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School of Music

JCA Composers Orchestra

Founded in 1985 by Butler University Composer-in-Residence Michael Schelle, the JCA Composers' Orchestra ("New Music Ensemble") is dedicated to the preservation (and presentation) of music by "not-dead-yet" composers.

The versatile, energetic, action-packed JCACO programs (nearly 250 concerts on and off campus since the mid-1980s) consist of new works by many JCA student composers as well as twentieth-century/avant garde classics and experimental new music by highly-respected contemporary composers from across the US and abroad. Featured guest composers with the JCACO over the past two decades have included George Crumb, John Adams, Chinary Ung, Christopher Young (film composer of Species, Hellraiser, etc.), Paul Chihara, David Stock, Dinos Constantinides, Karel Husa, Jim Fox, Elliott Schwartz, James Mobberley, Henry Gwiazda, Rocky Reuter, Masao Honma (Tokyo) and Aleksander Vujik (Prague).

Fire of Desire! From November 9-14, 2011, JCA was proud to host an "east meets west" symposium with guest composers and artists from around the world presenting their music and research. Here, our distinguished panel looks on as guest composer Kazuaki Shiota speaks.

Have you been to a recent Composers' Orchestra concert? If not, here's what you're missing!

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