Guest Composers, 2017

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Guest composers in the 2017 Charlotte New Music Festival:

John Allemeier
Craig Bove
Lawrence Dillon
Michael Fiday
Marc Mellits
Charles Nichols
Ronald Keith Parks
Others TBA


John Allemeier

allemeier-headshot-2015The music of John Allemeier has been described as having a “sweet sense of mystery” by Fanfare and as being “rapturous” by the American Record Guide.  His music has been programmed on international venues such as the Frankfurter Kunstlerclub (Germany), 3rd Rencontres Musiques Nouvelles (France), Festival Internacional de Percusiones (Mexico), Russia-America: Music of the XXI Century at the Moscow Conservatory, the Seoul International Computer Music Festival (South Korea), the Brazilian Symposium on Computer Music, the International Double Reed Society, ClarinetFest (International Clarinet Society), and the International Society of Bassist Convention; and on national festivals such as Piccolo Spoleto, the 5th Annual Festival of Contemporary Music in San Francisco, and the Spark Festival in Minneapolis; on national conferences of the Society of Composers, the Society for Electro Acoustic Music in the United States, National Association of Composers in the United States, and the College Music Society.

Allemeier’s music has been performed throughout the United States and Europe by professional and collegiate ensembles such as Fresh Ink, Low and Lower, Madison Park String Quartet, Duo XXI, Due East, the Petrella Ensemble, the University of Iowa Center for New Music, the University of Iowa Graduate Chamber Orchestra, Oberlin Percussion Group, the Texas Christian University Percussion Ensemble, the University of Illinois Contemporary Chamber Singers, the UNC Charlotte Percussion Ensemble, and the UNC Charlotte University Chorale.  He has composed pieces for professional performers such as Anthony Stoops, Scott Christian, Wolfgang David, David Gompper, Jeffery Lyman, Nick Petrella, Erin Lesser, Greg Beyer, Mira Frisch, and Paul Sharpe.

Recordings of Allemeier’s music are available on the Albany, Capstone, and Vox Novus labels.  His music is published by Carl Fischer Music Publishers, C. Alan Publications, and European American Music.   He received his Ph.D. in Composition from the University of Iowa, his Master of Music in Composition from Northwestern University, and his Bachelor of Music in Performance from Augustana College.  He has studied in Europe at the 41st and 42nd Internationalen Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt, Germany, and the 6th International Composition Course in Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic.  He currently teaches composition and music theory at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.


Craig Bove

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Composer/performer Craig Bove earned his undergraduate degree at Northwestern’s School of Music and completed his formal training with a PhD at SUNY Buffalo, studying under such New Music luminaries as Morton Feldman, LeJaren Hiller, Donald Erb, and Bernard Rands. His compositions have been performed throughout the country in both live performances and radio broadcasts. He has served as the conductor of the Middlebury Wind Ensemble and CPCC Opera Theater pit orchestra and has performed, conducted and presided over concerts of new and standard repertoire including performances at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, the BOCA Art Center in New York, KPFA Radio in San Francisco, and NPR Radio affiliates in New York, Vermont and California. The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra has recently premiered “Release” for chamber orchestra.

Bove’s own music has evolved from repetition and overlapping of cycles of events at various structural levels into what now could be described broadly as a pairing of poetic and prosaic, regularly and irregularly recurring events and the rigorously controlled and the freely conceived. His most recent works have taken as their sources the model of a perpetually evolving psychological narrative as an associate/guide to the persistence of nascent sound. He has written for orchestra, various combinations of chamber groups, and vocal ensembles.

At CPCC, Bove teaches music theory, music history, composition and is president of the Out Of Bounds Ensemble for New Music. He also serves as chair for the music and dance departments.

