Discipline: Music Composition

Evan Chambers

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: Ann Arbor, MI
MacDowell Fellowships: 1998, 2018

Evan Chambers is currently professor of composition at the University of Michigan. His 2007 orchestral song cycle The Old Burying Ground (begun at MacDowell) was performed in Carnegie Hall in February 2008; a recording is available on Dorian/Sono Luminus. Chambers' compositions have been performed by the Cincinnati, Kansas City, Memphis, New Hampshire, and Albany Symphonies, among others; has also appeared as a soloist in Carnegie Hall with the American Composers Orchestra. He won first prize in the Cincinnati Symphony Competition, and in 1998 was awarded the Walter Beeler Prize by Ithaca College. His work has been recognized by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Luigi Russolo Competition, Vienna Modern Masters, NACUSA, and the American Composers Forum. Chambers is the recipient of artist grants from Meet the Composer, the Arts Foundation of Michigan, and ArtServe Michigan, and is the artist behind the CD Cold Water, Dry Stone (Albany Records).

In residence in 2018, he revised the libretto to his music-drama in progress, Seul Choix: Only Choice, and composed one of the songs from the work; he also completed a solo piano miniature, and wrote a new song in his song-cycle The Old Burying Ground based on texts from tombstones in the eponymous cemetery in Jaffrey, NH.


Van Zorn (formerly Kirby)

Evan Chambers 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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