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Announcing the 2011 General Call Winners!

Wild Rumpus is delighted to announce the winners of our general call for scores: Nicholas Omiccioli (Invisible Worlds) and Liza White (Groove III)! Nick & Liza’s pieces will be part of our first concert, on December 10 at ODC Theater, San Francisco. (More Info) We also want to call out our three other finalists: Caroline MallonĂ©e (Shadow Rings), Charles Halka (Trio), and Gilad Cohen (Trio for a Spry Clarinet, Weeping Cello and Ruminating Harp). We’ll be hanging onto Caroline, Charles, and Gilad’s pieces for future performance consideration.

If you come out in December, you’ll be able to meet Liza and Nick yourselves and talk to them about their work, but here’s a little bit about both of them to get you started:

Nicholas Omiccioli

Nicholas Omiccioli

Nicholas S. Omiccioli is currently a Preparing Future Faculty Fellow at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Production Coordinator for newEar Contemporary Ensemble. His works have been performed throughout the United States, Italy, Thailand, and China. He has recently been commissioned by the Souse Institute at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival and the Wellesley Composers Conference.

Liza White

Liza White

Liza White’s music has been performed by Alarm Will Sound, ALEA III under Gunther Schuller, Fifth House Ensemble, the Charlestown Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet, and many other world class musicians. Her work draws on a broad spectrum of real life experiences, including growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, living in major cities, enjoying a wide variety of music and cultural entertainment, and exploring issues of social justice. Liza is currently based in Chicago, where she is working on a doctorate in composition at Northwestern University and teaching at Northwestern, Access Contemporary Music, The Merit School of Music, and People’s Music School.

Thanks again to everyone who applied for our call: we chose these five pieces from fifty-five submissions, and the decision was an extremely difficult one. Our general call is essentially always open (the call for next season’s open now!), and our needs as an ensemble are bound to change from season to season, so please send us your work again!


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