The works of composer Dana Kaufman (b. Chicago, 1989) have been heard throughout North America, as well as in Estonia, the Czech Republic and Italy. Her music has been featured at venues and festivals such as the soundSCAPE Festival; Estonian Music Days; Charlotte New Music Festival; Centro Musica Contemporanea di Milano; Ravinia Festival’s One Score, One Chicago Series; Opera on Tap Chicago; College Music Society; Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre Fall Festival; Chosen Vale International Trumpet Seminar; Chicago’s United Center (for co-arrangement of The Star-Spangled Banner at Chicago Bulls game); Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Hall; Peoria Civic Center; Connecticut Summerfest; Jordan Hall; Atlas Performing Arts Center; Baltimore War Memorial; Society of Composers, Inc.; North American Jewish Choral Festival; Women Composers Festival of Hartford; FEASt Festival; College Music Society; Frontwave New Music Festival and FETA Foundation Concert Series; it has also been performed and recorded by ensembles such as Great Noise Ensemble, Atlantic Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble, a very small consortium, Firebird Ensemble, Verified Brass Quintet, Wet Ink Ensemble, Resound Duo, Na Wai Chamber Choir, So Percussion and performers with the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra.
From 2012-2013, Ms. Kaufman was a Fulbright Student Research Fellow in Tallinn, Estonia, where she conducted ethnomusicology research and studied composition at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre; she collected field recordings for incorporation into compositions and also delivered lectures at institutions including the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Tallinn University of Technology, the Fulbright Enrichment Seminar in Prague and at College Music Society Pacific Southwest Conference.
Ms. Kaufman is the recipient of numerous other awards: 2016 American Prize Honorable Mention/Finalist in the Chamber Music Student Division and 2015 Semi-Finalist in the Opera/Theater/Film Division for her one-act opera/undergraduate thesis, Diary of a Madman; University of Miami (UM) Dean’s Fellowship; New England Conservatory (NEC) Merit Awards and Scholarships; Amherst College Edward Poole Lay Fellowship; Winner of the Ensemble Ibis Composition Competition; Finalist in the New American Voices Composition Competition; Honorable Mention in the Boston Choral Ensemble’s Commission Competition; First Runner-Up in the Black House New Operas Project Composers’ Competition; Third Place in the Amherst College College Song Composition Competition; Eric Edward Sundquist Prize in Composition; Mikhail Schweitzer Memorial Book Award; First Place in the Music Institute of Chicago’s Generation Next Composition Competition; and is a winner of the Women Composers Festival New England Score Call and flutist Orlando Cela’s “Project Extended” Score Call. She was also Composer-in-Residence at Lutheran Church of the Ascension (IL), and Hashkiveinu (co-composed with Richard Cohn) is published by Transcontinental Music Publications and performed at synagogues throughout North America.
This season will include performances in Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Texas, New York and Hawaii, among other locations. Current projects and commissions include a song cycle for OperaRox Productions, to premiere at New York Opera Fest; Texas Man, a song cycle for tenor Tony Boutté and saxophone quartet at Sam Houston State University, where Ms. Kaufman was Guest Artist; and performance and recording of Florida Man, with Mr. Boutté, at University of Michigan. This season, Ms. Kaufman is Composer-in-Residence of the Na Wai Chamber Choir, and will have a residency in Hawaii in July. She is also Assistant Director and University of Miami Frost School of Music Liaison of New American Voices, and Assistant Program Director of the Charlotte New Music Festival.
Ms. Kaufman graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College in 2012, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Music and Russian, and completed her Master of Music in Composition at New England Conservatory (Academic Honors; Pi Kappa Lambda nominee). She is a Doctor of Musical Arts Candidate in Composition at University of Miami Frost School of Music, where she is a Doctoral Teaching Assistant and the first Frost School of Music student to be a Dean’s Fellow.