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  • Memories of My Hometown 

    Liu, Yintong (2021)
    My orchestral piece, Memories of My Hometown, has two movements: I. Pine Trees Standing on the Snowy Mountain; II. Passionate Land. After studying abroad for many years, I yearned for my hometown in China and hoped to ...
  • The Tale of the Southern Tour 

    Li , Shaosheng (2021)
    The Tale of the Southern Tour for orchestra is commissioned by The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Shaoguan City in Guangdong province in 2019. The piece received its world premiere in December 2019 at the Guangzhou ...
  • The Wanderer in the Depths of Dreams for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Two Percussionists, Piano, Classical Guitar, Violin, Cello, and Live Electronics 

    Zou, Hao (2021)
    This piece is the final piece of music composed using my favorite techniques and styles before entering my doctorate program. For me, it marks both a watershed of my professional development and a brand-new start. Drawing ...
  • Going off the rails: exploring the impact of the railroad on the development of musical culture in Kansas City, Missouri (1869-1905) 

    Roderer, Gabriella (2021)
    Kansas City, Missouri, is a musical oasis in the United States. In addition to being considered one of the four original jazz centers, local audiences also enthusiastically welcome art music and experimental music of all ...
  • Antumbra - Concerto for Classical Guitar and Chamber Orchestra 

    Owen-Leary, Patrick (2021)
    Antumbra (ænt - UHM - bruh) is a concerto for classical guitar and chamber orchestra with programmatic elements based on the toils of self-discovery. The Latin word ‘antumbra’ (‘ant-‘: “before”; ‘umbra’: “shadow”) describes ...
  • "Oh, When the Wiz": An Ethnography of Communal Music-Making in Kansas City Soccer Culture 

    Gillock, Nicholas (2021)
    If you have spent any amount of time in the United States, you have certainly encountered the frenzied culture around professionalized sports. Attending a game, you have likely engaged in some participatory music-making ...
  • Compromise (Fusion) for suona and orchestra 

    Ling, Kwan Leung (2021)
    Compromise (Fusion) (for suona and orchestra) is a work that delves into the chemistry between the suona and a Western approach to orchestration. The suona has not yet been fully “discovered” by composers. Traditionally, ...
  • Flashbacks : for percussion trio 

    Wang, Siqi (2021)
    Flashbacks is a five-movement piece for percussion trio. This work aims to explore the unique sounds and effects of various combinations of percussion instruments. Each movement emphasizes a distinct theme: motif and ...
  • String Quartet I 

    Whitney-Johnson, Laura (2021)
    String Quartet I is a composition in four movements for string quartet. Each movement expresses a specific emotional and sensory experience with rainwater. Movement I, "Flood Plain," was inspired by wetlands in Nebraska ...
  • Book of Birds 

    Berlinsky, Paul Stanton (2021)
    Book of Birds is a composition for flute and electronics inspired by birds. Throughout human history, artists have developed stories and music about the natural world around them. In this piece, Book of Birds, I am adding ...
  • Viola Concerto 

    Rocha, Sofía Aasland (2021)
    This work seeks out a few different questions in each of its movements, present always though is the question of the relationship between the individual and group. This relationship comes to the fore in the genre of concerto ...
  • Mountains in the Distance 

    Cholodenko, Devin (2021)
    This thesis explores the mechanics of musical composition and orchestration through the lens of an orchestral tone poem. The work presents various musical materials with characteristics and qualities in accordance ...
  • Musical multiplicities: The lives and reception of four post-Romantic women 

    Beasley, Bryanna (2021)
    Many musical women were active during the Romantic and Post-Romantic eras. They hailed from a variety of backgrounds, and worked in a variety of musical vocations. This thesis focuses on four of these multi-talented ...
  • "Truly Qualified": The Transnational Reception of Giovanni Rovetta's Music in Seventeenth-Century Europe 

    Eades, Lacie Marie (2021)
    Early modern Venice flourished artistically and musically as one of the most cosmopolitan cities in all of Europe, and the Basilica of St. Mark’s represented the visual and musical power of La Serenissima. Giovanni Rovetta, ...
  • Broken Gourd 

    Gallo-Balma, Giuseppe Junior (2021)
    Broken Gourd for Wind Ensemble uses elements from Dominican and Haitian folklore such as rhythms taken directly from the Afro-Latinx communities (mainly from Haitian voodoo drumming) combined with melodic lines that imitate ...
  • "O Wake in Me": Contextualizing Vocal Writing, Text-Setting, and Harmonic Syntax in Richard Strauss's Deutsche Motette, Op. 62 

    Shannon, Alexander Michael (2021)
    As a composer, Richard Strauss is best known for his operas, symphonic (tone) poems, and lieder. Scholars, however, have placed less analytical focus on his choral music. A key component of nearly all of Strauss’s music ...
  • Allied Armada, A Dynamic Soundtrack for a Real-Time Strategy Computer Game 

    Hoffman, Anderson (2020)
    Allied Armada is a Real-Time Strategy game, with a Sci-Fi setting in outer space. The soundtrack was composed with a dynamic system that allows it to respond to what is happening within the game; broadly, it can switch ...
  • The Awakening of Insects 

    Liu, Yizhang (2020)
    The Awakening of Insects is the third of the twenty-four solar terms in the traditional Chinese calendars. In China, people believe that during this solar term, thunderstorms will wake up the hibernating insects, indicating ...
  • A New Space (new) for Mixed Jazz Chamber Ensemble 

    Witter, David James (2020)
    A New Space (new) is scored for a mix of chamber orchestral instruments and jazz instruments, and unfolds in three movements. They progress from a celebration of intentionality and traditional composition in the first, to ...
  • (asymmetries of matter) 

    Booker, Jonathan Leonard (2020)
    (asymmetries of matter) is a work for chamber ensemble comprised of voice, trumpet, trombone and bass clarinet, as well as a series of four shorter solo works, one for each instrument of the ensemble, that are embedded ...

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