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Joanne Metcalf

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Joanne Metcalf

Biography

Joanne Metcalf (b. 1958, Los Angeles, Calif.) is an American composer.

Dr. Metcalf studied at Duke University (Ph.D.) with Scott Lindroth, and with Louis Andriessen at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague.

The music of Joanne Metcalf is known for its evocative lyricism, rhythmic extravagance, and “beautiful use of vocal colours and texture” (Glasgow Herald). Dr. Metcalf has received commissions from Cappella Nova and Canty, Scotland’s premiere vocal quartet. A former Fulbright fellow, she has also received awards from the North Carolina Arts Council, Copland House, the McDowell Colony, and the Netherland America Foundation.

Drawing inspiration from Renaissance and medieval polyphony, ancient Georgian music, and contemporary extended vocal techniques, Dr. Metcalf has had her chamber, orchestral, and vocal compositions performed and recorded by leading ensembles and soloists throughout the world. Her Il nome del bel fior (1998), based on the vision of Mary in Canto XXIII of Dante‘s Paradiso, was composed for, and recorded by, the Hilliard Ensemble and Singer Pur.

She currently [2021] is an associate professor music and teaches composition at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.


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