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.
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.
In the fall of 2017 Mackey releases a CD of his wordless electric guitar opera, Orpheus Unsung, on the New Amsterdam label, which he performs with Sō Percussion member Jason Treuting. Directed by visionary film and stage director Mark DeChiazza, and featuring three dancers along with the guitar and percussion, the piece premiered in the spring of 2016 at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, and Mackey and Treuting performed excerpts at Brooklyn’s cutting-edge arts venue National Sawdust this past spring. It receives another performance in October as part of the celebration of the opening of the new Lewis Center for the Arts complex at PrincetonUniversity, where Mackey is also a Professor. Another new piece, Through Your Fingers, was written for frequent recital partners cellist and MacArthur Fellow Alisa Weilerstein and celebrated Israeli-American pianist Inon Barnatan; they play the world premiere in October at Carnegie Hall, which co-commissioned the work with London’s Wigmore Hall. Mackey’s 2010 music theater piece, Slide, for tenor/actor, electric guitar and mixed chamber ensemble will be staged this season at National Sawdust, as well as venues in Princeton and Philadelphia; and both the St. Louis Symphony and New World Symphony give performances of his 38-minute magnum opus for orchestra, Mnemosyne’s Pool, commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Kennedy Center, Sydney Symphony, and New World Symphony in 2015. Capping the composer’s banner fall is a week-long residency at the New Music Festival at Ohio’s Bowling Green State University, together with his wife, composer Sarah Kirkland Snider.
Highlights from recent past seasons include a performance of Mackey’s violin concerto Beautiful Passing this past spring by Jennifer Koh and the Baltimore Symphony led by Marin Alsop; a performance of the string quartet Ars Moriendi (2000) by members of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra as a prelude to last season’s Orpheus Unsung premiere; the premiere of Blue Notes and Other Clashes (2016) by the PRISM Quartet and Sō Percussion at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, subsequently released on the XAS label on an album titled Color Theory; Triceros(2015), a trumpet concerto commissioned by the Swedish Chamber Orchestra for virtuoso Håkan Hardenberger; and One Red Rose (2013) for the Brentano String Quartet, commissioned by Carnegie Hall, the Nasher Sculpture Center and Yellow Barn for the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK.
Mackey’s orchestral music has been performed by major orchestras around the world, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco and Chicago Symphonies, BBC Philharmonic, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Austrian Radio Symphony, Sydney Symphony, and Tokyo Philharmonic. As a guitarist, Mackey has performed his chamber music with the Kronos Quartet, Arditti Quartet, London Sinfonietta, Nexttime Ensemble (Parma), Psappha (Manchester), and Joey Baron.
There are a dozen CDs devoted exclusively to Mackey’s music and many others that contain individual works. Dreamhouse (2010) and Lonely Motel: Music from Slide (2011) were each nominated for four Grammy awards, and Lonely Motel, performed by Mackey, vocalist Rinde Eckert, and groundbreaking contemporary sextet Eighth Blackbird, won the Grammy for Best Small Ensemble Performance. Another Eckert collaboration, Mackey’s opera/monodrama Ravenshead, is recorded on the Minmax label with the Paul Dresher Ensemble. Declared the Best New Opera of 1998 by USA Today, the piece has been performed nearly 100 times to date.
The composer’s numerous honors and awards include a Grammy, several awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Stoeger Prize from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and a Kennedy Center Friedheim Award. He has also been the composer-in-residence at major music festivalssuch as Tanglewood, Aspen and the Holland Festival.
Mackey is currently Professor of Music and former chair of the Department of Music at Princeton University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1985. Helping to shape the next generation of composers and musicians, he teaches composition, theory, twentieth century music, improvisation, and a variety of special topics. He regularly coaches and conducts new work by student composers, as well as 20th-century classics. He was the recipient of Princeton University’s first Distinguished Teaching Award in 1991.
Mackey’s music is published by Boosey & Hawkes. He and Kirkland Snider live in Princeton, New Jersey with their son, Jasper, and their daughter, Dylan.
