Discipline: Music Composition

Christopher Zuar

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell fellowships: Winter 2017

A native of Long Island, New York, composer/arranger Christopher Zuar has been establishing himself as a prominent voice in the NYC music community. He is the recipient of numerous awards and commissions, including the ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), The New York Youth Symphony First Music Commissioning Prize (2011, 2012, 2015), and the 2016 ASCAP Foundation Johnny Mandel Prize. In 2016, Zuar released his debut recording, Musings, on the Sunnyside label. The record has gone on to receive critical acclaim, including a spot on DownBeat Magazine’s “Best Albums of 2016,” and runner-up “Debut of The Year” in the 2016 NPR Jazz Critics Poll. Zuar is currently collaborating with animation filmmaker, Anne Beal, on a new piece incorporating music for jazz orchestra, hand painted animation, and soundscapes.



Christopher Zuar worked in the MacDowell studio.

Built in 1912, Pine Studio was renamed MacDowell Studio in 1943 in recognition of support from a group of Edward MacDowell’s music students. It was built as a composers’ studio and the stuccoed walls were intended to be soundproof. Like many of the residency program's studios, MacDowell was winterized in the 1950s when the we began welcoming…

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