CHRÓNOS is designed as a multidisciplinary symposium bringing together scholars, performers, composers, pedagogues, artists, and health and wellness professionals in an inclusive environment aimed at delving à l’intérieur of percussion studies and percussive processes.

 

 


The Art of Noise

 

“In antiquity, life was nothing but silence. Noise was really not born before
the 19th century. With the advent of machinery, noise reigns
supreme over human sensibility.” (pg. 4)

 

 

Event Details

Event: CHRÓNOS. An International Multi-Disciplinary Percussion Symposium
Organization: The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
Location: UTRGV School of Music, Brownsville Campus in Texas
Dates: April 4 & 5, 2019
Abstract Deadline: January 4, 2019

 

Participate in CHRÓNOS
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Note: The deadline for all entries is January 4, 2019.

 

 


 

Check back to learn more about the symposium schedule of events.

 


 

 

 

UTRGV School of Music invites abstracts for its international, multi-disciplinary percussion symposium with keynote address by Dr. John Parks IV. We invite proposals for paper presentations, interactive sessions, or posters/exhibits addressing the following theme and perspectives:


The Art of Noise by Luigi Russolo: “In antiquity, life was nothing but silence. Noise was really not born before the 19th century. With the advent of machinery, noise reigns supreme over human sensibility.” (pg. 4)
 

Reflective: “Primitive people attributed to sound a divine origin. It became surrounded with religious respect, and reserved for the priests, who thereby enriched their rites with a new mystery.” (pg. 5)
 

Current: “To excite our sensibility, music has developed into a search for a more complex polyphony and a greater variety of instrumental tones and coloring. It has tried to obtain the most complex succession of dissonant chords, thus preparing the ground for Musical Noise.” (pg. 5)


Forward: “We must break at all cost from this restrictive circle of pure sounds and conquer the infinite variety of noise-sounds.” (pg. 6)
 

We are looking forward to submissions from all music disciplines, including composition, theory, musicology, and ethnomusicology. We also welcome scholars and artists working on sustainability, sound studies, environmental studies, sound art, performance, pedagogy, drawing, painting, sculpture, graphic art, assemblage, collage, mixed-media, conceptual art, installation, photography, video art, animation; and, health and wellness professionals working with music therapy, physical therapy, experiential anatomy, kinesthetics, proprioception, somatics, anatomy, physiology, rehabilitation medicine, and electrophysiological kinesiology.

 

Submission Guidelines

Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words to silvia.lazo@utrgv.edu by January 4, 2019. The abstract should include title of the paper, name of the author, institutional affiliation, short bio, and any A/V requirements. Formats of presentation include paper presentation, interactive, poster/exhibit. Invitations to present will be sent via email by January 21, 2019.

 

Cost to Attend

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Sessions will consist of three to four presentations in a 90-minute session. Sessions will be divided equally between the presenters. Sound system, LCD projector and screen will be made available for presentations.

 

Poster/Exhibit will be open in concept with various presenters. This portion allows attendees to interact with the presenters one-on-one. Supplies will be provided: easel, tri-fold display board (36 x 48 inches or 91.4 x 122 cm), markers, pushpins, tapes, and table.

 

 


 

 

 

Call for Scores: Percussion Quartet. We invite works for percussion quartet referencing the beginning of the genre, current trends, and projection of the future, addressing the following theme and perspectives:

 

The Art of Noise by Luigi Russolo: “In antiquity, life was nothing but silence. Noise was really not born before the 19th century. With the advent of machinery, noise reigns supreme over human sensibility.” (pg. 4)
 

Reflective: “Primitive people attributed to sound a divine origin. It became surrounded with religious respect, and reserved for the priests, who thereby enriched their rites with a new mystery.” (pg. 5)
 

Current: “To excite our sensibility, music has developed into a search for a more complex polyphony and a greater variety of instrumental tones and coloring. It has tried to obtain the most complex succession of dissonant chords, thus preparing the ground for Musical Noise.” (pg. 5)


Forward: “We must break at all cost from this restrictive circle of pure sounds and conquer the infinite variety of noise-sounds.” (pg. 6)

 

In keeping with the theme of the CHRÓNOS Percussion Symposium, we are asking composers to submit scores for percussion quartet that are reflective of early percussion ensemble works, current in regards to present trends in percussion ensemble writing/style/ genre/size, and that project a way forward according to their view of the future of the medium.

