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Music Technology students’ works selected to national and international conferences and events

March 8, 2016 -- MSU News Service

Four music technology students at Montana State University have had their original musical compositions selected by jury for performance at national and international conferences, festivals, and events. From left, Luke Scheeler, Michael Andrews, Jaimie Lynn Hensley, Antonio Wellman. MSU photo by Sepp Jannotta.

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Jaimie Lynn Hensley, Michael Andrews, Antonio Wellman and Luke Scheeler, music technology students at Montana State University, have had their original musical compositions selected by jury for performance at national and international conferences, festivals and events.

“It’s a big achievement any time a student can get their work on a national conference or festival,” said Keith Kothman, director of the MSU School of Music. “But, it is an especially impressive accomplishment for these undergraduates. Usually, these opportunities go to graduate students. Their selection shows the exceptional quality we have in the School of Music--both students and their faculty teachers.”

Program head Jason Bolte and music technology professor Linda Antas agreed heartily with Kothman.

“These students were not just competing against other students, even graduate students,” Bolte said. “They were competing against faculty and other professional composers, as well. It’s quite an accomplishment.”

“To have a composition selected for performance at one of these events is equivalent to an English or biology major having a paper accepted for presentation at a major professional conference in those fields,” added Antas. “It’s not unheard of, but it doesn’t happen very often. We’re extremely proud of their accomplishments.”

Hensley’s work, “Permeation,” was selected for performance at the New York City Electronic Music Festival, an annual, multi-day festival featuring works by emerging and established composers, performers and sound artists from all over the world. It will take place in June at the Abrons Art Center in Manhattan. In addition, her video work, “Three Improbabilities,” was recently performed at the New Expressions: Women in Music Technology  ITIC Symposium 2016 at the University of California, Irvine, a symposium dedicated to increasing gender diversity in the field.

Hensley is combining interests in music and video games to study audio design and composition scoring for games, film and other new media. Currently a senior in MSU’s music technology program from Billings, she has previously earned a master's degree in creative writing and has worked in the fine art business.

Andrews’ work “Creatures in the Gears” was also selected for performance at the New York City Electronic Music Festival in June. The festival includes pieces for live electronics and fixed media compositions of up to sixteen channels of sound, works for acoustic instruments and electronics, multi-media pieces such as those involving video and dance, and various kinds of audio and video installations.

Andrews is a senior in the music technology program at MSU with plans to graduate this spring. He is a native of New London, New Hampshire.

Wellman’s composition “Brothers” will be performed as part of the Cicada Consort Marathon: Music of the Living, By the Living, and For the Living, at the University of Alabama on March 26. Cicada Consort is a charitable concert curation group primarily seeking to promote new music while simultaneously raising money for charitable causes. This year’s event will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for research on Parkinson’s disease.

Wellman, a senior music technology student from Butte, is a musician, composer and performer as well as an amateur photographer and filmmaker. An interest in both experimental and pop music has led him to create music that explores new combinations of the two.

Scheeler’s “Event Horizon” was performed in February at the national conference of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, called SEAMUS, the premier venue for the presentation of electroacoustic composition, performance and research in the USA, held this year at Georgia Southern University, in Statesboro, Georgia.

Scheeler, a percussionist, pianist, and aspiring composer, is a senior in the Music Technology program from Laurel.      

Contact: Jason Bolte, School of Music, (406) 994-5766 or jason.bolte@montana.edu