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Composer Bios For Inaugural MNM Festival

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In various stages of their professional careers, the eight selected composers represent a cross-section of the diverse landscape of music being created today.  Concert attendees will have the rare opportunity to hear a concert completely comprised of world premieres by the following composers:

Pianist/composer Francisco Cortes-Alvarez was born in Mexico City and received a degree in music composition with honorific mention and the Gabino Barreda Medal from the National School of Music (ENM), National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).  Currently Cortes-Alvarez is pursuing a master’s of music degree in composition at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.  He received two consecutive Susan & Ford Schumann grants to study with Steven Stucky (2005) and George Tsontakis (2006) at the Aspen Musical Festival and School.  Cortes-Alvarez also has participated in workshops with composer Mario Davidovsky and the Cassatt String Quartet.  From 2006 to 2007 he served as resident composer for the ONIX Ensemble in Mexico;

The music of Milwaukee native Christopher Dietz has been recognized with honors and awards from the Camargo Foundation, the Banff Centre, Copland House, ASCAP’s Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, the Minnesota Orchestra Reading Sessions and Composer Institute and several other institutions.  Dietz holds a Ph.D. in Composition and Theory from the University of Michigan as well as degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the University of Wisconsin.  He currently is employed as a visiting assistant professor at the Oberlin Conservatory.  Recent commissions include works for the Mellon Foundation, the Toledo Symphony and the Utah Arts Festival Orchestra (;

Paul Dooley has “clearly learned how to deal with the orchestra,” stated composer Steve Reich.  The Omaha World-Herald said that his music “shimmered beautifully.” His compositions take inspiration from dance, nature and travel. Dani’s Dance (2007) received a 2008 Morton Gould Young Composer Award.  Encaenia (2008) was featured in a master class with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. Pomo Canyon Air (2005) has been performed by five different orchestras and read by the Detroit Symphony conducted by Leonard Slatkin.  Recent awards include a fellowship from the Aspen Music Festival and commissions from the Michigan Music Teachers Association and members of the San Francisco Ballet (;

Moon Young Ha combines classical instruments, video and electronics to create ethereal contemporary concert music.  His work has been presented at festivals and concerts in France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Serbia, Lithuania, Canada and the United States, including International Computer Music Conference, Bang on a Can Marathon, Vilniaus Veidai Festival, NoiseFloor Festival, KoMA Festival, Society of Composers Inc. Conference and others.  Recently, Ha has collaborated with visual artist/composer Dennis Miller.  The LOOS Ensemble, Eric Mandat, Florida International University Symphony Orchestra and the University of Illinois New Music Ensemble have performed Moon Young Ha’s music (;

From solo to orchestra, epigram to epic, Edie Hill’s music unfolds itself seamlessly in all spaces and idioms.  Presenters include Lincoln Center, LA County Museum of Art, Walker Art Center, Cape May Festival (NJ) and the Downtown Arts Festival (NYC).  A McKnight Artist Fellow in 1996, 2001 and 2006 and a Bush Artist Fellow in 1999 and 2007, Hill has been awarded grants from the Jerome Foundation, ASCAP, Meet the Composer, Chamber Music America and the Argosy Foundation.  Hill earned a bachelor’s degree in music composition and piano performance at Bennington College, where she studied with Vivian Fine, then earned her master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota with principal composition teacher Lloyd Ultan.  She also has studied extensively with Libby Larsen.  Currently Hill serves as composer-in-residence at The Schubert Club in St. Paul, Minn. and resides in Minneapolis, where she works as a freelance composer (;

Amy Beth Kirsten most recently was honored to have the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marin Alsop, read her new orchestra piece The Girl He Drew (November 17, 2009).  In 2009, she held a Creative Arts residency at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Italy to develop a new opera, and was a finalist for the 2009 Rome Prize in Musical Composition.  Kirsten held summer composition fellowships in 2009 at Norfolk New Music Workshop and Bang on a Can Summer Festival.  In recent years she was chosen to participate in the American Composers Orchestra’s 16thAnnual Underwood New Music Readings and was the winner of the 2006-07 Volti Choral Arts Lab Commissioning and Residency competition in San Francisco.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Jazz Studies from Benedictine University and holds a master’s degree in Composition from Chicago College of Performing Arts.  She graduates in May 2010 from Peabody Conservatory with a doctorate in music composition, and currently lives and works in New Haven, Conn.  Before moving to the East Coast, Kirsten ( was a regular fixture on the Chicago singer/songwriter scene, performing at such venues as Fitgerald’s Nightclub, Quenchers Saloon, The Subterranean, Katerina’s and Uncommon Ground;

Jeremy Podgursky is a composer/performer of acoustic and electro-acoustic concert music.  Hailing from Louisville, he is currently located in Bloomington, Ind., where he has a Jacobs School of Music doctoral fellowship (D.M.) at Indiana University.  Podgursky has studied acoustic composition with Don Freund, Steve Rouse and Marc Satterwhite and electronic music with John Gibson and Alicyn Warren.  Aside from his interest in concert music, Podgursky has a love/hate relationship with rock ‘n’ roll and finds himself writing and singing his own songs at the most inopportune times (;

A native of Sichuan, raised in Kelamayi, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China, Zhou Juan graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM) in Beijing, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Composition, studying with Guo Wenjing.  In 2007 she was named the first Edgar Snow Scholar from CCOM and started pursuing her doctoral degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, instructed by Zhou Long, Paul Rudy, Chen Yi and James Mobberly.  Currently she is a Chancellor’s Doctoral Fellow at UMKC.  As a promising composer, Zhou received the Chinese Music Golden Bell Award of the Association of Literature and Arts of China, GEDOK (Confederation of Associations of Women Artists and Patrons of the Arts) International Composition Competition, “Lia Tianhua” Award for Chinese Traditional Instrument, “Palatino” Awards, Staunton Music Festival Emerging Composer Award and twice the UMKC Chamber Composition Competition.  Zhou received commissions and fellowships from the Nieuw Ensemble, Kansas City Electronic Music & Arts Alliance, New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio, Virginia Arts Festival, California Summer Music, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Arts, Chinese Education Ministry, Viacom-Sumner M. Redstone Scholarship, Bao Steel Education Award, Fu Chengxian Commemorate Scholarship Foundation and Edgar Snow Foundation for her outstanding achievement on-and off-campus.  Her music has been performed in Beijing, Hong Kong, Germany, the Netherlands and the United States, and is well recognized for its infinite imagination, drama and delicacy (

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Ticketing Information For July Festival

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Ten world premieres, eight selected composers, four incredible performances, one extraordinary opportunity.

Purchase the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival Pass to attend all four concerts and save!  All concerts are general admission and will be held at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts in downtown Columbia (203 S. Ninth Street – get directions).

Adult Pass:  $35
Student Pass:  $20

Single tickets to each concert are also available:

  • July 12 @ 7:30pm – Alarm Will Sound – $10 adults/$5 students
  • July 13 @ 7:30pm – Lisa Moore Piano Recital – $10 adults/$5 students
  • July 15 @ 7:30pm – Composers That Rock w/Maestro Kirk Trevor & Lisa Moore – $10 adults/$5 students
  • July 18 @ 2:00pm – Eight World Premieres performed by Alarm Will Sound – $15 adults/$10 students


Call MTCA Box Office 573.875.0600 to charge by phone, or click here to purchase online.*  Call the MTCA Box Office or email for any questions reguarding ticketing.


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May 2010
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