Christian Carey

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Christian B. Carey is active as a composer, performer and music theorist. He received degrees from the Juilliard School (BM in voice performance), Boston University (MM in composition), and Rutgers University (Ph.D. in composition and theory); his principal teachers were Charles Wuorinen and Lukas Foss. Carey’s scholarly interests include post-tonal theory, contemporary concert music, composition, American music, popular music, and jazz. His doctoral dissertation discussed the Fifth String Quartet of Elliott Carter. He’s since contributed several articles and reviews about the composer, including a cover story for Signal to Noise in 2006. On Carter’s 100th birthday, he gave a paper at Colloque: Hommage à Elliott Carter at IRCAM in Paris and was interviewed by Andrea Shea for National Public Radio. He’s also written about Charles Wuorinen, Milton Babbitt, Morton Feldman, Terry Riley, and David Rakowski for Tempo, Sequenza 21, and Musicworks. Carey’s compositions have been performed by the New York New Music Ensemble, Locrian Chamber Players, Atlantic Chamber Orchestra, Cassatt String Quartet, Dal Suono Sommerso, singing cellist Jody Redhage, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. He is Associate Professor of Music Composition, History, and Theory at Rider University in New Jersey. and a Contributing Editor at Sequenza 21.

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