Anthony Brandt

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Composer Anthony Brandt (b. 1961) earned his degrees from California Institute of the Arts and Harvard University.  His honors include a Koussevitzky Commission from the Library of Congress and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet-the-Composer, the Houston Arts Alliance, the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Margaret Fairbank Jory Copying Assistance Program.  He has been a fellow at the Wellesley Composers Conference, the Tanglewood Institute, the MacDowell Colony and the Djerassi Resident Artists Colony.  He has been a Visiting Composer at the Bowdoin International Festival, the Bremen Musikfest, Baltimore’s New Chamber Arts Festival, Southwestern University, SUNY- Buffalo and Cleveland State University and Composer-in-Residence of Houston’s OrchestraX and the International Festival of Music in Morelia, Mexico.  His chamber opera, The Birth of Something, with a libretto by playwright Will Eno, was commissioned and premiered by Da Camera of Houston.  A recording of his vocal music, including The Birth of Something, has been released by Albany Records (Albany 1144).

Dr. Brandt was commissioned to reconstruct and orchestrate his teacher Earl Kim’s last work, Illuminations, left incomplete at the composer’s death in 1998.  He also composed the score for the documentary Crucible of the Millennium, which was broadcast nationally on PBS. The program was awarded “Platinum Award – Best in Show” at the Aurora International Film and Video Festival, and has also won awards from AXIOM, the United States International Film and Video Festival and CHRIS.

Dr. Brandt is co-founder and Artistic Director of the Houston-based contemporary music ensemble Musiqa (www.musiqahouston.org). Musiqa presents subscription concerts at the Hobby Center and free loft concerts at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.  Musiqa also has one of the largest outreach programs of any contemporary music ensemble in the United States: Around the World with Musiqa has been presented at the Hobby Center to nearly 25,000 public elementary school students in the past six years and has won three awards from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Dr. Brandt is the author of an innovative, web-based music appreciation course called “Sound Reasoning” (www.soundreasoning.org), created for the Connexions Project.  “Sound Reasoning” was awarded an Access to Artistic Excellence Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Dr. Brandt has also written liner notes for New World, Bridge and Albany Records.  Dr. Brandt is on the Advisory Board of Methodist Hospital’s Center for Performing Arts Medicine and organized a conference at Rice on music and the mind in March 2009. Supported by a Faculty Innovation Grant from Rice’s Humanities Research Center, Dr. Brandt is hosting a second “Exploring the Mind through Music” Conference in June 2011.

Dr. Brandt is an Associate Professor of Composition at the Shepherd School of Music.  He was awarded the University’s George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching in 2007 and the Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize in 2001.

The World Premiere of Dr. Brandt’s piece Maternity, Women’s Voices through the Ages will be performed at the ROCO In Concert season finale on April 21.

Anthony Brandt is a recipient of an Individual Arts Grant Award.  This grant is funded by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance