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Newly Appointed Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition

David Biedenbender

David Biedenbender is the newly appointed Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Boise State University. A musical omnivore and a passionate collaborator, he is inspired by a diverse array of interests and experiences. His present creative interests include working with everyone from classically trained musicians to improvisers, acoustic chamber music to large ensembles, and interactive electronic interfaces to live brain data.

He has had the privilege of collaborating with and being commissioned by many talented performers and ensembles, including Alarm Will Sound, the PRISM Saxophone Quartet, the Stenhammar String Quartet (Sweden), the Aspen Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble, the U.S. Navy Band, the Philharmonie Baden-Baden (Germany), VocalEssence, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Detroit Symphony Orchestra bass trombonist Randy Hawes, the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble, and the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir, among many others. Recent recognition for David’s work includes two ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards (2011, 2012) and the 2012 Suzanne and Lee Ettelson Composers Award.

His music has been heard in many diverse venues, including Symphony Space (NYC), the German Embassy (Washington, DC), the Antonín Dvořák Museum (Prague), the Old First Church (San Francisco), the Smithsonian Museum, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Hill Auditorium (Ann Arbor, MI), as well as at numerous universities, and it has been broadcast on NPR stations around the country. Recent and upcoming commissions and projects include works for the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Orchestra, the Edge Ensemble (Netherlands), San Francisco Symphony principal trombonist Tim Higgins, the Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet, the Akropolis Reed Quintet, Chris Lees and the University of Michigan Philharmonia Orchestra, and a work for prepared piano for pianist Jeannette Fang.

In addition to composing, David is a dedicated teacher. He has taught an interdisciplinary course in creativity and collaboration at the University of Michigan and has also been on the composition and theory faculty at Eastern Michigan University, Oakland University, Madonna University, and the Interlochen Arts Camp. His composition students have achieved regional and national recognition for their creative work, including numerous awards and acceptance into renowned summer music festivals and undergraduate and graduate composition programs.

He received the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in composition from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music degree in composition and theory from Central Michigan University, and he has also studied at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, the Aspen Music Festival, and in Mysore, India where he studied south Indian carnatic music. His musical mentors include Michael Daugherty, Evan Chambers, Bright Sheng, Kristin Kuster, Stephen Rush, Christopher Lees, David R. Gillingham, José Luis-Maurtúa, John Williamson, and Mark Cox. For more information, visit www.davidbiedenbender.com.

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