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Composer’s Voice
Year In Review

Composer's Voice

Composer's Voice kicked off the year with its January 8, 2012 concert featuring music and performances by: David Wolfson; Alex Weiser; Robert Voisey; Bob Siebert; Karen Rostron; Monica Harte; Matt Frey; Dorothy Duncan; Douglas DaSilva; Andy Cohen; Greg Bartholomew; Jenny Greene; and this fantastic piece by Nils Vigeland performed by Delea Shand and Anne Rainwater. They had premiered this piece the night before and were excited to do it again on our series the next day!

The first Composer's Voice concert of 2012 had 16 composers & performers on it. We were to follow up with our January 29, 2012 concert with 31!! This included 3 ensembles:
Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame with the Bateira Trio: Sooyun Kim-flute, Conway Kuo-viola, and Satoshi Okamoto-double bass.
Josh Henderson, Matt Frey, Domenica Fossati, and Susan Davita Mandel
a quartet with Domenica Fossati-flute, Matt Frey-clarinet, Josh Henderson-violin, and Susan Davita Mandel, premiered my "Jor-el's Juju". ; and closed the concert with three pieces performed by the West Point Woodwind Quintet, with Megan Szymanski Megan-flute, Anna Pennington-oboe Sam Kaestner-clarinet, Glenn West-bassoon, and Nicole Caluori-horn. WPWQ performed works by David Wolfson, Lisa Sobel, and this unique piece by Matt Frey

February 12, 2012 Composer's Voice: Pour la fin du Monde concert featured Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Shiau-uen Ding performing end-of-the-world works for piano and electronics, as well as Paolo Marchettini's "Seven Deadly Sins" performed by Shelby Yamin, violin; Hayne Kim, violin; Midori Sadamatsu Witkoski, viola; and Vivian Chang, cello. This concert was rounded out by electronics works by Andy Cohen "Prelude #12 for AutoTuned Piano", Robert Voisey "Abyss", Welton Barker "Multicultirae", and Chris Vaisvil's "The Wimpering End of the World"!

Shiau-uen Ding

February 26, 2012 gave us our annual Trajetória Brasileira concert featuring the music of Brazilian composers of Prelúdio 21: José Orlando Alves; Marcos Vieira Lucas; Neder Nassaro; Sergio Roberto de Oliveira; Alexandre Schubert; and Caio Senna; with Sarah Carrier, flute; Andrea Christie, piano; Josh Henderson, violin; Daniel Hallford, guitar; Sylwia Kloc, guitar; Kurt Toriello, guitar; and Maria Carolina Cavalcanti, flute!

March 11, 2012 brought us guest curator Marie Incontrera's beautiful program featuring Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, horn and music and performances by Timothy Andres, Sarah Carrier, Cindy McTee, Alex Temple Cindy McTee, and this wild ride for solo clarinet by Viola Yip performed by Carlos Cordeiro

March 25, 2012 Delea Shand was out guest curator for an all women concert commemorating women's history month. Brant Lyon claims" Composer’s Voice is fresh!" With artists: Eleanor Taylor, soprano; Mila Henry, piano; Andrea-Arias Martin, voice; Rachel Peters, piano; Kamala Sankaram, voice, accordion; Delea Shand, voice; Kjersti Kveli, voice-guitar; Gelsey Bell, piano; Martha Cargo, flute

April 8, 2012 Concert brought us our First Composer's Voice: Japan Perspective concert with a Japanese inspired Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Thomas Piercy, clarinet & Claudine Hickman, piano. There was music and performances by: Tsuyoshi Furutsu; Douglas DaSilva; Kenji Haba; Man Woong Han; Yui Kitamura; Corinne Sobolewski; Moto Osada; Kai Watanabe; Jin-Xiang Jx Yu and this moving piece by the amazing Mari Kimura "My Life in Fukushima" performed by soprano Kyoko Ogawa & pianist Yumi Suehiro, with electronics

April 29, 2012 gave us the hyper-diverse Composer's Voice-Spring Winds concert featuring West Point Woodwind Quintet premiering their Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. (Expect 2013 to have some huge announcements regarding WPWQ!). Jazz saxophonist/composer Ray Blue brought some rich & soulful sounds to the program and "Think-outside-of-the-paperclip" and June 9, 2013 Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame performer, Alex Sramek performed works by Roger Blanc, David Rhodes, and this amazing work "An Adolescent Composition's Brush with Death". To answer you question: It is a contrabass clarinet!

