New Music Festival to Feature Guest Composer

The Truman Department of Music, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Sigma Alpha Iota and The Mostly Live Composers Society will host the 2010 New Music Festival Oct. 28-29.
The festival will feature guest composer Cary Boyce, winner of the 2010 Truman MACRO Composition Competition. An internationally recognized, award-winning composer of music for film, television and the concert hall, Boyce is also an active participant in diverse artistic and musical outreach endeavors. He acts as producer and music essayist for public radio, online journals, major orchestras and community presses.

Boyce will speak to music classes, work with student composers in a master class and rehearse with Truman musicians during his visit.  

The festival includes two concerts of new works by Boyce, Truman composers and other contemporary composers. Boyce will talk about his music at both events.

At 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall, Boyce’s new composition “There Will Be Rest” will be premiered by Truman’s choral ensemble “Cantoria” and members of the Truman Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mark Jennings. This work was specially commissioned for this occasion by the University’s chapters of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Sigma Alpha Iota. In addition to the premiere, a variety of new instrumental and choral music will be presented by several of Truman’s large ensembles.

From 1:30-3 p.m. Oct. 29 in Ophelia Parrish, chamber music by Truman composers and others will be performed. The Mendota Duo from the University of Wisconsin will also be special guest performers. The program will again feature music composed by Boyce.

The festival is free and open to the public. For further information, contact or 785.4429. Additional information on Boyce is available at

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