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Region IV Conference Review

Valdasta State University
Nov. 5 - 7, 1998
Tayloe Harding, host

Region IV's 1998 conference was held at Valdosta State University (VSU) in Valdosta, GA on November 5-7. From 112 scores submitted, 37 works were programmed. Six concerts were presented and included works by 36 composers: Mark Kilstofte, Peter Blauvelt, Robert Lemay, Jeanne Shaffer, Richard Brooks, John Corina, James Crowley, Amy Dunker, Dinos Constantinides, Ken Jacobs, Al Benner, Ed Barr, Jonathan Green, Vernon Taranto, James Chaudoir, Harry Bulow, Mark Francis, Tayloe Harding, Peter Tammereau, Simon Andrews, James Jensen, Ray McFerron, Kari Juusela, Nick Demos, Charles Smith, Allen Johnson, Phillip Schroeder, Edward Martin, Keith Kothman, Joe Alexander, William Davis, Steven Stace, and representative works of student chapters at the University of Florida, Stetson University, and Valdosta State University: Steven Landis, Trevor Heitlauf, Andrew Papadeas, and Russell Brown.

Twenty-four of these composers are from the Region IV states of Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, South and North Carolina, and Alabama. In addition, 11 composers from Wisconsin, Texas, Missouri, New York, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Quebec also had works performed. Featured performers included 17 VSU faculty on 13 works, including the three established faculty chamber ensembles: the Blazer Quintet, the Faculty Brass Quintet, and the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra String Quartet. Several VSU student groups, the Clarinet Choir, Student Brass Quintet and New Music Ensemble also participated, as well as numerous guest artists and the Converse College Faculty Brass Quintet.

There were no paper sessions or special addresses, but there were several social gatherings and a mercifully short business meeting.

Tayloe Harding