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Lawrence Dillon

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Composer Lawrence Dillon creates works that connect past and present in attractive and unexpected ways, provoking Gramophone to exclaim, “Each score is an arresting and appealing creation, full of fanciful and lyrical flourishes within traditional forms that are brightly tweaked.” His music is characterized by a keen sensitivity to color, a mastery of form, and what the Louisville Courier-Journal has called a “compelling, innate soulfulness.” Despite losing 50% of his hearing in a childhood illness, he began composing as soon as he started piano lessons at the age of seven. In 1985, he became the youngest composer to earn a doctorate at The Juilliard School, and was immediately appointed to the Juilliard faculty. Dillon is now Composer in Residence at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he has served as Music Director of the Contemporary Ensemble, Assistant Dean of Performance, and Interim Dean of the School of Music.

Dillon’s music, in the words of American Record Guide, is “lovely…austere…vivid and impressive.” Three recordings of his music were released in 2010-2011 on the Bridge, Albany and Naxos labels. His works have been commissioned and premiered in the last four seasons by the Emerson String Quartet, Le Train Bleu, the Ravinia Festival, the Daedalus String Quartet, the Lincoln Trio, the Seattle Chamber Music Society, the Cassatt String Quartet, the Mansfield Symphony, the Boise Philharmonic, Wintergreen Summer Arts Festival, the Salt Lake City Symphony, the Quartetto di Sassofoni d’Accademia, the University of Utah and the Idyllwild Symphony Orchestra.

Lawrence Dillon is represented by Jeffrey James Arts Consulting. Full bio available on website.
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Michael Fiday

Michael Fiday, Associate Professor, has been commissioned and performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe and elsewhere by a diverse range of performers such as Atlanta Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Percussion Ensemble of The Hague, pianists James Tocco and Marc-Andre Hamelin, and electric guitarist Seth Josel. His principal teachers in composition have included Richard Toensing at University of Colorado, George Crumb at University of Pennsylvania and Louis Andriessen, with whom he studied in Amsterdam under the auspices of a Fulbright Grant.

Fiday is the recipient of numerous awards, grants and residencies from, among others, BMI, ASCAP, American Composers Forum, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Headlands Center for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council.

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Marc Mellits

Composer Marc Mellits is one of the leading American composers of his generation, enjoying hundreds of performances throughout the world every year. From Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, to prestigious music festivals in Europe and the US, Mellits’ music is a constant mainstay on programs throughout the world. His duo “Black” alone has been performed nearly 1,000 times since its premiere. His unique musical style is an eclectic combination of driving rhythms, soaring lyricism, and colorful orchestrations that all combine to communicate directly with the listener. Mellits’ music is often described as being visceral, making a deep connection with the audience. “This was music as sensual as it was intelligent; I saw audience members swaying, nodding, making little motions with their hands” (New York Press). He started composing very early, and was writing piano music long before he started formal piano lessons at age 6. He went on to study at the Eastman School of Music, Yale School of Music, Cornell University, and Tanglewood. Mellits often is a miniaturist, composing works that are comprised of short, contrasting movements or sections. His music is eclectic, all-encompassing, colourful, and always has a sense of forward motion.

Mellits’ music has been played by major ensembles across the globe and he has been commissioned by groups such as the Kronos Quartet, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Duo Assad, Bang On A Can All-Stars, Eliot Fisk, Canadian Brass, Nexus Percussion, Debussy Quartet, Real Quiet, New Music Detroit, Four-In-Correspondence (National Symphony Orchestra), Musique En Roue Libre (France), Fiarì Ensemble (Italy), Percussions Claviers de Lyon (France), Third Coast Percussion, Talujon, the Society for New Music, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, and the Albany Symphony’s Dog’s Of Desire. Additionally, Mellits’ music has been performed, toured, and/or recorded by members of the Detroit Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Boston Symphony, Minneapolis Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, eighth blackbird, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New Millenium Ensemble, Da Capo Chamber Players, and the American Modern Ensemble, among many others.

On film, Mellits has composed numerous scores, including the PBS mini-series “Beyond The Light Switch” which won a 2012 Dupont-Columbia award, the most prestigious award in documentaries. Mellits also directs and plays keyboards in his own unique ensemble, the Mellits Consort. He was awarded the prestigious 2004 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award. On CD, there are over 40 recorded works of Mellits’ music that can be found on Black Box, Endeavour Classics, Cantaloupe, CRI/Emergency Music, Santa Fe New Music, Innova, & Dacia Music. On youtube, Mellits has become an internet sensation with videos encompassing over 40 million views. Marc Mellits is on the music faculty of the University of Illinois-Chicago where he teaches Composition and Theory. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two daughters, and spends significant time in Romania.

