Robert A. Baker

composer | theorist
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BIOGRAPHY - COMPOSITIONS - WRITINGS - CONDUCTING - NEWS & EVENTS - DISCOGRAPHY - PHOTOS - CONTACT - LINKS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEWS & EVENTS:

 

 

22 - 25 June 2016
Premiere of New Work for mise-en festival 2016
in New York City
I'm extremely honoured to be one
of the selected composers in the
International Call for Scores,
commissioned to compose a new
chamber work for ensemble mise-en,
which will be premiered at the 2016
festival in New York City in June. 


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12 Mar 2016
Premiere of a New Work for cellist Dan Shomper
Looking forward to collaborating with cellist Daniel Shomper in March
at Anne Arundel Comunity College, where Dan will premiere my new work
As the Restless Spheres for solo cello on a recital of premieres. Programme
includes works by Steve Gorbos, Jacob Polasky, and Lawrence Moss.

Stay tuned for more details and media from the event.

 

 

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Spring 2016
Valence III selected for inclusion on
SCI Composers' CD Series, Vol. 30
My 2010 trio, Valence III, for oboe, cello, and percussion, will be included
on the forthcoming Volume 30 of SCI's Composers' CD Series. The CD,
which will be released on Navona Records, is set to appear in the spring
of 2016. I am extremely honoured to be selected for this series, and forever
indebted to the wonderful performers on this live recording:
Howard Niblock, oboe; Miyoko Grine-Fisher, cello; and Alex Rolfe, percussion. 

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11 Dec 2015
Conducting Morton Feldman with the CUA Contemporary Music Ensemble
Very excited to be giving the first performance of the season of our
new CUA Contemporary Music Ensemble with Morton Fledman's
Routine Investigations
. Comprised of current CUA Graduate Performance
Majors, the CME will appear on the Composition Division semester concert
along with new works by current CUA students and faculty.
7:30 pm, Ward Recital Hall, CUA, Washington DC.

 

 

 

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4 Dec 2015
Premiere for Soprano, Choir and Orchestra in Washington, D.C.'s National Basilica
My 2015 work, Stellam - Lunam - Rorate caeli desuper,
for soprano, chorus and orchestra, was premiered on
4 December 2015 at the Basilica of the National Shrine
of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C.
Commissioned by Dr. Leo Nestor and The Catholic University
of America, The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, It was a
great honour to be the composer of the new work on this year's
programme. Subsequently, the performance was broadcast on
EWTN over the Christmas / New Year's week, connecting to millions
around the world. Here is the introduction from the premiere:



 

 

 

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20 & 22 Nov 2015
Conductor for SONAR New Music Ensemble's 2015-2016 Season Opening Concert
Looking forward once again to conducting this fine ensemble in a performance
of Ryan Chase's scintillating 2012 ensemble work,Stargazer, and the premiere
of Nicholas Bentz's new work, a night sky consumed in light. Come and hear
works inspired by Time in this innovative programme featuring Maderna, Birtwistle
and Ablinger, with Stephen Hawking as your guide!
8pm, Baltimore Theater Project. 

 

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5 Nov 2015
Conducting a performance of Blue Surface at New Music Salisbury
Honoured to return to New Music Salisbury to conduct
the SU Guitar Ensemble for a repeat performance of my
2012 work for classical guitar ensemble, Blue Surface.

Programme includes works by Harrison, Sculthorpe, and
a new work by Jerry Tabor.

7:30 pm, The Great Hall, Salisbury University, MD.


 

 

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28 Sept 2015
Faustus Songs selected for publication in SCI Journal of Music Scores Vol. 54/55
My 2014 vocal work on Christopher Marlowe's The Tragical History of the
Life and Death of Doctor Faustus
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Journal of Music Scores. I am immensely honoured once again to be a
part of this evergrowing voluminous collection of music by living composers.

