Rapido Composition Contest

Southwest Region

Voices of Change

Voices Of Change

Founded in 1974, Voices of Change is the new music ensemble of Dallas, Texas. A Pierrot ensemble presents four concerts each year, plus outreach programs for students and adults. The ensemble has hosted 88 composers, presented over 60 world premieres (more than 25 commissioned by VOC), performed music by over 300 composers, and made numerous recordings, including 5 CDs.  In 1999, VOC was a finalist for a Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Small Classical Ensemble. VOC has been awarded the annual ASCAP Award for Adventuresome Programming five times.



Voices of Change Rapido! Concert

Sunday, Oct 25, 2015, 3:00 pm

SMU's Caruth Auditorium
Dallas, TX

Southwest Winner: Mark Buller!



Mark Buller, Houston, TX

The music of composer and pianist Mark Buller has been performed around the country and internationally, in a variety of venues: Carnegie Hall, the Wortham Center (Houston), and Movimento (Munich), as well as further locations in Europe, South America, and Asia. He has been commissioned by a wide range of organizations, including Houston Grand Opera (for two 45-minute operas, as well as numerous art songs), the Houston Symphony, the AURA Contemporary Ensemble, Liminal Space Contemporary Ensemble, and Diverse Works ArtSpace. Buller was for two years a member of the Da Camera of Houston Young Artist Program, for whom he composed around a dozen chamber works.

In 2013 Houston Grand Opera commissioned a 45-minute opera for its Opera to Go! program. The resulting work, The Pastry Prince, was a collaboration with librettist Charles Anthony Silvestri. It premiered in January 2015 at Houston's Heinen Theatre and has been performed more than 80 times to date. The success of this opera led HGO to commission Buller and Silvestri for a second opera, to premiere January 2016.

Buller was the winner of the 2010 Vanguard Voices Choral Composition Competition; the winning work, Sicut Cervus, is now published by Hinshaw Music and has been performed around the world, including at Carnegie Hall. In 2014 Buller won the Sarofim Composition Award, for his third string quartet. And in 2015 he was awarded second place in the Voices Of Change Young Composers Project Composition Contest, for the first movement of his second piano trio.

Buller received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Houston, where he studied with Marcus Maroney and Rob Smith. He previously studied with choral composer Dan Forrest.

Richard Hermann, Albuquerque, NM

Richard Hermann is a professor of music theory and composition at the University of New Mexico. As a composer, he studied composition with Earle Brown, Jacob Druckman, Donald Martino, and Robert Morris. His music is published by Dorn Publications, recorded by WGBH for National Public Radio, and performed by the Boston Musica Viva, members of the Boston Symphony, Tadeu Coelho, the Del Sol Quartet, the Duo Alterno (Italy), David Felberg, Joan Heller, David Jolley, Patrice Pastore, and Gordon Stout among others.

As a theorist, he specializes in 20th and 21st-century music. He is a frequent speaker at scholarly conferences, and his essays and reviews are published by Music Theory Online, Music Theory Spectrum, Perspectives of New Music, Sonus, Theoria, and Theory and Practice. He is a contributing co-editor of Concert Music, Rock, and Jazz since 1945, University of Rochester Press, 1995.

Alex Luttrell, Lewisville, TX

Alex Luttrell (born Charles, 1992) is a composer and saxophonist from Lewisville, Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition from West Texas A&M University, and in August 2014 he began working on his Master's degree in Music Composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His primary teachers in composition include Dr. BJ Brooks, Dr. Zhou Long, and Dr. James Mobberley. Outside of school, Alex is a founding member of the Equinox New Music Collective, and is also currently developing a new collaborative program called New Words//New Music. He currently lives in Kansas City, Missouri with his dog, Ozzie the Aussie.





Ensembles Atlanta Symphony Left Coast Chamber Ensemble Voices of Change Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings Boston Musica Viva Atlanta Chamber Players