Michael Fletcher

Extended Play: Marathon Concert - Program 1

Miller Theatre at Columbia University, 2960 Broadway at 116th Street, NYC

Sunday, October 16 at 12:00pm

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Fletcher: "H" (NY Virtuoso Singers, Harold Rosenbaum, conductor)

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Michael Fletcher (*1972) received degrees in composition and choral conducting from Missouri State University in Springfield where his principal mentors were John Prescott and Guy Webb. As a student, he took private studies with guest composers John Corigliano, Todd Levin, Eric Ewazen, and Robert Kogan. More recently, he conducted an interview with Akira Miyoshi for his final graduate document and attended Akira Nishimura’s lecture on choral composition at the Japan National Choral Music Center and Library in Tokyo.

Fletcher's music has been performed extensively throughout his native Missouri, in addition to Washington, DC, Denver, Chicago, and abroad in Germany, Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Iceland, Denmark, and Sweden. An early choral work, songs (3)— settings of poetry by e.e. cummings for mixed choir— was awarded National Winner-Collegiate division of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Composition Contest and First Prize in the Southwestern division-American Choral Directors Association (SWACDA) Student Composition Contest, both in 1994. Adjudicating for MTNA, composer Samuel Adler wrote, "The harmony exquisite, the whole thing beautifully written. This is wonderful and most effective choral writing. A very successful work!" In 1995, the composer's first scores for full and string orchestras were presented respectively at the Region VI convention of the Society of Composers Inc. (SCI) and Chicago's The People’s Music School as part of its "Celebrate the Arts and Humanities Month".

H was commissioned by the Dutch ensemble Kammerkoor VENUS and conductor Peter Dijkstra for performances in Woerden and Utrecht, The Netherlands. The score remained untouched and unperformed for several years before Fletcher made a revised edition in 2008. It was awarded first prize in the 4th Annual Choral Composition Contest of the NY Virtuoso Singers, who gave the American premiere under the direction of Harold Rosenbaum in January 2009.

Forthcoming works include the orchestral song cycle Le Livre, Pour Vieillir for Kansas City-based coloratura soprano Sarah Tannehill Anderson, Nine Scenes from Three Ozark Rivers - an a cappella choral suite, and a new work for New York City flautist Jillian Austin.

Fletcher lived and worked in NYC for ten years but has made Dallas his home since April 2011.