New Music Festival to Feature Three Guest Composers, Six World Premieres

The 2009 Truman State University New Music Festival, taking place Oct. 29-30, will include two free public concerts featuring music by three guest composers and eight local composers, performed by more than 200 musicians.

Six world premiere performances will also be included.

Guest composers include: Vivian Fung, winner of the international 2009 Truman State-MACRO Composition Competition; John Mayrose, winner of the international 2009 Percussive Arts Society Competition; and Randy Haldeman, internationally-recognized composer, conductor and clinician of choral music.

Fung teaches at The Juilliard School of Music and has gained a prominent worldwide reputation for her stirring and highly original music, which reflects her interest in world cultures.

Mayrose has taught music and electronic music courses at Duke University. His work is widely performed and has gained international recognition.

Haldeman, director of choral studies at the University or North Carolina-Charlotte, is widely respected as a composer, performer and conductor.

All three composers have extensive performance histories and have been recipients of many awards and prestigious commissions.

Concert I of the New Music Festival will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. The concert will feature music by all three guest composers, including premieres of newly-commissioned works composed by Fung and Mayrose.

Truman ensembles performing that evening will include the Clarinet Choir, Percussion Ensemble I, Wind Symphony I, the President’s String Quartet and two choirs—Cantoria and the Chamber Choir.

Concert II will take place at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 30, also in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. The concert will feature acoustic and electronic music by Fung and by seven local composers and will be performed by Truman faculty and students.

The festival is sponsored by the Epsilon Pi chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, the Upsilon Phi chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the Mostly Live Composers Society and the Truman Department of Music.

For more information contact Warren Gooch at 785.4429 or

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