Ty Alan Emerson - composer

Ty Alan EmersonThe music of Ty Alan Emerson has been heard across the U.S. and abroad. His work has been featured at several festivals including: The 2006 CMS/SCI National Conference in San Antonio, The Akron New Music Festival, The Huddersfield New Music Festival, the Resolution 2000 New Music Festival, and the Louisiana State University New Music Festival. In Cleveland, Emerson has been a featured composer on two of WCLV radio’s programs, “Not the Dead White Male Composer’s Hour,” and “Musical Passions.”

Emerson has received several commissions and composed works for: Gary Louie, Kirsten Taylor, Michaela Trnkova, The Cleveland Chamber Collective, The Malcolm Kerr Peace Choir and the Peabody Wind Ensemble conducted by Harlan Parker. His work has also received noteworthy performances from Mark Kay Fink, Nicholas Underhill, John Sampen, Janice Martin, the Peabody Percussion Ensemble and the Quorum New Music Ensemble. His latest commission, a new work for solo piano, comes from the Fortnightly Musical Club of Cleveland, Ohio.

Emerson has been the recipient of many awards including: The Randolph S. Rothschild Award, Frank D. Willis Memorial Prize, Southeastern Composers League Composer Award, as well as the prestigious ASCAP Morton Gould Award and the National Society of Arts and Letters Eleanor Searle McCullum Donor Award. In 2000 Emerson was named the New Hampshire Committee Fellow to the famed MacDowell Colony. In addition to his formal composition training with Thomas Albert, Dinos Constantinides and Morris Moshe Cotel, Emerson has worked with such luminaries as John Corigliano, Samuel Adler and Chen Yi. He holds degrees from Shenandoah University, Louisiana State University and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Peabody Institute at The Johns Hopkins University.

Emerson has been on the faculty at Shenandoah University and Cleveland State University. He has been a visiting composer at Bowling Green State University, Youngstown State University, University of Akron and the Interlochen Academy. Emerson has also been a visiting lecturer of American Music at the Peabody Institute and the Royal Academy of Music in London. His music is published by Ballerbach Music, HoneyRock Publishing and Chocurua Music. His Birch Whispers for flute and harp was released by Capstone Records on a CD entitled “Telling Tales” featuring music by Cleveland Composers’ Guild members.

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