedules four CW concerts with student performers annually, and one concert with the JACK Quartet each fall.


Concerto by David Gompper

Sunday, November 05, 2017 at 7:30 pm in the Concert Hall



Midwest Composers Symposium 2017

Michael Daugherty & Roshanne Etezady, faculty co-directors
Jules Pegram & Shuying Li, student co-directors

Friday/Saturday, November 10 & 11, 2017
University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Ann Arbor, Michigan


In cooperation with the UI String Quartet Residency Program, CNM presents

The JACK Quartet
premiere performance of works by four UI composers
Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at 7:30pm in the Concert Hall

The JACK Quartet
Performing works by Guest Composer, Marcos Balter,
Carter, Coates and Ferneyhough
Friday, November 17, 2017, at 7:30pm in the Concert Hall




The Laptop Orchestra at UI (LOUI)
Jean-François Charles, director
with Guest Professor Andrew Bentley

Friday, December 1, 2017
at 7:30pm in the Recital Hall

Directed by Asst. Professor Jean-François Charles, the Laptop Orchestra of the University of Iowa (LOUi) is an experimental new music ensemble that promotes the intersection of acoustic and electronic music, of traditional or classical instruments with laptops, guitar pedals, and other electronic devices. Students create their own repertoire and develop improvisation skills.
Guest Andrew Bentley is Artistic Professor of Music Technology at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki. He was one of the founders of the Music Technology study program at the Sibelius Academy in 1998, and acted as its first Head. Bentley has made long-term efforts to develop electro-acoustic music teaching and its educational tools, increasing their levels significantly. Over the past few years he has been actively involved in the development of SAMA – Sound Art & Sonic Arts, the inter-academy study program at the University of the Arts Helsinki.


Composers' Workshop 2

the second concert in Season 52 of UI composers' recent works
adjudicated and chosen by their peers

Sunday, December 10, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall


52nd Season – Spring Session

  Sat & Sun, February 10 & 11
Iowa Composers Forum Festival
  Fri & Sat, April 6 & 7
Ninth Annual EMCC Festival
  Sunday February 25, 2018 at 7:30p
James Paul Sain & Conor Hanick
  Friday April 13, 2018 at 7:30p
Sarah Plum/Timothy Lovelace
  Saturday March 03, 2018 at 7:30p
SCI: Call for Scores Concert
  Sunday April 15, 2018 at 7:30p
Guest Composer, Ketty Nez
  Friday March 23, 2018 at 7:30p
Michael Norsworthy, clarinet
  Friday May 4, 2018 at 7:30p
LOUi Concert
  Sunday March 25, 2018 at 7:30p
Composers Workshop 3
  Saturday May 5, 2018 at 7:30p
Composers Workshop 4