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VOX NOVUS NEWSLETTER - New Music for the 21st Century
> POSTCARD: Hypermegahorn
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> PERFORMANCE: 60x60 Presenters Mix in Miami
> PERFORMANCE: Composer's Voice - 3rd Annual Children's concert
> RESULTS: Fifteen Minutes of Fame with Giuseppe Lupis
> Fifteen Minutes of Fame - call for works for violin
> Fifteen Minutes of Fame - call for works for violin and viola
> Composer's Site - composer opportunities

The Hypermegahorn

The Hypermegahorn

The hypermegahorn, the largest member of the horn family and the second biggest instrument ever built, resembled a French horn with an overactive pituitary gland. Its seven-octave range of C-3 to C4 was the widest of all wind instruments. The hypermegahornist used both legs and fingers to play the instrument: legs to pump the treadle that worked the bellows that pressurized the air; and fingers to stick in his ears when the sound expelled from the bell passed 125 decibels. “Which was way too often,” complained Buzz Dinklaker, its first and only player. Use of the hypermegahorn in symphonic literature was limited due to its abrupt decommissioning. On October 15, 1960, following a performance of Etude Bruté for Hypermegahorn and Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, the instrument was to be moved to the Brooklyn Academy of Music for a subsequent concert. But at Seventh and Houston, the giant horn mysteriously tumbled off of the truck, embedding itself in an empty lot. Before the instrument could be recovered, the realtor on whose lot it landed had rented it to the new U.N. representative from Burkina Faso, who immediately declared it a sovereign two-story studio apartment. It still is. Oh, and the biggest instrument ever built, the leviathorn? Naturally, that’s quite another story.

David Gunn

David Gunn

Upcoming Performances

60x60 Presenters Mix

Composer's Voice

Sunday, September 23, 2013 8:00 PM

60x60 Presenters Mix

On September 23,2013 at 8:00 PM Charles Norman Mason in conjunction with Vox Novus will present the 60x60 Presenters Mix at the Clarke Recital Hall, Frost School of Music, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. The unique 60x60 format creates a listening experience which all audiences enjoy. Every 60 seconds the listener is presented with another audio work by a different composer; works vary in style and aesthetic to create maximum variety. 60x60 is always changing and evolving throughout the hour presenting a new aural experience each minute. Each 60 second miniature is synchronized with an analog clock, so audiences can see exactly where they are and follow along with the program for the hour performance. The clock also marks the passage of time for the individual minute giving a unique experience to how we perceive time and music.

September 23, 2013
8:00 PM, Clarke Recital Hall
Frost School of Music
University of Miami
5501 San Amaro Drive
Coral Gables, Florida
Free Admission

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Composer's Voice

Composer's Voice

Sunday, September 29, 2013 1:00 PM

Composer’s Voice Presents it’s 3rd Annual Children’s Month concert

Ths Composer’s Voice concert will feature Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Cross Island Trio, Suzanne Muller, cello; Sandy Tepper, clarinet; and Elinor Abrams Zayas, piano including 15 one-minute pieces by 15 composers from around the world. This international collaboration will present the music of Kevin Holland, Steven Serpa, Bob Siebert, David Heuser, Benjamin Williams, Steven Kreamer, Masatora Goya, John Spartan & Libby Moyer, Helga Beier, Adam Giese, Ruben Toledo, Scott Brickman, Tim Labor, Dominic Dousa, and Alan Elkins.

The Annual Children’s Month concert is created to highlight the works of young composers. It is designed to explore the work of what our younger composers are writing today and to give them opportunities to have their works performed and heard by audiences. There will be performances of the works by Jesse Berman, Jason Ulysses DaSilva, Nuha Dolby, Moaz Mneimneh, Jimmy Pigott, J. P. Redmond, and Vrinda Trivedi.

With performances by Elisa Brown, Katarzyna Bryla, Hui-Chuan Chen, Alexandra Frederick, and Melissa Wimbish

Praised by The New York Times for her “stylish singing” and by The Boulder Daily Camera as “simply incredible…the highlight of the entire evening,” soprano Melissa Wimbish is quickly garnering recognition for her artistry, technical prowess, and captivating stage presence.

Soprano Elisa Brown has appeared at Carnegie Hall, and has performed extensively for The Zaraspe Foundation on behalf of UNESCO and other philanthropic organizations throughout the Americas and in Spain. Off-Broadway, she performed the lead role in the Italian Baroque-inspired Spirito e Core.

