LMTA One-Day Virtual Conference
Saturday, 25 September 2021
8:30 AM & 10:30 AM – Junior Virtuosi I and II by Benjamin Steinhardt, conference clinician
9:30 AM – Tchaikovsky’s Album for the Young, Op. 39: Imaginative and Practical Insights for Teachers and Performers by John Price
12:00 PM – Collegiate Chapter by Carla Salas-Ruiz
10:00 AM – Let It Shine! Piano Music by Black Composers by Aaron Mathews
3:00 PM – Tonalities and Triads by Hannah Mayo
2020 LMTA Commissioned Composer
James May (b. 1994, Pittsburgh) is a composer, improviser, conductor, and writer. As a composer and improviser, he’s interested in creating music focused on texture, space, and agency, and particularly likes exploring extended vocal technique, how notation dictates power dynamics, and literature. He regularly writes album reviews and articles for various news publications including icareifyoulisten, Sound American, and RTÉ Culture. As a conductor and performer, he’s a champion of contemporary and experimental music.
Recent projects and collaborations include anthrophony for Western Carolina University’s percussion studio, sculpture vii for Dutch trio Trompo, sound design for University College Cork’s final year production Goblin Market and Southeastern Louisiana University’s What Lies Inside, and various free improvisation performances with and with- out electronics.
James’ work has been performed and recorded by Chamber Choir Ireland and Paul Hillier, JACK Quartet, Echéa Quartet, the San Francisco Choral Artists, Longleash,
and Collegiate Chorale. He was the winner of the 2019 Seán Ó Riada Composition Contest for street after street alike, the 2019 West Cork Chamber Music Festival Contest for Sculpture VI, the San Francisco Choral Artists’ 2017 New Voices Project for The Garden (“arresting… intricate and intense” – San Francisco Classical Voice), and com- posed Zaira and Irene for the 2018 Huang Orchestra Commission from the University of Louisville.
James was one of 12 recipients of the 2018-19 George J. Mitchell Scholarship, funding an MA in Experimental Sound Practice at University College Cork where he studied with John Godfrey, Jeff Weeter, and Karen Power. He previously studied with Steve Rouse and Kimcherie Lloyd as a Bomhard Fellow at the University of Louisville, and Jack Gallagher and Lisa Wong at The College of Wooster.