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Illinois Wesleyan University School of Music Presents


Symposium of Contemporary Music 2017-18

November 16-17, 2017


Featured Guest Composer

Judith Shatin

William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor, University of Virginia
Founder/Director, Virginia Center for Computer Music
"This was highly inventive music on every level; hugely enjoyable and deeply involving with a constant sense of surprise…" -The Washington Post

Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 4pm

Presser Hall 258
Judith Shatin speaks on "Music and the Surrounding World"

Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 8pm

Westbrook Auditorium
Concert of Music by Judith Shatin

Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7:30pm

Second Presbyterian Church, 404 N. Prairie Street, Bloomington, IL
Illinois Wesleyan Symphony Orchestra
       Featuring Black Moon by Judith Shatin


Judith Shatin (www.judithshatin.com) is a composer and sound artist whose musical practice engages our social, cultural, and physical environments. She draws on expanded instrumental palettes and a cornucopia of the sounding world, from machines in a deep coal mine, to the calls of animals, the shuttle of a wooden loom, a lawnmower racing up a lawn, the ripping of tape. Timbral exploration and dynamic narrative design are fundamental to her compositional design, while collaboration with musicians, artists and community groups are central to her musical life.
Shatin’s music has been commissioned by organizations including the Barlow Endowment and Fromm Foundations, Carnegie Hall, the McKim Fund of the Library of Congress, the Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Arts Partners Program, Music-at-LaGesse Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts . It has been featured at festivals including Aspen, BAM Next Wave, Grand Teton, Havana in Spring, Moscow Autumn, Network for New Music, Seal Bay, Soundways (St. Petersburg) and West Cork, while orchestras that have presented her music include the Denver, Houston, Illinois, Knoxville, National, Minnesota and Richmond Symphonies, as well as American Composers Orchestra. Shatin has held residencies at Bellagio (Italy), Brahmshaus (Germany), Stiftung Dr. Robert und Lina Thyll-Dürr, Casa Zia Lina (Italy), La Cité des Arts (France), Mishkan Omanim (Israel) and in the US at MacDowell, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Yaddo.
Educated at Douglass College (AB, Phi Beta Kappa; studied with Robert Moevs), The Juilliard School (MM, Abraham Ellstein Prize; studied with Hall Overton, Otto Luening and Milton Babbitt) and Princeton University (MFA, PhD; studied with Milton Babbitt and JK Randall), Judith Shatin is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor and Founder of the Virginia Center for Computer Music at the University of Virginia. She has been honored with four Composer Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as awards from the American Music Center, Meet the Composer, the New Jersey State Arts Council and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. A two-year retrospective of her music, and the commission for her evening-length folk oratorio, COAL, was sponsored by the Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Arts Partners Program. Shatin’s music is published by Arsis Press, C.F. Peters, Colla Voce, Hal Leonard, E.C. Schirmer, G.Schirmer and Wendigo Music. It can be heard on the Centaur, Innova, Neuma, New World, Ravello and Sonora labels, and is featured in Women of Influence in Contemporary Music, Nine American Composers (Scarecrow Press). Long an advocate for her fellow composers, Shatin has served on the boards of the American Composers Alliance, the League/ISCM, and the International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM) and as President of American Women Composers Inc.; she currently serves on the National Council of the Atlantic Center for the Arts. In demand as a master teacher, she has been BMI composer-in-residence at Vanderbilt University, Master Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and Senior Composer at the Wellesley Composers Conference, among many others.



About the Symposium

The Annual Symposium of Contemporary Music, established in 1952, brings prominent guest composers or performers to campus each year for a two-to-three-day residency. IWU faculty and students participate in the performance of works by guest composers and in discussions on aesthetic or analytical issues.  Guests also give master classes and presentations to composition and performance students.

Recent guests of the Symposium include renowned composers Louis Andriessen, Shulamit Ran and Chinary Ung, and the acclaimed New York New Music Ensemble, Orchid Ensemble of Vancouver and Ensemble ONIX of Mexico City. The Symposium forms part of IWU's New Music Series, which also includes concerts of contemporary music by guest composers and performers, faculty performances, the New Music Cafe concert series, ensemble concerts featuring new music, and programs of student compositions.

Previous Guest Composers, Performers, Scholars

2016 Fall- Eve Beglarian

2016 Spring- Kyle Gann

2015—Fifth House Ensemble, Jonathan Green, Mario Pelusi, David Vayo

2014—John Daversa

2013 Chinary Ung, Adam Greene, Susan Ung, Stacey Fraser, Jocelyn Chang

2012 Shulamit Ran

2011 Song Ming-zhu, Yang Xiaozhong, Zhou Tianli

2009 Onix Ensemble

2008 fallJohn Sharpley, Orchid Ensemble

2008 springRoderik and Annelie de Man

2007 Stephen Paulus

2006 New York New Music Ensemble

2005 Vince Mendoza

2004 Louis Andriessen, Monica Germino, Cristina Zavalloni, James Quandt

2003 Mario Lavista

2002 Present Music Ensemble

2001 William Bolcom, Joan Morris

2000 Libby Larsen

1999 John Corigliano

1998 Arvo Part

1997 Joseph Schwantner

1996 Morton Gould Memorial Concert

1995 David Diamond

1993 fallLeslie Bassett, John Crawford (Society of Composers, Inc. Region 5 Conference)

1993 springAlexander Aslamazov

1991 Alice Parker

1990 Karel Husa

1989 Hale Smith

1988 John Beall

1987 Jan Bach

1986 Jean Eichelberger Ivey

1985 Michael Schelle

1984 Robert Bankert, Abram M. Plum, R. Bedford Watkins

1983 George Crumb Concert

1982 David Ward-Steinman

1981 Walter S. Hartley

1979 Leonard B. Meyer

1978 M. William Karlins

1977 Lou Harrison, Ezra Sims

1976 Donald Erb

1975 David Ward-Steinman

1974 Scott Huston

1973 Courtney Cox, Phil Wilson

1972 Stravinsky Memorial Concert

1971 Edward J. Miller

1970 Halim El-Dabh, Olly Wilson

1969 The Loop Group, Depaul University

1968 Iain Hamilton

1967 Frederick Tillis, George Crumb

1966 Louis Coyner, Edwin Harkins, Philip Winsor, Edwin London

1964 Robert Wykes, E.J. Ulrich, Salvatore Martirano, Herbert Brun, Ben Johnston

1963 Robert Wykes, Alabama String Quartet

1962 Robert Erickson, George Rochberg, Glenn Glasow

1960 Roy Harris

1959 Paul Pisk, George Rochberg

1958 Aaron Copland

1957 Ernst Krenek, William Bergsma

1956 Hunter Johnson, Ulysses Kay

1955 Wallingford Riegger, Peter Mennin

1954 Normand Lockwood, Robert Palmer

1953 Anthony Donato, Homer Keller

1952 Earl George, Grant Fletcher, Burrill Phillips