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Charles Nichols

Composer, violinist, and computer music researcher, Charles Nichols is an Assistant Professor of Composition and Music Technology at the School of Performing Arts and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, at Virginia Tech University. He has earned degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Yale University, and Stanford University, where he studied composition with Samuel Adler, Martin Bresnick, Jacob Druckman, and Jonathan Harvey, and computer music with Jonathan Berger, Chris Chafe, Max Mathews, and Jean-Claude Risset. At Yale, he worked as a Research Associate at the Center for Studies in Music Technology (CSMT) and as a Research Assistant at Haskins Laboratories. At Stanford, he served as the Interim and Associate Technical Director of the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). While on faculty at the School of Music of the University of Montana, he taught acoustic and electroacoustic composition, directed the Mountain Electroacoustic Laptop Ensemble (MELEe) and Pierrot Ensemble, organized the Mountain Computer Music Festival and Composers’ Showcase, and managed the Mountain Computer Music Collective and Recording Service.

His compositions, including acoustic and electroacoustic music, for large and chamber ensembles, and fixed media, accompanying dance and animation, have been presented at conferences and festivals, such as the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), Poznanska Wiosna Muzyczna, Australasian Computer Music Conference, Festa Europea Della Musica, Seoul International Computer Music Festival, Música Viva Festival, Re:New Digital Arts Festival, Musicacoustica Mix, Pan Music Festival, Festival Internacional de Musica Electroacustica, Society of Electroacoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) National Conference, Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival, Big Sky Alive Festival, Charlotte New Music Festival, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Electronic Music Midwest, Bellingham Electronic Arts Festival, Bang on a Can Institute, and June in Buffalo, in the US, Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Cuba, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, and South Korea. His research, including data sonification, telematic musical performance over Internet2, and haptic musical human-computer interface design, has been presented at conferences, such as ICMC, the Korean ElectroAcoustic Music Society Conference, the International Conference for High Performance Computing (SC Global), Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH), International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), Digital Audio Effects Conference (DAFx), International Symposium on Music Acoustics (ISMA), Forum IRCAM, and SEAMUS, in the US, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, South Korea, and Sweden.

He has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts and National Science Foundation, for commissions from the Montana Institute on Ecosystems, the Myrna Loy Center for the Performing and Media Arts, and the Headwaters Dance Company, and recognition from the National Academy of Music, La Fundación Destellos, Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges, Renée B. Fisher Composer Awards, New Music USA, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, and the Montana Arts Council. He has been a visiting scholar, researching haptic musical interface design, at the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queen’s University Belfast, N. Ireland, a visiting composer, working with the Namaste Ensemble in Città di Castello and Rome, Italy, and a resident, at the Ucross and Brush Creek artist retreats, near Sheridan and Saratoga, Wyoming. His recent premieres include Nicolo, Jimi, and John, a concerto, for amplified viola, interactive computer processing, and orchestra, three movements, based on the virtuosity of Paganini, Hendrix, and Coltrane, performed by Brett Deubner, and the Missoula Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Darko Butorac, and Sound of Rivers: Stone Drum, a multimedia collaboration, with sonified data, electric violin, and computer-processed sound, accompanying narrated poetry, dance, animation, and computer-processed video, based on scientific research into how stoneflies navigate throughout their lifecycles, by the sound of rivers.

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Ronald Keith Parks

Ronald Keith Parks, born in Waynesville, North Carolina, USA, is an active composer of acoustic, electroacoustic and hybrid acoustic/electroacoustic music. His diverse output ranges from orchestral music to chamber works to interactive computer music. Recent commissions include Reflections and Lore for the 2015 Charlotte Composers Forum, 9 Dreams of Flying for the 2013 Charlotte New Music Festival,  /// Elements for the Blue Ridge Chamber Players,  Alhambra Tiles and Things Get Out of Hand… for the Out of Bounds Ensemble, Simple Things for the Charlotte Symphony’s Composer on Campus Project, A Matter of Perspective for Duo XXI, Off on a Tangent… for the Red Clay Saxophone Quartet, Torque, Wavelength and Afterimage 8 for the Charlotte Civic Orchestra, Afterimage 7 for the NeXT Ens, and  …drift… for the Force of Nature artist exchange program.