Poland’s brilliant young violinist Katarzyna Bryla has won first prizes in the National Children's Art Competition in Warsaw at the very young age of eight, National Violin Competition in Gdansk; National J. S. Bach competition in Zielona Gora where she was also awarded a special prize for the best performance of Bach, and the International Contemporary Music Competition in Warsaw.

Also included in this performance will be choreography from Gabriel Chajnik. Gabriel Chajnik is the choreographer and Director of TranscendanceGroup, a contemporary dance company based in New York and New Jersey under the mentorship of Juilliard faculty emeritus, Maestro Hector Zaraspe. Gabriel's choreography has been presented at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.; Alice Tully Hall; Clark Theater; The Juilliard Theater; The Manhattan School of Music; and George Street Playhouse.

Dancer Jessica Black was selected as the top ballet student of the year under the Jacques d'Amboise Award. As a scholarship recipient in the Alvin Ailey School’s Fellowship Program, Jessica was chosen to perform with the Alvin Ailey company in "Memoria" at New York City Center. Under the tutelage of the Master of Jazz, Luigi, Jessica was the first American to perform his work "Solitude" in several New York venues. Jessica has performed with Edgar Cortes Dance Theater, Ballets with a Twist, and Eglevsky Ballet.

Composer's Voice Concert Series is an opportunity for contemporary composers to express their musical aesthetic and personal compositional "voice." Since it beginning in 2001 the Composer’s Voice concert series has presented more than 100 concerts.

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Composer’s Voice Concert
Sunday September 29, 2013 1:00PM
Jan Hus Church
351 East 74th Street
New York, New York

Compsoer's Voice


Calendar of Vox Novus Events
Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Announcing results for
Fifteen Minutes of Fame with Giuseppe Lupis
“Happy Birthday Maestro Verdi”

Notable composer Giuseppe Verdi was born on October 10, 1813. To celebrate his bicentennial, composers submitted works for solo piano inspired by the music or life of Giuseppe Verdi and the theme "Happy Birthday Maestro Verdi." Compositions include themes by Verdi, imitative of Verdi's music, or have some connection.

Composers selected for this Fifteen Minutes of Fame include: Joel Ahn, Rodrigo Baggio, Erik Branch, Scott Brickman, John C. Griffin, Monroe Golden, Ben Herbert, Jona Kümper, Steven H. Markowitz, Marcus Karl Maroney, Jerry McCutcheon, Eurydice V. Osterman, Andrew Smith, Aurelio Scotto, and Betty Wishart

Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Giuseppe Lupis, piano is to be premiered October 10, 2013, 8.00 p.m. Sherman Van Solkema Concert Hall, at Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan.

You can find more information here

Composer's Site

New Opportunities

Expiring Opportunities


Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Fifteen Minutes of Fame


Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Tzu-En Lee

Deadline: August 8, 2014

Vox Novus is calling for one-minute pieces composed for Solo violin with a theme of Taiwanese Folk Music. This Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame for Tzu-En Lee is to be premiered on March 8, 2015 for the Composer’s Voice concert Series at the Jan Hus Church in New York City. The theme “Taiwanese Folk Music” should serve as an inspiration for the composers. Ms. Lee is not looking for arrangements; she wishes to inspire the composers to write original music to exemplify her love for Taiwanese music.

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Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: andPlay
Maya Bennardo violin and
Hannah Levinson, viola

Deadline: September 26, 2013

Vox Novus is calling for one-minute pieces composed for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: andPlay, with Maya Bennardo, violin & Hannah Levinson, viola to be premiered on January 26, 2014 for the Composer’s Voice concert series at the Jan Hus Church in New York City.

andPlay is committed to expanding the existing violin/viola duo repertoire through performing rarely heard works and commissioning emerging composers. This New York City based duo of Maya Bennardo, violin, and Hannah Levinson, viola, first played to an eager crowd on Fire Island in the summer of 2012, and can be seen performing this season at Caffe Vivaldi, 109 Gallery, and the Concerts on the Slope series. Maya and Hannah met while studying at Oberlin Conservatory, and continued their educations at New York University and the Manhattan School of Music, respectively. Despite living on opposite sides of the city, the members of andPlay enjoy taking the subway to meet for rehearsals and delicious baked goods.

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