Submission Deadline: May 1, 2017
Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Admiral Launch Duo, saxophone & harp
Vox Novus is calling for one-minute pieces composed for saxophone and harp duo. 15 one-minute works will be selected for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Admiral Launch Duo, saxophone & harp to be premiered December 1, 2017 at Bezanson Recital Hall of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
-Works should be composed specifically for this project and performers.
-Works should be for saxophone (tenor, alto, soprano) and concert grand harp duo only. No solos.
-Electronics/tape accompaniment will be considered. Please submit your playback only in AIFF format (no other formats will be accepted for playback). Clearly state in your performance notes and on the score that the work is with electronic playback.
-All pieces must be premieres and not previously performed.
-No works over a minute will be reviewed.
-Multiple submissions are not accepted. Send your best work!
-Works need to be submitted online at
-You will need to register with Music Avatar for free to submit your work online.
-After logging in to Music Avatar, select the opportunity named " Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Admiral Launch Duo, saxophones & harp " to submit work.
-You will need to provide a maximum 50-word biography and 50-word program notes.
-You need to upload a score as a PDF file (Audio files are encouraged but not required.) -Include individual parts as part of the score.
-Please include the dedication to Admiral Launch Duo on the score. (Performance notes should be included in the score.)
Composers will be contacted via email of the results and will be announced via the Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame website.
The Admiral Launch Duo explores new sounds for harp and saxophone.
Equally at home in acoustic and electroacoustic settings, saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen and harpist Jennifer R. Ellis have developed their repertoire through ground-breaking commissions, unexpected transcriptions, and improvisation. They have collaborated with composers including Dylan Arthur Baker, Matthew Browne, Christine Hedden, Jasper Alice Kaye, Natalie Moller, Patrick O'Malley, and Stephen J. Rush. Fresh Inc. Festival alumni and three time residents at Avaloch Music Institute, the Admiral Launch Duo has toured through Michigan, California, and the Northeastern U.S. Committed to creative scholarship, they have presented at the inaugural Northwestern University New Music Conference (NUNC!), North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference, and the Humanities Education and Research Association Conference. They are upcoming fellows of the UMass Interdisciplinary Studies Institute, exploring musical themes of trespass. The Admiral Launch Duo enjoys working with students of all ages and has worked with high schoolers on both coasts of the United States as well as given masterclasses at Michigan State University and Schenectady County Community College. They take a comprehensive and versatile approach to community engagement, playing for the University of Michigan Social Justice Art Festival, UM-CAPS Suicide Prevention event, and The Friendly Kitchen, a soup kitchen in Concord, New Hampshire. Their 2015-2016 season included appearances at Center for New Music (San Francisco), Michigan State University, The Hartt School, Kerrytown Concert House (Ann Arbor, MI), Schenectady County Community College Chamber Music Series, UMass Amherst, Listening to Ladies Concert Series at Kalamazoo Piano Company, North American Saxophone Alliance at Texas Tech University, Harps Etc. (Walnut Creek, CA). As recent awardees of the FRG/Healy Grant, they will be recording their debut album for release in 2017.
Committed to pushing the boundaries of harp performance, Jennifer R. Ellis (D.M.A. University of Michigan, M.M. Cleveland Institute of Music, B.M. Oberlin) has performed over fifty premieres. She was the first ever harpist to be named a One Beat Fellow, a program through the U.S. State Department with Found Sound Nation, and the first ever harpist to attend Bang on a Can, Fresh Inc., and Splice summer festivals. She has received the Alice Chalifoux Prize, Rackham Centennial and Graduate fellowships, AT&T Foundation and Conservatory Deans' scholarships, and holds prizes in the Ann Arbor Society for Musical Arts, Coeur d'Alene Young Artists, LMC of Seattle, and Inez Stafford competitions. She has played with Britten Pears, Spark Festival, American Wind Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra Institute, and Texas Music Festival. She performs with Jonathan Hulting-Cohen in contemporary harp and saxophone ensemble, the Admiral Launch Duo, three-time Avaloch residents with a debut recording funded by a UMass FRG/Healy grant set to release in 2017. She has published in The American Harp Journal and Harp Column Magazine and teaches harp and eurhythmics. An inaugural UM Engaged Pedagogy Initiative Fellow, Ms. Ellis trained in community-based learning and collaborates on a variety of community engagement projects. She is an in-demand clinician and has given over a dozen university masterclasses/guest workshops in 2015-2016. www.harpellis.com
"Impressive" with "exceptional facility (Schenectady Daily Gazette), Jonathan Hulting-Cohen's refined and compelling
saxophone playing has been heard worldwide. As a soloist, he has performed with the Philadelphia Classical Symphony and Tulare County Symphony Orchestra, and in recitals across the US and France. His nouveau-vaudeville saxophone sextet, _The Moanin' Frogs_, has appeared nationwide in concert and on television, including at The Kennedy Center, Texas Bandmaster's Association Conference, and in Strasbourg, France. His harp-saxophone duo, _Admiral Launch,_ has toured coast-to-coast and recorded for NAXOS. He studied Carnatic music in India, and premiered his film, _Silence,_ at the World Saxophone Congress in 2015. Jonathan is Assistant Professor of Saxophone  at University of Massachusetts Amherst. He earned his BM and MM under Donald Sinta at the University of Michigan. Jonathan is a Conn-Selmer and D'Addario Woodwinds Artist, performing on Selmer (Paris) saxophones and D'Addario Reserve reeds.