Parks has written for numerous prominent performers and ensembles including the Blue Ridge Chamber Players, Out of Bounds Ensemble, Duo XXI, Red Clay Saxophone Quartet, the Charlotte Civic Orchestra, the NeXT Ens, the North Carolina School of the Arts Orchestra, the International Music Program Chamber Ensemble, the North Carolina School of the Arts String Orchestra, The Georgia Contemporary Ensemble, the Sally Fouse Flute Quartet, the Winthrop Guitar Ensemble, pianist Tomoko Deguchi, the Bradner-Deguchi piano duo, the Winthrop Wind Symphony, guitarist L.H. Dickert, flutist Jill O’Neil, and many others.

His compositions and papers have been selected for inclusion at numerous national and international festivals and conferences including the Malgrat del Mar International Music Festival, Society of Composers’ national and regional conferences, the Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States conference, the International Computer Music Conference, the Electronic Music Midwest Festival, the Spark Festival, the National Flute Association conference, the New West Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Australian Flute Festival, the The Two-Sided Triangle concert series in Essen Germany, the NextWave~ festival in Melbourne Australia, the Earfest and Computer Music at SUNY Stony Brook series, the Unbalanced Connection concerts at the University of Florida, the Timara Faculty and Guests Concert series at Oberlin Conservatory, Southeastern Composers’ League concerts, the College Music Society composers’ concerts and numerous performers’ and composers’ concert recitals around the world.

Dr. Parks’ research into granular sampling, granular synthesis methods, and FFT-based spectral filtering is included in the Amsterdam Catalogue of Csound Computer Instruments and has been featured at ICMC, SEAMUS, SCI, and various other conferences and professional venues and has been published in various conference proceedings.

His honors and awards include the Aaron Copland Award, the Outstanding Junior Professor Award at Winthrop University, the South Carolina Music Teacher’s Association Commission, Honorable Mentions in the Truman State/MACRO Composition Contest, the Minnesota Composers Forum, and the Shepard Composer of the Year Award, two Giannini Scholarships for Music Composition plus the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence at the North Carolina School of the Arts, and three Graeffe Memorial Scholarships for Composition and the Presidential Recognition Award at the University of Florida. His flute quartet “Counterparts” was selected as the set piece for the 11th annual Australian Flute Festival quartet competition. He was commissioned by the North Carolina School of the Arts’ International Music Program to write a work for their European tour and was awarded a grant from the Semans Creative Arts Foundation for the composition of an orchestral work that was premiered by the North Carolina School of the Arts Orchestra. He has received a Meet the Composer grant and in was nominated and elected to the Gamma Zeta Chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda, a national honor society for musicians, and is an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha.

Ron’s music is available a variety of labels. Torque, for orchestra was released as part of Spellbound: Captivating Works for Orchestra and Large Ensemble on Navona Records. Fractures, for digital media was included on the 2007 International Computer Music Conference proceedings CD, Residual, for digital media was included on the FEMF 10 year retrospective CD released on the Electronic Music Foundation label (CD 031), Non Divisi and Sul C, both for digital media were included on the 2005 and 2006 60X60 CDs released by Vox Novus, A Matter of Perspective,for violin and cello was released as part of Duo XXI’s release Quest: New Music for Violin and Cello (Albany Records ASIN: B0049HBFSG), and VoiceWall was included on the Society of Composers, Inc. Student Chapter CD Volume 1 from the University of Florida.

Dr. Parks earned the Bachelor of Music in composition from the North Carolina School of the Arts, an Masters of Music in composition from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. in composition from the University at Buffalo. He is currently Professor of Composition, Music Technology, and Theory and is the Director of the Winthrop Computer Music Labs at Winthrop University.

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