2012 SCI Region VI Conference

October 5-6, 2012, West Texas A & M University, Canyon, Texas

Cohosted by Dr. Benjamin Brooks, West Texas A & M University and Dr. Matthew Saunders, Oklahoma Panhandle State University

West Texas A & M University is the home of the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities, which includes the Department of Music, and offers baccalaureate and master’s degrees in Music Education, Music Performance, Composition and Music Therapy. WTAMU is located in Canyon, Texas, just south of Amarillo. WTAMU is proud to contribute its excellent facilities, ensembles, students and performing faculty to the 2012 SCI Region VI Conference, and Dr. Benjamin Brooks, assistant professor of music, will serve as conference co-host.

Oklahoma Panhandle State University is a 4-year undergraduate university located in Goodwell, Oklahoma, a central location for the southern High Plains region. The Department of Music offers bachelor’s degrees in Music Education, Music Performance and Composition. OPSU ensembles, students and performing faculty will contribute to the 2012 SCI Region VI Conference, and Dr. Matthew Saunders, associate professor of music, will serve as conference co-host.

The conference co-hosts are pleased to announce that the featured composer for the 2012 SCI Region VI Conference will be Carolyn Bremer. Dr. Bremer has been dubbed a composer "driven by hobgoblins of post modernist cant." Bremer came to composition on the heels of intensive training as an orchestral bassist. Her catalogue contains works based on feminist symbolism (Athene), baseball (Early Light), and popular culture (It Makes Me Nervewracking). Recently, Bremer has incorporated her photography and music into multimedia works. Bremer has had recent performances of her works at Carnegie Hall; in Germany, Norway, and Sweden; and for the gala 150th anniversary concert at West Point. Her commissions include the Symphony for WindBand , premiered by Ray Cramer at Indiana University; Returns of the Day , premiered by Thomas Dvorak at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Pieces of Eight premiered by the California State Honor band, Spark , premiered by Adam Brennan at Mansfield University, and Saturnalia, premiered by Calvin Hofer and the Mesa State Wind Symphony at the 2008 Best of the West Festival. Recent CDs include the El Paso Wind Symphony on Summit Records, the Heritage of American Band of the US Air Force, the Towson University Symphonic Band, and the Monarch Brass Ensemble.

Her work Early Light is a mainstay in the wind ensemble repertoire, receiving hundreds of performances each year. The original version for orchestra has been performed by professional orchestras including the Houston Symphony, California Philharmonic, Chattanooga Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Holland Symphony, and Waco Symphony. Bremer studied at the Eastman School of Music, CalArts, and received the Ph.D. in composition from UCSB. She was Chair of Composition at the University of Oklahoma from 1991-2000 where she held the O'Brien Presidential Professorship. Currently, she is Professor and Area Director of Composition and Theory, and Associate Department Chair of the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University Long Beach.

For more information on Carolyn Bremer and her music, visit carolynbremer.com.

All materials must be submitted to the conference website: http://www.opsu.edu/Academics/LiberalArts/Music/Conference/

Email Questions to:

Dr. Matthew Saunders: matthew.saunders@opsu.edu (submissions) Dr. Benjamin Brooks: bbrooks@mail.wtamu.edu