THOMAS DEMPSTER

  ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Office


Fine Arts Building 226
Campus PO Box: 7145
Phone: 803-516-4719
Fax:
E-mail:tdempste@scsu.edu


Educational Background


D.M.A. Composition, University of Texas at Austin (2010)
M.M. Composition, University of Texas at Austin (2004)
B.M. Composition, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2002)

Research Interests


- Aesthetic Theories of Digital and Experimental Media
- Pedagogy of Music Composition
- Music of Ginastera, Henze, Takemitsu
- Current Business Trends for Composers and Arts Organizations
- Formal and Gestural Analysis of Electroacoustic Music
- Advanced and extended performance practice of the bassoon
- Music crticism and reporting
 



Research Activities
Selected Publications
Teaching



Research Activities 

“Offending Boulez: Pitch-Cell Set Usage and Extended Tonality in Hans Werner Henze’s ‘Nachtstücken und Arien’ for Soprano and Large Orchestra” – College Music Society Great Lakes Chapter Conference, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH March 22, 2013

“Offending Boulez: Pitch-Cell Set Usage and Extended Tonality in Hans Werner Henze’s ‘Nachtstücken und Arien’ for Soprano and Large Orchestra” – College Music Society Northeast Chapter Conference, Keene State College, Keene, NH, March 15, 2013

“Pitch Selection and Intervallic Relations in Ginastera’s Piano Sonata No. 1” – College Music Society Northeast Chapter Conference, Keene State College, Keene, NH, March 15, 2013

“Pitch Selection and Intervallic Relations in Ginastera’s Piano Sonata No. 1” – College Music Society Southern Chapter Conference, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA, March 2, 2013

“Copyright and Fair Use: A Composer’s Perspective” – South Carolina Music Educators Association Conference, Charleston, SC, February 8, 2013


“Translating the Language of ‘Wind Chimes’ Through Denis Smalley’s Own Lens” – New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, New York, NY, April 4, 2009



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Selected Publications 

Recent Performances of Original Compositions

  •  the bunyip – Guest Artist Recital, April 3, 2014 – Russell Thorpe, alto saxophone – Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
  • Sendai – Society of Composers Region V Conference, March 28, 2014 – Cantae Feminae Chorale – Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
  • to correspond with sparrows – North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial, March 21, 2014 – Greenbrook Ensemble – Krannert Music Center, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
  • pentes:grammes – Society of Composers Region VIII Conference, March 8, 2014 – Megan Reich, piccolo – University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
  • …the red hills of Georgia… – BulldogBytes Concert III, March 4, 2014 – South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC
  • ahalugisdi unole, glass ghosts, 10 Roentgenes, …the red hills of Georgia…, and contact clusters – Visiting Composer Series, February 27, 2014 – Thomas Dempster, bassoon – School of Music, Theater, and Dance, University of NC at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
  • ahalugisdi unole, deep cover, contact clusters, 10 Roentgens, and …the red hills of Georgia… - Visiting Composer Concert, February 26, 2014 – Thomas Dempster, bassoon – University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA
  • …the red hills of Georgia – Kansas City Electroacouastic Music Alliance Concert, February 16, 2014 – Westport Theatre, Kansas City, MO
  • to correspond with sparrows – CMS Southern/Mid-Atlantic, February 14, 2014 – Greenbrook Ensemble – University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  • to correspond with sparrows – Flute Society of Kentucky, January 17, 2014 – Greenbrook Ensemble – Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
  • 10 Roentgens – Festivale di_Stanze, November 29, 2013 – Conservatorio di Musica Refice di Frosinone, Frosinone, Italy
  • contact clusters – BulldogBytes Concert II, November 19, 2013 – South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC
  • asuurinsiniset teräshiukkaset, 10 Roentgens, onethousandwords, crowdsurfing in a bathysphere, basking in the copper look, talking in circles before the radio explodes, residues (don’t), the red hills of Georgia – Faculty Recital, November 12, 2013 – South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC
  • glass ghosts – Electroacoustic Barn Dance, November 8, 2013 – Thomas Dempster, bassoon – University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA
  • contact clusters – Electronic Music Midwest, October 25, 2013 – Kansas City KS Community College, Kansas City, KS
  • ponque – Black House / Black Lab Residency, October 19, 2013 – h2 Quartet, saxophones – Paragraph Gallery, Kansas City, MO
  • 10 Roentgens – BulldogBytes Concert I, October 16, 2013 – South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC
  • 10 Roentgens – Studio 300 Festival Byte Gallery, October 4 and 5, 2013 – Transylvania University, Lexington, KY
  • residues (don’t) – Vox Novus 60x60 East Coast Mix Concert, October 4, 2013 – Harvestworks, New York, NY
  • to correspond with sparrows – September 23, 2013 – Greenbrook Ensemble – Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN  

 

Reviews / Music Criticism

  • “In Two Worlds with Susan Fancher.” Album Review. SEAMUS Newsletter. April, 2014.
  • “Michael Rhoades: ‘Hadronized Spectra.’” Album Review, SEAMUS Newsletter. April, 2014.
  • “Bassoonist Peter Kolkay Shines in Joan Tower Premiere.” Performance review. I Care If You Listen, October 27, 2013. http://www.icareifyoulisten.com/2013/10/bassoonist-peter-kolkay-shines-in-joan-tower-premiere/
  • “Symphony Review: The South Carolina Philharmonic’s Premiere of Joan Tower’s ‘Red Maple’.” Performance review. Jasper Magazine Blog (What Jasper Says). October 14, 2013. http://jaspercolumbia.net/blog/?p=4076
  • “Dartmouth Contemporary Music Lab: ‘no-input output.’” Album Review. SEAMUS Newsletter. October, 2013.
  • “Andrew May’s ‘Imaginary Friends.’” Album Review. SEAMUS Newsletter. October, 2013.
  • “Jeri-Mae Astolfi’s ‘Here (and There).’” CD Review, SEAMUS Newsletter. July, 2013.
  • “F. Gerard Errante’s ‘Delicate Balance.’” CD Review, SEAMUS Newsletter. July, 2010.


 

Print Journalism

  • “Nine Short Pieces about John Fitz Rogers.” Jasper Magazine, Vol. 3, No.3 (January/February 2014), 9-10.
  • “Philip Bush: Artist of the Year Profile.” Jasper Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 2 (November/December 2013), 21.
  • “Peter Kolkay, Joan Tower, and the South Carolina Philharmonic.” Jasper Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 1 (September/October 2013), 6-7.
  • “Border Landscape: A Profile of Nathan Halverson.” Jasper Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 1 (September/October 2013), 7-8.


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Teaching 

Courses Taught (2013-2014):
MUT 150 - Intro to Music Technology
MU 310 - Music Industry Practices I
MU 311 - Music Industry Practices II
MU 370 - History of Recording Industry
MU 375 - Professional Musicianship / Music  Administration
MU 380 - Commercial Music Composition
MU 468 - Supervised Internship
MU 470 - Artist Management
MU 480 - Recording Techniques
 



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