At 1:00pm on April 11, the Cape Fear New Music Festival and Methodist University’s CURC Research Symposium will host presentations by Methodist University faculty members.  The presenters will speak on the festival theme, “Intersections: Popular and Art Music Connections”.  Come join us in the Choir Room in the Reeves Fine Arts Building at Methodist University!

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 Michael Potts: “Darkness Audible: Heavy Metal Versions of Franz Schubert’s Lieder.”
Michael Potts is Professor of Philosophy at Methodist University. Originally from Smyrna, Tennessee, he holds the Ph.D. from The University of Georgia. His academic publications include an edited book, Beyond Brain Death (2000), twenty-three refereed journal articles, nine book chapters, eleven encyclopedia articles, nine letters to journals, eleven book reviews, and sixty scholarly presentations. He also has written three novels, End of Summer, Unpardonable Sin, and Obedience, all published by WordCrafts Press in Tennessee. His poetry chapbook, From Field to Thicket, won the 2006 Mary Belle Campbell Poetry Book Award of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. Also in 2006, his essay, “Haunted,” won the Rose Post Creative Nonfication Contest, also from the NC Writers’ Network. Prof. Potts has been married to Karen since 1987, and eight cats keep them busy. They live in Coats, North Carolina.

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Keith Dippre: “Wanted: rock band to moonlight as chamber group.  Must smell like the desert.”

Dr. Keith Dippre was born in Ancon, Panama in 1960. He received his undergraduate degree from Azusa Pacific University in California and his M.A. from California State University at Los Angeles. In 2001 he completed his D.M.A. in composition at The Ohio State University. His principal teachers were Dr. Phil Shackleton, Dr. Byong-kon Kim, and Dr. Jan Radzynski.

He is currently the Department Chairman and Professor of Music at Methodist University, teaching such courses as music theory, orchestration, and composition. Dr. Dippre also received a Regional Artist Project Grant from the Arts Council of Fayetteville and Cumberland County and was an artist-in-residence at the Artist’s Enclave at I-Park (East Haddam, Connecticut). In October of 2003 his piece “Pilgrim’s Blues” (for piano, violin, and cowbell) premiered in Northampton, Massachusetts commemorating the tercentenary celebration of Jonathan Edwards.

On his sabbatical from Methodist University, he took part in the Fresno New Music Festival and was a guest lecturer at Azusa Pacific University. He is also the recipient of a 2010, 2012, and 2013 ASCAPLUS award and the winner of the Henry Grady Miller Cup award (2012) for his choral work “Daughters of Song.”

His choral works “Mojave Cross, Desert Voices” and “Light” are published with Renforth Music, and his chamber works “California Low Brow” and “Year of the Rat” are available through Ars Nova Music. His recent commission, “Five Seasons,” was debuted with the North Carolina Music Teachers National Association (NCMTA) for their state conference in 2014.

He also recently received the Methodist University President’s Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Expression (2014). He continues to co-direct the Cape Fear New Music Festival at Methodist University.

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Yaroslav Borisov: “Music as always something unexpected”

Yaroslav Borisov was born in 1982 in Voronezh. Pianist, composer, poet, and bandleader in various bands such as HAPPY55, Droogoe Delo, Tsyoy, Abstracktor, he plays a wide spectrum of styles from chamber and avant garde to art pop. Yaroslav has participated in such international jazz festivals as Usadba Jazz, ProgDays, JazzBez (2009 Ukraine, Poland), Jazz Province, and World of Siberia. He worked for several years at Voronezh Chamber Theater as a composer, arranger, and actor, and has written music for several plays, including Boris Godunov, Grönholm Method, Ak and Mankind, and Uncle Vanya, one of which was awarded the Golden Mask Award in 2015 for the best ensemble cast. He also composed music for the short film Nathaniel, dedicated to the tragic period of Samuel Marshak’s life. The film was shown at several festivals.


In 2017, he enrolled at Methodist University in Music Performance and moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina with his family – his wife (pianist, piano teacher) and daughter. He is now studying solo piano repertoire. The pieces he is presenting at the Caper Fear New Music Festival are his first piano solo compositions.



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