After six weeks of listening, discussing and voting, we are excited to announce the results from our first call for collaborators!
We thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to familiarize ourselves with the music of so many composers — thank you to everyone who contributed their time, effort and creativity.
This season we will present a program featuring a trio of composers from California: Alan Shockley, Alexander Elliot Miller, and Adriana Verdié. Shockley will compose a new work for a subset of our ensemble — flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, violin, viola, and contrabass — that will receive its world premiere in Seattle this March. We will also perform Short Stanzas by Miller and Confluencia by Verdié on the program.
Thank you again to everyone who shared their work with us! We look forward to collaborating with each of you in the future.
Meet the Composers
Alan Shockley was born in Virginia and grew up in Warm Springs, Georgia. He holds the Ph.D. in music composition from Princeton University. Shockley has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Atlantic Center, the Virginia Center for the Arts, Italy’s Centro Studi Ligure, and France’s Centre d’Art Marnay Art Centre (CAMAC), among others.
He is currently an Associate Professor and the Director of Composition/Theory in the Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach.
Alexander Elliott Miller is a composer and guitarist based in Southern California, whose music has been described as “deceptively laid back…inventive….unconventional” by the LA Times. He has collaborated with Grammy-nominated musicians, including pianists Vicki Ray and Aron Kallay, and soprano Tony Arnold. His compositions have been performed by groups including HOCKET, Juventas New Music Ensemble, Earplay, and the Boston New Music Initiative.
Miller is on the faculty of CSULB and Chapman University, where he teaches music theory and composition.
Argentinean-born composer Adriana Verdié has received commissions, honors and awards for her compositions in the U.S., Canada, and Argentina. Her music has been hailed as “compelling and original” by the LA Times, and has been featured most notably at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Oregon’s Ernest Bloch Festival, Cal State Summer Arts with performances by the New York New Music Ensemble and Speculum Musicae (NY), and throughout Latin America.
Dr. Verdié joined the faculty at California State University, Long Beach after receiving a Ph.D. in composition from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2013, she was selected as a Fulbright specialist; her scholarly interests center on contemporary music by women composers, the dissemination of Latin American music, and the interaction between music and literature.