Shackleton & Gedosh Featured Guest Composers at Cape Fear New Music Festival

The Cape Fear New Music Festival will be held Saturday, April 18 at Methodist University. This year’s Cape Fear New Music Festival features two guest composers from California and Oklahoma—Phil Shackleton and David Gedosh.  Shackleton is a professor, producer, arranger and sound engineer from the Los Angeles area, and Gedosh is a composer and sound artist on the faculty of Rose State College, where he directs the Music Engineering and Industry program.

The Cape Fear Music Festival features performances of music by local and nationally recognized composers. Both Shackleton and Gedosh will be on campus at Methodist to perform their music and meet with guests and students.

In addition to several musical performances of new works, this year’s festival, titled “Music and Metaphor”, will also feature a presentation on Olivier Messiaen, “Musical Knowledge and the Meaning of Democracy in Early America,” Shakespeare’s “Richard III” and “Much Ado About Nothing,” and “Inverting Substitution, Metaphor in Acousmatic Music.”

The event is free and open to the public. The schedule for this year’s festival is as follows:

  • 2:00 p.m.: Reception in the Reeves Fine Arts Building, Music Department
  • 3:00 p.m.: Presentations by Methodist University Faculty in the Reeves Fine Arts Building Choir Room
  • 7:30 p.m.: Festival Concert in Hensdale Chapel

The festival will feature works by several local composers, including Keith Dippre (Methodist University), Daniel McCloud (Methodist University), Betty Wishart (Campbell University), and Charis Duke.  The festival concert will focus on the connections between music and metaphor.

The purpose of the Cape Fear New Music Festival is to promote the performance of new music by living composers. While traditional classical music concerts feature music by composers of the past, this festival will highlight the works of today’s composers; audience members, performers and Methodist University Students will be able to interact with the artists and learn from them.

For more information about the Department of Music and upcoming events, including the Cape Fear New Music Festival, please contact Ms. Linda Volman, Methodist University’s Fine Arts Secretary, at or (910) 630-7100.