Coe Music Professor Joseph Dangerfield receives two outstanding honors

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2010-11-23 11:13:35 - General

Coe College Music Professor Joseph Dangerfield has received two outstanding honors this fall. He has been named the winner of the 2010 Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Composition Competition and is a recipient of the 2010 Aaron Copland Award.

As the winner of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra (ICO) competition, Dangerfield was awarded a $1,000 prize and attended the 44th Contemporary Music Festival at Indiana State University as a guest speaker. He was given the opportunity to speak about his music alongside other guest scholars and composers. Since its beginning, more than 200 established and emerging composers—including 18 winners of the Pulitzer Prize and five winners of the Grawemeyer Award—have participated in the Festival, which this year, concluded with a performance from the ICO featuring Dangerfield’s piece, “Two Vestiges for Chamber Orchestra.”

The Aaron Copland Award granted Dangerfield from November 14 to December 14, 2010, to focus on creative work, free from distractions and other responsibilities in the Copland House, in which he is currently residing. The secluded 1940s home, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is only an hour north of New York City and was the former residence of Aaron Copland (from 1960 – 1990, the year of his death), one of the most influential musicians in American history. As the recipient of the award, all of the composer’s expenses are covered during his stay.

Dangerfield has lived and worked professionally in Germany, Russia, Holland and the United States. Over the past several years his creative voice has been garnering much attention, with performances of his works throughout the United States and abroad. American presenters of his work include the Society of Composers Inc., the MusicX Festival at the Cincinnati Conservatory, the San Francisco New Music Festival, and the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music. Dangerfield’s instrumental and chamber compositions have also been performed at such international venues as the Moscow Conservatory, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Frankfurter KuenstlerKlub, the Conservatorio di Giuseppe Tartini (Trieste, Italy) and in Cairo, Egypt. 

He has been the recipient of many other awards and recognitions, including The Young and Emerging Composers Award (2002), ASCAP Standard Awards, and the Henry and Parker Pelzer Prize for Excellence in Composition (2005). Dangerfield was also the recipient of a Fulbright Lecture/Research Award to the Russian Federation and the Netherlands for the 2009-10 academic year, where he served as composer-in-residence with the Ensemble Studio New Music at the famed Moscow Conservatory, and a lecturer at Maastricht Conservatorium. In 2008, he was selected for a three-week independent senior residency in the Leighton Studios of the prestigious Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. Recordings of his works are available on the Albany Records label, and many are published by European American Music and PIP Press Music Publications.

Dangerfield began his composition studies at Marshall University where he earned a B.F.A. degree in 1999, studying with Michael Golden. He completed his master's degree (M.M. 2002) at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, working with Marilyn Shrude and Mikel Kuehn, and received a Ph.D. in 2005 from the University of Iowa, following studies under David Gompper. Dangerfield currently serves as assistant professor of music composition and theory, as well as the director of orchestral activities, at Coe College.