8th Annual Research on Contemporary Composition Conference
October 25 - 27, 2024

hosted by
The University of North Georgia, Department of Music
Gainesville Campus | Dahlonega Campus

The Research on Contemporary Composition (ROCC) is a conference dedicated to the recent activity of composers. In its seven years, it has featured the performances of 300+ new works (with more than 35 world premieres) representing composers worldwide. The conference was initiated by Dr. Esther Morgan-Ellis and Dr. David Peoples as an opportunity to present research on recent compositional activity. Music department students are a vital component of ROCC, featuring and bringing to light the works of many living composers through academic research. We are pleased to combine these scholarly activities into our yearly conference.

PROPOSALS DUE AUG 15 or SEP 15 (find links below for exact deadlines)

Application Process

After receiving your proposal, our dedicated team will review your proposal. If your proposal is accepted, we will notify you by email. Invited participants will have 10 days to register for the conference, registration serves as acceptance.  Officially, we begin the selection process starting August 1.

Please note:

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate requests to attend only portions of the conference and strongly encourage participants to consider travel expenses before submitting a proposal (there are no travel stipends available and no public transportation from Atlanta to our campuses). We are located about an hour north of Atlanta, but not too far from Chattanooga TN or Greenville SC... if traveling from the East Coast, there is an Amtrak that passes through Gainesville GA (Crescent Line).

Previous Conference Booklets


Submit a score for conference recitalists: alto saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, bass trombone, cello, voice, piano, or percussion.

DUE Aug 15, 2024
or until filled

Submit a proposal to bring your own performers or present an acousmatic composition.

DUE Sep 15, 2024
or until filled

Submit a proposal to present a paper, lecture recital, or workshop. 30-minutes with Q & A.

DUE Sep 15, 2024
or until filled

Submit a proposal to present a performance with or without visual media

DUE Sep 15, 2024
or until filled

Featuring Performer
Christopher Mothersole

"A native of Austin, Texas, Christopher Mothersole is Instructor of Clarinet & Chamber Music at the University of West Georgia. Prior to his appointment in 2019, he served as principal clarinet of the Great Falls Symphony and member of the orchestra's resident wind quintet, the Chinook Winds. His performances with the ensemble have been featured on Montana Public Radio and Montana PBS’s 11th & Grant, the “premier music outlet […] seeking the state’s most acclaimed, accomplished, and pioneering talent”, showcasing a wide variety of works and imaginative programming.

​Christopher's most recent work places him at the forefront of clarinet performance with guitar effect pedals. He has presented on this topic for the International Clarinet Association on multiple occasions, demonstrating the enhanced sound capabilities of using live effects and working together with composers to create new music for what has been nicknamed "EFX Clarinet". With the mission of increasing visibility and accessibility in the art, he gives lectures and recitals across the country, empowering performers with the knowledge and tools to get started with using effects pedals. Recent compositions and commission projects include two works by Jenni Brandon (Cacophony for Clarinet & Delay, Chansons de la Nature for Clarinet & Delay) and several of Christopher's own compositions, including an upcoming compilation of études for clarinet and delay, Delaytudes.


Featuring Conductor 
Dr. Scott Stewart

"Scott Stewart is the Music Director and Conductor of the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, a position he has held since 1999.

He served as the Director of Wind Studies at Emory University from 1999-2013, where he conducted the Emory Wind Ensemble, Emory Symphony Orchestra, and taught courses in conducting, wind band literature and history, and film music. He was a member of the Westminster Schools faculty from 2013-2022 where he taught Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, and Film Music.

A native of Cicero, Indiana, Stewart holds a Bachelor of Music Education and Doctor of Music in Conducting from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and a Master of Music from the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin. Stewart's instructors include Ray Cramer, Stephen Pratt, David Woodley, Eugene Rousseau, Robert Duke, and Jerry Junkin.

A passionate advocate for new music and living composers, he has commissioned and recorded wind band/ensemble premieres, including music by Jennifer Higdon, Bruce Broughton, John Mackey, Stephen Paulus, Steven Bryant, Jonathan Newman, Libby Larsen, Carolyn Bremer, Kevin Kaska, Todd Stalter, Jim Bonney, Roger Cichy, Kevin Walcyzk, William Pitts, Jonathan Hoffmann, Peter Child, and others. In November 2012, NAXOS released CD of Christmas music by the Emory Symphonic Winds ("In the World of Spirits") for wind band/ensemble on the “Wind Band Classics” label."


Come to the conference! Passes to attend will be available soon.

Research on Contemporary Composition
University of North Georgia, Department of Music
3820 Mundy Mill Rd; Oakwood, GA 30566
322 College Cir, Dahlonega, GA 30597
ROCC.music "@" ung.edu

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