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  ANNOUNCEMENTS and NEWS 

CUA Contemporary Music Ensemble performs Tristan Murail
Wed. May 4, 2016
Join the CME in their performance of Feuilles a travers les cloches by Tristan Murail, for flute, piano, violin, and cello, as part of the Graduate Performance Chamber Music Spring Concert.

7:30 pm, John Paul Hall, Ward Hall
Admission is free, and the public is welcome.

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Silent Film Score by Dr. Andrew Simpson at the AFI Silver
Sat. April 30 & Sun. May 1, 2016

Come hear the Columbia Orchestra accompanying Buster Keaton's classic silent film "The General" with an orchestral score by CUA's Dr. Andrew Simpson at the AFI Silver in downtwon Silver Spring, MD.

This action-comedy, set in the Civil War South, is an American classic, and a reminder of Keaton's outrageously physical and highly intelligent comedic genius.

Click here for more information.

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BM Senior Composition Recital
Sat. April 23, 2016
Jonathan Kirby's BM Senior Composition Recital will feature chamber and vocal music composed throughout his degree program, performed by CUA students.

6:00 pm, St. Vincent's Chapel, CUA Campus
Admission is free, and the public is welcome.

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String Orchestra Student Composition Reading Session
Thurs. April 21, 2016
Come hear our Spring String Orchestral Readings Session featuring new works by CUA Undergraduate and Graduate composition students performed by the CUA Symphony Orchestra strings and percussion. Time tba, Ward Hall, John Paul Rehearsal Hall, Rm 220 Admission is free, and open to the CUA community.
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CUA Symphony performs new work by Dr. Andrew Simpson
Sun. April 17, 2016
Come hear composition faculty member Dr. Andrew Simpson's newest work, "Agamemnon Suite" for symphoony orchestra.

7:30 pm, St. Matthew's Cathedral
For more information call the School of Music at 202-319-5414.

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BM Senior Composition Recital
Sun. April 17, 2016
Paul Kneusel's BM Senior Composition Recital will feature chamber and vocal music composed throughout his degree program, performed by CUA students.

1:00 pm, Ward Recital Hall
Admission is free, and the public is welcome.

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BM Senior Composition Recital
Sat. April 16, 2016
John Tafone's BM Senior Composition Recital will feature chamber and vocal music composed throughout his degree program, performed by CUA students.

7:00 pm, Ward Recital Hall
Admission is free, and the public is welcome.

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Composition Division Spring Concert
Fri. April 15, 2016

Come hear the Spring 2016 Composition Divison Concert featuring  brand new new works by CUA composition students and faculty: three student premieres, and new works for solo cello by Dr.s Stephen Gorbos and Robert A. Baker.

Also on the program is a performance of Chou Wen-Chung's enchanting Twilight Colors, for double wind and string trio, by the CUA Contemporary Music Ensemble, comprised of Graduate Performance majors.

7:30 pm, Ward Hall Recital Hall
Admission is free, and the public is welcome.

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MM Stage Music Composition Major wins First Prize in The Arts Club of Washington Composition Competition
April, 2016
Johanny Navarro, MM Stage Music composition major, is the first prize winner of the The Arts Club of Washington's 2016 Scholarship Competition in Composition for her new piano trio, Celebration.

The work will be premiered at the Arts Club’s 2016 James Monroe Dinner and Award Ceremony on April 23rd, Monroe House, Washington, DC. Congratulations, Johanny!

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DMA Composition Recital
Fri. April 8, 2016
Justus Parrotta's DMA Composition Recital will feature chamber and vocal music composed throughout his degree program, performed by CUA students.

7:00 pm, St. Voncent's Chapel, CUA Campus
Admission is free, and the public is welcome.

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SONAR New Music Ensemble in Concert
Sun. March 6, 2016 (NOTE: New Date)

The Composition Division is delighted to host this cutting edge new music ensemble from Baltimore, performing new and recent string quartets by Cage, Schnittke, Pintshcer, Berg, Wohl, and John Adams.
8:00 pm, Ward Hall Recital Hall.
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Guest Composer Lecture: David Smooke
Wed. February 17, 2016

The Composition Division proudly presents composer and theorist Dr. David Smooke as the Spring 2016 Guest Composer. 

(Enrolled Students only in MUS 404/629/829: Composition Seminar)

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Watch excerpts from SONAR New Music Ensemble's concert on March 6, 2016, Ward Recital Hall, performing David Wohl's "I Drone" for string quartet and electronics.

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Listen to performances by CUA's Contemporary Music Ensemble

Morton Feldman: Routine Investigations (1976)


Eliana Schenk, oboe; Gil Hoffer, trumpet; Jason Solounias, piano; Dan Zhang, viola; Jongbin Kim, cello, David Lowe, contrabass (Fall 2015 Division Concert).
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Chou Wen-chung: Twilight Colors (2007), 3rd mvt


Michele Walton, flute; Eliana Schenk, oboe; Ben Redwine, clarinet; Shinya Blattmann, violin; Dan Zhang, viola; Jongbin Kim, cello (Spring 2016 Division Concert).

 

 

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our programs at a glance

We also cooperate with the Institute of Sacred Music to offer lessons and artistic support for those pursuing the MM and DMA degrees in Sacred Music with an emphasis in Composition.

Contact composition

Dr. Stephen Gorbos
Head, Division of Composition-Theory
Ward Hall
Benjamin T. Rome School of Music
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave., NE
Washington, DC 20064


Email: gorbos@cua.edu