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The Southeast Composers Symposium, a forum for open discussion and exchange of practical information for composers, will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Diehn Composers Room at Old Dominion University Saturday, June 24.

Sponsored by the Old Dominion University Libraries, the symposium will feature speakers Adolphus Hailstork, professor of music at Old Dominion, and Judith Shatin, William R. Kenan Jr. professor of music at the University of Virginia.

The daylong conference will conclude with a concert of six winning compositions from the Southeast Composers Competition, performed by members of the Virginia Chorale and Virginia Symphony and music faculty from Old Dominion and Hampton University. The concert will be held at 2 p.m. in Chandler Recital Hall. Both the symposium and the concert are free and open to the public.

More than sixty chamber music compositions were submitted for the competition by 40 different composers representing Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Instrumentation varies from solo flute to full chorus, and includes a variety of styles and interests, as well as a wide range of individuals from independent musicians to university faculty to student composers. Winners of the competition will not be announced until the day of the concert.

Shatin, a member of the University of Virginia faculty since 1979, is the recipient of numerous awards and commissions. She received her doctorate from Princeton University, a master's degree from The Juilliard School and her bachelor's from Douglass College.

Hailstork, who joins the Old Dominion faculty next month, was composer in-residence at Norfolk State University. He received his doctorate in composition from Michigan State University, where he was a student of H. Owen Reed, and studied at Manhattan School of Music, the American Institute of Fontainebleau and Howard University.

Funded by the Norfolk Foundation, the symposium is part of a continuing series that highlights the contemporary music collections of the F. Ludwig Diehn Composers Room.

For more information call 683-4175.

This article was posted on: May 30, 2000

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