Year-Long

The Composition Seminar meets from 12:40 - 2:25 in Ward Hall 139 on most Thursdays during the academic term. This is our weekly meeting of all composition students studying in our various degree programs, involving guest speakers, student and faculty presentations on new music, discussion and planning of our area recital each semester, and reading sessions by CUA and guest ensembles. Any prospective student should try to time a campus visit with a Composition Seminar meeting. If you are a prospective student and would like to visit the composition seminar, please contact Dr. Stephen Gorbos, head of the composition area (gorbos@cua.edu).  
 
 

CUA Composition Events, Spring 2019

February 7th, 2019. 12:40pm, Ward 139. Guest composer Ashi Day presents on her music. 

March 7th, 2019. 12:40pm, Ward 139. Guest speaker Joy-Leilani Garbutt gives a presentation on her research and work as co-founder of the Boulanger Initiative

March 18th and 20th, 2019. 11:10am, John Paul Hall. Chamber Choir Readings. Student readings with the CUA Chamber Choir, directed by Dr. Timothy McDonnell and Sacred Music graduate students. 

April 24th, 2019. 7:15 - 9:00pm, John Paul Hall. Brass Ensemble Readings. Student readings with the CUA Brass Ensemble, directed by Dr. Jeff Cortazzo. 

April 25th, 2019. 7:30pm, John Paul Hall. Composition Area Recital. New works by CUA student and faculty composers. 

April 25th, 26th, 27th at 7:30pm, April 27 and 28th at 2pm. Hartke Theatre. Sophocles' Antigone, with original music by faculty composer Andrew Simpson; music direction by MM student Madeleine Booth. More info and tickets here

April 27th, 2019. 3:30pm, Ward Recital Hall. Degree Recital, BM Composition Rebecca Nisco. 

May 5th, 2019. 3:00pm, Caldwell Auditorium. Wind Ensemble Concert. World premiere by student composer-in-residence Tobias Russell (MM). 

 

 

CUA Composition Events, Fall 2018

November 29th, 2018. 12:40pm, Ward Hall Room 139. Guest composer Douglas Boyce at the CUA composition seminar.

December 7th, 2018. 7:30pm, Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. World premiere of MM composition student Ben Yuly's choral/orchestral work In Dulci Jubilo, as part of the annual Christmas Concert for Charity.  

December 10, 2018. 7:30pm, Ward Recital Hall. Composition Area Recital. New works by CUA student and faculty composers. 

Past Events: 

CUA Composition Events, Spring 2018

Date Time Event Location
Feb 21 12:40 PM Guest Composer Masterclass: George Walker Ward 139
Feb 21 7:30 PM Guest Composer Lecture and Concert: George Walker St. Vincent Chapel
Feb 28 8:00 PM Composition Division Recital: works by CUA student and faculty composers Ward Recital Hall
April 9 7:00 PM Undergraduate Degree Recital: Gabriel Jaar Ward Recital Hall
April 13 1:00 PM Concert Spirituel, featuring the premiere of "Salve Regina" by MM composition student Ben July St Vincent's Chapel
April 22 3:30 PM CUA Wind Ensemble concert: premiere of a new work by student composer-in-residence Ben Yuly. Richard Roberts, conductor Caldwell Auditorium
April 23 7:30 PM Third Millennium Ensemble Ward Recital Hall
April 25 7:30 PM CUA Brass ensemble concert: premiere of a new work by Undergraduate student Evan Brende Ward Recital Hall

