New Music Ensemble

  • February 1, 2018
  • Simon Music Center
  • Auer Hall, 200 S. Jordan Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47405
  • 812-855-9846
  • 8:00 PM
  • Free

New Music Ensemble

David Dzubay
, director
Kate Soper, guest composer and singer
Felipe Tovar-Henao, composer

Tovar-Henao*: New work (to be announced)
SoperNew work (to be announced)
SoperThe Ultimate Poem is Abstract for
       soprano and chamber orchestra 

*Winner of the Dean’s Prize Commission

About the Artists

David Dzubay (director)

David Dzubay was born in 1964 in Minneapolis, grew up in Portland, Ore., and earned a D.M. in Composition at Indiana University in 1991. Additional study was undertaken as a Koussevitzky Fellow in Composition at the Tanglewood Music Center (1990), at the June in Buffalo Festival, and as co-principal trumpet of the National Repertory Orchestra in Colorado (1988, 1989). His principal teachers were Donald Erb, Frederick Fox, Eugene O’Brien, Lukas Foss, Oliver Knussen, Allan Dean, and Bernard Adelstein.

Professor Dzubay’s music has been performed in the U.S., Europe, Canada, Mexico, and Asia by ensembles including the symphony orchestras of Aspen, Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Detroit, Honolulu, Kansas City, Louisville, Memphis, Minnesota, Oregon, Oakland, St. Louis and Vancouver; the American Composers Orchestra, National Symphonies of Ireland and Mexico, New World Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, and New York Youth Symphony; and ensembles including Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (Montreal), Onix (Mexico), Manhattan Brass, Voices of Change (Dallas), the Alexander and Orion String Quartets, the League/ISCM, Earplay, and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players.

His music has been championed by soloists including Christine Schadeberg, Thomas Robertello, Corey Cerovsek, Carter Enyeart, James Campbell, Liana Gourdjia, Eric Nestler, and David Starobin, and conductors including James DePreist, George Hanson, David Loebel, Michael Morgan, Eiji Oue, Richard Pittman, Lawrence Leighton Smith, Carl Topilow, David Wiley, Samuel Wong, Kirk Trevor, and David Zinman.

His music is published by Pro Nova Music, Dorn, and Thompson Edition and is recorded on the Sony, Centaur, Bridge, innova, Crystal, Klavier, Gia, First Edition, and Indiana University labels.

Recent honors include Guggenheim (2007), MacDowell (2006, 2007), Yaddo (2008), Copland House (2008), and Djerassi (2007) fellowships; the 2009 Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival Composition Competition, 2007 Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Composition Competition, 2005 Utah Arts Festival Commission, 2005 Columbia Orchestra American Composers Competition, 2004 William Revelli Memorial Prize from the National Band Association, 2003 Commission from the Metropolitan Wind Symphony, 2001 Walter Beeler Memorial Prize, 2000 Wayne Peterson Prize; and grants from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music for all-Dzubay CDs by Voices of Change (innova 588) and the Manhattan Brass (Bridge). Dzubay has also received awards from the NEA (1992-1993), BMI (1987, 1988), ASCAP (1988, 1989, 1990), the American Music Center, Composers, Inc., Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Indiana State University, Indiana University (including the “Outstanding Junior Faculty Award”), the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Cincinnati Symphony.

Dzubay is currently professor of music, chair of the Composition Department, and director of the New Music Ensemble at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington. He was previously on the faculty of the University of North Texas in Denton.

He has conducted at the Tanglewood, Aspen, and June in Buffalo festivals. He has also conducted the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Greater Dallas Youth Symphony Orchestra, Music from China, Voices of Change, an ensemble from the Minnesota Orchestra, the Kentuckiana Brass and Percussion Ensemble, and strings from the Louisville Orchestra at the Maple Mount Music Festival. From 1995 to 1998, he served as composer-consultant to the Minnesota Orchestra, helping direct their “Perfect-Pitch” reading sessions, and during 2005-06, he was Meet the Composer/American Symphony Orchestra LeagueMusic Alive Composer-in-Residence with the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra.

Kate Soper (guest composer and singer)

Kate Soper is a composer, performer, and writer whose work explores the integration of drama and rhetoric into musical structure, the slippery continuums of expressivity, intelligibility and sense, and the wonderfully treacherous landscape of the human voice. She has been hailed by The Boston Globe as "a composer of trenchant, sometimes discomfiting, power" and by The New Yorker for her "limpid, exacting vocalism, impetuous theatricality, and...mastery of modernist style." A Pulitzer Prize finalist, Soper has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters (The Virgil Thomson and Goddard Lieberson awards and the Charles Ives Scholarship), the Koussevitzky Foundation, Chamber Music America, the Lili Boulanger Memorial Fund, the Music Theory Society of New York State, and ASCAP, and has been commissioned by ensembles including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the American Composers Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, the Tanglewood Music Center/BUTI, the MIVOS string quartet, and Yarn/Wire. She has received residencies and fellowships from the Civitella Raineri Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Camargo Foundation, the Macdowell Colony, Tanglewood, Royaumont, and Domaine Forget, among others.

Praised by the New York Times for her "lithe voice and riveting presence," Soper performs frequently as a new music soprano. As a singer and performer with experience in Western Classical and Indian Carnatic music, songwriting, improvisation, and experimental theatre, she has sung in U.S. and world premieres of works by composers such as Peter Ablinger, Beat Furrer, George Lewis, Matthias Spahlinger, and Katharina Rosenberger, and has appeared with groups such as the Morningside Opera Company, the Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf, and the Dinosaur Annex Ensemble. She performs regularly in her own works, and has been featured as a composer/vocliast on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's MusicNOW series, the New York City-based MATA and SONiC festivals, the Lucerne Forum for New Music, Gaudeamus Muziekweek New York, the Sacramento Festival of New Music, and the American Composers Orchestra's Orchestra Underground series.

Soper is a co-director and performing member of Wet Ink, a New York-based new music ensemble dedicated to seeking out adventurous music across aesthetic boundaries. She is the Iva Dee Hiatt Assistant Professor of Music at Smith College.

Felipe Tovar-Henao (composer)

Characterized by a strong interest in engaging the audience on multiple perceptive levels, the music of Colombian-born composer Felipe Tovar-Henao (b. 1991) has been consistently awarded and performed throughout his emerging professional career.

He has received commissions from various institutions and performers, such as the Colombian Ministry of Culture, the Colombian Contemporary Music Circle (CCMC), Periscopio New Music Ensemble, IU New Music Ensemble, Andrés Orozco-Estrada (Houston Symphony), EAFIT Symphony Orchestra, among many others.

In 2016, he attended the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (Ircam - Paris, France) for the CIEE Summer Contemporary Music Creation + Critique Program.

Among his main teachers are Andrés Posada-Saldarriaga, Claude Baker, Marco Alunno, Don Freund, and P.Q. Phan. He has also actively participated in master classes and received private lessons with internationally renowned composers such as Javier Álvarez (Mexico), Tansy Davies (UK), Kamran Ince (Turkey-USA), Nina Young (USA), Víctor Agudelo (Colombia), Jeffrey Hass (USA), Elizabeth Ogonek (USA), among many others.

He is currently pursuing a D.M. degree in Composition at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, while serving as an Associate Instructor of the Composition Department.

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