Contemporary Composition

Contemporary Composition

The North Dakota State University Challey School of Music, the American Choral Directors Association, and the American Composers Forum presented the "NDSU Choral Symposium: Contemporary Composition in America" in 2015.

Noted composer, conductor, and lecturer Eric Whitacre headlined the three-day symposium, and presented sessions on his music and work with NDSU choral ensembles.

Composers, conductors, choral enthusiasts and music students participated in sessions highlighting American choral music of both emerging and established composers.

Topics to included commissions, publishing, second-performances, composition competitions and programming. Guest presenters included nationally and internationally known composers.

Headliner: Eric Whitacre

The Contemporary Composition in America Choral Symposium is honored to have worked with world-renowned composer and conductor Eric Whitacre during the symposium.

Featured Choir: Cantus

Minneapolis-based choral ensemble Cantus performed as our featured choir.

Featured Presenters

Several internationally-known presenters discussed a variety of topics during the symposium.

More Information

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This project was supported in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.