David Gompper, Director
Jean-François Charles, Music director, LOUi
Sivan Cohen Elias, Visiting Asst Professor, 2018-19
Hongwei Cai, Research Asst, CNM
Lydia Dempsey and Ramin Roshandel, Research Assts, CW

The composers and musicians participating in the EMCC Concerts .

CNM's 2018-19 Season Fall Concert Preview


— All concerts are free and open to the public —

Sept 09
Sept 23
Sept 25
Oct 06
Oct 14
Oct 19-20
Dec 02
Dec 03
Dec 05&07
Dec 07
Dec 08
Dec 09


The University of Iowa - School of Music
Society of Composers, Iowa Student Chapter

Carlos Cotallo Solares, Lydia Dempsey
Zachery Meier, Carlos Toro Tobón

SCI Annual 24 + 24 Hour Concert Project

Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 3:00p in the Concert Hall

Conceived in 2012, with the aim of fostering strong bonds and collaborative relationships between performers and composers at the School of Music, the 24 + 24 Hour Project began by randomly assigning composers to volunteer musicians from the School of Music studios. These composers then had twenty-four hours to compose an original work for their assigned performers. Once the performers received the new work, they had up to twenty-four hours to learn, practice, and rehearse the piece until they performed it.


The Center for New Music Ensemble


featuring the works of retiring UI composition faculty
Michael Eckert

Sunday, September 23, 2018, at 7:30 pm in the Concert Hall

This program of compositions by Michael Eckert commemorates his retirement in July 2018 after 33 years of teaching at the University of Iowa School of Music. The CNM presents a retrospective of his music from 1978 to the present, including instrumental duos, a group of songs, a wind quintet, a sextet for mixed ensemble, and a new composition for chorus on a poem by Robert Herrick. These works span a range of idioms, from post-tonal and twelve-tone to Brazilian chôro style.


Guest Flutist, Lisa Bost performing

Fluxion: New Works for Flute


Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 5:30p in the Recital Hall

Dr. Lisa Bost-Sandberg is a flutist, composer, and improviser deeply committed to contemporary music as well as its rich roots in the classical repertoire. In demand as a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed across the United States and Europe, including National Flute Association conventions, new music festivals (SEAMUS, EMM, Pixilerations, Spark, and SCI), and guest appearances at universities. She is the flutist of the InterSpheres Trio, which toured Hungary in 2014, and served as principal flute of the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra from 2013-2017. She has recorded on the Albany, GIA, and North Texas Jazz labels.


Violin and Piano Music of Eastern Europe

Duo Katie Wolfe, violin  and Ketty Nez, piano


Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 7:30p in the Recital Hall

Katie Wolfe, violin faculty at U Iowa, and composer/pianist Ketty Nez, faculty at BU, present a concert of works for violin and piano. Their program includes Béla Bartok's Violin Sonata in E minor, an early work not often performed, written in 1903, before Bartók's discovery and life-long research of folk music. Ketty’s double images carries on this musical conversation, using Romanian flute and violin tunes recorded and transcribed by Bartók in the 1910’s. Prokofiev’s Five Melodies are his own transcriptions of Five Songs without Words, vocalises written for a singer friend. Grażyna Bacewicz was one of only two prominent 20th c. Polish woman composers, an accomplished violinist, and pianist (as all the other composers on this program), who wrote this piece after a car accident had ended her performing career.


Composers' Workshop I

the first concert in Season 53 of UI composers' recent works
adjudicated and chosen by their peers

Sunday, October 14, 2018, 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.


Midwest Composers Symposium 2018

Michael Fiday and Douglas Knehans, faculty directors

Friday/Saturday, October 19 & 20, 2018
Cincinnati Conservatory of Music

The Midwest Composers Symposium is a consortium made up of the composition departments of four American Midwest universities: the University of Cincinnati, Indiana University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Michigan. The purpose is to allow students to have contact with other composers at nearby institutions and to foster connections and self-identity. The symposium was begun in 1948 by Anthony Donato of Northwestern University, and Michigan, Illinois, and Iowa. For a few years during the 1960s, the symposium concerts ceased due to a change in academic calendars but resumed in the early 1970s, when most schools adopted the quarter system. Oberlin College joined at that point, and a few years later, Indiana University. Northwestern dropped out in 1992, as did Illinois and Oberlin in 2007. The University of Cincinnati joined in 2008.


The Center for New Music Ensemble

featuring the works of
featuring a new work of guest composer
Zae Munn (Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana)
together with Volkan Orhon in David Gompper’s Double Bass Concerto
and Michael Norsworthy, clarinet
performing in John Adams’s Gnarly Buttons

Sunday, December 2, 2018, at 7:30 pm in the Concert Hall

A new work by featured guest composer Zae Munn together with works by composers David Gompper and John Adams are programmed. Faculty performers will be Christine Rutledge, violist, Courtney Miller, oboist, Volkan Orhon, double bassist, and David Gompper, conductor and pianist. Zae Munn is Professor of Music at Saint Mary's College in South Bend, Indiana where she teaches theory, composition, digital media in music, and orchestration/arranging. She is the Director and Resident Composer of the Summer Composition Intensive at Saint Mary’s College. Zae Munn's work Accord for oboe, viola and piano will be performed by Christine Rutledge, Courtney Miller and David Gompper. David Gompper's recent work, Double Bass Concerto, will be performed by the CNM ensemble with solo bassist Volkan Orhon to whom the work is dedicated. John Adam's Gnarley Buttons for clarinet and chamber ensemble will be performed by the ensemble with solo clarinetist Michael Norsworthy.


The Laptop Orchestra at UI (LOUI)
Jean-François Charles, director

LOUi Concert I

Monday, December 3, 2018
at 7:30pm in the Stark Opera 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.


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

The JACK Quartet in readings
premiere performance of works by four UI composers
Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at 3:00 - 6:00pm and
Thursday, December 6, 2018, at 1:00 - 4:00pm
both in the Concert Hall

The JACK Quartet in concert
Performing works by Composers, Zosha di Castri, Andreia Pinto Correia Elliott Carter and Györgi Ligeti
Friday, December 7, 2018, at 7:30pm in the Concert Hall

JACK operates as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the performance, commissioning, and spread of new string quartet music. Dedicated to education, the quartet spends two weeks each summer teaching at New Music on the Point, a contemporary chamber music festival in Vermont for young performers and composers. JACK has a long-standing relationships with the University of Iowa String Quartet Residency Program, where they teach and collaborate with students each fall, and the Boston University Center for New Music, where they visit each semester. Additionally, the quartet makes regular visits to schools including Columbia University, Harvard University, New York University, Princeton University, Stanford University, and the University of Washington.  


Electronic Music Studios I

the first of two concerts in Season 53

Saturday, December 8, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. in the Stark Opera Studio


Composers' Workshop 2

the second concert in Season 53 of UI composers' recent works
adjudicated and chosen by their peers

Sunday, December 9, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall

The Composers’ Workshop, 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.