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Andrew Earle Simpson

Andrew Earle Simpson, composer and incidental musician

Andrew Earle Simpson, composer, pianist, and organist, is associate professor and chair of the division of Theory and Composition at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music of The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. A composer of opera, film, orchestral, chamber, choral, dance, and vocal music, his most recent projects reflect an interest in theatrical music and silent film. He has received awards and grants from the American Music Center, American Composers Forum, The Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, The Loeb Classical Library Foundation, and the Maryland State Arts Council, among many others.

Simpson’s music has been performed across the United States and abroad by such ensembles as the Cedar Rapids Symphony Chamber Players, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, counter)induction, Contemporary Music Forum, Tampa Bay Composers Forum, Great Noise Ensemble, Red Cedar Trio, Boland-Dowdall duo, Lyralos Ensemble (Greece), Catholic University Opera Theater, Cantate Chamber Singers, numerous other professional and university ensembles, and by such conductors and performers as Theodore Antoniou, Tim Hankewich, Marvin Hamlisch, Brian Ganz, Michael Cameron, Nancy Ambrose King, and Tim McAllister.

As a silent film pianist, organist, and composer, Simpson has performed at the National Gallery of Art, Library of Congress, AFI Silver Theater (Silver Spring, MD), and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. In February 2008, he will appear as a featured guest performer at the New York Public Library on its “Meet the Music Makers” series.

At Catholic University, Simpson created, and currently directs, the Master of Music in Composition, Stage Music Emphasis program, which opened in August 2005. This innovative graduate program, unique in its scope, combines practical training in collaborative and theatrical composition with professional academic coursework.

Andrew Earle Simpson’s music is recorded on the Capstone, Athena, and Arizona University Recordings labels. Red Cedar Chamber Music will release a CD devoted entirely to his music on the Fleur de Son Classics label in 2009.

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