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The 2015 Commissioning Project Results!
After almost 400 submissions and a lot of listening, we’re thrilled to announce the winners of the 2015 Commissioning Project! Thanks again to everyone who applied! Here they are:
Carolyn Chen has made music for supermarket, demolition district, and the dark. Her work reconfigures the everyday using sound, text, light, image, and movement. Recent projects include an assemblage on falling, a story for ASL interpreter strung to chimes at a distance, and an opera mashup of Euripides’ Hekabe and Red Riding Hood. Upcoming projects include works for Wild Rumpus and Klangforum Wien.
Wilder Shores of Love, commissioned for a 2011 Zankel Hall premiere by the Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble, was described by The New York Times as “evening’s most consistently alluring piece … a quiet but lush meditation.” The work has been supported by the Fulbright Foundation, Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, MATA, impuls Festival, American Composers Forum, ASCAP, Stanford University, University of California Institute for Research in the Arts, Emory Planetarium, Wellesley Composers Conference, and Machine Project at the Hammer Museum. It has been presented at festivals and exhibitions in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Israel, Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, the U.K., Germany, Switzerland, China, Australia, Mexico, Canada, and the U.S.
Chen has been fortunate to work with ensembles such as Pamplemousse, Surplus, Talea, Chamber Cartel, Die Ordnung Der Dinge, Dal Niente, On Structure, Ensemble This Ensemble That, Asamisamasa, NorthArc, Now Hear, Kallisti, Ostravska Banda, S.E.M., Prague Modern, Gliss, thingNY, Red Light, New York Miniaturist Ensemble, red fish blue fish, Silent Book, orkest de ereprijs, and Zwo. She earned a PhD in music from UC San Diego, and an MA in Modern Thought and Literature and BA in music from Stanford University, with an honors thesis on Free Improvisation and Radical Politics.
Joshua Clausen is a Minneapolis-based composer, music producer and educator. Clausen’s works often inhabit stylistic interstices between chamber concert music, electronic music and varied popular forms exerting “a dynamic intensity to [their] influence of popular culture (Computer Music Journal).”
Clausen has composed works for the Antithesis Project, AVIDduo, the Renegade Ensemble, Keith Kirchoff, Kyle Hutchins and Sarah Porwoll-Lee and has recently been awarded commissioning grants from the Jerome Foundation and MacPhail Center for Music. Clausen’s work has been presented at numerous festivals and conferences of new music including the International Computer Music Conference, Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Electronic Music Midwest and the Spark festival.
Clausen is director of Community Programs at Slam Academy, a business he co-founded that is dedicated to community education in the electronic arts. He teaches theory, composition and electronic music at Perpich Arts High School, and was a composition mentor in the inaugural season of American Composers Forums’ NextNotes workshop and concert series for young composers. Clausen earned a Bachelor of Music degree (theory/composition, minor in philosophy) from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and a Master of Arts (composition, minor in art – time & interactivity) from the University of Minnesota. His mentors at the University of Minnesota included Douglas Geers, Alex Lubet and Judith Lang Zaimont.
William Dougherty (b. 1988) is an American composer whose works have been performed by ensembles including the Orchestre National de Lorraine (Metz), the Nemascae Lemanic Modern Ensemble (Geneva), the Lontano Ensemble (London), Ensemble Phoenix (Basel), and TILT Brass (New York). His music has been performed in festivals such as the Tectonics Festival New York (2015), the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (2015), the 47th Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt (2014), the New York Philharmonic Biennale (2014), the Bowling Green New Music Festival (2014), and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Dougherty has received recognitions and awards from BMI, PARMA Recordings, the PRS for Music Society, Sound and Music, the American Composers Forum, the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, the Institute for European Studies, and the UK Foreign Aid and Commonwealth Office.
As a scholar, William has written and presented research into the life and works of Romanian composer, Horatiu Radulescu, in the U.K., Austria, and Switzerland. His recent article on Radulescu’s 5th String Quartet before the universe was born can be found in the April 2014 edition of quarterly contemporary music journal, Tempo.
William graduated with a Bachelor’s in Music Composition from Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. As a Marshall Scholar, William earned his Master’s from the Royal College of Music in London after which he completed supplementary studies (Ergänzungsstudium) under the guidance of Georg Friedrich Haas in Basel. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of the Musical Arts at Columbia University in New York City.
Currently based in Buffalo, New York, Nathan Heidelberger is a composer of diverse instrumental and vocal music. His pieces range in character from the uncannily beautiful to the unrelentingly didactic, dealing variously with lists, texts, distance, ephemerality, repetition, and the distortion of traditional musical objects. Nathan recently received his PhD, with distinction, from the University at Buffalo. He also holds undergraduate degrees in Composition and English from Oberlin College and Conservatory, where he was awarded the Walter E. Aschaffenburg Composition Prize. His primary teachers have included David Felder, Lewis Nielson, and Richard Carrick.
