FREE Orchestra Concert
You’ll find yourself at the very center of contemporary music-making with a special concert featuring new works by three young composers—Emily Cooley, Patrick Harlin, and Eric Nathan—conducted by emerging conductors. All are studying in the prestigious Conductors/Composers Workshop. Don’t miss the excitement when the creative sparks fly!
IN THE WORKS COMPOSERS
Emily Cooley (b. 1990) is a composer of orchestral, chamber, and vocal music that ranges from delicate intensity to a pulsing, energetic sound described as “dramatic, forceful and filled with reverberation.” (Sioux City Journal) Cooley’s music has received awards and recognition including from the National Federation of Music Clubs, Tribeca New Music, PARMA Recordings, ASCAP, the Renée B. Fisher Composer Awards, the Vancouver Chamber Choir.
Cooley has received commissions and performances from ensembles including the USC Thornton Symphony Orchestra, the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, the Yale Symphony Orchestra, the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, the JACK Quartet, the Sirius Quartet, and the Fifth House Ensemble. She has been a fellow at the Norfolk New Music Workshop, the Tennessee Valley Music Festival, and the UNL Chamber Music Institute, and she was the ASCAP Foundation Fellow at the 2013 Wellesley Composers Conference.
A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Cooley is a recent graduate of the USC Thornton School of Music and Yale University, where she was awarded the Louis Sudler Prize for excellence in the creative arts. Past teachers include Stephen Hartke, Donald Crockett, Andrew Norman, Kathryn Alexander, and John K. Boyle. Cooley will enter the Curtis Institute of Music as an Artist Diploma candidate in the fall of 2014.
Composer Patrick Harlin (b. 1984) is a native of Seattle, Washington and writes music frequently inspired by the natural world. His work as a doctoral student at the University of Michigan spans both music composition and the field of soundscape ecology, research supported by the Graham Sustainability Institute that has taken him to remote regions of the United States and Amazon Rainforest. Harlin looks at the relationship between sound and the environment, with his upcoming dissertation Acoustic Ecology and the Preservation of Sonic Landscapes featuring sounds of these locations together with a new string quartet.
In 2013 Harlin was selected by the American Academy of Arts and Letters as a Charles Ives scholarship recipient, named the inaugural winner of the Aspen/Hermitage residency, and was selected as a Theodore Presser Award winner. Harlin was a resident composer in 2012 at the MIZZOU International Composers Festival, the resident composer at the Cordoba Music Festival in Argentina, and a fellow at the 2013 Aspen Summer Music Festival. In 2014, he received the final Rappaport Prize from the Atlantic Classical Orchestra for a work to be premiered by the orchestra in 2015. His music has been performed by Alarm Will Sound, the St. Louis Symphony, and among others, the Calgary Philharmonic.
Eric Nathan’s (b. 1983) compositions have been performed internationally at the Aldeburgh Music Festival (UK), Tanglewood, Aspen Music Festival, Ravinia Festival Steans Institute, Carnegie Hall, Louvre Museum, Yellow Barn, 2012 and 2013 World Music Days and by ensembles including the Berlin Philharmonic’s Scharoun Ensemble, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, American Composers Orchestra, Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Aspen Concert Orchestra, Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra, A Far Cry, Collage New Music and the Momenta Quartet. In summer 2014, Nathan’s music will additionally be featured at the New York Philharmonic’s 2014 Biennial, Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, and JACK Quartet. Nathan served as Composer-in-Residence of the 2013 Chelsea Music Festival (New York) and 2013 Chamber Music Campania (Italy). His music has been featured on NPR’s radio show “From the Top” and on WQXR’s Q2 Radio.
Nathan’s music has been recognized with awards including a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship, 2013 Rome Prize, ASCAP Rudolf Nissim Prize, BMI William Schuman Prize, four ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, Jacob Druckman Prize from the Aspen Music Festival, a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Leonard Bernstein Fellowship to the Tanglewood Music Center.
Recent commissions include those from the New York Philharmonic for Principal Trombonist Joseph Alessi to premiere at the Philharmonic’s 2014 Biennial, Boston Symphony Orchestra for a new work for the BSO Chamber Players to premiere in 2015, Tanglewood Music Center, for the Berlin Philharmonic’s Scharoun Ensemble, a Jerome Fund for New Music commission for the Momenta Quartet, ISCM/IAMIC for the World Music Days, and from the New York Youth Symphony, ASCAP/Society of Composers Inc., A Far Cry, Le Train Bleu, and Winsor Music. Nathan received his doctorate from Cornell, and holds degrees from Yale (B.A.) and Indiana University (M.M.). His principal teachers include Steven Stucky, Roberto Sierra, Claude Baker, Sven-David Sandström, and Kathryn Alexander. Nathan serves as Visiting Assistant Professor in Composition at the Williams College Department of Music for the 2014-15 academic year.