On Friday, April 17 at 8:00 PM, Daria Semegen and friends presented a dazzling program of electronic music sound sculptures, virtuoso instrumental performance, and video projection - at Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University. It was the 41st Annual Concert (free event) presented by the SBU Electronic Music Studio. The program included works by Tatsuya Tasaki, Taylor D. Ackley, Keenan Zach, Jonathon Kustin, Daniel A. Weymouth, Daria Semegen, Dylan Ebrahimian, Antonio Pellegrino, Phillip Baldwin, Juan Sorrentino, and Greg Mulzet.
Semegen was the first woman awarded a McKim Commission from the Library of Congress. She studied at the Eastman School of Music, in mixed-media workshops at the Rochester Institute of Technology, at Yale and Columbia Universities and in Warsaw, Poland as a Fulbright fellow. She taught at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center from 1971-1975 and was a sound engineer at the Collection of World Music (Columbia University) working with field recordings of native musics from many continents.
Her awards include six National Endowment for the Arts grants, two BMI awards, two awards from Yale University, a National Chamber Music Competition prize, an ISCM International Electronic Music Competition prize; fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, Tanglewood and Chautauqua; a Pennsylvania Institute for the Arts & Humanistic Studies award; and the 1994 Alumni Achievement Award from Eastman School of Music.
Recordings of her music include Rhapsody (for Yamaha MIDI grand piano), Electronic Composition No. 1; Arc (electronic/dance); Spectra, Music for Violin Solo; Jeux de Quatres.. Other works include Arabesque(electronic), Vignette (piano), Elegy-Caprice (toy piano- for J.Cage) , Epicycles (electronic/dance); Triptych (orchestra), Dans la Nuit (baritone & orchestra), Lieder (soprano & ensemble); virtuoso solo works including violin, contrabass and clarinet solos.