CUA Composition Events, Fall 2017

Date Time Event Location
Oct 23 7:30 PM Guest performance by Newprism Ensemble featuring solo and chamber works by Boulez, Ran, Widmann, Kirkland Snider, Baker, and Read Thomas. Directed by CUA faculty member, R. A. Baker. 
Visit  newprismensemble.com for more information.
Ward Recital Hall
Nov 8 12:40 PM Guest Lecture: Sarah Robinson, author of " Clubbing for Classical Musicians" and founder of LA's Helix Collective and Co-director of LA's chapter of Classical Revolution, on event production and outreach. Ward 139
Dec 1 7:30 PM Annual Christmas Concert for Charity, featuring the premiere of "Hush" by DMA Composition major Valencio Jackson Basilica
Dec 6 8:00 PM Joint Composition/Piano division concert: Schumann's Kinderszenen and new group composition, Scenes from CUA Ward Recital Hall
Dec 11 11:10 AM - 12:15 PM Choral readings of student pieces by the CUA Chamber Choir, conducted by Dr. Timothy McDonnell and CUA conducting students JPH
Dec 11 4:10-7:00 PM CUA Symphony Orchestra readings of student compositions, led by students of Maestro Simeone Tartaglione JPH

CUA Composition Events, Fall 2015

Date Time Event Location
Sept 18 & 19 tba 24-Hour Musical: Center Stage annual production of new music-theater scenes composed and performed within 24 hours Ward Recital Hall
Oct 30 8:00 PM Amanda Bono DMA Composition Recital St. Vincent's Chapel
Nov 11 12:30 PM SONAR New Music Ensemble Composer Readings Session (Enrolled Students only: Composition Seminar) Ward
Dec 2 12:30 PM Guest Composer Lecture:  Dr. Linda Dusman (Enrolled Students only: Composition Seminar) Ward
Dec 4 7:30 PM Annual Christmas Concert for Charity, featuring the premiere of a newly commissioned choral-orchestral work by CUA Faculty, Robert A. Baker Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Dec 11 4:00 PM Composition Day 2015: an afternoon of Composition Division activities and presentations by currents faculty and students Ward
Dec 7:30 PM Composition Division Recital Ward

CUA Composition Events, Spring 2015

Date Time Event Location
Jan 25 5:00 PM Senior Composition Recital: Matthew Yost (BM '15) Ward Recital Hall
Feb 20 7:00 PM Stations of the Cross: 14 New String Quartets Church of the Little Flower, Bethesda, MD
Mar 31 7:00 PM New Morse Code Duo in concert: new works for cello and percussion Ward Recital Hall
Apr 17 7:30 PM Composition division Spring recital Ward Recital Hall
Apr 23 5:00 PM String Orchestra Student Composition Reading Session John Paul Rehearsal Hall

CUA Composition Events, Fall 2014

Date Time Event Location
Nov14 7:00 PM Composition Division Fall Recital John Paul Rehearsal Hall
Nov 18 4:00 PM String Orchestra Student Composition Reading Session John Paul Rehearsal Hall
Dec 5 7:00 PM Annual Christmas Concert for Charity, featuring the premiere of a newly commissioned choral-orchestral fanfare by Jeff Cortazzo (DMA, 4th year) Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Dec 6 & 7 9:00 PM First Light - a new musical by CUA composer, John Tafone (BM '16) Ward Recital Hall

CUA Composition Events, Spring 2014

Date Time Event Location
Jan 24 8:00 PM New Voices @ CUA Ward Recital Hall
Jan 25 8:00 PM New Voices @ CUA Ward Recital Hall
Feb 24 3:40 PM Jacqui Horner Guest Artist Premieres three new works by CUA student composers John Paul Rehearsal Hall
Apr 5 7:30 PM Composition Division Spring Recital Ward Recital Hall
Apr 29 TBA String Orchestra Student Composition Reading Session John Paul Rehearsal Hall

CUA Composition Events, Fall 2013

Date Time Event Location
Sept 14 7:00 PM 24-Hour Musical Project performance Ward Recital Hall
Oct 12 7:30 PM Ensemble Next Parallel concert Ward Recital Hall
Nov 9 7:30 PM Composition Division Fall Recital Ward Recital Hall
Nov 21 2:10 PM Student Composers' Reading Session
(CUA Contemporary Music Ensemble)
John Paul Rehearsal Hall
Dec 6 7:00 PM Annual Christmas Concert for Charity, featuring the premiere of a newly commissioned choral-orchestral fanfare by Erik Abrahamson (MM, 2nd year)  Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception