SCI Region VIII 2003 Conference

Special Events
Travel Information
Lodging, Registration, and Banquet Costs
Call-for-scores (closed)


Dear Colleagues,

The Society of Composers Region VIII conference, with its 5 concerts scheduled for April 11 and 12, 2003 at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, will feature works for brass quintet, chamber choir, chamber opera, computer-generated sound, film opera, mixed chamber ensemble, orchestra, percussion ensemble, solo piano, solo instruments and tape, string quartet, string orchestra, trombone choir, wind ensemble, wind quintet, and Palm ensemble.

Eve Beglarian will be the keynote guest. She will speak about post-911 composing. The final concert of the conference will feature Eve's Book of Days, a stunning work for soloists, mixed chamber ensembles, and video.

Chris Shainin, the executive director of the Washington Composers Forum, will share his experience advocating for composers in Washington state and Donivan Johnson will present archival materials of the International Webern Society.

We invite you to a pre-conference banquet with regional specialties on Thursday, April 10 and an informal dinner with BBQ chicken and ribs prior to the evening concert on Friday, April 11. We also have scheduled a walking tour of historic downtown Ellensburg.

CWU Music Department faculty and students look forward to welcoming you to Ellensburg. In the meantime, if you have questions about any aspect of the conference, please contact me.


Mark Polishook, D.M.A.
Associate Professor of Music
Director, Composition/Theory Studies
Music Department
Central Washington University
400 East 8th Avenue
Ellensburg, WA 98926

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Friday April 11, 3pm

Sue Dellinger, Metals, Petals, and Ivory, for horn, two percussion, and pno
John Sanders, The Sedge Hats, a chamber opera
Alan Chan, Metal, Stone, being cracked, for percussion ensemble
Mike McFerron, Views, for piano
Jennifer Fitzgerald, Three Lines, for piano
Robert Dickow, The Insectivoria Honor Their Dead, for computer-generated sound
Bruce Bennet, Exaltations of Larks, for string quartet
Robert Paterson, String Quartet No. 1

Friday, April 11, 8pm

Mark Phillips, Legacy, for trombone choir
Jason Bahr, Through the Watches of the Night, for trombone choir
Alan Chan, Composition0, for wind quartet and percussion
Stephen Gryc, Evensong, for trumpet soloist and wind ensemble
Robert Hutchinson, The Slow Voyage Through Night, for symphonic winds
Melissa Maier, Pretiolie, for horn soloist and string orchestra
Robert Hutchinson, Jeux de Enfants, for orchestra

Saturday, April 12, 10am

Charles Argersinger, Seven Deadly Sins, for violin, viola, and cello
David Blink and Joyce Barnes, Pilot This!, for handheld computers (PDAs)
Robert Dickow, Anagrams, for brass quintet
Ron Parks, Five Short Test Pieces for Piano
Liviu Marinescu, Bach Variations, for alto saxophone and tape
Dan Gutwein, Choshi Dreams, for shakuhachi and tape
John Pickett, Harvest Moon, for soprano and piano
Joe Dangerfield, Soundsight, for mixed chamber ensemble

Saturday, April 12, 3:00pm

Bruce Reiprich, Weeping Willow, for soprano and string quartet
Brenden Smith, Glass Eyes, for viola and cello
Stephen Gryc, Dream Vegetables, for speaker, clarinet, violin, and marimba
Mark Polishook, Seed of Sarah, film opera
David Asplin, In NaturesŐs Charm, for chamber choir
Mike McFerron, Bonitas Domini, for chamber choir
Frank LaRocca, Expectavi Dominum, for chamber choir
Ernesto Pellegrini, For Robert, for chamber choir and piano

Saturday, April 12, 8pm

Keynote address by Eve Beglarian
Concert featuring Book of Days, (Beglarian), for soloists and mixed chamber ensembles and video
Post-concert reception to honor Eve Beglarian and all conference participants

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Ongoing throughout the conference

Donivan Johnson, poster session/display about the International Webern Society

Saturday, April 12, 2pm

Chris Shainin, A Critical Look at Composer Organizations

Special Events

Thursday, April 10, 7pm

Pre-conference banquet featuring Yakima Valley wine and a regional specialty (tba) - perhaps salmon, or halibut, or dungeness crab, etc. - or, if requested in advance, a vegetarian main course: $30 (with wine), $24 (w/o wine)

Friday, April 11, 11am

Walking tour of historic downtown Ellensburg

Friday, April 11, 6pm

All-you can-eat BBQ chicken and ribs at the Rodeo City BBQ: $16 (excluding beverages)

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Travel Information

To Ellensburg from Yakima

A van will meet you (without charge) at the Yakima airport on Thursday afternoon, April 10, at approximately 4:30pm for the (approximately) 30 mile drive to Ellensburg (please confirm your interest in this option). Or, alternately, rent a car at the airport and take I-82 or the Yakima Canyon Road.

To Ellensburg from Seattle

Rent a car at the Seattle-Tacoma airport for the (approximately) 110 mile drive on a portion of I-90 known as the Mountains to Sound Greenway which runs across the Cascade Mountains, through Snoqualmie Pass, and on to Ellensburg.

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Lodging at the CWU Munson Conference Center if reserved and paid by January 30:
$30 per night (double occupancy)

Lodging at the CWU Munson Conference Center if reserved and paid after January 30:
$40 per night (double occupancy)


Conference participants can share rooms to lower the per night rate at the Conference Center to $15. Please send e-mail as soon as possible if you would prefer this option; but please do not assume that the $15 rate is available until you have been paired with another conference participant.

Conference registration fee if paid by January 30:

Conference registration fee if paid after January 30:

Conference registration and lodging, 3 nights - April 10, 11, 12 - if paid by January 30:

Conference registration and lodging, 3 nights - April 10, 11, 12 - with a shared room assignment, if paid by January 30:

Conference registration and lodging, 3 nights - April 10, 11, 12, if paid after January 30:

For less than 3 nights of lodging, subtract the appropriate amount.

Add $24 (w/o wine) or $30 (with wine) for the Thursday night banquet.

Add $16 for the Friday night dinner at the Rodeo City BBQ.

Make checks to Central Washington University Music Department. and send them to

Professor Mark Polishook
SCI Region VIII Composers' Conference
Music Department
Central Washington University
400 East 8th Avenue
Ellensburg, WA 98926

Please note that checks must be received - RECEIVED, not postmarked - by January 30 to guarantee the $65/$30 rates listed above.

After January 30, room reservations can only be made by credit card directly to the Munson Conference Center. After January 30th, if the Munson Conference Center does not have space, lodging is subject to room availability at Ellensburg motels.

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