 

  • Composers should consider referencing the early styles and instrumentation of works written by the following composers: Ionisation by Edgard Varése; Ritmica No. 5 & No. 6 by Amadeo Roldán; Toccata by Carlos Chavez; October Mountain by Alan Hovhaness; Trio for Percussion by Warren Benson; Quartet for Percussion by John Cage; and Constructions by John Cage (First, Second, or Third). The general list of percussion ensemble works by these composers are meant to serve as a guide for instrumentation and inspiration for your composition. However, submissions are not limited to the instruments these composers used.

  • The composers and works mentioned, have helped the percussion ensemble medium evolve into what could essentially be viewed as the “string quartet” of the 21st century; the percussion quartet. To keep with this trend, we ask that all submissions be written for four (4) percussionists.

  • How do you see the percussion ensemble/quartet evolving? Portray this in your composition sonically by exploring the instruments used in your piece, in new ways. If electronics are used, please include detailed explanations and directions for performance.

 

Scores
We welcome submissions by composers of all ages.


Entry Fee

  • $35 per submission

  • Composers are welcome to submit multiple works for consideration

  • Pay your entry fee here


Deadline and Guidelines

Submit scores and audio files January 4, 2019 to Chris Whyte at cwhyte@pdx.edu

  • Audio renderings or recordings of submissions are optional but highly encouraged

  • Submissions must not exceed twelve (12) minutes in length.  

  • Acceptable audio formats include midi, WAV, and MP3 files, not to exceed 25mb. WAV and MP3 are preferred.

  • Submissions are considered incomplete until all guidelines have been followed (i.e., PDFs sent and entry fee remitted).

  • Submitted works must be unpublished. Previously published works will not be considered.

  • Those whose works have been selected will be notified via email by January 21, 2019.

  • CHRÓNOS reserves the right not to award a winning composition based on the consensus of the panel.

 

Awards
Winning Composition - $500 Honorarium, premiere of your work by the UTRGV Percussion Ensemble live at CHRÓNOS, a live recording of the work from the performance, a video release of the piece via the CHRÓNOS YouTube channel by the UTRGV Percussion Ensemble, the opportunity to present your process and workshop of the piece with the premiering ensemble at CHRÓNOS Percussion Symposium, April 4 & 5, 2019 at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Music - Brownsville Campus


Second Prize - Invitation to present in a composers forum during CHRÓNOS Percussion Symposium, April 4 & 5, 2019 at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Music-Brownsville Campus.


Third Prize - Invitation to present in a composers forum during CHRÓNOS Percussion Symposium, April 4 & 5, 2019 at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Music - Brownsville Campus..

 

 


 

 

 

Competition Categories: Collegiate and High school Percussion Ensemble
 

Awards

  • Two collegiate and two high school percussion ensembles will be invited to perform at CHRÓNOS 2019 (April 4 – 5, 2019) at UTRGV

  • Each ensemble will present a showcase concert at CHRÓNOS. (50 minute maximum program length).

  • Selected ensembles are expected to assume all financial commitments (room, board, travel).

  • Standard large percussion equipment will be provided.

 

Eligibility

  • All collegiate/high school percussion ensembles are welcome to submit.

  • Professional ensembles are not eligible to submit.

  • Students must be enrolled in the school of the ensemble in which they are performing.

  • A Recording of your ensemble with a guest professional soloist is ineligible.

 

Entry Fee

  • $50 per ensemble

  • Pay your entry fee here

 

Guidelines

  • Submit recordings by January 4, 2019

  • Ensembles are welcome to submit up but not exceeding 30 minutes of recordings for review.

  • Recordings must be live performances in front of an audience. i.e. semester concert or etc.

  • Any submissions that include edited, session, or studio recordings will be disqualified.

  • In your submission, list the titles and composers for each submitted recording and include concert programs for submitted recordings for verification.

  • Recordings eligible for submission should be made from January 2018/December 2018.

  • Completed (recordings submitted and entry fee remitted by the deadline) submissions will be evaluated by a panel of three judges.

  • Acceptable audio formats include midi, WAV, and MP3 files, not to exceed 25mb. WAV and MP3 are preferred.

  • Ensembles will be notified of the results by January 21, 2019.