2006Psalm 116
Andrew Bleckner studied composition with George Crumb at the University of Pennsylvania, and received a PhD in composition in 1995. While there he also received the Paul Rochberg Fellowship, and The Helen L. Weiss Prize for Vocal Music. Currently he is Resident Composer for the Singing City chorus of Philadelphia. Around 1994, he began a spiritual and artistic transformation inspired by the writings of Rabbis Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Michael Lerner. Since then, his primary musical inspiration has come from sacred texts. His setting of Psalm 150 has been performed throughout the US including venues such as the 2006 American Choral Directors Association Southern Convention and the Zamir Chorale of Boston 2006 Spring Concert. His setting of Psalm 42 recently received Honorable Mention in both the Vanguard Premieres Choral Composition Contest and the First Annual Meistersingers Choral Composition Competition. He has received composition awards, grants, and fellowships from ASCAP, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the American Composers Forum, the University of Pennsylvania, and the MacDowell Colony. www.andrewbleckner.com