Student Accomplishments

Western Michigan University's music composition program has a long history of student accomplishments. Students have had success in composition competitions, adjudicated conference and festival participation, and summer programs. Additionally, students seeking graduate study have traditional been successful at top institutions. Below is a recent list of our student accomplishments.

2014

Doug Williams was accepted as a participant in the Fresh Inc. summer festival.

Bernie Walasavage received a performance of has woodwind quintet by Gale Force 5 at the University of Massachusetts.

Andrew Maxbauer was accepted to the 2014 Society for Composers Inc. Region V Conference with his piece, "For Piano."

Matthew Fountain was accepted to the 2014 Society for Composers Inc. Region V Conference with his piece, "Disorders."
John Joseph Treadway was accepted to the 2014 Society for Composers Inc. Region V Conference with his piece, "Jungian Cognition."

Eliot Hedeman was accepted to the 2014 Society for Composers Inc. Region V Conference with his piece, "Time Changes."

Andrew Maxbuaer was accepted to the 2014 Society for Composers Inc. Region VIII Conference with his piece, "For Piano."

Irving Angulo's work "Sublimate" for fixed media is one of four finalists for the Allen Strange Award, which is "an annual award to celebrate the best undergraduate or high school electro-acoustic composition." The award is administered by the Society for Electro-acoustic Music in the United States.

Adam Lenz’s work "Sloth" for violin and audiovisual media was selected for presentation at the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology at Connecticut College as a part of the 14th Biennial Symposium for Arts and Technology in New London, Conn.

Neal Endicott’s "Come Slowly, Eden" was selected for Vox Novus’ Fifteen Minutes of Fame for Javier Perez Garrido’s concert in February 2014 at Conservatorio Profesional de Musica de Cartagena (Murcia), Spain.

2013

Bernie Walasavage’s "Vine No. 1 for Chamber Orchestra" was performed by the Vine Orchestra in December 2013.

Valeria Jonard's work "Envy" for violin and interactive audiovisual media was accepted to Electroacoustic Barn Dance, an adjudicated national conference.

David Fisher's work "Salience" for fixed media was accepted to Electroacoustic Barn Dance, an adjudicated national conference.

Adam Lenz’s "L'évadé" was performed by percussionist Peter Breithaupt on a concert in conjunction with Ensemble Kalamazoo at the First United Methodist Church in Kalamazoo, Mich., in November 2013.

Eliot Hedeman’s work "Time Changes" was selected for performance as part of the Electronic Music Midwest Festival, a national adjudicated conference, in Kansas City, Kan., in October 2013.

Adam Lenz’s "Sloth" for violin and audiovisual media was selected for performance at the 2013 Electronic Music Midwest Festival, a national adjudicated conference, in Kansas City, Kan., in October 2013.

Adam Lenz’s "Morelia Piece" was selected for inclusion in the Closet Music Travel Pack being produced in London, UK, in September 2013.

Adam Lenz was in residency as a participant in the Watermill International Summer program in Watermill, N.Y., in July and August of 2013

Brian Ritzer’s wind ensemble work was performed by the Kalamazoo Central High School in May 2013.

Ensamble Liminar chose "Viento Agua Piedra" by Valeria Jonard from an international call to be performed in their 2013 season.

David Fisher's work "Non-Fundamental Forces" was selected as the winner of the 2012-13 Franklin G. Fisk Composition Award for Chamber Music.

2012

Valeria Jonard's work "Broken Harp" for comb and interactive electronics was selected for Electronic Music Midwest Festival, an adjudicated national conference, in Joliet, Ill., in October 2012.

Andrew Maxbuaer was an auditor at the 2012 June in Buffalo summer festival.

Pianist and composer Cassandra Kaczor performed work by WMU composers on a tour that included performances at Kent State University, Kalamazoo College, and WMU.

Andrew Maxbuaer work "Quartet" was selected for the 2012 Society for Composers Inc. National Student Conference at Capitol University in Ohio.

Valeria Jonard was selected as the winner of the 2012 Ron Nelson Award for restful music and her work "El Letargo De Las Ballenas" (The Whale’s Lethargy) was performed by the WMU symphony orchestra.