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Douglas Pew
May 9, 2011, 2:54 am
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Douglas Pew

Current Location: Cincinnati, OH



The music of composer Douglas Pew (b. 1980) includes works for solo voice, solo instruments, choral ensembles, chamber ensembles, concert band, and orchestra.

As the 1st prize winner of the 2009 SCI/ASCAP student Composers Commission Competition, he was commissioned to compose a new song cycle, Sapiyuq Llaqtakuna, that was premiered at the SCI National Convention in November 2010. Other awards include a 2010 Tangeman Sacred Music Fund Grant, 2010 Susan and Ford Schumann Tuition Award from the Aspen Music Festival, a 2008 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award, an honorable mention in the 2010 Finale composers competition for Eighth Blackbird, and an honorable mention in the 2008 ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennel Prize.

Douglas has received commissions from the Society of Composer Inc., the Concert:Nova Ensemble, the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble, the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music Men’s and Women’s Chorus, the CCM Concert Chorale, the Violin Futura project of Piotr Szewczyk and the Brigham Young University-Idaho Wind Ensemble. His works have been performed at the Stowarzyszenie Festival in Poland, the Florida State University New Music Festival, the Music10 Festival in Switzerland, the Aspen Music Festival, the SCI National Conference, the Festival of New Music at Florida State University, and by ensembles at the University of Cincinnati, Brigham Young University-Idaho, the Northern Kentucky Youth Symphony, and the Temple Hill Symphony.

One of his major compositional influences is the poetry, culture, literature, and landscapes of South America. He lived in northern Chile for two years and has composed many works on Chilean texts and themes. Most recently he has been interested in the indigenous poetry of the Quechua and Mapuche peoples. He has received a grant to return to Chile to further his study of the language and musical traditions of the Mapuche people.

Originally from San Jose California, Douglas is a graduate of Brigham Young University-Idaho (BMA, 2005), the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music (MM, 2009), and he is currently pursuing a DMA in music composition at CCM. His composition teachers have included Joel Hoffman, Michael Fiday, and Darwin Wolford. He has participated in master classes with John Adams, Stephen Hartke, Martin Bresnick, Syd Hodkinson, Augusta Read Thomas, and George Tsontakis. He has also begun mentorships with Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer and Polish composer Pawel Lukaszewki.

Douglas is active as a teacher of theory, ear training, orchestration, and choral composition techniques. He is also a conductor and singer. While a faculty member at BYU-Idaho from 2005-2007, he founded and directed the Teton New Music Ensemble. He has participated as a solo and ensemble singer with the ensembles of CCM, BYU-Idaho, and the National Choir of the Organization of American Kodaly Educators (OAKE). He has works published by Boosey & Hawkes and arrangements of LDS hymn tunes for chorus and for solo string instruments by Jackman Music Company. He and his wife Janae have three children.

Music © 2011 Douglas Pew

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