 

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19 Aug 2015
String Quartet selected by ISCM Miami Chapter
Very excited to learn today that my piece Motion/less for string quartet
(after my String Quartet no. 2) has been selected by the ISCM Miami
Chapter to be submitted for consideration for the 2016 World Music Days
in South Korea. I'm very honoured to be among the small few selected to
represent the United States' Submission to the ISCM, and look forward to
the host country's final selections.

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24 May 2015
New recording of Faustus Songs for three voices and ensemble
A recording of my most recent vocal work on Christopher Marlowe's
The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus
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complete! Insprired by Purcell's Symphony Songs, it is in seven continuous
parts for three solo voices and a quartet comprised of oboe, cello, trombone
and harpsichord. Here is an excerpt, no. 6. O, Gentlemen, I gave them my soul.

Click here for more samples, perfomer information, and notes on the work.

 

 

 

 

 

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8 & 10 May 2015
Conducted Two Premieres on SONAR New Music Ensemble's Season Finale
Very pleased to have conducted two premieres on SONAR’s
theatrical finale to their fifth season: composer-in-residence
Roger Zare's The Tell-Tale Heart for eight players, and last season's
RadarLab winner, Michael Rickleton's Faithfully Yours, Virginia, for
voice and ensemble. Filled with video, electronic sound, and readings
of bedtime stories, under theatrical lighting and presented in a non-stop
quasi-narrative format, SONAR have out done themselves once again. 

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18 April 2015
Conductor for SONAR New Music Ensemble's 2015 RadarLAB  Composer Workshop Concert
Honoured to be working once again with these fine musicians, and conducting
four new compositions by current Peabody composition students, Nick Bentz,
James Chu, Xulu Kong, and Andrew Posner. Keep your eyes and ears out for
these new, young and talented voices. The show is at 8pm, First Unitarian Church,
Baltimore.  

 

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16 April 2015
A Forge, and a Scythe for solo guitar
My sincere thanks to Kosovarian guitarist, Vendim Thaqi,
for his performance of my 1998 guitar solo, A Forge, and a Scythe,
on the Spring 2015 New Music Salisbury concert.
I wish I could have been there! But it's wonderful to know that the
tradition at SU continues, thanks to Danielle Cumming and Jerry
Tabor's continued efforts in presenting contemporary music.
Thank you!

 

 

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20 March 2015
Premiere: Apsis for solo cello

My new solo cello piece, Apsis, has been selected for inclusion on the Composers Concert at the 45th Mid-Atlantic
College Music Society Conference to be held at High Point University, North Carolina. New Music champion and
cellist extraordinaire, J. W. Turner, will give the premiere. My sincere thanks to the program committee for including
me on what will be a great event!
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19 - 21 March 2015
2015 Mid-Atlantic CMS Conference Paper
Preparing to present a new paper, Time and Notation in Selected Works of Boulez and Dutilleux, at the 45th
Mid-Atlantic College Music Society Conference at High Point University, NC.
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20 February 2015

Premiere of a New Work for string quartetI

 am honoured to be a part of
The Catholic University of America's
Stations: A Group Commission Project
in Honor of the Benjamin T. Rome
School of Music's 50th Anniversary
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for which fourteen new string quartet
miniatures have been commissioned from
current faculty, students, and alum.

 

7:30 p.m., Church of the Little Flower, Bethesda, MD, USA

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10 February 2015

New Release on Navona Records

My two piano pieces,
Valence I
and Nor gates of steel so strong, but Time decays?,
are featured on the new Navona Revords release, FELT,
which includes new piano music by seven living composers.

 

For more information, program notes, and to hear
some excerpts, click  on the CD cover.

 

 

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30 January / 1 February 2015
Premiere of a New Work for solo violin and ensemble
for SONAR New Music Ensemble
  

Come and hear my new violin concerto for Colin Sorgi,
violinst and Artistic Director of SONAR.

