Commissions In Concert, Louisville: Composer Rene Orth

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Composers and Schools in Concert (CSIC) says
In celebration of Music in Our Schools Month, Ms. Rene Orth will create a new piece for the Frederick Law Olmsted Academy South Orchestra under the direction of music director Courtney Schisler. Ms. Orth will spend several rehearsals creating and rehearsing with the students and join the ensemble in Louisville for the performance of the world premiere.

About Rene Orth

Rene Orth is a composer originally from Dallas, Texas. Her music has been described as “whimsical, spikey, sometimes show-bizy, always dramatic, reflective, rarely predictable, and often electronic” (Musical America). She currently serves as Opera Philadelphia's 6th Composer in Residence.

Recent and upcoming projects include commissions from the Festival d’Aix en Provence Academie, Women’s Sacred Music Project, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Barnes Foundation/Aizuri Quartet. Her most recent chamber opera, Empty the House (librettist Mark Campbell), received its staged premiere with the Curtis Opera Theater in a sold-out run in January 2016. The piece was also selected to be a part of Fort Worth Opera’s FRONTIERS show case in May. This summer Rene will be returning to Festival d’Aix en Provence as one of three composers selected for the Song and Creation Residency. She will also be serving on the Theory/Composition faculty for Luzerne Music Festival.

Rene is a recipient of a 2016 OPERA America Discovery Grant for Female Composers, supported by the Virginia B Toulmin Foundation, which will help provide funding for the development of Machine, a new chamber opera with librettist Jason Kim. In 2014, Rene was commissioned by Washington National Opera/American Opera Initiative Program for a chamber opera, An American Man (librettist Jason Kim), which premiered at the Kennedy Center. Other previous commissions and performances from notable ensembles include the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, the Dover Quartet, the Rock School of Dance, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and the Pennsylvania Ballet. In the summer of 2015, Rene was invited to participate in Festival d‘Aix en Provence’s Opera in Creation “Reflection” Workshop and served on the Theory/Composition faculty for Luzerne Music Center. Rene has also held residencies at the artist colonies Yaddo and Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She participated in the Lake Champlain Music Festival (2013), Fresh Inc Festival (2013), and Atlantic Music Festival (2012) and has been a recipient of an American Composers Forum Subito grant (2014) and a Kentucky Foundation for Women Artist Enrichment Grant (2013).

Rene is a recent graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she held the Edward B. Garrigues Fellowship. Past teachers and mentors include David Ludwig, Mikael Eliasen, Jennifer Higdon, Richard Danielpour, Steve Rouse, and Brandon Goff. She earned an M.M. in Music Composition at the University of Louisville as a Moritz von Bomhard Fellow and holds degrees from MediaTech Institute and Rhodes College.
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By: Composers and Schools in Concert (CSIC)

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