Discipline: Music Composition

Paul Moravec

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 1987, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2011

Paul Moravec is a member of the Board of Directors of MacDowell, is a composer, and a university professor at Adelphi University on Long Island. Already a prolific composer, he has been described as a "new tonalist." He is best known for his work Tempest Fantasy, which was largely composed at MacDowell and received the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Music. He received his B.A. in composition from Harvard University in 1980; while there, he performed with the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, one of the Holden Choirs. He won the Prix de Rome and studied at the American Academy in Rome after graduating. He then received his M.M.A. (1982) and D.M.A. (1987) in composition, both from Columbia University. He was named the new honorary composer-member of the New York Composers Circle in September, 2006. He was also appointed the composer in residence for the 2007-2008 academic year at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. In addition to his Pulitzer Prize, Moravec has received a Composer Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship, and the Charles Ives Prize and Goddard Lieberson Awards in American Composition. He has been commissioned by such ensembles as the Dessoff Choirs, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, and the Harvard Glee Club. His work The Shining, based on the Stephen King novel, premiered at Minnesota Opera in May 2016. Moravec’s latest project was an oratorio about the Underground Railroad for premiere by the Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall in May 2018.


Irving Fine

Paul Moravec worked in the Irving Fine studio.

Youngstown Studio was given to MacDowell by friends of Miss Myra McKeown in Youngstown, OH, where she promoted both art and music. It was renamed Irving Fine Studio in 1972 in honor of Irving Fine, a distinguished composer, conductor, and teacher who was a MacDowell Fellow during the 1940s and 1950s. The simple interior of the studio…

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