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“Celebrating Alumni Composers”- Two Free Concerts

November 5, 2015 @ 7:30 pm

Paula Matthusen, composer

In early November, the UW-Madison School of Music will welcome back five graduates of the composition studio who have developed creative,  multi-dimensional careers in a range of fields: acoustic and electronic composition, musicology, theory, audio production, conducting, education, concert management and administration, performance, and other fields as well. The two-day event on Nov. 5 & 6 will feature concerts of chamber music and Wind Ensemble music, symposia on marketing, publicity, and career development, and ample opportunities for conversation.

The composers include Jeffrey Stadelman (BM, 1983; MM, 1985), now associate professor of music composition at the University at Buffalo;  Paula Matthusen (BM, 2001), assistant professor of music at Wesleyan University; William Rhoads (BM, 1996), vice president of marketing & communications for Orchestra of St. Luke’s in New York City; Andrew Rindfleisch (BM, 1987), professor of composition at Cleveland State University; and Kevin Ernste (BM, 1997), professor of composition at Cornell University.

Music will be performed by the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, the Wingra Woodwind Quintet, the UW Wind Ensemble, and other faculty and students. The works being performed by both faculty and students range from standard instrumentations (woodwind and brass quintets) to unusual combinations (piano, percussion, clarinet, and oboe) to solo works performed by some of our most accomplished students.

Thursday, Nov. 5,  7:30 PM, Mills Hall, free concert with the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, the Wingra Woodwind Quintet, and students and friends of the school of music. The program includes:

  • “Nothing Personal,” a new work for woodwind quintet by composer William Rhoads
  • “Palimpset,” originally written for the JACK Quartet by composer Kevin Ernste
  • “Nisi” for solo horn and electronics by Kevin Ernste
  • “Enticement,” a world premiere, written by composer Jeffrey Stadelman for the Wingra Woodwind Quintet
  • “of whole movements and migrations” by composer Paula Matthusen. Read this NYT story about Paula.
  • “In the Zone” for brass quintet, by composer Andrew Rindfleisch

Friday, Nov. 6, 7:30 PM, Mills Hall, free concert with the UW Wind Ensemble.

Additional sessions, to be held on Friday, Nov. 6 at the Student Activities Center, University Square:

11:30 – 12:10 Marketing for Musicians
Today, savvy understanding of marketing and pr is a necessity for performers and composers. Learn the basics of building an effective communications strategy to promote and publicize your event, your career, or your new work.

12:15 – 12:55 Publishing for Composers
With power shifting from large publishing houses to individual composers, it’s an exciting time to be a creative artist. Get an overview of the recent history and changes in music publishing and important guidelines on the myriad channels that exist which allow you benefit from the use of your music.

1 PM: Meet Bill Rhoads at CoffeeBytes.



November 5, 2015
7:30 pm
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