Liana Alexandra May 13, 2012 was Composer's Voice: Tribute to Liana Alexandra. Liana was an active member of Vox Novus and a great advocate for new music & living composers. Her husband, composer/cellist Serban Nichifor continues Liana's mission as our greatest promotor outside of the United States! The concert featured works by Liana and works written to honor her. There was music and performances by Jasmin Cowin, Nuh Dolby, Serban Nichifor, Robert Voisey, and this piece which was premiered in Bucharest by Serban on cello, here premiered on viola by the always excellent Midori Sadamatsu Witkoski

Our 4th Annual Composer's Voice Guitar concert was June 10, 2012 featuring music and performances by Tsuyoshi Furutsu; Kenji Haba; Sylwia Kloc; Joe Gianono; Eva Ingolf; Gene Pritsker; Kathleen Supové; Kurt Toriello; Kai Watanabe and Sergio Roberto de Oliveira's "18 Strings" performed by the New York Guitar Trio:

June 24, 2012 Composer's Voice featured composer's from the Electronic Music Midwest festival; performing the works of Jay Batzner, Jason Bolte, Ian Corbett, Tony Higgins, Mike McFerron, David McIntire, and Rob Voisey

David McIntire, Mike McFerron, Ian Corbett, and Jay Batzner

July 8, 2012 Composer's Voice presented the premiere of the amazing Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Peter Reit, horn! This was the opener for an exciting concert featuring music and performances by: Yui Kitamura; Josh HEnderson; Kyoko Ogawa; Robert Voisey and this cool piece by composer and Fifteen-Minutes-of-Famer (horn!) Michelle McQuade Dewhirst "Grind" being performed by Yumi Suehiro, piano and Susan Davita Mandel, cello!

Sunday, August 26, 2012 1:00 PM Composer’s Voice presented Vision of Sound featuring PUBLIQuartet combining string quartets with modern dance. Returning from the summer break, Composer’s Voice begins its season with The Vision of Sound; a collaboration between composers, choreographers, dancers, and musicians to produce new choreographic works with music written by living composers. The pieces reflect the most current aesthetic sensitivities of representative composers and choreographers. The artists of Vision of Sound are committed to the promotion and performance of new works. This performance included compositions from composers: Robert Paterson, Doug Opel, and Mark Olivieri. and dances from choreographers: and Melanie Aceto, Joe Celej, and Hannah Seidel. with dancers Liz Beres, Courtney Drasner, Lauren Garson, and Brigid Gillis

Our September 9, 2012 Composer's Voice concert presented a 2nd Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Bruce Curlette, clarinet! Once again, he was AMAZING! The concert featured music and performances by: Robert Voisey; Roberta Michel; Mary Barto; Melanie Chirignan; Masatora Goya; Scott Hill; Faye-Ellen Silverman; and this beautiful piece by Greg Bartholomew performed by Denise Stillwell, violin and Yumi Suehiro, piano

Our September 30, 2012 Composer’s Voice concert gave us the opportunity to celebrate our 2nd Annual Children’s Month concert. This was music with children’s themes, about children, some even by children; but it certainly wasn’t “children’s music!” Suzanne Mueller premiered for us a collection of solo cello pieces by young composers (and a couple of young-at-heart- adult composers!)! Music and performances by Greer Baxter; Douglas DaSilva; Nicholas C. McConnell; Olive Eng; Randall Eng; J. P. Redmond; Jason DaSilva; Susan Mandel; Ethan Lombardi; Anne Goldberg; Chase Dobson; Hari Parameswaran; Devon Campbell; Henry Crystal-Ewing; Jimmy Pigott; Roger Blanc; Daniel Mihai; and Christian McCleer. Plus this beautiful performance of Robert Voisey’s “Music in Motion” performed by Nakyung Min, soprano and Seulki Han, viola! Yumi Suehiro and Josh Henderson

October 14, 2012 gave us an encore presentation of the amazing Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Beth Griffith, soprano and our first collaboration with Access Contemporary Music with musicperformances by Malcolm Dedman; Troy Ramos; Shiau-uen Ding; Sarah Carrier; and Seth Boustead’s “Numinous” performed by Josh Henderson, violin and Yumi Suehiro, piano!

