THE COMPOSERS ORCHESTRA


Michael Schelle, founder / director / web design
Frank Felice, associate director / engineer
Karlheinz Stockhausen,  spiritual advisor

 


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COMPOSERS ORCHESTRA
was founded in 1982 by  MICHAEL SCHELLE


The heart, the soul and the lungs of new music at Butler University is the notorious
Jordan College of the Arts COMPOSERS ORCHESTRA (JCACO), the I-70 post-modern new music superhighway. The group is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of music by 'not dead yet' (or recently dead) composers but primarily serves as a performance ensemble / improvisation ensemble / breeding ground for the many university student composers.
The versatile, energetic, action-packed JCACO programs (over 250 concerts on and off campus since 1982) consist of new compositions by Butler student composers, 20th Century avant garde / experimental 'classics' and new music by contemporary composers from across the US and abroad such as: Steve Reich, Philip Glass, John Cage, Bruno Maderna, Meredith Monk, Louis Andriessen, David Tudor, Harold Budd, Charlemagne Palestine, Cornelius Cardew, Prince, Alvin Curran, Robert Ashley, Barney Childs, David Bedford, Dan Lentz, Laurie Anderson, Pauline Oliveros, Luigi Nono, Conlon Nancarrrow, Terry Riley, Christian Wolff, Phil Winsor, Yoko Ono, Eve Beglarian, Olivier Messiaen, Ornette Coleman, Murray Schafer, Toshiro Mayuzumi, Toru Takemitsu, Krzysztof Penderecki, Frederic Rzewski, Jacob Druckman, Akira Ifukube, James Tenney, Cecil Taylor, Elliott Schwartz, Elliot Carter, Thomas Newman, Danny Elfman, Franz Waxman  . . .


GUEST COMPOSERS 
we have brought to campus for concerts, masterclasses, workshops & seminars include: 

George Crumb, John Adams, John Corigliano, Hollywood film composer Christopher Young (2010, 2012), Chinary Ung, Sven-David Sandstrom, Elliott Schwartz, Steven Stucky, Christopher Rouse, William Albright, Stephen Gryc, Giya Kancheli, Paul Chihara, Arnold Franchetti, Henry Gwiazda, Dinos Constantinides, Karel Husa, Zae Munn, James Mobberley, Rocky Reuter, Andrew Simpson, Phillip Schroeder, Jim Fox, Nat Evans, Ariel Perez (Venezuela), Janos Kokonnen (Helsinki), Maseo Homna (Tokyo), Aleksander Vujic (Prague), Lai Sheung Ping (Hong Kong), Hifumi Shimoyama (Tokyo), Tagiru Fujii (Nagoya, Japan) and Akira Kobayashi (Nagoya, Japan)

 

JCFACO HAS RECEIVED ELEVEN (11) "MEET THE COMPOSER" / AMERICAN MUSIC CENTER GRANTS
FOR JCFACO GUEST COMPOSER RESIDENCIES SINCE THE 1990'S



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a few Butler University School of Music Composition Majors
with the infamous "IN C" composer, Terry Riley : February 2012






Terry Riley 
(in the yellow jacket)



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     THE COMPOSERS ORCHESTRA presents:  
     
     FIRE OF DESIRE
  symposium  :  November 2011


      Michael Schelle, director

      FIVE Japanese guest "Artists in Residence" for a week of concerts,
      lectures, panels, presentations, etc.

      Akira Kobayashi (composer)
      Tagiru Fujii (avant garde music scholar)
      Satsuki Inoue (musicologist)
      Hideki Kobayashi (painter and Van Gogh scholar)
      Kazuaki Shiota (composer / sound design artist)


 

      New Music panel with (L to R): Prof. Rusty Jones, Kazuaki Shiota, Dr. Elizabeth Mix, Tagiru Fujii,
      Akira Kobayashi, Prof. Satsuki Inoue, Shane Monds (Butler grad composer), Zane Merritt (SUNY Buffalo)


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CHRISTOPHER YOUNG, Guest Composer 

October 2010 and October 2012



Internationally-acclaimed Hollywood film composer CHRISTOPHER YOUNG visits with the composition students, the JCA Composers Orchestra and the Butler Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in 2010 and 2012.

CHRISTOPHER YOUNG has over 100 original film scores to his credit since the mid-1980's, including massive orchestral / choral scores for many cult horror, suspense and action blockbusters such as Nightmare on Elm Street, Species, Drag Me to Hell, Sinister, The Core, Hellraiser, Hellbound: Hellraiser 2, Ghost Rider, Drag Me to Hell, Tales from the Hood, Spiderman 3, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Grudge 1 and 2, The Fly 2, The Vagrant, The Dark Half, Bless the Child, The Tower, Hard Rain, Invaders from Mars, Jennifer 8, Urban Legend, The Dorm that Dripped Blood, The Uninvited, Judas Kiss, Entrapment, Swordfish and many more.  Not always so scary, Chris has also scored many dramatic and romantic comedy films such as The Wonder Boys, When in Rome, The Shipping News, Creation, The Man Who Knew Too Little, Hurricane and Rounders.

The BSO concert on 10/28/2012 included extended orchestra and chorus suites from Chris' terrorific scores for Priest (2011), Creation (2009), Bless the Child (2001) and Hellraiser/Hellbound (1988). During his five-day residency, Chris worked (often) with the Butler composition students, gave lecture demonstrations in composition/composing for film, and worked with the Butler Symphony Orchestra and chorus in preparation for the Halloween concert.

The BSO concert on 10/31/2010 included extended orchestral suites from Chris' scores for Hellbound / Hellraiser (1988), Spiderman 3 (2007) and Drag Me to Hell (2009). During his five-day residency, Chris worked (often) with the Butler composition students,
gave lecture demonstrations in composition/composing for film, and worked with the Butler Symphony Orchestra in preparation for the Halloween concert.



