New Music Café to Feature Faculty and Guest Composers

Oct. 18, 2017

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—  As part of its New Music Series, Illinois Wesleyan University’s School of Music will present a New Music Café, featuring the work of music faculty member Kyle Shaw and guest composers Stacy Garrop and Marcos Lucas . The recital will take place on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. in Presser Hall’s Westbrook Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

An adjunct instructor in the School of Music, Shaw writes music in acoustic and electro-acoustic mediums. The winner of the 2013 Iowa State University Carillon Composition Competition and Vera Hinckley Mayhew Creative Arts Contest, Shaw has presented his work in conferences across the nation. He is a recipient of the Barlow Endowment commission and the 17th-annual 21st-Century Piano commission and has been a resident fellow at the Osage Arts Community’s Mid-Missouri Composers Symposium. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where he is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in music.

A composer, educator, and recording artist, Garrop’s music is centered on dramatic and lyrical storytelling. Having taught composition at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University for 16 years, Garrop will serve as composer-in-residence of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra as she makes her transition to freelance composing. The recipient of multiple awards including the 2016 Meier Foundation Achievement Award, Garrop is a Cedille Records recording artist and has been commissioned and performed by a variety of ensembles. Garrop received her doctoral degree in music from Indiana University.

Lucas is a composer, researcher and conductor of new music. A current professor of contemporary music at the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Lucas also runs the University’s contemporary music ensemble, GNU. He has served as a guest lecturer at several universities including Illinois Wesleyan in 2012, and is currently a Visiting Fulbright Chair in Music at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Lucas earned doctoral degrees in music composition from the University of Manchester, England, and in contemporary opera from Salford University.

By Vi Kakares ‘20