October 28, 2012 demonstrated just how diverse the music of Composer’s Voice really is: the ever daring David Morneau teamed up with vocalist supreme to present an exciting, cutting edge performance of voice and live electronics with pieces by Scott Blasco; Rodrigo Baggio; George Brunner; Jay Batzner; Greg Dixon; Elliot Hughes; Kayla Pierson; Thommy Wahlström and David Morneau’s very own “Box Shy”!

David Morneau and Katie Crawford November 11, 2012 brought us guest curator Randall Eng who gave us a powerful lineup of new music with Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Alyssa Reit, harp; and music and performances by Conrad Cummings; Krista Martynes; Daniel Sonenberg; Maria Wagner and Amy Justman singing excerpts from Randall’s opera “Florida”, (Randall Eng, piano): November18, 2012 Choreographer Erin Bomboy presented “The Public Decides”: an experiment in which the choreography is established first and the composers have to write to it. 5 compositions were selected to compete for a commission. It was amazing, aesthetically satisfying and intellectually challenging to discover how each of the pieces changed the audience’s perspective of each dance presentation, despite having the same choreography. Nolan Stolz’ piece was selected as the final piece! Congratulations!!

December 9, 2012 ended 2012 with a Douglas DaSilva’s huge project: My Dad’s Violin. As part of the documentary he is making which explores the history of his Dad’s violin, DaSilva organized a call-for-scores for one-minute works for solo violin, dedicated to his Dad (who attended the concert!), and to be performed by a score or more violinists.
Music and performances by: Veronica Anghelescu: Rodrigo Baggio; Greg Bartholomew; Maya Bennardo; Katarzyna Bryla; Julius Bucsis; Rebecca Cherry; Tom Chiu; José Hernan Ciblis; Andy Cohen; Maria Conti; Douglas DaSilva; Stanichka Dimitrova; Matt Frey; Avner Finberg; Megan Gould; Masatora Goya; Christa Muller Hendricks; Jess Hendricks; Annette Homann; Eva Ingolf; Mari Kimura; Conway Kuo; George Kontogiorgos; Amanda Lo; Daniel Mihai; Idin Samimi Mofakham; David Morneau; Serban Nichifor; Nailah Nombeko; Sean O’Boyle; Sergio Roberto de Oliveira; Richard Palacio; Suzy Perelman; Jimmy Pigott; Michael Reit; Eric Segerstrom; Hana Segerstrom; Jamshied Sharifi; Faye-Ellen Silverman; Nicole Stacy; Denise Stillwell; Nolan Stolz; Robert Voisey; David Wolfson. After 31 pieces, from Bach-influenced to funk to experimental, the concert concluded with gem by Jason Ulysses DaSilva: A10 Thunderbolt performed by Conway Kuo who was able to tap into his inner-boy for this one! It’s a beautiful thing to witness a treasured family legacy, generously passed from one violinist to another, highlighting a veritable smorgasbord of musical delicacies from intrepid contemporary composers. The violin, no longer a sui generis instrument dedicated to a solo player’s predilections, emblematizes music as a bountiful gift, passed from hand to hand, spirit to spirit.

- Douglas DaSilva

The Tabla

The Tabla

A common myth says that the 13th century Indian poet Amir Khusrau invented the tabla when he split a large Indian drum, the mridangam, in two. In fact, the instrument didn’t even originate in India. Careful research now shows it to be the creation of Jerome P. Tabla of Calcutta, Indiana. Tabla was a basketmaker of ill repute because his “guaranteed waterproof” wares were instead guaranteed to leak, thanks to a fundamental misinterpretation of ASTM Standard C1127, “Use of Elastomeric Waterproofing Membranes with Integral Wearing Surfaces.” However, when Tabla’s baskets were struck with the hand in order to shake off the pervasive pools of water, they produced a pleasing resonance, which gradually led to their conversion from interwoven container to Hoosier membranophone, a happy happenstance that continues to this day.
- David Gunn -

Wishing you a
Healthy and Propserous

Happy New year!!!

May the new year bring you happiness and prosperity.

Warm wishes from Rob Voisey, Douglas DaSilva, and the entire team of Vox Novus.


Selections for the
60x60 (2012) European Mix

In celebration of 60x60's celebration of a decade of one-minute works. 60x60 has created its second UK Mix comprising of composers and sound artists from Europe. Robert Sazdov is the audio coordinator for this mix.