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October 2012:  film composer CHRISTOPHER YOUNG with the Butler Symphony Orchestra and Chorus:


VIDEO 1         VIDEO 2         VIDEO 3           VIDEO 4



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SCHELLEFEST 2010

 22 JANUARY 2010:  AN AMAZING SURPRIZE 60th BIRTHDAY CONCERT and PARTY

for Composers Orchestra founder / director  MICHAEL SCHELLE

Featuring JCA COMPOSERS ORCHESTRA and GUESTS

EIGHTEEN (18) brand new pieces written for the program !!

(composed by current students, past students and composers friends from across the U.S.

All the brainchild of Mrs. Schelle -  pianist/composer Miho Sasaki


VIDEO:

LEVESQUE  by Zane Merritt

O' VICTORY  by Brooks Frederickson

2 X 2  by Amanda Seyler

POSTCARDS FROM HELL  by Rocky Reuter


VIDEO

THE BIG GRAND FINALE  of SCHELLEFEST 2010: featuring the
"GODZILLA MARCH" (arr. by Miho Sasaki) and "Happy Birthday"
simultaneously in about nineteen different keys


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RECENT COMPOSERS ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS

JCA Composers Orchestra performs six home concerts each season, and occasional "run-outs":

2007: JCACO performs full-length concert at Anderson University, IN:  November 2007

2009: JCACO performs concert @ The Wood Room, Circle Theatre, downtown Indianapolis

2009: JCACO featured guest ensemble for Society of Composers, Inc. Region V Conference, Iowa, 10/09

2013:  Composers Orchestra Haiti Relief Fund Benefit Concert: 8 new pieces written (by Butler composers) for the program

2014:  JCACO on tour:  featured visiting ensemble for the Capital University (Columbus, OH)  NOW Music Festival -  February


Michael Schelle controls / tries to 'keep the peace' between the dueling trombones of Michael Krueger (L) and Rocky Reuter in a JCACO performance of Elegy by Jerry Troxell : Columbus, OH, February 2014.

          

   

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JCFACO HOSTS NEW MUSIC FESTIVALS / CONFERENCES


2005 SCI Region V Festival Conference : Midwest regional conference of Society of Composers, Inc. at Butler University. Nine (9) concerts (chamber, orchestra, band, choir) of members music, lecture series, etc.  Four days in November 2005


1985 SCI Region V Festival Conference :
Midwest regional conference of Society of Composers, Inc. at Butler University As co-chair of the region (1984 - 1996), I organized / hosted the festival/ conference which included 8 concerts (chamber, orchestra, band, choir) of members music, lecture series, etc.  Christopher Rouse, Guest Composer November 1985


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Graduate composition major KYLE WERNKE (red shirt) conducts 'Orchestra No. 3'
in Music for 4 Orchestras, Audience and Soloist by Elliott Schwartz






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COMPOSITION STUDIES  (B.M., M.M.)  @  BUTLER UNIVERSITY


SCHOOL OF MUSIC
JORDAN COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
BUTLER UNIVERSITY
4600 SUNSET AVENUE
INDIANAPOLIS, IN  46208

MICHAEL SCHELLE, Composer in Residence



BUTLER COMPOSITION STUDENTS  (majors :  BM, MM):                                                      

B.M. - Approx. 2 - 3 freshman are accepted into the competitive B.M. program each year. We have drawn regularly from the Great Lakes region, both coasts, (NY, NJ, PA, VA, CA, WA, OR),  New England, and have welcomed undergrad composition majors from many foreign countries including China, Japan, Brazil, Germany, Ireland, Canada and Thailand.

M.M. - Approx. 2 - 3 advanced composers are accepted into the competitive Graduate Composition program each year. Recent graduate students have come from St. Louis, Massachusetts, Dallas, Maine, Oberlin, California, New York City, the University of Redlands, Long Island, NYC, New Jersey, Connecticut, Ohio, Boston, California, Minnesota, Florida, Wyoming, Alabama, Iowa, Washington D.C., Washington State, West Virginia, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Oregon, Macedonia, Chile, Tokyo and Toronto.


BUTLER COMPOSERS  (after Butler University):                         

Over 250 BM/MM Butler composers have been accepted (most with graduate teaching fellowships) into advanced composition programs (MM, PhD, DMA) at many prestigious institutions across the USA and abroad including: Cornell University, Duke, Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Michigan, Michigan State, Rice University (Houston), Indiana University, Kansas, Boston University, Princeton University, University of Southern California (DMA, and FIVE (5) into the prestigious USC Film Scoring Program), University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, University of Chicago, NYU (New York University), SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Stony Brook, UCLA, The Ohio State University, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the Hartt School, Peabody Conservatory of Music, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin, University of Maryland, Northwestern University, UMASS, UCONN, Florida State University, University of Texas-Austin, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Oregon, Ithaca College, Syracuse, University of Washington-Seattle, University of Iowa, University of North Texas, Cal Arts and many more.

Many Butler composition students have been involved in the university STUDY ABROAD program, spending a semester - or an entire academic year - away from campus, including recent Butler composers studying in Austria, Germany, Italy, England, Ireland, China, Japan and many other countries.  Five (5) of the students have been awarded Fulbright Scholar awards for graduate study abroad, and awarded the prestigious 2-year Davies-Jackson Scholarship (in national competition) for study at the composition program at Oxford - Cambridge, England. Since 1995, 3 composition students have been awarded the prestigious Presser Scholarship.  After final degrees, Butler composers enjoy active careers as university teachers and professional composers across the country and abroad.


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