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> RESULTS: 60x60 Pacific Rim Mix
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> Fifteen Minutes of Fame - call for works for piano solo
> Composer's voice - Call for scores for the Tom do Brasil Band
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Upcoming Performances

Crane Harp Ensemble

Fifteen Minutes of Fame


The Crane Harp Ensemble celebrates its fifteenth season with four performances of Fifteen Minutes of Fame on concert tour through New York State from Potsdam to new York City.

The Crane Harp Ensemble comprised of multiple harp players creates a unique atmosphere by performing as harp duos, trios, quartets, and as a full ensemble. It is a rare opportunity to see several harp players performing together as an ensemble. This Composer’s Voice concert is part of a New York State tour which starts in Potsdam with a live video stream performance at the Crane School of Music and ends in New York City.

Fifteen Minutes of Fame is 15 one-minute works by different composers specifically written for The Crane Ensemble. The composers include: Erik Branch, Inna Buganina, David Heinick, Elbert Liu, Martin Loridan, Roger May, Buck McDaniel, Michael Mikulka, Akmal Parwez, Robert Percy, Edward Ruchalski, Curtis Nathaniel Smith, Gregoria Karides Suchy, Christopher M. Wicks, and Farcry C. Zuke.

In addition to the Fifteen Minutes of Fame “suite”, two other works featured on this concert have been written for the Crane Harp Ensemble: Ryan Mix’s When/Where Lightning Strikes at the T and Two Brothers Dance in Spacetime: Two Amalgamating Memories of Adolescence and their Art of Deliquescing Entropy, and a newly-commissioned work by John Paul Brabant titled Soliloquy.

Also on this program are Domenick Argento’s The Angel Israfil, Caroline Lizotte’s Raga, Gregoria Karides Suchy’s Save, O Lord, Thy People and Sufjan Steven’s Chicago, arranged by ensemble member, Mikaela Davis.

Founded in 1999 under the direction of Dr. Jessica Suchy-Pilalis, Professor of Harp and Music Theory at the Crane School of Music, SUNY-Potsdam, the ensemble enjoys playing new and unusual music for multiple harps.

This year, the Crane Harp Ensemble is comprised of seven collegiate harp majors: Katherine Berquist, Emily Chevrette, Mikaela Davis, Katherine Federiconi, Gillian Macchia, Kelsey Munz and Anna Wiegandt.

Composer’s Voice Concert Series is an opportunity for contemporary composers to express their musical aesthetic and personal “voice” created in their compositions. The “Composer’s Voice” concert series has presented over 100 concerts throughout the world premiering the works of thousands of living composers.

Performance Dates and Venues

November 5th at 7:30 pm
Snell Hall
Crane School of Music
Potsdam, NY
Live video streaming accessed at

November 8th at 7:30 pm
Brighton Town Hall Auditorium
2300 Elmwood Ave
Rochester, NY

November 9th at 2:30 pm
Calvary Methodist Church
15 Ridge Place
Latham, New York (Albany area)

Composer’s Voice featuring the Crane Harp Ensemble
Sunday, November 10, 2013 1:00 pm
Jan Hus Presbyterian Church
351 East 75th Street
New York, NY 10021-3798

Church of the Heavenly Rest,
2 East 90th St.,(Fifth Ave at 90th St.)
New York, NY
(reduced program)


Calendar of Vox Novus Events

Announcing results for
60x60 (2012) Pacific Rim Mix

The 60x60 Decade celebration continues with another mix selected for upcoming performances, the Pacific Rim Mix. The Pacific Rim Mix is the first alternate mix ever created for the 60x60 besides the International Mix. This year's Pacific Rim mix was curated by Alan Shockley.

Composers selected for the the 60x60 (2012) Pacific Rim Mix include:

Fabian Avila, Ignacio Baca-Lobera, Brian Belet, Jon Bellona, John Biggs, Benjamin Boone, Sarah Boothroyd, Mollie Budiansky, Madelyn Byrne, Patricio Calatayud, Dofi, Lawrence Dolton, Emily Doolittle, Gil Dori, David Drexler, Suzy Easton, Frank Ekeberg, Soressa Gardner, Leyton Glen, Michael Golden, Kraig Grady, David Hahn, Bruce Hamilton, Lorne Hammond, Abby Helasdottir, Yoko Honda, Allison Johnson, Adam Johnson, Gretchen Jude, Anton Killin, Jahyun Kim, Hoyong Lee, Jay-Dea Lopez, Monica Lynn, Sylvi MacCormac, Scott Mallory, Jr., Tomoko Momiyama, Alexander Mouton, Mary Lou Newmark, Julia Norton, Maggi Payne, Diego Pinzon Garcia, Christopher Prosser, Aleksander Pusz, Juan Ramirez, Troy Ramos, Steve Roberts, Aldo Rodriguez, Lee Rosevere, Bettie Ross, Lanier Sammons, John Schappert, Dylan Sheridan, Ray Sherman, Alan Shockley, Cris Sirc, Andres Suarez, Yuji Suga, Paul Turner, and Georgia Webb

