Archive for July 27th, 2010

Zhou Juan, Christopher Dietz win faculty appointments

While the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival was going on, two of our resident composers got some good news regarding their academic careers.

Christopher Dietz has won a one-year appointment as a full-time composition instructor at Bowling Green State University, home of the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music. Dietz’ music was performed at BGSU in 2008 and 2009 as part of the the university’s annual new music festival.

Meanwhile, Zhou Juan (pictured) has been appointed to a full-time teaching position in the composition department of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.

She hasn’t had much time to savor the news, though, because upon leaving Columbia, Zhou went to NYC to take part in the The Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute,  presented by The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University and the American Composers Orchestra. The event  “brings together jazz musicians from across the country to explore the challenges of writing for the symphony orchestra.”  You can see a short video interview with Zhou talking about her music here, and read more about the Institute here and here.

More coverage of Mizzou New Music Summer Festival

With the first-ever Mizzou New Music Summer Festival now officially part of history, we’ll have photos, audio and video from the inaugural fest available here very soon.

In the meantime, a few more news items about the Festival also have hit our inbox in recent days:

The MNMSF was featured in the July 22 edition of the online alumni news publication Mizzou Weekly, with a photo of Stefan Freund prominently displayed.

The Festival also recently got a mention in the context of Columbia’s overall arts scene from an aspiring young journalist taking part in one of Mizzou’s summer journalism programs, and was the subject of a brief item on the widely read blog Avant Music News.