60x60 (2012) European Mix include:
Monty Adkins, Liana Alexandra, Samuel Andreev, Anita Andreis, Andreja Andric, Oleg Bezborodko, Tatjana Bohme-Mehner, Bernard Clarke, Ricardo Climent, Remigio Coco, Gordon Delap, Robert Dow, Roger Doyle, Gerald Eckert, Pamela Ferro, Ambrose Field, Massimo Fragala, Yannick Franck, Diego Garro, Christina Georgiou, Thomas Gerwin, Stelios Giannoulakis, Ana Gnjatovia, Oswaldo Gonzalez, Kerry Hagan, Kirsi Ihalainen, Fergus Johnston, Timo Kahlen, Panayiotis Kokoras, Gintas Kraptavicius, Giorgos Kyriakakis, Sebastian Ładyżyński, (Thorsten Scheerer and Dorothea Herrmann) Lilienweiss, Derck Littel, Coralie Lonfat, Wilson Mabry, Dario Moratilla, Josua Moreno, Tiago Morgado, Emma O'Halloran, Norberto Oldrini, Felipe Otondo, Robin Parmar, Aleksandra Popovska, Giuseppe Rapisarda, Robert Ratcliffe, Vladko Ribarski, Christian Schiller, Bernd Schumann, Julian Scordato, Carlo Serafini, Roger Sundstrom, Basar Under, Audun Vassdal, Clemens von Reusner, Duncan Williams, Tom Williams, Mark Wilson, Paul Wilson, and Maximilian Yip


a decade of
one-minute works
2012: a year in review

60x60 Year in Review

After a bit of a break, 60x60 opened 2012 with a video of the 2011 Athena Mix with composer and video artist Sabrina Pena Young. The 2011 Athena Mix was the first all women 60x60 mix and included composers: Eve Beglarian, Joan LaBarbara, Annea Lockwood, Maggi Payne, Pauline Oliveros, Daria Semegen, Judith Shatin , Alice Sheilds, and Laurie Spiegel.

Later this year in November Andy Hasenpflug with his dance colleague Ursula Payne and Jon Shumway brought 60x60 Dance (using the 2011 Athena Mix) to Slippery Rock University. Thank you Andy for bringing 60x60 Dance to Slippery Rock 3 years in a row!

Jay Batzner with his colleague Heather Trommer-Beardslee premiered 60x60 Dance with the 2011 Athena Mix to Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan
You can see the video of the performance here:
Click here for 60x60 Dance Video in Michigan

Thank you Jay and Heather for premiering 60x60 Dance for the first time in Michigan!

60x60 - celebrating a decade!

And then there was our 10th call for one-minute works. This year’s 60x60 call went very well with over 850 submissions from more than 30 countries from around the world.

Highlighting the works of more than 850 composers from around the world who have submitted to 60x60 in 2012. Works include every musical aesthetic from punk to neoclassical, free jazz to structure noise and glitch, ambient to text-sound, pop and R&B to environmental sounds. Artists from every professional career stage from teenage novices to seasoned veterans with acclaimed careers; from more than 30 countries of all ages, ethnicity, and gender. We completed our goal to have works to create at least 10 mixes to celebrate the 60x60 Decade. The mixes include the 60x60 Presenters Mix, 60x60 EMM Mix, 60x60 Athena Mix, 60x60 New York Minutes Mix, 60x60 Voice Mix, 60x60 European Mix, 60x60 Canada Mix, 60x60 UK Mix, 60x60 Composer Concordance Mix, and 60x60 International Mix

60x60 Radio Request Extravaganza

The Radio Request 10 Hour Marathon! Jim Cross with What's Next? Radio at WGDR hosted an unprecedented 10 hour marathon for the 60x60 Radio Request Extravaganza. 10 hours of one-minute works from 2012 submission for the decade celebration of 60x60. Thank you Jim! And thank you Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, who joined us that day in the studio too!

You can still listen to the show archived here:

60x60 Radio Request Extravaganza was also featured on Relevant Tones hosted by Seth Boustead on 98.7 WFMT in Chicago, Illinois. Relevant Tones has a page for the show here:

The first 60x60 2012 mix out of the gate was the 60x60 Presenters Mix featuring composers who have presented 60x60’s past, present, and future. The mix busted out strong with a review from its first performance in North Carolina. “a mix sure to delight; or at least some of the pieces will tickle your fancy” – Arts Now Series: 60 x 60 -By Karen E. Moorman CVNC

The 60x60 Presenters Mix has had 8 performances already this year and should garner several more in 2013 as a special 60x60 Video is being created for this mix by video artists: Zlatko Cosic, Patrick Liddell, and Sabrina Pena Young.

