COMPOSERS & COMMISSIONS
Snowden’s work often deals with concepts of memory, nostalgia, and the cyclic nature of historical events as they pertain to modern society. While his musical influences are deeply rooted in bluegrass, folk, and rock, he utilizes non-traditional techniques and processes to compose works that don’t squarely align with any single genre or style.
A native of the Ozarks countryside, he began composition studies in 2002 at Missouri State University and subsequently earned his Masters degree at the University of Colorado and Doctorate at the University of Texas. In 2012-2013 he was a Fulbright Scholar in Portugal, researching and implementing motion tracking technology as a means to facilitate collaboration between music and dance. In 2013-2014, he was a visiting professor and composer in residence at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and is the co-founder/director of the Fast Forward Austin Music Festival. He currently works as a freelance composer and is on an eternal quest to make the perfect breakfast taco.
At the University of Michigan, Dooley has co-directed the 2009 Midwest Composers Symposium and in 2010 was coordinator of the ONCE. MORE. Festival, a 50 year anniversary of the ONCE Festival of Contemporary Music. He studied composition primarily with composers Michael Daugherty, Bright Sheng, Evan Chambers, Frank Ticheli, Stephen Hartke, Charles Sepos and Doc Collins.
Dooley’s recent orchestral work includes: Mavericks (2015), inspired by the legendary surf break off the shore of Half Moon Bay in Northern California, commissioned by the American Youth Symphony, and premiered in Disney Hall in March 2015 conducted by Alexander Treger; Masks and Machines (2014), inspired by the artwork of Bauhaus artist Oskar Schlemmer and composer Igor Stravinsky, commissioned by the Charleston Symphony; Coast of Dreams (2014), inspired by early Los Angeles activist Charles Lummis, premiered by the Los Angeles-based Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra, conducted by Roger Kalia, and by the Amarillo Symphony conducted by Jacomo Rafael Bairos; Run for the Sun (2013), commissioned by the New York Youth Symphony, and premiered in March 2013 at Carnegie Hall, conducted by Joshua Gersen; Point Blank (2011) premiered by Santa Cruz’s Cabrillo Festival Orchestra and New York City-based new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound. In 2010, Mr. Dooley was commissioned by San Francisco Ballet Principle Dancers Muriel Maffre and Damian Smith to create a project for Marina Abramovic Institute West Making Visible (2010).
Dooley’s band compositions Point Blank (2012) and Masks and Machines (2015) were recently commissioned by consortiums organized by the University of Miami Frost Wind Ensemble conducted by Gary Green, and performed at venues such as the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) National Conference and The Midwest Clinic. Dooley’s Meditation at Lagunitas (2014) was commissioned by the American Bandmasters Association and the University of Florida, and premiered at the ABA Annual Conference. In 2012, Dooley was composer-in-residence with the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings. This featured the premiere of Salt of the Earth (2012) for brass ensemble and percussion, conducted by H. Robert Reynolds. Dooley is currently collaborating with librettists Cameron Jackson and Jessica Cox on a new multi-media opera, Gate of Ivory Gate of Horn (2017).
Other performances of Dooley’s music include those by the Charlotte Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra, Chautauqua Festival Orchestra, American Philharmonic, the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, USC Thornton Symphony, Nu Deco Ensemble, a masterclass with Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble,and a reading by the Detroit Symphony, conducted by Leonard Slatkin.
Mr. Dooley has received a wide range of prizes for his work, including: the William D. Revelli Composition Prize co-winner for Masks and Machines (2015), the 2013 Jacob Druckman Award for orchestral composition for Point Blank (2012), a 2010 BMI composer award for Gradus (2009) for solo cello, a 2008 ASCAP Morton Gould Composer Award for Dani’s Dance (2007) for piano trio, a fellowship to the Aspen Music Festival Composition Masterclass with Christopher Rouse.
Chris has been named the Composer-in-Residence for the Amarillo Symphony for 2014-2016; as part of the residency, the orchestra will commission a work to be premiered each season in addition to performing existing compositions. Other upcoming works include a new orchestral work for the Oregon Symphony and a clarinet concerto for New York Philharmonic principal clarinetist Anthony McGill. Recent commissions have also come from the Buffalo Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, and Orchestra 2001 in Philadelphia.
In 2012, Chris was honored with a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A Theodore Presser Career Grant recipient, he has also won the Aaron Copland Award, the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, two BMI Student Composer Awards, the Aspen Music Festival Jacob Druckman Award, a New York Youth Symphony First Music Commission, and prizes from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, the National Association for Music Education, the New York Art Ensemble, and Third Millennium Ensemble.
Chris has been in residence at Copland House, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Ucross Foundation. He has also been Composer-in-Residence for the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington, the Ocean Reef Chamber Music Festival, Protege Composer-in-Residence at Chamber Music Northwest, Young Composer-in-Residence at Music from Angel Fire, and a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, the Cabrillo Festival, and the Norfolk New Music Workshop.
Born in 1988, Chris studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, Yale School of Music, and Princeton University with Jennifer Higdon, Aaron Jay Kernis, Martin Bresnick, and Steve Mackey. Chris is represented by Young Concert Artists, Inc.; he served as YCA Composer-in-Residence from 2010-2012. He also is one of two composers on the roster of the newly formed Manhattan Chamber Players. In 2012, he co-founded Kettle Corn New Music, a new music presenting organization in New York City, and currently serves as its co-artistic director.
Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra
premiered by violinists Nikki and Timmy Chooi and
made possible by Charles and Judith Freyer
Concerto for Percussion
premiered by Lisa Pegher