WOU: Composers Workshop VI

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Department of Music

February - May, 2010

General Information

Western Oregon University presents its 6th annual Composer's Workshop with four days of guest composers & performers. The workshop aims to foster the creation, growth and appreciation of contemporary music in the University’s local and regional communities by providing a forum of composition-related topics, presentations, and performances for the following clientele: Composers of any age who are at the early and formative stages of their creative activities; Studio and classroom music teachers engaged in teaching beginning composition techniques; Western Oregon University students and faculty; and Community members.

Guest Performance Ensemble - February 9, 2010

Moscow String Quartet
Moscow String Quartet

The Moscow String Quartet gained international acclaim after winning the 1978 Leo Weiner International Quartet Competition in Budapest. The next year, the quartet triumphed at the International Quartet competition in Evian, France.

Since then, the Moscow String Quartet has played to consistent critical acclaim in the major concert halls in Europe, including regular performances at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, Wigmore Hall in London, repeated appearances at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, and the Academy of Arts in Berlin. In addition, the quartet has appeared in many prestigious festivals, including the Paris and City of London Festivals, Berliner Festwochen, Stratford-upon-Avon and Cheltenham Festivals, Casals Festivals in Prades and San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Catalonia Festival in Spain, and the Newport Festival. In North America, the Moscow String Quartet has performed in New York City (Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Frick Collection), Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Detroit, Chicago, Dallas, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Seattle, Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa. In 1996, the ensemble was invited by Madeleine Albright to perform at a White House Christmas Concert. From 1991-96, the quartet was in residence at the Lamont School of Music in Denver, and in 1997 at the University of Colorado in Denver. Upcoming engagements include performances at Lincoln Center, the Freer Collection of the Smithsonian and at the Concertgebouw.

The Moscow String Quartet has recorded for MCA, Fine Arts Records, Russian Disk, Channel Classics and Melodiya, including works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Schnittke, Denisov, and Glinka.

Composer's Workshop Schedule - Moscow String Quartet

Composer's Reading Session
February 9, 1PM Rice Auditorium
Free & open to the public!
Composers: K. Elmore, J. Humlie, A. Molatore, W. White, & S. Withee

Guest Performer & Composer - May 13, 2010

Janet Feder
Janet Feder

A native of Boulder, Colorado Janet Feder is the former Chair of the Music Department at Naropa University (2006-09) where she currently serves as core faculty. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Musicology from the University of Massachusetts (1983).

Most widely known for pioneering composition for prepared guitar, Janet has been featured on many recordings; among them are solo projects Speak Puppet (ReR Recommended Records/UK 2001) and Ironic Universe - a CD & DVD featuring Fred Frith (AdHoc Records/USA 2006) as well as compilations for Zerx Records (Albuquerque, NM; 1999-07) and 156 Strings for Cuneiform Records (2002) featuring the work of the most innovative acoustic guitar players worldwide today.

Janet has taught extensively in the United States and toured both solo and with her duo cowhause (with Colin Bricker, live electronics) from both coasts of the U.S. to London, Marseille, Brussels and Tel Aviv. Performances in prestigious modern music festivals in Europe include MIMI (Marseille, France 2004), The London Musician's Collective (London, 2004), and Music Unlimited (Wels, Austria 2006).

She has performed and collaborated with Fred Frith, Elliott Sharp, Nels Cline, Henry Kaiser, Mike Keneally, Amy Denio, Chris Cutler, Mike Johnson/Thinking Plague, Paolo Angeli, Wu Fei, Erik Deutsch, Thomas Dimuzzio - all legends of modern music.

Janet is also an Advisory Board member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association for whom she is an advocate and guest lecturer. In her free time she is an avid cyclist.

Guest Composer - May 7, 2010

Dave Metzger

Phil Collins, Dave Metzger, and Mark Mancina recording the soundtrack to Brother Bear

Dave Metzger

Dave Metzger is a composer as well as an orchestrator with a long track record of success. Among his strengths are his versatility and his exquisite attention to detail. He is equally comfortable composing broad lyrical music for full symphony orchestra, as well as synth grooves for contemporary urban music. In addition, he has a reputation in the industry for his craftsmanship and efficiency. He orchestrates all of his own scores, and he was the sole orchestrator for G. I. Joe, Ice Age 3, Night At The Museum 2, Bolt, Training Day, August Rush, Shooter, and Tarzan, among others. Dave has also worked on Broadway and was nominated for a Tony award for his orchestration of The Lion King.

Dave was born in Corvallis, Oregon and began composing music in the 7th grade for choir and jazz band. He received his degree in music from Cal State Long Beach, and he did graduate work at UCLA, receiving the award of "Outstanding Graduate Student" in the process. During this time he got his start in commercial music by working on promotional videos and the Ice Capades, as well as arranging music for legendary jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson. From 1992 to 1997, he arranged over 200 cues for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Over the past ten years, Dave has developed a close working relationship with Grammy award-winning composer Mark Mancina. Through his work with Mancina and Disney studios, among others, he has arranged music for Phil Collins, Melissa Etheridge, Elton John, John Legend, and more.

Guest Performer - Rescheduled for Fall 2010

Joan Paddock

Joan Paddock

Joan Paddock was the first woman to earn the Trumpet Performance Doctorate from Indiana University where she also receieved her MM and BM in education. A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Paddock has performed as guest soloist in Mexico, Europe, Japan, Jordan, Isreal, Southeast Asia, and Canada. She has performed with the Chestnut Brass, Pioneer Brass, Oregon Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Portland Opera, La Camerata Nuove, Linfield Chamber Orchestra, and the Salem Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared in the Britt, Cascade, Bloch, Cabrillo, and Norsk Hostfest festivals.

Dr. Paddock currently serves as conductor of the Linfield College Wind Symphony and Concert Band and is a Bach Trumpet Clinician for the Selmer Music Instrument Corporation.

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