Music reception

pulsoptional music residency and concert: March 1 - 4

The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts welcomes Durham, NC-based “Band of Composers,” pulsoptional, for a spring music residency and concert on March 1-4, 2012. This internationally renowned group is known for its engaging, adventurous, and high-energy performances. Their hybrid rock-classical instrumentation and reputation for daring but polished programming has developed a broad and enthusiastic audience of listeners, attracted to their innovative yet accessible new art.

pulsoptionalThe three-day residency program in composition and performance includes a composition master class for 25 music students, a reading and recording session of four new compositions written by selected student composers, and a public concert of their upcoming 2012 program: puls::puls, featuring contemporary works in diverse genres, including two premieres.

Composition students will have the opportunity to strengthen their applied composition skills and learn from the professional composer-musician members of pulsoptional which include:

Sidney Marquez Boquiren, piano/voice/composer

Marc Faris, electric guitar/composer

Todd Hershberger, bassoon/alto saxophone/composer

Thom Limbert, percussion/composer

John Mayrose, guitars/bass/composer (project director, Assistant Professor of Music, IU South Bend)

Carrie Shull, oboe/English horn

Members of pulsoptional will arrive Thursday, March 1, and begin the residency with a master class for 25 music composition students. Students in other music disciplines are invited to observe the class as well.

On Friday, March 2, at 2 pm, members of pulsoptional will conduct a reading and professional recording session of student composers’ works. The session provides each student with an invaluable educational experience in news music development. Each student composer will have a professional-quality demo recording of their piece which can be used for graduate school applications or other aspects of their future music careers. The composition reading takes place in the Campus Auditorium and there is no fee for entry.

Student composers were selected by Assistant Professor of Music John Mayrose, who is also one of the pulsoptional composers and performers, and Assistant Professor of Music and Music Area Coordinator Jorge Muñiz helped students develop and polish their pieces.

The public concert on Saturday, March 3, at 7:30 pm in the campus auditorium features pulsoptional’s spring 2012 program titled puls::puls. Music from nearly a decade of pulsoptional’s activity will be highlighted, from early pieces not performed for several years to recent works currently in preparation for their next recorded release. Featured premieres are Sidney Boquiren’s ritualistic soundtrack for Cuttlefish by filmmaker Jane Pickett and a collective arrangement of O Superman (for Massenet), Laurie Anderson’s enduring 1981 classic.

The group extends their commitment to explore the boundaries around the conventional concert experience. Integrating music, film, and interactive video in live performance, their program brings together works by pulsoptional’s composers, performers, and others.

Funding for this was made possible by grants from the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County and the IUSB Arts Foundation Board. Tickets for the public concert are available for $7-$9.  Students and children receive a free ticket with a valid student I.D.  For more information and to purchase tickets visit or call the arts box office at 574.520.4203.

Concert program:

Laurie Anderson                 O Superman (for Massenet) (arr. pulsoptional) (1981/2011)

Sidney Marquez Boquiren    Soundtrack for Cuttlefish (2011)

Marc Faris                         What Chaos Received Bounds (2003)

Marc Faris                         Smile and Nod Knowingly (2008)

Todd Hershberger              Kid Sparkle and the Parliament Prince (2003)

Thom Limbert                    Fastest Land Animal for Short Distances (2007)

John Mayrose                    What Hath God Wrought (2003)

John Mayrose                    Tapout (2008)

Carrie Shull                       Bell Chimes and Drums (2009)

// pulsoptional student composition readings     

// 2 pm Friday, March 2

// Campus Auditorium, tickets are free

// pulsoptional public concert      

// 7:30 pm Saturday, March 3

// Campus Auditorium, tickets $7-9, student tickets are free with a valid student I.D.