Kathryn Salfelder (b. 1987) has received commissions from the Albany Symphony, Boston Musica Viva, United States Air Force Band – Washington D.C., American Bandmasters Association, New York Virtuoso Singers, and Japan Wind Ensemble Conductors Conference (JWECC). She is currently a Lecturer at MIT and a Teaching Fellow at New England Conservatory. Awards include an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize, Ithaca College Walter Beeler Memorial Composition Prize, and the USAF Colonel Arnald D. Gabriel Award. Her music has been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, New England Philharmonic, Yale Philharmonia, and the Dallas Wind Symphony, and featured in over two hundred concerts at the nation’s leading universities and conservatories.
DMA (ABD), New England Conservatory. MM, Yale School of Music. BM, New England Conservatory. Studies with Michael Gandolfi, Aaron Jay Kernis, and David Lang.
My compositions engage late-Medieval and Renaissance polyphony in conversation with contemporary techniques. I borrow liberally and literally from chansons, motets, and masses, as well as more generally from Renaissance-era forms and structures. For example, my saxophone quartet, Stolen from Above (2015), is constructed around a Salve Regina chant, using the plainchant as cantus firmus. Shadows Ablaze (2015), for wind ensemble, deconstructs Ockeghem’s (?1420-1497) three-voice chanson “D’un autre amer” beyond aural recognition, inverting the superius, reharmonizing the tenor, and superimposing a new rhythm on the contratenor. I delight in orchestration, counterpoint, style composition, and discovering new timbres for wind band.