New Morse Code, a cello and percussion duo, perform the work of CCM alumnus Christopher Stark (MM Composition, 2007) in a free guest artist recital at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29 at CCM’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.

The duo features Hannah Collins, cello, and Michael Compitello, percussion. The musicians are devoted to sharing bold and engaging performances of works by young composers. New Morse Code’s recital features music by composers Andy Akiho, Tonia Ko, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw and Stark.

In addition to developing new repertoire for concert programs, New Morse Code also creates music for larger interdisciplinary projects. In 2012, New Morse Code worked with a team of artistic collaborators from the Yale Schools of Music and Drama to create Basement Hades: Songs of the Underworld, which blurs the boundaries between concert, play and multimedia event. It was hailed as “stunningly moving” by the New Haven Review.

Together, New Morse Code musicians Collins and Compitello were finalists in the 2014 Concert Artists Guild Competition and recipients of a Classical Commissioning Grant from Chamber Music America with Stark.

After graduating from CCM, Stark pursued his doctoral studies at Cornell University. He now teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.

“Chris was one of the best students I’ve ever taught at CCM,” says CCM Composition Professor Michael Fiday. “He is especially good at integrating electronic sounds into an acoustic instrumental environment in an entirely convincing and compelling way. Professionally he’s one of our biggest success stories, garnering high-profile commissions and performances. Most recently he was awarded a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.”

New Morse Code’s recital at 8 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 29, is free and open to the public. Event information is below.

About New Morse Code
New Morse Code is devoted to bold and engaging performances of music worth sharing. Omnivorous, rigorous and inventive, Hannah Collins and Michael Compitello activate the unexpected range and unique sonic world of cello and percussion to catalyze and champion the compelling works of young composers.

To Collins and Compitello, collaboration involves drawing upon mutual influences while generating and refining material together over an extended period of time. Through close work with colleagues such as pianist-composer Paul Kerekes, steel pan virtuoso and composer Andy Akiho, Hawaiian composer and visual artist Tonia Ko, and Pulitzer Prize-winning violinist/vocalist/composer Caroline Shaw, New Morse Code generates a singular and personal repertoire which reflects both their friends’ creative voices and their own perspectives. Through its outreach initiative New Morse Kids, the duo has inspired young listeners with eye-opening performances and engaging presentations at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Yale’s Morse Summer Music Academy, the ARTSExperience Festival at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven. Michael Compitello is the Director of Percussion at Cornell University. Hannah Collins is a New York City-based performer and teaching artist. For more information, please visit,, or


About Christopher Stark
Christopher Stark is a composer of contemporary classical music deeply rooted in the American West. Having spent his formative years in rural western Montana, his music is always seeking to capture the expansive energy of this quintessential American landscape. Stark, whose music the New York Times has called, “fetching and colorful,” has been awarded prizes and commissions from organizations such as the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Fromm Foundation at Harvard, Chamber Music America, the Orléans International Piano Competition and ASCAP. Named a 2017 “Rising Star” by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, his music has been performed by such ensembles as Alarm Will Sound, American Composers Orchestra, Arctic Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, Los Angeles Piano Quartet, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, Momenta Quartet, New Morse Code, FLUX Quartet and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble.

In 2012, he was a resident composer at Civitella Ranieri, a fifteenth-century castle in Umbria, Italy, and in June of 2016 he was awarded a residency at Copland House. Recent highlights included performances at the 2016 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and at the Whitney Museum of American Art as part of the 2016 NY Phil Biennial. His score for the feature-length film, Novitiate, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of 2017 and will be theatrically released in October of 2017 by Sony Pictures Classics.
Performance Time

8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29

Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati


Parking and Directions
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