It's an honour and a great pleasure to be working with
these wonderful musicians again. I hope to see you
in the New Year at The Baltimore Theatre Project for the show.
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November 2014
Latest Article Completed
Very pleased to have finished my first article on Wolfgang Rihm's music, The Hunt for Form in Wolfgang Rihm's
Ninth String Quartet, "Quartettsatz" (1992-1993)
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This composer has fascinated and inspired me for many years
more than any other. I am hopeful that this (more than year-long) endeavour will appear in print in the not-too-distant future.

Stay tuned!
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28-30 May, 2014
Canadian University Music Society Annual Meeting Paper and Performance
Honoured to be presenting my Rihm string quartet analysis at this year’s annual National CUMS Meeting
at Brock University, St. Catherines, Ontario, as well as having a performance of Valence III on the Composers Concert.
A wonderful way to end the season!
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April, 2014

Honorable Mention for String Quartet #1

My thanks to the Third Millennium Ensemble for the Honorable Mention given to my String Quartet #1 in this year's
Composers Competition. It's an honour to be on this list, among seven other career and upcoming composers
from around the country.
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April, 2014
Nor Gates of Steel ... for solo piano Released on Navona Records

Very excited to have my piano piece Nor gates of steel so strong,
but Time decays?
released by Navona on the Parma Festival
Live2013 album, a compilation of selected works from last summer's
SCI/Parma Fesival in New Hampshire.

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April, 2014
Individual Artist Award in Composition from the

I am honoured to be among a select list of brilliant composers who received an Individual Artist Award for Classical
Composition from the MSAC. I am thrilled to begin planning the project that is made possible by this grant. Stay tuned
for details on the event this Fall.

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28-30 March, 2014
West Coast Conference for Music Theory and Analysis Paper Presentation
Heading to University of Utah, Salt Lake City, to present my paper on Rihm’s ninth string quartet at this year’s WCCMTA
annual conference. Very much looking forward to Christoph Neidhöfer’s keynote address on post-war Italian Serialism.

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21-22 March, 2014
Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic Paper Presentation
Looking forward to presenting my newest paper on Rihm’s ninth string quartet at this year’s MTSMA conference at
Shenandoah University, VA.

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14 February, 2014
Valence IV performed at U Tennessee, Knoxville
Many thanks to Dr. Andy Bliss and the UTK Contemporary Music Ensemble for their wonderful performance of Valence IV
at this year’s Joint Mid-Atlantic/Southern College Music Society Conference. Great young players!

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13-15 February, 2014
2014 Mid-Atlantic/Southern CMS Conference
Pleased to have presented my latest paper on Rihm’s Ninth String Quartet at this year’s joint Mid-Atlantic/Southern
College Music Society annual conference in Knoxville, TN. Always great to see everyone again, and meet new friends.
Many thanks to all those in the music school at U Tennessee at Knoxville; wonderful people, hospitality, facility and organization!

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February, 2014
Guest Conductor with SONAR Ensemble

It was a great pleasure to be a part of SONAR’s Dark Visions concert, January 31 and February 2 nd at the
Baltimore Theatre Project, guest conducting for the premiere of Lonnie Hevia’s By the Light of the Stars, and
Salvatore Sciarrino’s ecstasy in one act, Infinito Nero. Looking forward to more collaboration next season with
these fabulous and visionary musicians.

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January, 2014
New Voices @ CUA Performance

Served as conductor for the final chamber music concert on the Catholic University of America 2014 New Voices Festival,
conducting the CUA Contemporary Music Ensemble in an evening of new works by festival guest composers Ryan Olivier,
Laurence Sherr, Eric Pazdziora, Greg Hutter and Patricia Julien.
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August, 2013
SCI Conference and PARMA Music Festival
I'm delighted to be performing my piano solo Nor gates of steel so strong, but Time decays?,
at this year's SCI Region 1 Conference, hosted by the 2013 PARMA Music Festival in Portsmouth,
New Hampshire, August 15 - 17. This will be my New England debut; really looking forward to lots
of great music and talks!


