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New Music Symposium

posters from the last 3 New Music Symposiums

History of the New Music Symposium

The New Music Symposium is a two to three-day annual event that combines concert performances with artist workshops. This event has been put on for over a decade and this will mark its 15th year. The event is a combination of concerts and workshops. This event showcases new and adventurous music written by the biggest composers of the 21st century. 

David Dvorin (Department of Music and Theatre faculty member) is the current organizer of the symposium, but the originator was David Colson (former Department of Music and Theatre faculty member). Colson created the event in 2004. This event was created to honor the late Alfred Loeffler, Chico State music professor, department chair, symphony conductor, and Chamber Music Workshop director. Dvorin took over the event in 2007, and has been the artistic director for the past eleven years.

The New Music Symposium is put on to provide Chico State students a chance to present the work they’ve produced and to interact with cutting-edge artists in the field of contemporary music composition. This symposium seeks to present unique music events that have not been featured anywhere else in the North State.

“I hope that people take away with them a burgeoning curiosity about contemporary music composition, and seek out more new and adventurous music written in our time for their own enjoyment,” Dvorin said.


Story by Tashia Jones, publicity assistant, School of the Arts

About the Director

David Dvorin, portrait style photo

David Dvorin is an Emmy-nominated composer, guitarist, author, and educator who has had his concert music performed in numerous new music and multimedia festivals around the United States and Europe. Versatile in both electronic and acoustic music mediums, he has written for and collaborated with such notable artists as Terry Riley, the California E.A.R. Unit and the Kronos Quartet. In addition to producing several CDs and DVDs of his compositional work, some of his current performance projects include his chamber-jazz duo, Pull-String with violinist Matej Seda, and the electro-acoustic duo, Zap! with multi-reeds player Randy McKean. His textbook, Logic Pro X: Advanced Music Production, now in its fourth edition, has been adopted by educational institutions worldwide, and is the basis for Apple Computer’s certified training. Dvorin has also served as a professional consultant to music technology companies such as Native Instruments and Apple Computer. Dvorin has been on the faculty at California State University, Chico since 2006, teaching composition, electronic music and recording arts. He is also the Artistic Director for the annual New Music Symposium, which showcases the work of young composers and brings acclaimed contemporary composers and performers to the North State area of California.