UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Commissioned Composers

Annual Commissioned Composer Project Since 1967

The project, which began in 1967 by Professor Emeritus Conrad De Jong, is the longest standing program of its kind in the United States, putting a national spotlight on the UWRF Music Department. Each year, student members of the Commissioned Composer Project select and commission a composer to write a piece of music for the student body, and arranges for that composer to come to the campus in the spring to interact with the students and take part in the premiere performance of that work.

Conrad De Jong is a highly acclaimed and accomplished composer of international renown. He has 30 published commissions to his credit and, since 1970, has received annual awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. In 1980, he was a featured composer at New Music America. His music has been performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Town Hall in New York City, and on the Today Show.  Internationally, his works have been performed in Canada, South America, Europe, Australia and Japan. One of his numerous commissions, Variations on the Spanish LaFolia, has been recorded by the Dorian Wind Quintet on its Summit Records CD, American Premiers.

As a teacher, he was especially proud of his students work in composition and their performances with the University of Wisconsin-River Falls New Music Ensemble. He also takes great personal gratification from the establishment and continuation of the UWRF Commissioned Composer Program. 

Commissioned Composer Student Organization

The University of Wisconsin River Falls hosts the longest running collegiate commissioned composer project in the USA.   Founded by Conrad de Jong, we celebrated the 50th anniversary in 2016 with Amy Williams, composer and Mr. de Jong on campus with another amazing premier.  


Students participate in all aspects of the Commissioned Composer Project.  Guided by advisor Patti Cudd, the composers come to campus and share a new work created for the UWRF Music Department.   Students of this organization meet on a regular basis to plan, prepare, and host the week long residency in spring semester.   Join this group of creative thinkers who make a difference in the world of music.

 


 

51st Annual Commissioned Composer Concert

Jocelyn Hagen composes music that has been described as “simply magical” (Fanfare Magazine) and “dramatic and deeply moving” (Star Tribune, Minneapolis/St. Paul). Her first forays into composition were via songwriting, and this is very evident in her work. The majority of her compositional output is for the voice: solo, chamber and choral. In 2015, Test Pilot, her dance opera collaboration with choreographer Penelope Freeh, received a Sage Award for “Outstanding Design,” and the panel declared the work “a tour de force of originality.” Her melodic music is rhythmically driven, texturally complex, and has recently become more experimental in nature. In 2013 she released an EP entitled MASHUP, in which she performs Debussy’s “Doctor Gradus Ad Parnassum” while singing Ed Sheeran’s “The A Team.”

Her commissions include Conspirare, The Minnesota Orchestra, the American Choral Directors Associations of Minnesota, Georgia, Connecticut and Texas, the North Dakota Music Teacher’s Association, Cantus, the Boston Brass, The Metropolitan Symphony, and The Houston Chamber Choir, among many others. She is currently an artist-in-residence at North Dakota State University and regularly composes for their ensembles. For ten years she was a composer-in-residence for the professional choir she also sang in: The Singers, under the direction of Matthew Culloton. Her music has been performed all over the world, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City. Her work is independently published through JH Music, as well as Graphite Publishing, G. Schirmer, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Fred Bock Music Publishing, and Boosey and Hawkes.

Commissioned Composer Concert

Thursday, March 23, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.
William Abbott Concert Hall
Free Admission


51 Years of Commissioned Composers

2017 Jocelyn Hagen- CROWN OF WEEDS

2016 Amy Williams-  MISE-EN-SCENE

2015 Mark Applebaum ~ CLICKTRACK 

2014 Guy Klucevsek ~ LITTLE BIG TOP (SUITE) 

2013 Fang Man ~ CONCERTO FOR PIANO, PERCUSSION AND WIND INSTRUMENTS 

2012 Cort Lippe ~ MUSIC FOR OCTET AND COMPUTER 

2011 Conrad DeJong ~ EARTHSONGS II 

2010 Michael Colgrass ~ ZULULAND 

2009 Julia Wolfe ~ GUARD MY TONGUE 

2008 Mark Melllits ~ PRIME 

2007 Lars Jansson ~ RIVER FALLS SUITE 

2006 John Luther Adams ~ ...AND BELLS REMEMBERED... 

2005 Stephen Paulus ~ JUBILATE! 

2004 Michael Torke ~ FOUR WHEEL DRIVE 

2003 Christian Wolff ~ PEACE MARCH 9 

2002 Anthony Braxton ~ COMPOSITION NO. 307 

2001 Pauline Oliveros ~ SOUND PATTERNS AND TROPES 

2000 Jared Spears ~ LEGACY 

1999 Judith Lang Zaimont ~ PARALLEL PLAY 

1998 Fred Sturm ~ RIVERSCAPE 

1997 Joseph Turrin ~ SOUNDINGS 

1996 Conrad De Jong ~ EARTH SONGS 

1995 Jennifer Higdon ~ WILD MAN DANCES 

1994 David Revill ~ ORENDA 

1993 James Fritschel ~ COME LET US SOUND WITH MELODY 

1992 Lois V. Vierk ~ PLAIN OF SIX GLACIERS 

1991 Mary Ellen Childs ~ IN EACH OTHER'S PRESENCE 

1990 Joel Chadabe ~ JAM 

1989 John Zorn ~ RUAN LINQYU 

1988 Libby Larson ~ BAC 

1987 Morton Feldman ~ FOR STEFAN WOLPE 

1986 Harold Budd ~ ODD ANTHEMS AND STILL ROOMS 

1985 Irwin Bazelon ~ FOURSCORE 

1984 Fisher Tull ~ QUODLIBET 

1983 Frederic Rzewski ~ SATYRICA 

1982 Sydney Hodkinson ~ ALTE LIEBESLIEDER (Book III) 

1981 Stephan Chatman ~ SCREAMS AND WHIMPERS 

1980 Edwin London ~ PSALM OF THESE DAYS V 

1979 Barbara Kolb ~ CHROMATIC FANTASY 

1978 Richard Felciano ~ THE SEASONS 

1977 John Cage ~ QUARTET 

1976 Leslie Bassett ~ WIND MUSIC 

1975 Henry Brant ~ A PLAN OF THE AIR 

1974 William Albright ~ INTRODUCTION, PASSACAGLIA, AND RONDO CAPRICCIOSO 

1973 Stephen Chambers ~ SKETCHY BLUE BOP AND TONE PRAYERS 

1972 Mel Powell ~ SETTING 

1971 Barney Childs ~ WHEN LILACS LAST IN THE DOORYARD BLOOM'D 

1970 Ross Lee Finney ~ THE REMORSELESS RUSH OF TIME 

1969 Chou Wen-Chung ~ YUN 

1968 Donald Erb ~ THREE PIECES 

1967 Vincent Persichetti ~ CELEBRATION

 

Conrad De Jong

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Conrad De Jong, composer and professor emeritus, initiated the commissioned composer event in 1967 at the school's Spring Fine Arts Festival. De Jong's intention from the beginning was to ensure that contemporary trends in American music would become part of the repertoire of UW-River Falls music students.

For more information, view "Bravo Maestro!

Jocelyn Hagen, 2017 Commissioned Composer

 Jocelyn Hagen Photo

Concert: March 23 at 7:30 p.m. 

Several UWRF commissioned composers have been featured on the Minnesota Public Radio program "American Mavericks."

Listen to the music, as well as personal interviews, with these and other composers at MPR's American Mavericks' website.

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715-425-3183
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