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June, 2013
SCI Journal of music Scores
My trio, Valence III for oboe, cello and percussion, was published in the latest
SCI Journal of Music Scores along with four other great new works by living
American composers.

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March, 2013
International Choral Composition Competition
Kansas City, MO, USA
My choral work Respice exaudi me, Dominus Deus meus
was named a finalist in the 2013 Simon Carrington Chamber Singers
(pictured left) Choral Composition Competition.

 

 

 

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March, 2013
Two premieres at Spin/s: A Fluxus Festival
Anne Arundel Community College, MD, USA
Two premieres were featured during Anne Arundel Community College's
month-long festival of contemporary art, celebrating Fluxus inspired creations.
The first piece, Five Cycles, was a 5-day-long sound installation for fixed media,
dispersed in the main stairwell of the arts building and ran continuously for the
month of March. The second work, ... gravity - stillness ... for piano and live electronics,
was performed by the composer on the faculty concert on March 8th.
Sound and video will be posted soon!

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November 17, 2012
SHARP EDGES CD launch & debut of NEWPRISM ENSEMBLE
Pre-concert rehearsal
Saturday, November 17th, 2012,
at 2640 SPACE St Paul St, Baltimore,
marked the launch of my new CD of
recent solo and chamber music
recorded by soloists and ensembles
from Britain, Canada, and the U.S.
The pProgram included three pieces
from the CD as well as works by
Feldman and Grisey.
Thanks to all for making it a brilliant night!

 

 

 

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April 21, 2012

Commission from the 4th Annual Salisbury University Classical Guitar Festival
Salisbury University, MD, USA
In rehearsal for Blue Surface for guitar ensemble,
designed for four groups of beginner to advanced guitarists,
in both standard and graphic notation, and to be rehearsed
in one hour on the afternoon of the performance!
It was a great challenge and a rewarding success!
Thanks to all who participated!

 

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February 24 - 25, 2012

42nd Mid-Atlantic Regional College Music Society Conference
George Mason University, VA, USA
Lecture-Recital: Nor gates of steel so strong, but Time decays?:
compositional technique, form and temporal experience
in a recent composition for solo piano

An investigation into the experience of form in relation to
the combined effects of musical activity and clock-time durations
in my piano solo Nor gates of steel ...


 

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January, 2012
Chanterelle-Verlag of Germany publishes A Forge, and a Scythe

Heidelberg guitar publisher Chanterelle releases
one of my early guitar solos,
A Forge, and a Scythe,
written for and recorded by Danielle Cumming.

 

 

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November, 2011
New York City's Orchestra of Our Time to record Valence III

Selected in their 2011 Call for Scores,
Valence III for oboe, cello and percussion
will be recorded by long time champion of
new music organization Orchestra of our Time.
I am very honoured to be among the selected
composers, and can't wait for the finished master.
Thanks to Joel Thome and all those at OooT.

 

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August 26, 2011
Recording session at Salisbury University
Studio recording of Valence IV
for clarinet, trumpet, percussion, piano,
violin and cello made at SU's recording studio.
Thanks so much to the dedicated, brilliant and sensitive players!
This track will be included on my forthcoming CD this season - stay tuned!



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May 9, 2011

New Music Salisbury
Salisbury University, MD, USA
Premiere: Angle - Horizon - Resonance for piano & live electronics

The New Music Salisbury series continued following a successful inaugural concert last October, and again featured
new and recent works composed and performed by SU faculty, including yet another brilliant performance of my 1998 work
A Forge, and a Scythe for solo guitar by my wife, and dedicatee, Danielle Cumming.

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April 1-2, 2011
26th CMS Great Lakes Regional Conference Composers' Concert
Lawrence University, appleton, WI, USA
Premiere: Valence III for oboe, cello & percussion

Valence III was selected for inclusion on the 2011 College Music Society Great Lakes Conference Composer’s Concert,
and premiered by performers from Lawrence University's Conservatory of Music.

