The Fifty-Ninth Annual

Symposium of Contemporary Music

Featured Guest Composer
John Daversa
University of Miami


Thursday, February 6, Westbrook Auditorium

 4 PM: "Career and Craft: Following Your Highest Excitement."  Presentation by John Daversa.

 8 PM: Concert of Music by John Daversa, featuring the composer with the IWU Jazz Ensemble, Timothy Pitchford, Director.  

Both events are free and open to the public

 John Daversa John Daversa

John Daversa is assistant professor of music and chair of the Department of Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he also conducts the award-winning Frost Concert Jazz Band. A versatile and internationally respected performer (trumpet/EVI), composer, arranger, producer, bandleader, educator, and recording artist, Daversa joined the Frost faculty in August 2013. He previously taught at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and University of Southern California (USC).  
He is a winner of the Herb Alpert Award, David Joel Miller Award, the National Trumpet Competition, the ITG Jazz Soloist Competition, and was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. His celebrated and distinctive musical perspective has been a passport to performances on world stages such as The Today Show, Late Nite with David Letterman, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Monterey Jazz Festival,Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreux Festival, and the Playboy Jazz Festival, to name a few.  He has also performed or recorded with artists such as Fiona Apple, Burt Bacharach, Michael Bublé, Dori Caymi, Joe Cocker, Andraé Crouch, Sheryl Crow, Dr. Dre, Bob Mintzer Big Band, and The Yellowjackets. In 1996, he founded the John Daversa Big Band that released its first studio album, Junk Wagon: The Big Band Album in 2011 to critical acclaim, winning Best in Show and Awards of Excellence in Creativity/Originality and Production in The Global Music Awards. His sophomore album for BFM Jazz, Artful Joy, (2012) features Gretchen Parlato and Bob Mintzer. Daversa earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from The University of California, Los Angeles, a Master of Fine Arts degree in Jazz Studies at California Institute of the Arts, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California.


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 recitals of contemporary music by guest composers and performers, faculty performances, the New Music Cafe concert series, ensemble concerts featuring new music, and recitals of student compositions.


Previous Guest Composers, Performers, Scholars

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 fall   John Sharpley, Orchid Ensemble
2008 spring   Roderik 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 fall   Leslie Bassett, John Crawford (Society of Composers, Inc. Region 5 Conference)
1993 spring   Alexander 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