You can find more information here



It was a crisp autumn evening in midtown Manhattan. Scores of pedestrians, each with a story to tell, bustled up and down the sidewalk as a never-ending flotilla of cars and trucks streamed past on 7th Avenue. The pennants attached to the top of the newspaper kiosk at the corner of 57th Street fluttered gaily in the breeze. Nearby, a shoeshine man cheerfully plied his trade on a women’s pair of elegant alligator wingbacks. And in front of the renowned Carnegie Hall stood a man, a one-man band, his instruments wrapped around him like a noisy cocoon. He was playing – was it Schubert? Huddled in the shuttered doorway of the Eureka Café across the street, Dan nodded solemnly. He well knew that melody. It was the opening strains of the 9th Symphony, the same tune that that damn ninja had hummed as he and his black-clad chums coolly chopped up his family last July. Eloise, Mabel and little Boise, all reduced to breadbox-sized chunks in a matter of minutes. And all the while, that guy kept humming that damn tune. And now, that man across the street was playing it! Dan peered at him. Maybe he wasn’t a musician after all. Maybe he was really a ninja! If only he knew some kung fu, he’d go across the street, make him stop! But wait. Now the man was playing that little set of pipes. A panpipe, that’s what it was called. Ooo, now Dan found that sound oddly soothing. Its reedy quality tickled his ears, made him forget all about the ... the ninjas. A businessman hastening by paused to read Dan’s sign and fling a dollar into his hat. Dan smiled thinly at him, nodding his head in acknowledge-ment. Just another four hundred ninety-one dollars and those kung fu lessons would be his! Across the street, the man had abruptly stopped playing. He was coughing and clutching at his throat. No, don’t stop, thought Dan. The absence of the panpipe was so disconcerting that it seemed louder than the honking 7th Avenue traffic. Except now those car horns sounded like the Schubert symphony melody! “Nnnnnnnnn,” moaned Dan. ‘Nnnnninja!’ replied a voice in his head. And then he saw them, a hundred black-clad warriors disguised as insects with pincers attacking the man in front of Carnegie Hall. Ninjas! He must do something! But then his attention was drawn to the woman who dropped another dollar in his hat. He smiled crookedly. Only another four hundred ninety to ...

David Gunn

David Gunn

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Call for Surround Sound Works: 60×60

Deadline: December 1, 2013

Vox Novus and Harvestworks are inviting composers and sound artists to submit recorded works as 5.1 audio 60 seconds or less in length to be included in a special 60×60 project collaboration in New York City.

60×60 is calling for works one-minute in length for 5.1 audio playback.

60×60 is a one-hour-long show made by sequencing 60 pre-recorded pieces by 60 different composers, each piece a minute in length or shorter. This 60×60 call for works is a unique collaboration with Harvestworks in New York City to create a 5.1 surround sound mix which will be premiered at Harvestworks multichannel TEAMLab listening room in Spring 2014.

Deadline for 60 second compositions for 60×60 is December 1, 2013.

There is no admission fee.

Works selected for the 60×60 5.1 will be announced in January 2014. The 60 works selected will be announced on the Vox Novus newsletter NM421 as well as the 60×60 and Harvestworks websites.

Any questions regarding the call for works can be addressed to:

Any questions regarding the technical aspects can be addressed to:

Click here for more details at Harvestworks

Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Fifteen Minutes of Fame


Daniel Sachs, piano
Hommage à Ravel

Deadline: November 9, 2013

Vox Novus is calling for one-minute pieces composed for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Daniel Sachs, piano to be premiered on March 9, 2014 for the Composer’s Voice concert series at the Jan Hus Church in New York City. The theme of this call is: Hommage à Ravel: Colors of sound and popular/folk idoms for the 21st century

Daniel Sachs, piano Born in Basel, Switzerland, Daniel Sachs earned his first degree in piano performance in his home town followed by studies in Paris, France, and Lübeck, Germany. In 2005, he completed his doctoral degree in piano performance at the College-Conservatory of Music (University of Cincinnati), where he studied with James Tocco. Mr. Sachs’ performances have brought him to venues such as the Fondation György Cziffrà in Senlis (France), the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, the Musiksaal in Basel and the Tonhalle Zürich, the Guest Artist Series at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, the University of Louisville and numerous other venues including performances with members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He performed with several orchestras and recorded solo works by Chopin and Rachmaninoff for the Swiss Radio. He is a founding member of the Mount St. Joseph Piano Trio and collaborates with his wife, soprano Rachel Sachs. Daniel Sachs is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at the College of Mount St. Joseph, where he teaches Piano and Music Theory. He lives in Lebanon, Ohio, with his wife, Rachel, and their three sons Samuel, Gabriel, and Nathaniel.

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Composer's Voice

Composer's Voice

Call for scores for the
Tom do Brasil Band

Deadline: April 18, 2014

Vox Novus is calling for short pieces (3-5 minutes) minute pieces composed for electric-jazz guitar and piano to be premiered by Rodrigo Baggio, guitar and Lis de Carvalho,piano)at the EMESP College of Music in collaboration with Composer’s Voice concert Series October 20, 2013 in São Paolo, Brazil

Call for scores for the Tom do Brasil Band - Bb clarinet or bass clarinet; guitar (electric jazz); double bass; and percussion

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Composer's Site
Composer's Site

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