March 2011
England's Chiasmus Ensemble features Valence II on new CD
Chiasmus Live 2010: Music for the Third Millennium
was released this month in the UK.
It features my chamber piece Valence II,
a Chiasmus commission, along with new works
by composers from England and Wales.
It's an honour; cheers, James!

 

 

 


March 12, 2011
Recording session at Salisbury University
Studio recording of Nor gates of steel so strong, but Time decays?
for solo piano made at SU's recording studio.
Garrett Davies did a fabulous job engineering once again,
and the edited master will be ready soon. This track will
be released on my forthcoming CD in the 2011/12 season.



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March 4 - 5, 2011
41st Mid-Atlantic Regional College Music Society Conference
UNC Greensboro, NC, USA
Poster Session: System vs. Method: idiosyncrasy in the use of the 12-tone method in Luigi Dallapiccola’s second opera, Il Prigioniero (1944-8)
Based on a paper that investigates idiosyncrasies of Dallapiccola's serial language in his opera Il Prigioniero.

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January 2011
MSAC Individual Artist Award in Classical Music Composition
I was one of ten composers selected by the Maryland State Arts Council, and one of four to receive a top prize,
for Classical Music Composition. Thank you, MSAC; my recording project just got a huge push towards being completed!

January 27-29, 2011
15th Biennial FSU Festival of New Music
Florida State U, Tallahassee, FA, USA
US Premiere: Valence II for chamber ensemble

The U.S. premiere of Valence II for clarinet, violin, cello and piano, was given by the FSU New Music Ensemble in Tallahassee on January 28th.
Valence II was one of 25 works selected from 300 applicants for this year's festival.

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January 15, 2011
2011 New Music Miami ISCM Festival
Florida International University, Miami, FA, USA
US Premiere: Sharp Edges for chamber ensemble

The U.S. premiere of Sharp Edges for strings and percussion was performed by NODUS ensemble, along with pieces by Orlando Garcia and Paula Matthusen.
My work was one of six works selected from 150 international entries for the 2011 New Music Miami ISCM Festival Series.

November 11 - 14, 2010
2010 SCI National Conference

University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA
Performance: Valence I for solo piano

I gave the fifth performance of my piano piece, Valence I, at this year's Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference. There were over a hundred
other performances of composers' work from across the US spread out over fifteen concerts in under 72 hours. Quite the marathon!

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October 22, 2010
New Music Salisbury
Salisbury University, MD, USA
Performances: Nor gates of steel so strong, but Time decays? and Valence I both for solo piano
SU Faculty Jerry Tabor and I presented the inaugural concert of New Music Salisbury, the first all contemporary art-music event to occur
on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Many thanks to all the performers on the night, including SU faculty Danielle Cumming, Jackie Lew and Ted Nichols.

September 27, 2010
Didsbury Arts Festival 2010
ChristChurch, Manchester, England
Performance: Valence II for chamber ensemble

The Chiasmus Ensemble, under the direction of James Stephenson, gives a second performance of Valence II for clarinet, violin, cello and piano, commissioned by Chiasmus

September 2010
Composition Area Chair for the College Music Society Mid-Atlantic Region
Currently serving as Chair of Composition for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the College Music Society, and preparaing for the upcoming Regional
Conference to be held at UNC-Greensboro, NC, 4-5 March, 2011.

 

 

 

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May 15, 2010
York Spring New Music Festival 2010
University of York, England
Performance of Valence II for chamber ensemble
The Chiasmus Ensemble, under the direction of James Stephenson, gives a second performance of Valence II for clarinet, violin, cello and piano, commissioned by Chiasmus.

 

May 2, 2010
Ars Nova 21: music of Baker, Kramer &Tabor
An Die Musik, Baltimore, MD, USA
Premiere: Nor gates of steel so strong, but Time decays? for solo piano
Performance: String Quartet #1: Releasing Anamnesis

The Azimuth Quartet performed my first string quartet and I premiered my newest piano piece, Nor gates of steel so strong, but Time decays?, in a concert
also featuring brand new works by Salisbury University faculty, Jerry Tabor, and Boston composer Keith Kramer.

