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SAN FRANCISCO, February 4, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC ANNOUNCES
CAROLINE SHAW RESIDENCY, MARCH 1-4, 2016
Caroline Shaw, recipient of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in music for her work Partita for 8 Voices, will be in residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in March 2016. Shaw, who recently performed as soloist in Lo, a violin concerto she wrote, with both the Cincinnati Symphony and North Carolina Symphony, also won a Grammy Award in 2014, as a singer with the vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth. An artist whose work spans many genres of music, she has also been collaborating with hip-hop artist Kanye West, resulting in recent performances together in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and remix of West’s track “Say You Will” featuring Shaw in 2015. New York Magazine declared about Shaw “She has discovered a lode of the rarest commodity in contemporary music: joy.”
During her time at SFCM, Shaw will bring her expertise as a composer, singer, and violinist to work with choral and instrumental groups, visit studio classes, talk to composers, and work with students in SFCM’s Technology and Applied Composition program. Shaw’s residency culminates with An Evening with Caroline Shaw on March 3 at 8pm, in which she will perform, discuss her career with Provost & Dean Kate Sheeran, and coach and perform with SFCM’s graduate string quartet, the Thalea Quartet. This event is free to the public. Shaw will also appear in SFCM’s Transformations: Baroque Variations concert, featuring faculty and students, on March 4 at 8pm.
Caroline Shaw won the Pulitzer Prize for Music at age 30, making her the award’s youngest recipient. She was appointed as the inaugural musician-in-residence at Dumbarton Oaks, a research library in Washington, D.C., and she is composer-in-residence with Vancouver’s Music on Main. Shaw is a Grammy-winning and currently Grammy-nominated singer in Roomful of Teeth. She has performed with ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble), the Trinity Wall Street Choir, Alarm Will Sound, the Mark Morris Dance Group Ensemble, The Knights, Victoire, Ensemble Signal, and many others. While maintaining a busy freelance career as a violinist and singer, performing primarily contemporary classical music, Shaw has taken commissions to create new work for the Carmel Bach Festival, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Guggenheim Museum (FLUX Quartet), The Crossing, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Other projects include the development of an evening-length theater work, Ritornello, and an ambient electronic album. Shaw holds degrees in violin from Rice and Yale, and is currently a doctoral candidate in composition at Princeton University. Read more about Caroline Shaw at www.carolineshaw.com
Founded in 1917, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music is the oldest conservatory in the American West and has earned an international reputation for producing musicians of the highest caliber. Notable alumni include violinists Yehudi Menuhin and Isaac Stern, conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, soprano Elza van den Heever, Blue Bottle Coffee founder James Freeman and Ronald Losby, President, Steinway & Sons-Americas, among others. Its faculty includes nearly 30 members of the San Francisco Symphony as well as Grammy and Latin Grammy Award-winning artists in the fields of orchestral and chamber performance and classical guitar. The Conservatory offers its approximately 400 collegiate students fully accredited bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in composition and instrumental and vocal performance. SFCM was the first institution of its kind to offer world-class graduate degree programs in chamber music and classical guitar. Its Pre-College Division provides exceptionally high standards of musical excellence and personal attention to more than 200 younger students. SFCM faculty and students give nearly 500 public performances each year, most of which are offered to the public at no charge. Its community outreach programs serve over 1,600 school children and over 6,000 members of the wider community who are otherwise unable to hear live performances. The Conservatory’s Civic Center facility is an architectural and acoustical masterwork, and the Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall was lauded by The New York Times as the “most enticing classical-music setting” in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, visit www.sfcm.edu.
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