UL Lafayette Choirs host the 2016 International Alliance of Women in Music (IAWM) Composers Concert, featuring world premieres of new choral works by women composers.
The work of composer Sivan Eldar engages with the sensory experience of sound, the intimacy of live performance, and the experience of time and memory at the threshold of human perception. Her music has been described as "vividly imagined" (The Boston Globe), "ethereal" (Oakland Musical Examiner) and "beautifully melancholic" (Opera Plus). She has had the privilege of working with many of today's leading ensembles, including the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, Berkeley Symphony, International Ensemble Modern Academy, and Divertimento Ensemble, at diverse venues such as Boston's Symphony Hall, Paris' Maison de la Radio and Le Centquatre, Oslo's Baerum Kulturhaus, and Berlin's RADIOALSYSTEM-V. Sivan holds degrees in composition from the New England Conservatory (BM) and UC Berkeley (PhD), where she was affiliated with the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) and the Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM). She is currently in residence at IRCAM in Paris.
Described as "especially glorious…ethereal" by Whole Note, and "a highlight of the concert" by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, the music of Canadian composer Tawnie Olson has been performed on four continents by a wide range of soloists and ensembles. She is the winner of the 2015 Iron Composer Competition, and has won awards from the SOCAN foundation and the Guelph Chamber Choir/Musica Viva. Her composition Scel lem duib, commissioned for the Yale Camerata by the Yale Institute for Sacred Music, was one of three works selected (out of 170 submissions) for publication in the National Collegiate Choral Organization's 2013 choral music series. Her music has been recorded by the Canadian Chamber Choir, bassoonist Rachael Elliot, oboist Catherine Lee, and Shawn Mativetsky, McGill professor of tabla and percussion. Olson is an adjunct professor of composition at the Hartt School of Music.
Seattle composer and pianist Kari Medina recently premiered Völuspá; Song of the Seeress, a 2016 work for soprano and orchestra based on the Viking Sagas, commissioned by the Northwest Symphony Orchestra. In May, she premiered her multi-media Art-Music Salons, titled Sister’s From Across the Sea. Her choral material has been featured both nationally and internationally, and her chamber piece, The Meadow’s Wide was recognized as a semi-finalist in 2015’s American Prize. Film and television work include several Emmy-nominated scores for PBS productions. A Washington native, Medina’s graduate and undergraduate training were at University of Washington and Washington State University, where she studied with William Bergsma and Loran Olsen.
L.V. Wood is a composer, performer, and conductor currently pursuing graduate studies in Musicology at the University of Kansas. Recent performances of her works include concerts by the KC VITAs new music ensemble, the Cathedral Schola Cantorum of St. Joseph-KC, Bellissimo! Bell Choir, and the historic St. George Choristers of St. Mary's Episcopal Church. She is an active performer and conductor and has conducted choirs both in the United States and abroad. She sings with various professional vocal ensembles in the Kansas City area where she resides with her family.
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