Melos Music News – May 2012

As we’ve been preparing for our 2012 New Music Concert, to be held this fall in Philadelphia, there have been exciting developments for Melos and its members! Here are some snapshots of Melos members’ projects and successes these past few months:

Daniel Temkin
Dan is the proud recipient of a BMI Student Composer award for 2012, for his work Butterflies and Dragons (premiered with Melos in August 2011!). His award is one of only nine given by the BMI Foundation to promising young composers across the country. The press release about his award can be found here.
In early May, Dan presented the world premiere of “Blossoming” for saxophone quartet by the renowned PRISM Quartet; PRISM presented a Philadelphia performance and a New York performance. He also recently celebrated the premiere of “Floating Bells” for solo harp, commissioned by Elizabeth Hainen and the Lyra Society. This summer, Dan will be a fellow at the summer program of the Fontainebleau School in France.

Corey Keating
Corey recently finished his first year as a Graduate Teaching Fellow at Bowling Green State University. This year, he was the first-prize winner in the Emil and Ruth Beyer National Art Song Competition; the press release detailing his award can be found here. This summer, Corey will attend the Atlantic Music Festival in Waterville, ME.

Jason Thorpe Buchanan
This year, Jason (a PhD student at Eastman) was appointed the Assistant Conductor of Eastman’s new music ensemble Musica Nova, with conductor Brad Lubman, and has additionally co-founded the [Switch~ Ensemble], an electroacoustic initiative at Eastman. His appointments for the 2012-13 season with Musica Nova, [Switch~], and Ossia will include conducting the music of Abrahamsen, Boulez, Wuorinen, Carter, Zorn, Zappa, Romitelli, Lindberg, Vivier, & Lachenmann. Jason is a finalist for the prestigious American Prize, for his Berlin Songs (premiered with Melos in August 2011!); he also recieved the Belle S. Gitelman award from Eastman for First Study for Alto Saxophone: doublethink, commissioned by Michael Rene Torres. Jason has many exciting commissions and projects on the horizon; this summer he will work on them while attending an analysis course during IRCAM’s Agora Festival and the Internationale Musikistitut Darmstadt.

Ryan Olivier
Ryan presented a myriad of wonderful music this spring, including performances at the HiArt! Gallery in New York (“Distance”); the SCI Region III Conference at Christopher Newport University (“Colorful Movements”); and the world premiere at Temple University of the complete Magis cycle, which he workshopped and partially premiered at our August 2011 Recital. He is continuing his doctoral study at Temple University; this year, Temple honored him with the Dr. B Stimson Carrow Tribute Award for “outstanding pedagogical potential combined with a high standard of performance ability and broad comprehensive musicianship.” This summer he will be working in Philadelphia on multiple projects, including his contribution for the Melos 2012 Recital.

Greg Simon
Greg is delighted to announce that in the fall, he will begin doctoral study at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In February, his piece for concert choir, “One,” was named an Honorable Mention in the Pacific Chorale’s Young Composers’ Competition. This spring, he wrapped up his tenure as an Affiliate Instructor at the Metropolitan State College of Denver. He also presented performances of his music by the Temple University and Liberty University Wind Ensembles, the Playground Ensemble of Denver, and by his jazz/fusion project in Denver, the Jodi-Renee Band. Finally, Greg completed his most recent project: “27” for tenor saxophone and electronics, written for saxophonist Andrew Allen and awaiting a premiere at the 2012 World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland. This summer, Greg will enjoy his last grasps of freedom before launching himself back into the jaws of the academy; he’ll also be writing commissions for violist Anne Ristorcelli and the Hilltop Big Band, and he’ll continue his activities as a jazz musician in Denver, CO.

Tonia Ko
Tonia received her Master’s degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in May. Her commission from the Georgina Joshi Foundation, Many Splendid Forgettings, received a very successful premiere under David Dzubay and the IU New Music Ensemble. Her solo piano piece, Siteless Structures, was selected for performance in March at the 42nd Annual Festival of New Music at Ball State University. The Chinese Fine Arts Society sponsored two performances of Moon Lullaby, first at the Art Institute of Chicago in March, and then at the Chicago Cultural Center in late April. Both performances featured members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Tonia was also a finalist in the Boston New Music Initiative’s commissioning competition. She will be moving to Ithaca, NY at the end of the summer to begin doctoral studies at Cornell University.

Patrick Chan
This spring, Patrick was named the winner of the Student category of the newEar Ensemble’s 3rd Annual Composers’ Competition, as well as First Prize in the 2012 Chamber Music Composition Competition of the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Among the presentations of his work were performances at Connecticut College, the University of Alabama – Huntsville, and New Music Everywhere’s Madison MUSE Fest. In the fall, he’ll continue study towards a doctoral degree at UMKC.

Brian Penkrot
Brian presented two pieces at the Exchange of Midwestern Collegiate Composers this April, including his “Shooting Snowburst Spectacular Silhouette,” which was featured on our 2011 Recital. He also presented work at the SCI University of Iowa Concert in March. He was named an alternate to the Thailand International Composition Festival in Bangkok.
The rest of the Melos crew extends our congratulations to Brian for finishing coursework and becoming ABD at the University of Iowa! In the fall, he’ll still have his hands full, coursework or not – he’s been named the assistant for the Center for New Music, the President of the UI SCI Student Chapter, and he’s also working on founding a new music ensemble.

David Carpenter
This Spring, David presented scenes from his full-length opera, The Age of Innocence, at Temple University. The opera is an adaptation from the eponymous novel by Edith Wharton. He’ll be presenting the video footage of the performed scenes at the Edith Wharton Society’s meeting in Florence, Italy this June. More information about the 2012 Edith Wharton Conference and David’s presentation can be found here.

If you’re looking for more information about any of our members, their accomplishments, or their music, remember that at the top of the screen you’ll find links to their Melos profiles, and from there you can find each member’s website or get in touch with them directly via email (, in most cases). As we roll into summer, the blog updates will get more frequent, including op-ed pieces from members and updates on our 2012 Recital; so check this space often!

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