60x60 Canada

James Finnerty and Eldad Tsabary continue the 60x60 Canada Mix for its fifth year. With two performances in 2012 in St Johns and a premier performance in Vancouver, this 60x60 Canada mix has many exciting performances in store for 2013.

Two 60x60 mixes had their premiers this year!

The 60x60 Composers Concordance Mix debuting in NYC at Spectrum.

And the 60x60 EMM Mix including composers who have participated I both 60x60 and the Electronic Music Festival. This mix was created specifically for EMM; the festival instigated the first 60x60 Midwest Mix and has presented 60x60 at its festival for 8 years.


Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Fifteen Minutes of Fame


Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Jacqueline Martelle (flute)

Deadline January 1, 2013

Vox Novus is calling for one-minute solo flute works composed for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Jacqueline Martelle to be performed at the Mother’s Day, May 12, 2013 Composer's Voice concert in New York City. The one-minute FLUTE works are to be written specifically for this project, which will be performed by Jacqueline Martelle. As a mother of three adult sons, Martelle suggests that the compositions may incorporate any aspect of the theme of Mother’s Day, including childhood, motherhood, sons, daughters, parents, etc. The compositions should be for solo flute.

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Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Liana Valente
(voice & piano)

Deadline January 1, 2013

Vox Novus is calling for one-minute pieces for soprano Dr. Liana Valente with piano composed for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame to be performed Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the Tuesday Music Club (an affiliate member of the National Federation of Music Clubs) in Lakeland, Florida. The one-minute pieces are to be written specifically for this project. The concept of these compositions revolves around Dr. Valente singing and playing the pieces; Dr. Valente has a powerful and expressive soubrette/coloratura voice with a rich and full middle range; she possesses moderate piano skills, able to accompany her voice studio members when singing German Lieder, French melodie, American art songs and operatic repertoire such as Mozart’s “Deh vieni,” and “Porgi amor” and Massenet’s “Va! laisse couler mes larmes.” The call is for scores that incorporate humor, poignancy, satire, and/or other surprises into the compositions.

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Composer's Voice

Composer's Voice


Vox Novus is calling for five-minute pieces composed for West Point Woodwind Quintet, to be performed at the May 11, 2013 Composer's Voice Presents concert at the Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg Pennsylvania. The five-minute quintet pieces are to be written specifically for this project, which will be performed by the West Point Woodwind Quintet. All works must be five-minutes or less.

The theme of this call is the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. Inspiration for the pieces can be drawn from Civil War, art, literature, political commentary, historical events, or anything else that can be associated with the Civil War. We would like to encourage composers to be as creative as possible while working within this framework. We are seeking original music and are avoiding variations and arrangements on previously composed music. Please take into consideration the need to maintain the sacred atmosphere of Gettysburg. Pieces should be for: flute in C or alto flute; oboe or English horn; Bb clarinet or A clarinet or bass clarinet; horn in F and bassoon. Submissions must be for full quintet: no solos, duets, trios, or quartet pieces will be considered.

Extended techniques for all instruments are welcome. "New Directions for Clarinet" by Phillip Rehfeldt is a good, standard reference choice for extended clarinet usage. There are also many online resources for extended technique advice and notation. If there is any question about the composer's intent involving extended techniques, the performers can get in touch with the composer.

Submission guidelines:
-Submission Deadline: March 11, 2013
-Works written for wind quintet.
-No solos, duets, trios, or quartets
-Works must be submitted as a PDF file with a picture of the composer, 50-word biography, and 50-word program note about the piece.
-Do not submit sound files
-Works must be realistically five-minutes or less in length. No works over five minute will be reviewed.
-Works need to be submitted via email to: -The subject line should read - WPWQ- Gettysburg-Composer Name - Composition Title
-The 50-word biography and 50 word program notes must be pasted as text in the body of the email. Please do not send these as attachments.
-The composer's picture must be attached as a jpg file.
-The score must be attached as a pdf. (performance notes should be included with the score.)
-Include the dedication to West Point Woodwind Quintet on the score
-Works should be composed specifically for this project and its performers. All pieces must be premieres and not previously written or performed.

No works over 5 minutes will be reviewed. Multiple submission are discouraged. Send your best work! The results will be announced on or about April 11, 2013 on the Vox Novus website, and the selected composers will be notified by email.
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