Lawrence's composition faculty are professional composers and creators with expertise in chamber, vocal, and orchestral music, opera, electronic media, improvisation, and innovative collaboration.
The music of Joanne Metcalf, critically acclaimed as “music of great beauty” (Klassik-Heute) and “extraordinarily beautiful” (International Record Review), is known for its evocative lyricism, rhythmic extravagance, and “beautiful use of vocal colours and texture” (Glasgow Herald). Drawing inspiration from Renaissance and medieval polyphony, ancient Georgian folksinging, and contemporary extended vocal techniques, Ms. Metcalf has forged a compelling musical voice that “evoke[s] earlier musical forms” (The Globe and Mail, Montreal) yet is “unmistakably contemporary” (Glasgow Herald). Her compositions have been commissioned, performed, and recorded by leading musicians throughout the world.
Most recently, the legendary Gothic Voices released Music for the Star of the Sea and Il nome del bel fior on the group’s resplendent CD of early and contemporary music, Mary Star of the Sea. Ms. Metcalf has received commissions from the Hilliard Ensemble; Singer Pur, Germany’s pre-eminent vocal ensemble; Cappella Nova; and Canty, Scotland’s premiere female vocal quartet. Her choral works have also been performed by Fuma Sacra, the Dresdner Kammerchor, and The Crossing. Other important advocates of her music include Christopher Lyndon-Gee, tenor John Potter, the Ciompi Quartet, and Nancy Zeltsman. Ms. Metcalf’s compositions have been heard at the Cheltenham International Festival of Music, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Schwetzinger Festspiele, Hannover Bienniale, Beethovenfest Bonn, York Festival of New Music, Washington National Cathedral, Glasgow Cathedral, and the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies.
Joanne Metcalf has received awards and fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council, Copland House, the McDowell Colony, the Netherland-America Foundation, and the International Association of Women in Music. She studied composition with Scott Lindroth and Stephen Jaffe at Duke University and with Louis Andriessen as a Fulbright Fellow at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague. She holds a Ph.D. from Duke University. Her compositions are recorded on the Linn Records, Oehms Classics, and ECM New Series labels.
Indian-American composer Asha Srinivasan draws from her Western musical training and her Indian heritage to create her compositional language. Her music has been presented at various venues including SEAMUS, ICMC, June in Buffalo, SCI, and the National Flute Convention. Her work Dviraag was awarded at the 2011 Thailand International Composition Festival and won the Flute New Music Consortium competition in 2015. In 2012, Alarm Will Sound premiered Svara-lila at the Mizzou International Composers Festival. She has also won national commissioning competitions, including the BMI Foundation's Women's Music Commission and the Flute/Cello Commissioning Circle. Other honors include: the Walsum prize for Kalpitha, the Prix d'Eté 2nd prize for Alone, Dancing, and multiple ASCAPlus Awards. Her works have been released on CD by Ablaze Records, Mark Records, Beauport Classical, and SEAMUS CD Series (vol. 22). In 2012, she co-hosted the SEAMUS national conference at Lawrence University. Her studies include: D.M.A. Composition at University of Maryland, College Park; M.Mus. Computer Music Composition and Music Theory Pedagogy at the Peabody Conservatory, and B.A. at Goucher College. Ms. Srinivasan is currently an Associate Professor of Music at Lawrence University and recently she joined the board of the American Composers Forum. For further details and purchasing scores, please visit www.twocomposers.org.