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Joel Naumann

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Education: Two years of undergraduate study in Physics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, private composition study with Isaac Nemiroff; BM in Composition from Manhattan School of Music with Vittorio Giannini, David Diamond, Nicholas Flagello, and Ludmilla Ulehla; MM in Composition from Long Island University with Stefan Wolpe, Raoul Pleskow, and Joseph Marx; Ph.D. in Composition at the University of Utah (SLC) with Alexei Haieff, Vladimir Ussachevsky, and Theodore Antoniou.

Teaching: First taught 1973-75 at Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois, establishing their electronic music studio and New Music Workshop series. Taught composition, theory, analysis, orchestration, and electronic music at The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., 1975-78 and in 1980, founded and conducted the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble and rebuilt the school's electronic music/recording studio complex. Fulbright Composer in Residence at Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia in 1979. At the UW-Madison since the Fall of 1980 where, aside from his normal teaching load, he has also directed the school's Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, designed and built the school's analog electronic music studio and its first digital electronic music studio, served as the Director of Electronic Music, and has chaired the Theory/Composition Area.

Current UW-Madison teaching includes the Freshman Composition class (neo-classical techniques); the Sophomore Composition class (atonal, twelve-tone, serial, and avant-garde techniques); Junior, Senior, MM, and DMA private composition students, thesis/dissertation supervision, and graduate composition seminars in 'Sound Sculpture' and 'Compositional Systems.'

Other: Author of Analog Electronic Music Techniques (Schirmer, 1985). Founder/Past President of the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers, Inc. (WAC). While at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. he managed and directed the Contemporary Music Forum, and founded The Washington Sinfonia, a 35 member Baroque-Classical orchestra playing rarely heard orchestral literature from those periods. His compositions have been performed, recorded and broadcast throughout the United States, and in Canada, Europe, England, Australia, and New Zealand. Awards and grants include the National Endowment for the Arts, a Fulbright Senior Scholar Grant, two Composers' Guild Awards, a Concert Artists Guild Commission Award, nomination to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a number of grants and commissions from the Wisconsin Arts Board, the Creative Artist Fellowship Award from Dane County, WI, and six grants from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) at the UW-Madison.

Catalog of Works:

Music for Young People (1965, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1992, 1993, and 1996)
Twenty-Two Short Graded Piano Pieces for Young Pianists
Sonatine (1965) 10'
Solo Piano
Chamber Concerto (1968) 11'
Violin and Piano Soloists with Thirteen Wind Instruments
Elegia Seria (1969) 10'
Double String Orchestra
An Ogden Nash Bestiary (1970) 14'
Thirteen Songs for Coloratura Soprano and Pianom to poems of Ogden Nash
Base Lines (1971) 9'
Solo Double Bass
Modulars (1971) 12'
Six Pieces for Solo Piano
Songs of Silence and the Night (1971) 7'
Three Songs for Mezzo-Soprano, Flute, Clarinet, Viola, Trumpet, and Piano to poems of Joseph Kiss
Five Pieces (1971) 9'
Violin, Clarinet, and Piano
Expositions (1972) 16'
Seven Short Movements for a Chamber Orchestra of Fifteen Players
Songs of Passing (1972) 14'
Four Songs for Mezzo-Soprano, String Orchestra, Piano, Celesta, Harpsichord, and Percussion to poems of Joseph Kiss
Waltz (for Hazel) (1973) 3'
Solo Piano
Piano Variations (1973) 9'
Solo Piano
Chamber Mass (1973) 13' (in Latin)
SATB Chorus and String Quartet (or Organ)
Variants (1974) 9'
Picc./2/2/2/Bs.Cl./2, 4/2/2/Bs.Tbn./Tuba, 4 Percussion, Strings
Miniatures (1974) 5'
Five Pieces for Violin and Piano
Miniatures for Orchestra (1975) 14'
Six Pieces for Large Orchestra
Chamber Piece No. 1 (1975) 17'
Flute, Violin, and Amplified Harpsichord
Transcriptions: French Secular Music of the 1390s (1976) 6'
Mezzo-Soprano, Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Viola, and Percussion
Intrada (1977) 6'
Organ and Brass Quintet
String Quartet No. 1 (1978) 12'
String Quartet
Solo I (1979) 9'
Solo Flute
'in the night's loud silence . . .' (1979) 13'
Solo Oboe, Pre-Recorded Oboe, and Tape Delay System
Brass Quintet (1979) 13'
Two C Trumpets, French Horn, Tenor Trombone, and Bass Trombone
'a piacere' (1980) 10'
Four Pieces for Trumpet and Keyboard (Piano, Organ, or Amplified Harpsichord)
SARAH (1980) 14'
Solo Cello
Ruckeyser Songs (1981) 13'
Four Songs for Mezzo-Soprano, Flute, Clarinet, and Viola to poems of Muriel Ruckeyser
Chamber Piece No. 2 (1981) 8'
Flute, Cello, and Piano
Nightpiece (1982) 16'
2/2/2/2, 4/2/2/1/1, 3 Percussion, Strings, and Four-Channel Tape
Miniatures II (1983) 5'
Three Pieces for B-flat Clarinet, Piano, and Cello
Capriccio (1982) 8'
Two Cellos
"fioratura!" I (1983) 15'
Two B-flat Clarinets
String Quartet No. 2 (1983) 17'
String Quartet and Stereo Electronic Tape
Three Antiphonal Preludes (1984) 9'
Four Antiphonal Trumpets
Three Fanfares (1985) 7'
Three C Trumpets
Joyce Songs (1986) 15'
Five Songs for Mezzo-Soprano and Oboe to poems by James Joyce
Intermission Music (1987) 15'
Stereo Electronic Tape
'2 x 4' (1987) 2'
Piano Four Hands
Dialogue (1991) 6'
Violin and Viola
Trio (1993) 13'
B-flat Clarinet, Bassoon, and Piano
"fioratura!" II (1993) 15'
B-flat Clarinet and Vibraphone
Wendy's Rag (1993) 7'
Solo Piano
Dmitri (1993) 4'
Clarinet and Vibraphone
Partita (1994) 11'
Quartet for Flute, Oboe/English Horn, Clarinet, and French Horn
Eveningsong (1994) 6'
Fifty-Three Bell Carillon
Flourishes (1994) 3'
B-flat Clarinet, Bassoon, and Piano
In Silence (1995) 7'
Large Orchestra
Aria da Capo (1995) 39'
Chamber Opera for Five Solo Singers, Flute, Clarinet, String Quartet, and Piano to a libretto from the play of the same name by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Three Abstract Preludes (1996) 13'
Solo Piano
Capriccio (1997) 8'
Two Violas

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