meet our emerging composer fellow:
Juventas' two-season Emerging Composer Fellowship includes commissions of varying scales, help with career advancement, mentorship from established composers and musicians, and other opportunities. The fellow is selected from composers whose music we have performed, usually first chosen from our bi-annual Call for Scores.
Leo Hurley has gained recognition with commissions and performances spanning the United States and Europe. Mr. Hurley has had the pleasure of writing for Maya Angelou's 80th Birthday Celebration, Europa Cantat XVIII, Grammy Award winner Pharoah Sanders, Beyond Words Dance Company and Sonnet Repertory Theater Company with performances Off-Broadway, The Lincoln Center Institute, as well as Alonzo King's LINES Ballet at the La Biennale Festival in Venice, Italy. Mr. Hurley recently reached international headlines with his new opera, The Body Politic (Charles Osborne, librettist), which follows a Trans refugee from Afghanistan as he navigates his new life in the American south. Having had its premiere in Boston as commissioned by the Juventas New Music Ensemble, the opera was then performed at the North Carolina State Assembly in protest of HB2. The opera will have its NYC premiere in spring 2017. In 2015, Mr. Hurley’s operaVEAL (Daniel Solon, Librettist) had it’s first workshop performance as part of Second Movement’s Rough for Opera series in London, England. In 2013, Mr. Hurley attended the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium in Eugene, Oregon and the highSCORE Festival in Pavia, Italy. In 2012, Molly Under the Moon, a film ballet, was an official entry at the Munich International Festival of Film Schools in Germany, Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, NC, and at the Tel Aviv International Film Festival in Israel. ZomRomCom: The Musical, another film produced at UNCSA, won Best Original Score at the College Television Awards the same year.
THE BODY POLITIC
"When Charles and I came to Lidiya Yankovskaya with a story that centered around a transgender Afghan refugee living in the American South, Juventas greeted us with an endless amount of resources, advisors, support and feedback, to make absolutely sure that this piece was told as respectfully and honestly as possible. And to hers and Juventas's credit, The Body Politic has been gaining traction in the communities it seeks to represent, and becoming a means to begin a dialogue during at time when people are more apt to speak than to listen."
meet some of our composers:
A multi-talented composer-conductor and one of the youngest faculty members at Indiana University (where he is on the Choral Conducting faculty and directs the contemporary vocal ensemble NOTUS), Dominick brings his knowledge of the voice to composition.
In 2014, Juventas premiered Dominick’s opera The Little Blue One with a libretto by Meghan Guidry. Juventas has also performed Dominick’s gorgeous song cycle for voice and cello, “And the barriers had vanished” and premiered his “Stabat mater dolorosa…” for ensemble, countertenor, chorus and viola da gamba, to be released with New Dynamic Records later this season.
Audio Clips: http://www.dominickdiorio.com/works
THE LITTLE BLUE ONE
peter van zandt lane
After completing his doctorate in composition at Brandeis University holding teaching positions at Brandeis, Harvard, Wellesley and MIT, 30-year-old Peter has recently relocated to serve as the Director of the Dancz Center for New Music and Assistant Professor of Composition at Georgia Hodgson School of Music.
In the 2013-2014 season, Juventas commissioned and premiered Peter’s full-length electro-acoustic ballet, HackPolitik, which brought the compelling story of the hacktivist conglomerate known as Anonymous to the stage.
Juventas New Music Ensemble & People Movers Dance /
November 2013, BU Dance Theater
Lidiya Yankovskaya (conductor), Kate Ladenheim (choreographer)
Full playlist of videos here.
Promo videos 1, 2 and 3.
A full recording of the ballet is available from Innova Records.
Read about the ballet on his website.
“Juventas has been a place to discover how my music interacts with other art forms, and to work with fantastic instrumentalists, and singers led by Lidiya Yankovskaya. I was honored to be commissioned by this ensemble, and found it wonderful to have the experience of bringing my music to life with them from the work’s very beginning. Their artistry and passion for the future of music has inspired me, and I’m very proud to be a part of it and working with them!”
At just 16, Benjy has a long resume of musical experience and skill that outshines many seasoned performers. His biography includes numerous solo appearances on the Met opera stage, a recital with Dawn Upshaw, and a full opera for which he wrote both text and music and which he led from the piano in a fully-staged production with professional singers. His music has won numerous awards and has been performed by major musical organizations. His talents aside, Benjy is a spectacular human being and utmost professional, and his love of music is just infectious!
Last season, we were thrilled to premiere his “From the Cave” for instrumental ensemble and vocal quartet and are thrilled to bring the work to our audiences again on January 30's Emerge performance.
FROM THE CAVE
Performed by Benjamin P. Wenzelberg
Juventas’ founders, Julia Scott Carey and Erin Huelskamp, first met Oliver Caplan at the European Musical Alliance in Paris, where the group poured over Nadia Boulanger’s method in counterpoint and keyboard harmony.
Over the years, Oliver has had a close relationship with Juventas. The ensemble has premiered several of his works, including, most recently, a comic opera entitled “The Cellist is Dead” at last spring’s Music in Motion performance at A.R.T.’s Oberon, and recorded several pieces on a CD of Oliver’s work entitled Illuminations. Oliver’s compositions are now being performed all over the country, including an upcoming co-commission between 8 different ensembles from across the nation!
Audio Clips: www.olivercaplan.com/music.html
THE CELLIST IS DEAD
Another behind-the-scenes video here.
“Two ships passing in the night…”
Oliver’s first composition with Juventas.