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Composer Interview Series IV - Melika M. Fitzhugh

  • 2022-05-04
  • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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Join us for the fourth of our Composer Interview Series on May 4 at 5pm ET. Our guest will be Melika M. Fitzhugh. Get to know the composer and her music!

A native of Stafford, Virginia, Melika M. Fitzhugh (A.B. Harvard-Radcliffe: Music Theory and Composition, M.M. Longy School of Bard College: Composition) has studied conducting and composition with Thomas G. EverettBeverly Taylor, James Yannatos, Julian PellicanoRoger MarshJeff Stadelman, and, most recently, Osnat Netzer and John Howell Morrison. Performed internationally, Mel's compositions have been commissioned by John Tyson, Catherine E. Reuben, John and Maria Capello, Laura and Geoffrey Schamu, and the Quilisma Consort, and have been performed by those artists as well as the B3:Brouwer Trio, the PHACE Ensemble, the Quarteto L'Arianna with guitarist Daniel Murray and double bassist Pedro Gadelha, the Radcliffe Choral SocietyBerit StrongPatricia R. AbreuMiyuki TsurutaniLibor DudasAldo Abreu, and Sarah Jeffrey.

Mel honors include: 2021 Bang on a Can Fellowship; 2020 winner of the PatsyLu Prize for IAWM’s Search for New Music; 2020/2021 Composer-in-Residence of the Women Composers Festival of Hartford; 2014 winner of the Longy orchestral composition competition; and performances with the Radcliffe Choral SocietyCoro Allegro, the Harvard Wind Ensemble, the Village Circle Band, and WACSAC. The artist, who has composed music for film and stage, was a member of Just In Time Composers and Players and is currently a member of world/early music ensemble Urban Myth and the early music ensemble Quilisma Consort, in addition to playing bass guitar with acoustic rock singer/songwriter Emmy Cerra, the ambient rock band Rose Cabal, the symphonic metal band Illusion's End, and the Balkan folk dance band Balkan Fields. Mel enjoys teaching and playing a variety of instruments for folk dance ensembles, including: violin/viola/violoncello/double bass; acoustic guitar/bass; recorders; flute; clarinet; saxophone; trumpet; hand percussion including dumbek/djembe/kahoun.

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