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March 19 - 21, 2010
28th Great Lakes Regional College Music Society Conference
Ball State University,Muncie, IN, USA
Paper: Composing Operatic Time: analyses of temporal progression in twentieth-centruy opera

This paper, derived from my doctoral research, deals with various ways in which time is related to art, music and drama. I propose a particular
conceptualization of the perception of temporal progression in opera, and apply an original analytical system to several excerpts from the 20th-century
canon. The results show how these opera composers have structerd the temporal dimension of their work, and with this data I suggest a temporally-based
understanding of operatic form through the particular integration between the work's temporal progressiona and its musical and dramatic characteristics.

 

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March 5 - 6, 2010
40th Mid-Atlantic Regional College Music Society Conference
Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, USA
Paper: Composing Operatic Time: analyses of temporal progression in twentieth-centruy opera
The first presentation of the paper given above at the Great Lakes CMS Conference, March 19-21.

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October 2009
Composition Review Committee Member for the College Music Society Mid-Atlantic Region
Served as a member of the College Music Society’s Mid-Atlantic Composition Review Committee for the Composers’ Concert
to take place in March 2010 at Appalachian State University, NC.

September 27, 2009
Canadian Contemporary Music Workshop
Music Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
Premiere: String Quartet #2
Many thanks to The Madawaska Quartet for a brilliant performance, and to the Canadian Contemporary Music Workshop
for selecting me (for a second time; the first was for my first quartet in 2004). Cheers, guys! And finally, thanks to John Gray at the
Canadian Music Centre for yet another wonderful live recording.

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July 2009
ISCM Canadian Section recommendation to World Music Days 2010
My first string quartet was named as one of eight compositions chosen by the ISCM Canadian Section, held in Sydney, Australia, April 2010.
A new recording of Releasing Anamnesis was subsequently included on the annual ‘ISCM Canadian Section CD’.

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June 24, 2009
St. Magnus Festival 2009
St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Scotland
Premiere: Sharp Edges for chamber ensemble

Sharp Edges for violin, viola, cello, bass and percussion, was written for, work-shopped and premiered by Psappha ensemble in the 12th Century
St. Magnus cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland. The concert was the final event on Peter Maxwell Davies’ 2009 St. Magnus Festival,
featuring new pieces by eight composers selected from an international call to participate in the 2009 St. Magnus Composers’ Course.

March 20, 2009
39th Mid-Atlantic Regional College Music Society Conference
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA
Performance: Valence I for solo piano
I performed my 2008 piano piece, Valence I, which was selected for inclusion on the College Music Society Mid-Atlantic Conference
Composer’s Concert.

March 1, 2009
Faculty Recital: Danielle Cumming & Robert Baker
Salisbury University , MD, USA
Premiere: Kundera’s Clocks for solo piano

I premiered my piano piece, Kundera’s Clocks, on an SU Faculty Recital, sharing the gig with my wife, classical guitarist Danielle Cumming.
The programme also included a Bach Trio Sonata, arranged for guitar and harpsichord, as well as solo works by Purcell, Domeniconi and
young Canadian composer Taylor Brook.

November 2008
Ph.D. Dissertation Defense
McGill University , Montreal, QC, Canada
I successfully defended my Ph.D. dissertation entitled: Time, and The Three Last Minutes in the Life of X: a theory of temporality
in twentieth-century opera
, which marked the final obligation of my graduate studies

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November 13, 2008
Composition Guest Lecture: "Aesthetics on the Texture of Musical Time"
Salisbury University , MD, USA
Thank you to Professors Jim Hatley and Linda Cockey of SU, who invited me to speak to their class about some of my recent works
and compositional approaches. The course, jointly offered by Hatley and Cockey, focussed on aesthetics in art from each of their respective
academic fields of philosophy and music.

