Shared Visions, 2019 - Composers
These four Colorado composers wrote new music for voices based on the works of our poets and visual artists.
Sourcing materials parsed from the world’s spiritual traditions and natural beauty, Paul Fowler’s music occupies a unique space that invokes our shared human experience. The New York Times has described his music as “radiant, ghostly, and shimmering.” Drawing on his background in classical vocal music and his regular work as an improvising pianist, vocalist, and electronic musician, Fowler’s music straddles old and new in a highly personal and integrative way. His works have been performed at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, the National Concert Hall of Taiwan, Le Poisson Rouge and Japan’s Suntory Hall among others. Selected performers and commissioners of Fowler’s work include the Symphony Orchestra of Northwest Arkansas, San Juan Symphony, New York Youth Symphony, SymphoNYC, the Ju Percussion Group, The Crossing (choir), Hope Mohr Dance, and Young Concert Artist Naoko Takada. His music has received the First Music Award, the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, the Louis Smadbeck Composition Award and the Swan Composer Award (Honorable Mention). Fowler has degrees in voice, composition and theater from Ithaca College and a Masters of Music in Composition from the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor. www.paulfowler.net
A native of rural Colorado, Leanna Kirchoff writes vocal and instrumental chamber music, choral music, musicals and opera. Her music has been performed in concerts at Carnegie Hall, NY; The International Congress of Voice Teachers; the National Opera Association convention, NC; the 9th New London Wind Festival, UK; and the American Choral Directors Association conference, MO. Her chamber opera, The Clever Artifice of Harriet and Margaret, won the 2014-2016 National Opera Association chamber opera competition. Kirchoff, in collaboration with librettist Rachel J. Peters, has been awarded Opera America’s Discovery Grant in 2018 for the development of Friday After Friday, a chamber opera dramatizing violence and poverty in present-day war-torn Syria. She completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the University of Colorado, and also holds a Master of Arts in Composition from the University of Minnesota. She has been a composition fellow at the John Duffy Institute, the Ernest Bloch Festival, the Rural America New Music Festival, and the Chamber Music Conference and Composers Forum of the East.
A faculty member at the University of Denver, Dr. Kirchoff teaches composition seminar as well as directs the Lamont Composers Concert Series. Since 2001, she has also been on the faculty of Metropolitan State University of Denver, teaching composition, theory and aural skills. www.leannakirchoff.com
Thomas Edward Morgan, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Ars Nova Singers, has been acknowledged as a leading interpreter of new music in Colorado. Under his leadership the choir has become one of the premier ensembles in the region. Mr. Morgan received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota and the Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Colorado. Morgan was the recipient of the Dairy Center Honors Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts in 2016.
As a composer, Mr. Morgan was an artist-in-residence of the Lucas Artists program at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California (2006-2008). He collaborated with New York visual artist Lesley Dill in the production of I Heard a Voice, an extended work for a cappella chorus premiered by the Ars Nova Singers in September 2002 and performed in Vancouver in 2003. His composition Psalm 88 for orchestra and chorus received the prestigious BMI Award, and his choral work Four Poems of e. e. cummings was presented on the opening program of the eighth Internacional Musica Nueva festival in Mexico City. Several of his works have recently been performed internationally by the Peiyang Chorus of Tianjin, China.
Jeffrey Nytch has built a diverse career as a composer, teacher, performer, arts administrator, and consultant. In 2009 he joined the faculty of The University of Colorado-Boulder, where he is an Associate Professor and serves as Director of The Entrepreneurship Center for Music. His philosophy of teaching entrepreneurship hinges on the idea that entrepreneurial thinking is a creative process that can be applied in any number of directions, and that students with entrepreneurial skills are better equipped to thrive in the ever-changing dynamics of the 21st-century arts marketplace.
A native of Vestal, New York, Nytch completed a Bachelors degree at Franklin and Marshall College (double-majoring in music and geology), and earned Masters and Doctoral degrees in composition from Rice University. As a composer he has received numerous grants, awards and commissions, and his music has been performed throughout the U.S. and abroad by many major ensembles and artists. Recordings include releases on the MMC, New Dynamics Records, and Koch International Classics labels. Nytch is in wide demand as a speaker, workshop facilitator, and scholar. His publications on arts entrepreneurship have appeared in Artivate: The Journal of Arts Entrepreneurship, The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, among others. His first book, The Entrepreneurial Muse: Inspiring Your Career in Classical Music (Oxford University Press), was released 2018.