COMPOSER

Evelyn is a deeply reflective and collaborative composer. Her music invites dialogue, blurring the lines between performer and audience.

In keeping with her love of intimate performance settings, Evelyn writes primarily for solo and chamber ensembles, or in the context of collaboration with other artists and communities where she works. Recent works experiment with non-traditional duos - violin and voice,

violin and audience, and violin and bass through her work with Rachel Mangold.

 

In 2019, Evelyn and Rachel co-led a collective composition with students at the Washington Heights and Inwood Music Project. Evelyn was awarded a grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council for the project, "Heights of Spring." Evelyn and Rachel will collaborate again on "Music for Strings and Community," another LMCC funded collective composition workshop series in Fall 2020.

Evelyn is in demand as a leader for collaborative composition workshops. In one-week project settings, she has helped a class of 60 kindergarten students write a song exploring the concept of growth, and has led a team of teaching artists and 55 children in creating a multi-faceted composition on the themes of justice and peace. In 2016, she guided students from the Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s in writing about ideas of belonging for the Carnegie Hall “Somewhere Project,” and she facilitated an exchange between students from YOSL and the Very Young Composers of the New York Philharmonic in 2017.

© 2020 by Evelyn Petcher Brandes. 

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