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Christian Carey is a composer, performer, writer, and college professor

Christian Carey is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Music Composition, History, and Theory at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Degrees: Juilliard School (B.Mus. in Voice), Boston University (M.M. in Composition), and Rutgers University (Ph.D. in Composition and Theory); his teachers included Charles Wuorinen and Lukas Foss. He is active as a composer, performer, and music theorist.

Dr. Carey’s research focuses on contemporary American music; his dissertation discussed Elliott Carter’s Fifth String Quartet. He has written about Babbitt, Wuorinen, Rakowski, and Feldman, and is currently at work on an article about the late works of Ralph Shapey for Contemporary Music Review. His articles and reviews have been published in Signal to Noise, Muso, Musicworks, Sequenza 21, Copper Press, All About Jazz, Pop Matters, and several other publications.

His compositions have been performed by the New York New Music Ensemble, the Cassatt String Quartet, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Ionisation, and the Helix New Music Ensemble, at Lincoln Center, the June in Buffalo Festival, the Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival, Two River Theater Company, the Montclair Art Museum, the Progressions Series in Baltimore, Maryland, and Music ‘99 at the University of Cincinnati. Mourning Madrid, a work for orchestra and live locomotive, was commissioned by the Music Festival of the Hamptons and performed in July, 2004 by the Atlantic Chamber Orchestra and the Long Island Railroad in Bridgehampton, New York. Upcoming performances are planned by singing cellist Jody Redhage in New York, the Society for Chromatic Art in New York and New Jersey, and the Anomaloklan Ensemble in Italy.

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