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Compose Carolina: Alex McKeveny, David Green, James Larkins, Julia Holoman, Matthew Svec

July 30, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Compose Carolina Summer Music Series

Five current music majors come together to create a new telling of the classic story of Orpheus, an ancient Greek tale about love, grief, and deception. Returning Compose Carolina student-composers David Green, James Larkins, and Alex McKeveny are joined this summer by mezzo-soprano Julia Holoman and clarinetist Matthew Svec as they explore these time-honored themes with a new lens.



Alex McKeveny (composer) is a UNC-Chapel Hill junior who is currently double majoring in music and business administration. He played trumpet in the UNC Wind Ensemble, and he plays classical piano. He is a composer of classical music, who has won the Thelma Thompson Composition Award. He also participated in the 2020 Compose Carolina series.
David GreenDavid Green (composer) is a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill pursuing a double major in Music and Russian Language and Culture. A classically trained pianist, his compositions draw inspiration from 20th-century trends and late romanticism.
James LarkinsJames Larkins (composer) is a rising UNC-Chapel Hill senior, majoring in music and chemistry. He enjoys composing music as well as playing cello. His music has both post-tonal and post-serial elements, and has influences ranging from Renaissance polyphony to the works of modernists like Pierre Boulez and Elliott Carter.
Julia HolomanJulia Holoman (mezzo-soprano) is a UNC-Chapel Hill sophomore from Raleigh, North Carolina. Julia has studied classical voice privately for six years; three years under Kimberley Bentley. In 2018, Julia placed first in her room at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) State and Regional Conferences. Julia went on to place second among all-female high school classical singers at the National level of the NATS Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV. Julia has been selected to perform with multiple ensembles, including as a soloist for the NC Governors School West Choir in the summer of 2017, the NC Music Educators Association’s (NCMEA) High School Honors Chorus (2015-2018), soloing at the NCMEA Annual Conference in November of 2017, and with the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) All-National Honors Chorus in Grapevine, TX, in 2016. She performed opera roles of Aminta in Mozart’s Il Re Pastore, L’enfant in Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortilèges, and Mother in Meredith Monk’s Atlas this year under the direction of Dr. Marc Callahan. She studies in Dr. Jeanne Fischer’s voice studio.


Matthew SvecMatthew Svec (clarinet) is a UNC-Chapel Hill sophomore from Roanoke, Virginia. He has studied under Teresa Hedrick and Dr. Cassandra Hibbard and was engaged in several groups in and around the Roanoke area. Matthew was an active member in the Roanoke Youth Symphony, Winds of the Blue Ridge, the Roanoke Valley Community Band, and Blasmusik Aschheim, e.V. In addition, he has soloed with his youth symphony and community band, performed in the Blue Ridge Music Festival, and substituted as principal clarinet for the Rockbridge Symphony Orchestra. He plays in UNC’s Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Chamber Players. He has also recently joined UNC’s Early Music Ensemble as a keyboardist. During the pandemic, Matthew was part of Orchestre de la Francophonie’s first remote festival and performed in an online masterclass with Ricardo Morales. He also hosted several socially distanced wind quintet rehearsals in his driveway. Outside of clarinet, Matthew has played the piano since he was 5 and enjoys learning languages. Matthew is a student of Donald Oehler.

Join us for the second-annual Compose Carolina, our summer music series produced in collaboration with Carolina Performing Arts. This weekly virtual series features the premieres of four original musical compositions ranging in genre and style, written by alumni and students of the UNC Department of Music composition program on a given theme. Our prompt for this year is “In The Now,” and can be interpreted freely by the composers, from the literal to the very metaphorical.

This summer, we welcome three new alumni composers, Trinity Vélez-Justo, Alex Van Gils, and Stewart Engart, for the debut of three diverse solo compositions, as well as a group of student composers and musicians who will re-interpret the Greek tale of Orpheus and Eurydice through their score. On Fridays in July, the livestreamed event will feature the artist(s) in conversation with a faculty moderator, the debut of their composition, and a casual “program notes” conversation and Q&A.

Recording of CPA virtual events is not permitted. Check out their livestream events guide for tips on how to watch on your device. If you have questions or concerns related to accessibility, please contact CPA.


July 30, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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