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October 23-24, 2005

General Information

Western Oregon University presents its second annual Composers Workshop October 23-24, 2005. The workshop aims to foster the creation, growth and appreciation of contemporary music in the University’s local and regional communities by providing a forum of composition-related topics, presentations, and performances for the following clientele: Composers of any age who are at the early and formative stages of their creative activities; Studio and classroom music teachers engaged in teaching beginning composition techniques; Western Oregon University students and faculty; and Community members.


The workshop will feature a performance of contemporary works by the Belgium new music ensemble Thelema Trio. The public performance will take place on the evening of October 23, 2005 in Smith Recital Hall on the campus of Western Oregon University and will feature the world premiere of Refractions by WOU Professor of Music Kevin Walczyk as well as new works by composers throughout the world.

Guest Resident Ensemble



Ward De Vleeschhouwer (Piano/Synthesizer, composer) started studying the piano at the academy 'E.Hullebroeck' in Ghent. He continued his studies at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent where he studied the piano with Claude Coppens and Daan Vandewalle, composition with Frank Nuyts and Luc Brewaeys and improvisation with Peter Vermeersch. In 2003 he was invited by the theatre group "Ernst/Serieus" to play piano in the Oscar Wilde's "The importance of being Earnest". With this group he performed at several festivals , in the 'Opera of Ghent' (2003), and he did 2 successful tours in Belgium. Ward wrote many works for chamber music, and for several ethnic instruments. His music is often inspired by his deepest interest for folk music from all over the world. In 2003 he founded the project 'A Tryst', performing his own music, combined with West-African traditional music and modern dance. From the theatre group "NUNC" he got a commission to compose music for children for their new production 'Raisonnez'. Ward is a member of COMAV (Composers of Flanders). Ward's musical enthusiasm goes further then academic music. He's also very much interested in improvisation, folk, rock, jazz and pop. Frequently he premieres new works from composers all over the world.


Peter Verdonck (Saxophones, composer) began the study of the saxophone at the Academy of Turnhout with Mark Verdonck, and continued at the music department of the Heilig Graf Secondary School in Turnhout with both Mark Verdonck and Ann Swerts. In this period Peter played with several local wind orchestras, big bands and rock groups. When he graduated from this school Peter was honoured for his creativity, improvisation skills and musicality. After this he studied at the Conservatory of Ghent with Willy Demey, where he also took composition courses with Lucien Posman. In June 2003 Peter graduated with a highest degree. In the year after this, he continued the study of music pedagogy as well.


As a performer Peter is active in many groups and projects beside Thelema Trio as well. To satisfy his curiosity in improvisation and experiment he is a member of the impro group Adrenalina.He plays in the street theatre ensemble Excelsior, the zappa cover band Whatchamacallit and other bands and ensembles in many different genres of music. Recently he founded the project Wretched Vixen in which heavy and death metal are being combined with the tenor saxophone. With pianist Ward De Vleeschhouwer ha forms a duet dedicated to contemporary saxophone music. Often Peter plays in a duet with cello player iris Thissen as well. These music ensembles have brought him in all of Belgium, but also the Netherlands, Slovakia, Italy, France and Peru.


As a composer Peter is mostly dedicated to promoting his own instrument in any chamber music combination. Up till now he has composed two pieces for Thelema Trio as well, being 'Abbeye' and 'Clarmaggeddon'. At this moment he is teaching at the Music School of Balen.


Marco Antonio Mazzini (Clarinets, arranger) was born in Lima, Peru and began studying music with his father at age 5. He later continued studies at the National Conservatory of Peru and received his undergraduate diploma in 1998 studying under Clarinetist, Ana Barrera. In 1999 he moved to Belgium to study with Eddy Vanoosthuyse at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent, where he has received his master degree in clarinet, chamber music and improvisation. Complimenting his studies, Marco Antonio has appeared as a soloist with the Lima Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Peru and the Orchestra of Trujillo. Additionally he has performed in many important concerts halls in Lima, Arequipa, Trujillo and Cuzco, as well as in Colombia, Belgium, Holland, France, Japan, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Slovakia, USA, Italy and Iceland. As a founding member of the Thelema Trio, a rather unique ensemble dedicated to the performance and promotion of new music, he plays a variety of chamber works written for not only the traditional clarinet, but also bass clarinet and contrabass clarinet. In March of 2004 he was invited to record the music of Vincent d'Hondt on the sound track for "La Femme de Gilles", a Belgian production by film maker Frédéric Fonteyne. In addittion to his musical endeavours, Marco Antonio is the director of "Clariperu", a Spanish-language website dedicated to the clarinet.


Schedule of Events



7:30-9:30 - Concert with Post-Concert Talk. Smith Recital Hall.

Works to be announced


9:00-12:00 - WORKSHOP for composers. Readings of select student-composer works and a discussion on composing and the creative process. Free and open to the public!


The Music Department (503) 838-8275 | or e-mail:
Location: Smith Hall