Symposium Celebrates Life of 20th Century British Composer

School of Music faculty will host a “Benjamin Britten: A Century of Inspiration” symposium Oct. 17-19.



Texas Tech University School of Music faculty will host a “Benjamin Britten: A Century of Inspiration” symposium Oct. 17-19. The event is one of many around the world honoring Britten’s centenary year.

The planning committee includes David Forrest, assistant professor of music theory, Quinn Patrick Ankrum, assistant professor of voice, and Stacey Jocoy, associate professor of musicology.

“The music is going to be fantastic,” Forrest said. “The research is going to be fantastic and every element of the event is going to blend the two. The audience will enjoy the music but they are also going to learn a lot. There’s truly something for everyone.”

Britten, a 20th-century British composer, is one of the most influential of his kind in many genres, Forrest said.

The symposium includes performances, lecture recitals and academic presentations. Themes of the conference include Britten’s variety of compositions and the intersection of scholarship and performance in regard to his music.

Lecturers and performers will travel across the United States to be involved in the symposium. Texas Tech faculty and students also will perform.

All concerts are free and open to the public. To attend additional events, guests must register online or at the symposium. A single-day ticket is $20 and a three-day conference ticket is $50.

For more information and a schedule of events, visit

School of Music

The School of Music

The School of Music is part of the J.T. and Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts.

With more than 500 students, the size is ideal for creating larger ensembles as well as ensuring individual attention with private study.

Faculty includes a performing specialist on all band and orchestral instruments as well as piano, voice, organ, harp and guitar, and specialists in conducting, composition, electronic music, music education, musicology, world music and music theory.


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