Oklahoma Panhandle State University
Composers Society to Meet in Canyon —By Dr. Matthew C. Saunders, Conference Co-host on 10/03/2012 Canyon, Texas—Region VI of the Society of Composers, Inc (SCI) will present its 2012 conference October 5-6 at the School of Music of West Texas A&M University, in ten concerts and two paper sessions presenting new works and research by composers from across the United States and around the world.
The two-day conference will feature over seventy compositions and five scholarly papers by several dozen composers, and is jointly sponsored by West Texas A&M University and Oklahoma Panhandle State University.
Performers scheduled to appear include the ensembles, students, and faculty of the two sponsoring schools, along with guest performers including the Amarillo Master Chorale, faculty from Northwestern Oklahoma State University, University of Texas-Arlington, Oklahoma State University, Young Harris College, and the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Additionally, several composers will be performing their own works.
Also featured on the conference program is the music of featured composer Carolyn Bremer, 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. 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). Six of Bremer's compositions will be performed during the conference, including Early Light for orchestra, Impulse Engine for wind ensemble, and The Grass Below for chorus. Dr. Bremer will also present a keynote speech entitled "Listening as a Composer." More information on Carolyn Bremer and her work can be found at www.carolynbremer.com.
Since its inception in 1966 as the American Society of University Composers, SCI has become the preeminent academic organization for music composition in the United States. Through regional and national conferences, a journal of scores, and a series of recordings, SCI has worked to promote new concert music and grown to include over 1500 members. The regional structure of SCI encourages smaller regional conferences, and Region VI, which includes composers residing in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, and Nebraska, has a strong history of presenting conferences, with recent featured composers including David Dzubay and Cindy McTee.
All concerts and paper sessions of the conference are open to the public and free of charge.