Ash Stemke (b. 1991) "…simply composes music he wants to hear, because it is beautiful, spouts no unpleasant theories, and manages nonetheless to avoid the too-well-known and trite." (Steven Kruger, New York Arts). His music explores symmetry, trajectory, organicism, and humor, and traverses several mediums, including commissions from the UNC Lab Orchestra (Vincent L. Povázsay, conductor), Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (Laura Alexander, cantor), saxophonist Wally Wallace, and a film score for violinist Christin Danchi that will soon be sent to the moon (!) as part of the Moon Arts Ark project at Carnegie Mellon University. Ash’s music has been featured at festivals and conferences such as NSEME, DIGITECH, numerous SCI conferences, and the Schoenberg Academy in Vienna, Austria. His works have also been performed by the Tallis Chamber Orchestra in Wilmington, NC and Present~Continuous in Greensboro, NC.
Ash currently studies composition with Clifton Callender at Florida State University (DM; anticipated graduation 2019), where he has been recognized as an outstanding graduate teaching assistant. Ash holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (MM-Composition and PBC-Music Theory) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BM with Highest Honors), and has studied composition with Steven Bryant, Mark Engebretson, Alejandro Rutty, and Allen Anderson.
Following the completion of the DM at Florida State, Ash plans to pursue a career in higher education. He is a passionate teacher, and has taught many different courses in music composition and theory as a graduate teaching assistant at Florida State University and UNC-Greensboro. Read more about his teaching philosophy here.
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