October 10, 2008
Music Faculty Concert
Performance: Valence I for solo piano
Salisbury University, MD, USA
I gave a second performance of my solo piano work Valence I on the annual SU Music Faculty Concert.

June 6, 2008
Composition Lecture-Recital: “Motive, Texture, and Form”
Premiere: Valence I for solo piano
Salisbury University, MD, USA
A Lecture-Recital in which I performed my first piano piece, Two Bagatelles (1998), and premiered my newest piece, Valence I (2008).
The lecture traced and discussed developments in my compositional aesthetics and techniques over the ten year span between the two works,
and fulfilled the final component of my doctoral composition performance requirement.

April 17 – 20, 2008
Opera Production: Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas
Conductor & Harpsichordist
Salisbury University , MD, USA

I conducted SU’s Opera Workshop production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas from the harpsichord, in a joint production by the SU Music
Department and the Department of Theatre and Dance.

 

 

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March 7, 2008
McGill Music Graduate Colloqiuim Series
Lecture: “Composing Operatic Time: a theory of temporality in 20-century opera”
McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada
A lecture given on my doctoral research for the Music Graduate Colloquium series at McGill. The lecture references several existing theories
on the human relationship to time, and proposes an original conceptualisation of the temporal experience by the spectator of opera, as well as
an analytical system with which it can be measured.

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December 2007
Article published in Circuit Musique Contemporain
Article: “The Spaces and Places of Opera”
(Circuit Musique Contemporain, Vol. 17, no. 3 (December 2007): Musique in situ)
My first published article appears in the Montreal based journal Circuit Musique Contemporain. The piece emerged from my ongoing
dissertation research into spatio-temporality in opera, and offers categorical distinctions of the spatial dimension and its potential meaning
in the operatic genre.

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May 7, 2007
Canadian Music Centre Professional Readings Series / Esprit Orchestra New Wave Festival
Premiere: Wings and Engines for violin and orchestra
Walter Carsen Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada
Selected by the Ontario region of the Canadian Music Centre Professional Readings Series, my violin concerto was premiered by the
Esprit Orchestra with Alex Pauk conducting, and Marie Bérard as soloist.

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June 2006
6th International Composition Competition, “Città di Udine”
I was a Finalist in the 6th International Composition Competition, “Città di Udine”, Italy, with String Quartet #1: Releasing Anamnesis

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March 4, 2006
McGill Music Graduate Symposium
Paper: “Synthesis through Integration: An exploration of my musical memory in Releasing Anamnesis for string quartet”
McGill University, Montreal, Canada
A second reading of a composition lecture given at the Music Graduate Symposium at McGill on my first string quartet.

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April 30, 2005
UWO Music Graduate Symposium
Paper: “Synthesis through Integration: An exploration of my musical memory in Releasing Anamnesis for string quartet”
University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada
A composition lecture given at the Music Graduate Symposium at McGill on my first string quartet.

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March 19, 2005
Advanced Digital Composition Concert
Pollock Hall, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada
Premiere: Vanishing Points for two violins & live electronics
Thanks to violinists Erica Miller & Neda Yamach for a fantastic premiere of my piece Vanishing Points on a concert of new student electronic works
using Max/MSP, written for Sean Ferguson's Advanced Digital Composition course.

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March 10, 2005
McGill Chamber Ensembles Concerts
Performance: String Quartet #1: Releasing Anamnesis
McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada
A second performance of my first string quartet by an undergraduate student string quartet.

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November 30, 2004
Canadian Contemporary Music Workshop
The Music Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
Premiere: String Quartet #1: Releasing Anamnesis

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April 8, 2004
McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble
Pollock Hall, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Premiere: Chamber Concerto #3: Time Fields

My Master’s Thesis composition premiered by the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble, Jean-Michael Lavoie conducting.