When doctoral music composition students at UC Davis hear their music played for the first time, they hear it played by professionals who are champions of new music with years of performance experience.
“It’s an absolute luxury to have these professional musicians play our work,” said student Jonathan Favero. “In many programs you have to beg, borrow and steal to find players.”
During the 2018 calendar year alone, student pieces have been premiered on campus by the Empyrean Ensemble, violinist Miranda Cuckson, electric guitar/percussion duo The Living Earth Show, Ensemble Dal Niente, the Lydian String Quartet, the Brooklyn Art Song Ensemble and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
“There’s no shortage of performance opportunities, especially for a research program, and that’s something that’s attractive to students,” said Kurt Rohde, Jan and Beta Popper Professor of Music and graduate advisor for composition and theory in the College of Letters and Science's Department of Music. “They can take it as far as they want to.”