Natalie Draper:

2019-2020 Composer-in-Residence




Natalie DraperPraised for her "individual and strong voice" (Colin Clarke, Fanfare Magazine), Natalie Draper explores character and evocative sound-worlds in her music. Her works have been performed at a variety of venues, including Roulette Intermedium, UC Davis, the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Canadian Opera Company. Recent works include a solo piano piece commissioned by Lior Willinger (this project was featured on I Care If You Listen), a cello and bass duet commissioned by Katy Bell, and a song cycle for soprano Jennifer Holloway and pianist Kathleen Kelly that was commissioned by Sparks & Wiry Cries. Her music has received honors and recognition--Timelapse Variations, which has been recorded on the SNOtone label and is available for streaming on Spotify, garnered positive reviews from Lydia Woolever in Baltimore Magazine ("dissonant melodies that build into a unified spiral"), Tim Smith in The Baltimore Sun (a "tense, darkly colorful churn"), and Mark Medwin in Fanfare Magazine ("...polyrhythm bolstering gorgeous pantonal harmonies and shards of chromatic counterpoint," while  "...items burst forth, in a way that might make Mahler smile...").


In 2018, she remixed excerpts from Timelapse Variations for the background music of a short NASA film featuring the research of glaciologist Joe MacGregor. This video can be viewed in a variety of places, including Smithsonian Magazine. She was a resident at the Ucross Foundation (2010), a composition fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center (2015), and a resident at the I-Park Foundation (2018). She is an assistant professor in the music theory and composition department at the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University. You can read more about her in this interview with VAN Magazine.


During the 2019-2020 season, Dr. Draper will be composing several works for the Choir of St. David's, including a new setting of the Preces & Responses, which will be featured at the opening Evensong of the season on September 15, as well as several Lenten works to be performed in March 2021.



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