Celebrating Steve Miles
On Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. EST we celebrated the legacy of our founding Director, Stephen Miles. Using Zoom (because of COVID-19) we had more than one hundred people join in as Steve, Mark Dancigers, and Ron Silver spoke, and we shared video contributions of testimonials and music from friends, visiting artists, and alums, all of which you can watch on this page.
photo credit: Nancy Nassiff
Kathy Supové and Randy Woolf, Francis Schwartz, and JACK Quartet
This first video includes contributions from Kathy Supové and Randy Woolf (beginning), Francis Schwartz (at 1:05), and JACK Quartet (at 8:17).
Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso, and Marilyn Lerner
Next we have video of Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso (beginning), followed by Marilyn Lerner (at 4:52).
Sara Stovall, Jason Carl Rosenberg, Erica Gressman, and Silas Durocher
Finally we have four New College (and NMNC) alums: Sara Stovall (beginning), Jason Carl Rosenberg (at 2:37), Erica Gressman (at 8:46), and Silas Durocher (at 9:22).
After all the video contributions we asked anyone who felt so moved to offer their own recollections, tributes, and thanks to Steve, and to our delight that went on for quite a while!
Just some of the people who joined our celebration
Founded in 1998 by means of a groundbreaking and collaborative event featuring the music of John Cage in the galleries of the Ringling Museum, New Music New College has grown into an institution that champions adventurous and scintillatingly performed new music, enriching the life of New College and the Sarasota Community. Steve Miles directed the series until his retirement from the college in spring 2020, having also served as Provost of New College from 2011–2017. He is an active composer, performer, and theorist, focusing on the social dimension of music. Since 1990, he has composed vocal music almost exclusively. His works include Social Studies (2003), musical games for performers and audience, and Living and Dead: The Gettysburg Project (2009), a theater piece co-composed with Margaret Eginton, adjunct professor of theater at New College. Steve is currently co-chair of the board of American Composers Forum.