Celebrated composer Augusta Read Thomas conducted a master class with East Carolina University composition students while visiting campus March 21.
Thomas served as guest composer for the School of Music’s NewMusic@ECU Festival, held March 18 – 27. Her pieces were performed during the festival by the ECU Wind Ensemble on March 20, and by ECU faculty violinist Hye-Jin Kim and pianist Melvin Chen on March 21.
Thomas is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an honor society of 250 architects, composers, artists and writers. Election to the academy is considered the highest formal recognition of artistic merit in the United States. She joined the group in May 2009.
In 2007, her ASTRAL CANTICLE was one of the two finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Music.
Thomas is a composition faculty member at the University of Chicago, and served as composer-in-residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1997 through 2006.
For additional information about Thomas, visit http://www.augustareadthomas.com/index.html.