Concert II - the summer past and future


 Gordon Beeferman

Gordon Beeferman, composer

Gordon Beeferman, composer

Gordon Beeferman is a composer, pianist, and improviser based in New York City. An eclectic and omnivorous musician who straddles numerous genres, he has created and performed innovative opera, chamber and orchestra music, avant-jazz, and numerous collaborations with choreographers, writers, and video artists. An active member of the New York contemporary music scene since 1998, he has performed at venues and series including Roulette, MATA, and the Vision Festival, and his recordings have been acclaimed by magazines including The Wire, Jazz Review, and Cadence.

His varied projects include bands that perform his compositions: Other Life Forms, a quartet, and Music for an Imaginary Band, a septet—“a commanding avant-jazz ensemble” (Time Out New York). “Four Parts Five,” an extended work for his new quintet, was just released on Innova Recordings in 2015 – “Packed with humour, mischief, and an urge to dance” (The Wire). Since 2003, Beeferman has composed two operas with librettist Charlotte Jackson: “The Rat Land,” praised as “complex and daringly modern” by The New York Times, and “The Enchanted Organ: A Porn Opera,” scenes of which have been performed to sold-out theater and nightclub audiences in downtown Manhattan.

Notable commissions and/or performances have come from the New York City Opera orchestra, Momenta Quartet, Minnesota Orchestra, Albany Symphony, California EAR Unit, Talea Ensemble, Quartet New Generation recorder collective, and others. He has received commissions from the Fromm Foundation, the BMI Foundation, and Concert Artists Guild, three BMI Student Composer Awards, a Tanglewood fellowship, and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Copland House, and Ucross.
Beeferman’s recordings are available on Innova, OutNow, Generate, Genuin, and Summit Records. He is a 2016 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow.

To learn more about Gordon Beeferman, please click here to visit his website.

Daniel Strong Godfrey

Daniel Strong Godfrey, composer

Daniel Strong Godfrey, composer

Daniel Strong Godfrey (b. 1949) received B.A. and M.M. degrees in composition from Yale University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He is currently Professor and Chair in the Department of Music at Northeastern University's College of Arts, Media and Design. Previously, he served at various times as Professor of Composition, Composer-in-Residence, Director of the School of Music, and Chair of Composition at Syracuse University's Setnor School of Music. He has also held visiting faculty appointments at the Eastman School of Music, the Indiana University School of Music, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Godfrey has earned awards and commissions from the J. S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University, the Rockefeller Foundation (Bellagio Center), the Bogliasco Foundation (Liguria Study Center), the Koussevitzky Music Foundation at the Library of Congress, the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, the Indiana State University/Louisville Orchestra Competition, the National Repertory Orchestra/US West Foundation Competition (First Prize), the Maine Arts Commission, the New York Foundation for the Arts (Met Life Fellowship) and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, among others. He is founder and co-director of the Seal Bay Festival of American Chamber Music (on the Maine coast) and is co-author of Music Since 1945, published by Schirmer Books.

Godfrey's works are recorded on Albany, CRI, GM, Innova, Klavier, Koch, UK Light and Mark compact disks. Both the New Yorker and The Rest is Noise listed Koch International Classic's release of Godfrey's String Quartets as one of 2004's ten best classical CDs. In June 2007, Koch released another all-Godfrey CD, this one with seven chamber works featuring principal players of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Godfrey's music is available through publishers Carl Fischer and G. Schirmer.

Godfrey's music has been performed by the Austin Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Chautauqua Symphony, Honolulu Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, New Mexico Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, U.S. Marine Band, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Chicago Ensemble, Da Capo Chamber Players, Earplay, Ensemble X, Kentucky Center Chamber Players, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Society for New Music, St. Louis Symphony Chamber Series, VocalEssence, and the Cassatt, Lark, Manhattan, Miami and Portland string quartets, with performances in Canada, Europe, Japan, Latin America, on Taiwan and throughout North America. His works have also been performed on over seventy college and university campuses in the U.S. and abroad.

To learn more about Daniel Strong Godfrey, please click here to visit his website.

Marjorie Merryman

Marjorie Merryman, composer

Marjorie Merryman, composer

Composer Marjorie Merryman has been commissioned and performed throughout the United States and in many countries in Europe and Asia. Her catalogue includes orchestral, choral, vocal and chamber music, as well as an opera and two oratorios. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including prizes from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Walter Hinrichsen Award, the League of Composers/International Society for Contemporary Music, the WBZ Fund for the Arts, and ComposersInc (Lee Ettelson Award). Among her other awards are fellowships or grants from Tanglewood, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and the National Endowment for the Arts - Meet the Composer program.

She has been Composer-in- Residence of the New England Philharmonic and the Billings (MT) Symphony Orchestra, and has served on the boards of the New England Composers’ Orchestra, the Lily Boulanger Foundation, Alea III and many others. Her works are published by C.F. Peters, E.C. Schirmer, APNM, and G. Schirmer; and recorded on the Koch and New World labels. 

Before coming to MSM, Marjorie Merryman held an endowed chair as Distinguished Professor of Arts and Humanities at Macalester College in St. Paul Minnesota. Previously she has taught at Harvard, MIT, and the New England Conservatory, and for many years chaired the theory and composition department at Boston University School of Music. 

Marjorie Merryman is Provost and Dean of the College at Manhattan School of Music.  She has been a Manhattan School of Music composition faculty member since 2007.

To learn more about Marjorie Merryman, please click here to visit the Manhattan School of Music website.

Seymour Shifrin

Seymour Shifrin, composer

Seymour Shifrin, composer

Seymour Shifrin (28 February 1926-26 September 1979) was an American composer. He was described by Time Magazine as "one of the most significant composers of his generation."

Shifrin's Satires of Circumstance (1964, text by Thomas Hardy) received the Koussevitzky International Recording Award for 1970. He received the Naumburg Award, Columbia University's Bearns Prize (1949), the Copley Award, the Horblit Prize (1963), and two Guggenheim Fellowships, in 1956 and 1960. Shifrin studied with William Schuman, Otto Luening, and Darius Milhaud. A graduate of Columbia University (M.A., 1947), he was a member of the faculty at the University of California at Berkeley (1952–66) and at Brandeis University from 1966 until his death in 1979.

To learn more about Seymour Shifrin, please click here to visit his Wikipedia page.

Carl Schimmel

Carl Schimmel, composer

Carl Schimmel, composer

Winner of Columbia University’s Joseph Bearns Prize and the Lee Ettelson Award, composer Carl Schimmel has received honors and awards from many organizations, including the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Copland House, New Music USA, and ASCAP. His works have been performed in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, Merkin Hall in New York, Severance Hall in Cleveland, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, and at other venues throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

He has received performances and commissions from the California EAR Unit, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, the Minnesota Orchestra, North/South Consonance, saxophonist Taimur Sullivan, the Da Capo Chamber Players, Lucy Shelton, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and many others.

A graduate of the Yale School of Music (MM) and Duke University (PhD), he is currently Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Illinois State University in Normal, IL.

To learn more about Carl Schimmel, please click here to visit his website.