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News and Updates:

The University of Victoria School of Music is Now Accepting Applications for Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees in Music Composition.

Scholarships, Fellowships and Teaching Assistantships are available to qualified candidates. Applications for graduate study should be made by January 15 of the year in which the student wishes to register. Later applications will be considered if space is available. The deadline for fellowship consideration is February 15.

The composition area of the School of Music has a long reputation for experimentation and innovation, attracting students from across Canada and internationally. The faculty consists of composers, involved in both creation and research, whose works are performed at major festivals and concert venues throughout the world. Our students have received awards and tenure-track teaching positions at home and abroad.

The Graduate Program includes private and seminar instruction in composition, and courses in musicology and theory. Opportunities are available to work in the School’s computer music studios and to take part in solo and ensemble performance. Candidates for the degree are required to complete several extensive original compositions. These works are normally performed during graduate study.


Dániel Péter Biró, Associate Professor for Composition and Music Theory
Christopher Butterfield, Associate Professor for Composition, Chair
John Celona, Professor for Composition
Kirk McNally, Computer Music, Audio Specialist, Recording Engineer
Gordon Mumma, Adjunct Faculty
Andrew Schloss, Professor for Composition and Computer Music



Salt New Music Festival at Open Space
Victoria, BC, Canada

The Salt New Music Festival will take place on May 25, June 1 and June 2, 2013 at at Open Space, Victoria, BC, Canada. Guests include the Tsilumos Ensemble (Victoria, Canada) , Ensemble Dal Niente (Chicago, USA), the Experimental Studio (Freiburg, Germany) and the Quasar Saxophone Quartet (Montreal, Canada).

For more information please contact Chris Reichie, Open Space New Music Coordinator at


Heidelberg Award for Women Artists Goes to Isabel Mundry

Isabel Mundry, one of Germany's leading women composers, has been awarded the "Heidelberger Künstlerinnenpreis" 2011. Endowed with 5,000 euros, the prize is being bestowed for the 20th time and is the only award of its kind in the world. It will be presented to her on Wednesday, 19 January, following the fourth philharmonic concert in Heidelberg. Among the previous winners are Adriana Hölszky, Ruth Zechlin and Misato Mochizuki.
Mundry's work Zeichnungen for string quartet and orchestra will be performed at the concert by the Apollon Musagète Quartet and the Philharmonisches Orchester Heidelberg under the direction of Eiji Oue. The recording will be aired by DLF at 21:05 on 10 April 2011. The world premiere of the work, which deals with the relation- ship between closeness and distance, took place in Cologne in 2006 with the Arditti Quartet and the WDR Symphony Orchestra under Lothar Zagrosek. According to the jury, Isabel Mundry has, with her "highly nuanced, finely modeled and intensely color- ful" works, "rendered outstanding services in a uniquely personal manner toward the development of contemporary music in the 20th and 21st centuries." Mundry, a for- mer professor of composition and music theory at the Musikhochschule Frankfurt, has been a professor of composition at the Zurich Hochschule der Künste since 2004. She has already been honored with many awards.


Music from Stanford <541> Vol. 4
Innova 733

Works by Alexander Sigman, Juan Cristòbal Cerrillo, Mauricio Rodríguez, Patricia Elizabeth Martinez, and Kristian Ireland, performed by Eliot Gattegno, Ensemble SurPlus, SoundGEAR, and the Formalist Quartet.


The New Cello, Vol. 1: American Composers
Franklin Cox, Cello
Centaur Records CRC 2994

Figment (1994) Elliott Carter                       
Toccata (1984) Ben Johnston                       
Willow (2003) Stuart S. Smith           
Clairvoyance (1989) Franklin Cox                       
Figment 2 (2001) Elliott Carter                       
Duo for Two Cellos (2005) Ben Johnston - arrangement by Franklin Cox of the Duo for Two Violins (1978)
Said, nearly (1996) Stuart S. Smith           
Recoil (1994) Franklin Cox                       

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