Nathan was a composition fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in summer of 2013 and at the Aspen Music Festival in the summer of 2012. He has also participated in the Copland House CULTIVATE Institute, June in Buffalo, and a residency at the Banff Centre. His music has been performed by such groups as Ensemble Court Circuit, Ensemble Linea, the Mivos Quartet, the New Fromm Players, the Nouveau Classical Project, and the Slee Sinfonietta. As the first composer-in-residence for the Netherlands-based Oerknal Ensemble, Nathan was the subject of their Lunatics portrait concert in June, 2014. His composition Of songs for soprano and string quartet was awarded the 2010 Frank Robert Abel Prize from the University of Louisville. In 2015 he was granted a Special Award from the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music to support the composition of a new solo piece for pianist Daniel Walden.
Sometimes a pianist and a horn player, Nathan focuses on performing the contemporary repertoire. He is a founding member of Wooden Cities, an ensemble committed to introducing new music to audiences throughout Western New York. As an undergrad, he worked closely with Helmut Lachenmann during the composer’s 2008 residency at Oberlin to prepare his solo piano works Echo Andante and Ein Kinderpsiel.
Carolina Heredia’s music aims to blend her musical experiences in the fields of Western Classical and Argentinean Folk and Tango. Her music has been performed in South America and the United States by esteemed groups such as the JACK quartet, University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Cordoba State String Orchestra and Cordoba Metropolitan Orchestra. In Fall 2016 the University of Michigan Chamber Choir will premiere her piece “Virginia” under the baton of maestro Jerry Blackstone. In Winter 2016, the JACK quartet will premiere her dissertation, a piece for string quartet and electronics.
In the summer of 2015 she was a fellow at the Susan and Ford Schumman Center for Composition Studies at Aspen Music Festival and School where she studied with Steven Stucky and George Tsontakis. She is the recipient of the Brehm Prize in Choral Composition 2015, the University of Michigan International Research Grant 2015, the Margaret Dow Towsley Scholarship 2012, the Merit-Scholarship of the University of Michigan 2011 and the Dorothy Greenwald Scholarship 2011.
In 2014, Carolina founded the Khemia Ensemble, a group formed by eight performers and three composers, dedicated to performing and commissioning new music. Khemia ensemble will go on tour on August 2015 to Argentina and Colombia to conduct residencies at the National Universities of Cordoba and Bogota.
Carolina holds a Bachelor in Music Composition from the Universidad Nacional de Villa María (Argentina), a Bachelor in Violin from the Conservatorio Superior Félix Garzón (Argentina), a Master in Music Composition from the University of Michigan, and it is currently in her last year for the Doctorate in Musical Arts program at University of Michigan. Her professors include Michael Daugherty, Evan Chambers, Kristin Kuster and Erik Santos. Carolina has taught as a Graduate Student Instructor for the Chair of Electronic Music at the University of Michigan.
Finola Merivale is an Irish composer and pianist. Her music focuses on intercultural composition, improvisation and person-specific pieces. Her compositions have been featured at festivals such as the Bang on a Can Summer and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festivals, the 21st Young Composers Meeting, and they have been performed internationally. Her music has been published by the University of York Music Press and has been released by Huddersfield Contemporary Records. She has most recently studied composition with David Lang, Ken Ueno, Martijn Padding and Richard Ayres.
She holds an MMus Composition from the University of Leeds, and while there, she founded her own gamelan ensemble which promoted both traditional and contemporary gamelan music. She holds a First Class Honours B.A. in Drama & Theatre Studies and Music from University College, Cork.
Finola is moving to Philadelphia in August 2015, where she will become a doctoral fellow at the University of Pennylvania.
Dan Tramte Ph.D (b. 1985) is an (electro)acoustic composer/artist, a teaching assistant at Harvard University, a new media/music theorist, and the youtube ‘Score Follower.’ He is proficient in frequencies of 0Hz-20kHz (specializing in the upper and lower extremes), and also often works in frequencies of 430-790THz. Listeners have described his music in terms such as “noisy, intense” (Computer Music Journal 34-4), “youthful, energetic” (CMJ 35-3) “glitchy, fragmented, lots of silence” (ICMC 2011 review by John ffitch), “medium rare filet mignon” (Elainie Lillios) “I don’t feel safe in this room anymore” (Joseph Lyszczarz), and “This makes my face feel funny” (Monica Hershberger). His music has been presented on five continents; highlights include performances and research lectures at IMD, IRCAM, Composit, festival-futura, ISSTC, #foetexmachina, NYCEMF (x3), ACDFA (x2), CIME/ICEM (x2), SMC, EMM, ACMC, ICMC (x2), and SEAMUS (x2). In 2014/15 his works have been toured throughout USA and Europe by ensembles/soloists InterSpheres Trio, Patchwork, and Nico Couck. 2016 projects include commissions from Keith Kirchoff and Weston Olencki.
Over the past four years at the University of North Texas, Tramte has worked to develop audio/video granulation tools for multimedia theoretical analysis of independent video games (tA/v\Am), and for dance and live performance. He has presented this research at Darmstadt, Harvard, SMT, & Perot Museum of Nature and Science.
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