un/pitched is an organization focused on the people and relationships behind musical performances. Founded by composers and performers, our mission is to inspire a new generation of composers, performers, and audiences through educational investments, unique performances, and our ability to connect performers and composers in exciting, forward-thinking projects. In each community we serve, we bring together near-but-disconnected institutions, organizations, and audiences through new music in order to inspire and educate young musicians.
Our 2nd project was an orchestral showcase of three local composers as well as the premiere performance of Wendelstein 7-X. The orchestra was a mix of players from Ithaca College, Cornell, and the Ithaca community. These musicians dedicated themselves to learning all four works on Saturday February 24th to turn around a spectacular concert on the 25th. Bravo to everyone involved!
Our first project: New Percussion Music Alliance offered a chance for Ithaca College and Cornell composers to have their pieces workshopped by our resident percussion trio (IC grad students Lindsey Eastham, Ujjal Bhattacharyya, and Ben Cordell), Ithaca College composition faculty members Jorge Grossmann and Evis Sammoutis, as well as participating doctoral candidates and graduate composition students from Cornell and Ithaca College. After the workshop, composers submitted works to the first Un/Pitched composition competition, the prize for which was awarded Ithaca College senior, Parker Callister.
Un/Pitched then held their first concert series in the Fall of 2017 featuring the Un/Pitched Percussion Trio (Lindsey Eastham, Ujjal Bhattacharyya and Ben Cordell) performing newly composed pieces from six award-winning composers in the Ithaca area. This two-concert series featured composers: Sergio Cote, Emmanuel Berrido, Parker Callister (Percussion Composition Competition award-winner), Dallas J. Howard, Piyawat Louilarpprasert, and Barry Sharp. This is the first time Cornell University and Ithaca College School of Music have participated in a project of this type to promote student collaboration between these fine institutions.