Discipline: Music Composition

Conrad Winslow

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2018

Conrad Winslow is a composer whose musical forms are bold, legible, and emotionally direct. His music combines precipitous edges with subtle shifts of syntax. He draws influence from architects and playwrights to structure pieces like places to inhabit. Raised in Homer, Alaska, he first learned to make a world from scratch by watching his parents build a log cabin home in the woods.

His instrumental music has been commissioned by Alarm Will Sound, Carnegie Hall, the American Composers Orchestra, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the New York Youth Symphony, New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute (for choreographer Justin Peck), the Juilliard Orchestra, the New Juilliard Ensemble, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, and Gaudete Brass Quintet, among many others.

Awards and support have come from The Minnesota Orchestra, New York Youth Symphony, Yale Glee Club, ASCAP, The Jerome Fund, The Juilliard School, and New Music USA. Winslow also directs Wild Shore New Music, presenting new chamber music in Southcentral Alaska. His music has been recorded for Cedille Records and Innova Recordings. At MacDowell, he composed a 20-minute song cycle on poems by Adrienne Rich for Brooklyn-based ensemble Echo Chamber and acclaimed soprano Justine Aronson.


Van Zorn (formerly Kirby)

Conrad Winslow worked in the Van Zorn (formerly Kirby) studio.

Constructed thanks to a bequest from Sarah L. Kirby, Kirby Studio was the last new building to be erected during Mrs. MacDowell’s leadership (1907-1951). The load-bearing masonry walls were laid by local mason Augustus Beaulieu atop a fieldstone foundation. A 1995 renovation preserved the brick fireplace with wooden mantel and…

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