Head, Composition Department; Vincent K. and Edith H. Smith Chair in Composition; Director, CIM New Music Ensemble. Called "gloriously luminous" by The Philadelphia Inquirer, the music of Keith Fitch has been consistently noted for its eloquence, expressivity, dramatic sense of musical narrative, and unique sense of color and sonority. Reviewing a performance of his work Totem by Wolfgang Sawallisch and The Philadelphia Orchestra (chosen by Maestro Sawallisch to celebrate the orchestra's centennial), The Wall Street Journal praised "the sheer concentration of his writing, and its power to express a complex, unseen presence shaping the course of musical events." His works have been performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan by such ensembles as The Philadelphia Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, the New York Youth Symphony, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, the Da Capo Chamber Players, and new music ensembles around the country. Additionally, his music has been heard at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the June in Buffalo Festival, the Midwest Composers' Symposium, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Milwaukee PremiereFest, New York's Carnegie and Merkin Halls, and in university settings nationwide. Highlights of recent seasons include the premieres of 'Tho Night Be Falling (commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation for the Colorado String Quartet); Midnight Rounds (written to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the Da Capo Chamber Players); and Mean Fiddle Summer, composed for the acclaimed violinist Lina Bahn. The 2012-13 season brings the premieres of Knock on Wood (for the harp/guitar duo of Yolanda Kondonassis and Jason Vieaux); Cascade, a fanfare commissioned by Cleveland's Museum of Contemporary Art for the inauguration of their new building; and In Memory, commissioned by the League of Composers Orchestra (NY).
A native of Indiana, Keith Fitch (b. 1966) began composing at age eight and began formal musical training on the double bass at age eleven. While still in high school (age sixteen), he received his first professional orchestral performance. Subsequently, he attended the Indiana University School of Music, where he completed his Doctorate in 1995. At Indiana, he studied composition with Frederick Fox, Eugene O'Brien, and Claude Baker, double bass with Bruce Bransby and Murray Grodner, and chamber music with Rostislav Dubinsky, founder of the Borodin Quartet. He also counts Donald Erb and Joan Tower among his compositional mentors. Among his many awards are the annual Dean's Prize for Composition at Indiana (six times), the Kate and Cole Porter Memorial Fellowship at Indiana, three ASCAP Young Composer Awards, three National Society of Arts and Letters awards, an Individual Artist Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Fromm Foundation Commission, and a 2012 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. He has enjoyed multiple residencies at The MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, as well as at The Charles Ives Center for American Music and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and he has twice served as Resident Composer and faculty at the Chamber Music Conference and Composers' Forum of the East. He has also served as guest composer at California Summer Music and at the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at Bowling Green State University (OH). Highly regarded as a teacher, chamber music coach, and conductor of new music, he has taught at Indiana University, Bard College, and for eleven years served on the faculty of the Mannes College of Music in New York, where he founded the new music ensemble, CIRCE. His students regularly win awards from such prestigious organizations as ASCAP, BMI, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Fulbright Foundation, as well as attending leading summer festivals around the world. His music is published by Non Sequitur Music. Dr. Fitch joined the CIM faculty in 2008.
Jeremy Allen is a Cleveland-based composer committed to restoring a city by enriching its culture and communities through new music and artistic collaborations. Mr. Allen holds a Master's degree in Composition from the University of Kentucky and a Doctorate in Composition from The Cleveland Institute of Music. He has studied with award-winning composers Joseph Baber, Margaret Brouwer, and Keith Fitch, and has actively participated in seminars and master classes with other well-known composers such as Melinda Wagner, Robert Beaser, Steven Stucky, Joan Tower, Claude Baker, David Rakowski and Tanya León. He has also studied film scoring and sound design with Steven Mark Kohn. From 2008-2009, Jeremy conducted research in cooperation with Pulitzer Prize winning composers Joan Tower and Melinda Wagner toward developing a pertinent method of analysis for contemporary art music based on a cooperative effort between music theorists and twenty-first century composers.
Jeremy has received commissions from numerous organizations including The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Canton Symphony Orchestra, Inlet Dance Theatre, and The Mauthé String Quartet and is a recipient of the Donald Erb Prize in Composition from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Jeremy was also awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for 2012. His music, which has been featured on public radio and television across the U.S., has been performed by internationally renowned performers and groups such as the Canton Symphony Orchestra, Wilhelmenia Fernandez-Smith, HALO Ensemble and MOSAIC, and has been called "poetic", "beguiling" and "mesmerizing" by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Jeremy's music is regularly featured in public venues such as The Cleveland Sculpture Center, Ingenuity Festival, The Cleveland Playhouse and The Cleveland Public Theatre, often in collaboration with visual artists, sculptors, filmmakers and dancers. His film music has been commissioned by institutions such as The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Cleveland Institute of Art, and The LeBron James Family Foundation, and his electronic music is currently part of the Cleveland Clinic's Music and the Brain research project.
Mr. Allen has teamed up with award-winning composers Michael Bratt and Mark Nowakowski in founding Multimode Filter, a long-distance electronic music ensemble dedicated to producing cutting-edge new electronic music and sound design for stage, audio books and film. Multimode Filter is currently working on a genre bending beat-based album project, set for release in late 2012. Mr. Allen is also a composer, performer and founding member of the Board of Directors for FiveOne Music, Cleveland's experimental orchestra and champion of music written by living composers. Hailed by Donald Rosenberg as "burst[ing] with inventive, energetic spirit", FiveOne, a recent Cuyahoga Arts and Culture grant recipient, has been gaining steam in the Cleveland area over the past four years, attracting new audiences to the contemporary music scene by collaborating in fresh ways with young, innovative visual artists, dancers, and filmmakers in nontraditional settings. Mr. Allen is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the award-winning Cleveland Chamber Symphony.
The music of Tim Mauthé has been featured in performances in North America and Europe. He was awarded the soundSCAPE Composition Prize in 2009 and the Grand Prize at the 2008 Wintergreen Summer Music Festival Prix del Fosse Soloist Competition.
Commissions he has received include incidental music for the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival's production of Antony and Cleopatra and the Virginia Tech Department of Theatre's production of Gao Xingjian's The Other Shore. A founding member of the North Ohio Music Exchange and the International Composers Collective, Mr. Mauthé is dedicated to creating opportunities in the Cleveland area and internationally for composers and performers of new music. He is currently a doctoral candidate in composition at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Keith Fitch.
Additionally, Mr. Mauthé teaches composition at CIM, Case Western Reserve University, and in the Preparatory Department at CIM as a student teacher of composition. Mr. Mauthé earned his MM in Composition from the Cleveland Institute of Music and his BA in composition and sound engineering from Virginia Tech.
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