Pascal’s latest project imaginist, is a full-length album collaboration between the JACK Quartet and the Le Boeuf Brothers Quintet (co-led by Remy Le Boeuf). The 9-piece hybridized chamber ensemble was praised by the New Yorker for “clearing their own path, mixing the solid swing of the jazz tradition with hip-hop, indie rock, and the complex techniques of classical modernism”. Additional recent projects include “Alpha” recorded by cellist Nick Photinos (Eighth Blackbird) on New Amsterdam Records, “GIRLS” recorded by the flute/piano duo RighteousGIRLS on New Focus Recordings, “Transition Behavior” recorded by the Shattered Glass String Orchestra, and “Empty Promise” an award-winning short film in collaboration with Four/Ten Media, Goldfeather and Robby Bowen.
As a keyboardist, Pascal has played as support for D’Angelo’s Black Messiah tour and Clean Bandit’s Rather Be tour with Australian pop artist Meg Mac. He actively tours with jazz vocalist Allan Harris, Le Boeuf Brothers, the 15-piece gospel-funk band Jesus On the Mainline, and his piano trio “Pascal’s Triangle” featuring bassist Linda Oh, and drummer Justin Brown.
Pascal’s most recent awards include a 2017 Grammy nomination for Best Instrument Composition, the 2017 Cortona Prize, the 2017 Lake George Music Festival Composition Composition, a 2016 FROMM Commission from Harvard University, the 2015 ASCAP Foundation Johnny Mandel Prize, and Independent Music Awards in “Jazz”, “Eclectic” and “Electronica” categories. Pascal has also received commissions and grants from Lincoln Center Stage, Chamber Music America, and New Music USA. He composed music for the 2008 Emmy Award-winning movie King Lines, and won first place in the 2008 International Songwriting Competition. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Composition at Princeton University as a Naumburg Doctoral Fellow.
This season’s highlights include the premiere of a concerto written for pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, commissioned by the Bravo! Vail music festival in honor of their thirtieth anniversary. Ludwig was also awarded a prestigious Pew Center for Arts and Heritage Performance Grant to support the creation of The Anchoress, a new song cycle for the PRISM Quartet, Piffaro “The Renaissance Band,” and soprano Hyunah Yu. The work will open the 2018 season for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.
Recent highlights include a violin concerto written for his wife, acclaimed violinist Bella Hristova; the concerto was commissioned by a consortium of eight orchestras across the United States. Other recent commission and performances include Titania’s Dream for the KLR Trio, Swan Song for Benjamin Beilman commissioned by Carnegie Hall, and Pictures from the Floating World commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra for bassoonist Daniel Matsukawa and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Ludwig is the recipient of the First Music Award, a two-time winner of the Independence Foundation Fellowship, and a Theodore Presser Foundation Career Grant, as well as awards from New Music USA, American Composers Forum, American Music Center, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has had multiple residencies at the Yaddo and MacDowell artist colonies, the Isabella Gardner Museum and Marlboro Music. Ludwig has served on the faculty of Yellow Barn and the Ravinia Steans Institute, and is Artistic Director of the Curtis Young Artist Summer Program.
Born in Bucks County, P.A., Ludwig comes from several generations of eminent musicians including grandfather Rudolf Serkin and great-grandfather Adolf Busch. He holds degrees from Oberlin, The Manhattan School, the Curtis Institute, The Juilliard School, and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Ludwig serves as the director of the composition faculty of Curtis and is the Gie and Lisa Liem Artistic Advisor and director of the Curtis 20/21 Contemporary Music Ensemble.
Christopher’s opera In a Mirror, Darkly, written with librettist S. O’Duinn Magee, was awarded a Domenic J. Pellicciotti Prize by SUNY Potsdam. Excerpts have been performed by Fort Worth Opera, New York City Opera, Crane Opera Ensemble and Orchestra, University of North Carolina Greensboro at the National Opera Association’s annual conference, and at the Virginia Arts Festival.
Christopher’s orchestra and chamber music has been commissioned and performed by the Huntsville Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Alarm Will Sound, Boston Chamber Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony, Gainesville Symphony, Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, Columbia Orchestra, and Curtis Symphony Orchestra. He has been composer-in-residence at Twickenham Fest, young composer-in-residence at Music from Angel Fire, and a resident composer at the Mizzou International Composers Festival.
Christopher has been in residence at Yaddo, the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. He was a recipient of a Theodore Presser Foundation Career Grant, and in 2006 was the youngest competitor ever to win the Jacksonville Symphony’s “Fresh Ink” competition. He holds degrees from Rollins College, the Curtis Institute of Music, and the University of Michigan.
In 2019, 2020, the Lake George Music Festival will commission:
to be announced …