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Ty Alan Emerson

  • Composer

Biography

Ty Alan Emerson's primary instructors have included Thomas Albert, Dinos Constantinides, Stephen David Beck and Morris Moshe Cotel. Emerson’s compositions have been featured on many programs in the U.S. and abroad. Regarding the performance of his Dedications at the Resolution 2000 Music Festival, music critic Andrew Adler wrote in the Louisville Courier-Journal that it “possessed surprising emotional resonance and was quite expertly wrought.”
Other notable festival performances include Devotions at the Lasker Summer Music Festival (’04), Trombone Quartet at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (’98) in Huddersfield, England and Thera at the 50th Annual Contemporary Music Festival (’95) at Louisiana State University. His music has been broadcast on WCLV’s “Musical Passions” and “Not the Dead White Male Composer Hour.”
Works by Emerson have been performed by the Cleveland Chamber Collective, Gary Louie, Kirsten Taylor, John Sampen, the Peabody Wind Ensemble and the Quorum New Music Ensemble. In 1999 Emerson won the Washington Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters composition competition. Also that year he received an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer award.
Other awards include two from the Louisiana Music Teachers Association, the Music Teachers National Association, the Southeastern Composers League as well as ASCAP standard awards. In January 2000 he was named the New Hampshire Committee’s fellow to the MacDowell Colony. Emerson is an active member of the Cleveland Composers’ Guild, currently serving as the organization’s president.
In addition to his work as a freelance composer, conductor and clinician, Emerson has been on faculty at Shenandoah University, Cleveland State University and has been a guest lecturer of American Music at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Capstone records recently released Birch Whispers for flute and harp on a CD titled “Telling Tales” featuring music by the Cleveland Composers’ Guild. Selected works are available from HoneyRock Publishing and Ballerbach Music.