Theresa Martin (b. 1979, Omaha, Neb.) is an American composer and clarinetist.
Studying both composition and clarinet performance, she completed her DMA in composition at the University of Michigan, two master’s degrees from Arizona State University, and her BFA at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her influential mentors include composition teachers Michael Daugherty, Evan Chambers, William Bolcom, Randall Shinn, and William Heinrichs, and clarinet teachers Robert Spring, Deborah Chodacki, and William Helmers.
Dr. Martin is a composer of energetic, melodious, and rhythmically driven music who often draws her inspiration from literature, images, nature, and personal experiences. She receives commissions from around the world and enjoys writing concert music for solo instruments as well as chamber, wind, and orchestral ensembles. Dr. Martin’s music has been heard throughout the U.S., and has been performed in Canada, Belgium, Great Britain, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain, Sweden, Tanzania, China, and Taiwan. She has been commissioned by internationally prominent soloists including clarinetist Robert Spring, tubaist Sam Pilafian, The Eufonix Quartet, oboist Michele Fiala, bassoonist Albie Micklich, as well as organizations such as the Barnett Foundation of Chicago, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, the Arizona Wind Symphony, and the University of Wisconsin Fox Valley Concert Band.
Her music has been recognized by the American Composer’s Forum, the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer's Competition, and NACUSA Young Composer’s Competition, and she has received ASCAPlus awards for the past several years for frequent performances of her music. Her pieces are performed at international conferences such as the International Double Reed Society Conferences, and the American Composer’s Alliance Summer Music Festival in New York.
Dr. Martin currently has a private studio in Wisconsin, where she teaches lessons in composition, clarinet, and piano. She teaches adjunct at local universities, including Lawrence University and the University of Wisconsin Fox Valley. As a clarinetist, she performs in the Fox Valley Concert Band, Vento Winds, and a newly formed woodwind quintet.
Works for Winds
- City of Ambition (2007/2016)
- Dark Side of the Night Girl (2009)
- Double Take (2014)
- Fortress (2019)
- Radiance (2012)
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Theresa Martin." Accessed 3 January 2019
- Theresa Martin, personal correspondence, January 2019
- Theresa Martin website Accessed 3 January 2019