Bethany Younge

Bethany Younge is an American composer currently residing in Chicago, Illinois. She has received a Masters degree in Composition from the RoyalConservatory of The Hague in The Netherlands and a Bachelors degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Composition (along with a minor inTIMARA-Technology in Music And Related Arts). She has studied composition closely with Richard Barrett, Martijn Padding, Yannis Kyriakides, Peter Adriaansz, Lewis Nielson, and Seung-Ah Oh and attended master classes conducted by esteemed composers such as Helmut Lachenmann, David Lang, Rebecca Saunders, Richard Ayers, Helena Tulve, Gordon Mumma, Rand Steiger, Trevor Wishart, Kiaja Saariaho, and Chaya Czernowin.

Bethany is a composer of both acoustic and electroacoustic works with extensive collaborative experience with video artists, poets, and sculptors. Many of her acoustic works seek to mimic both speech and sound poetry with instruments while also dissecting words to reveal individual phonemes,illuminating a world embedded with complex semiotical relations between the spoken word and what is interpreted to be “music.” She collects speech recordings [titled: Recitation Archives] that have characteristics of sound poetry, often elaborated to create complex textures by the use of electronics.

She has been selected to attend many workshops, residencies, and festivals including High Concept Laboratories, Avaloch Music Institute, Listhus, Labo Montreal, Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, CNMF, Gaudeamus, The 16th International Young Composers Meeting, SoundSCAPE, and more. She has worked with professional ensembles including ASKO Shoenberg Ensemble, KLANG, Ereprijs Ensemble, Mocrep, The Icelandic Flute Ensemble, and others throughout The Netherlands, Iceland, and the USA.


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