Composer with Homer roots taking part in international event

Conrad Winslow, who grew up in Homer, was selected as one of only eight resident composers at the annual Mizzou International Composers Festival being held this week in Missouri. The festival started Monday and runs through Saturday.

Winslow now lives in Brooklyn, N. Y. He will return to Homer in August as one of the directors for the Wild Shore Festival for New Music. (See related story, this page.)

The resident composers for the Mizzou fest are chosen through a portfolio application process that this year attracted 231 entries from around the world, a new record for the MICF, according to a press release.    

The festival’s guest composers are Hans Abrahamsen, a Danish composer whose spare yet lyrical works reflect his involvement in the “New Simplicity” movement of the 1960s, and Andrew Norman, a Los Angeles-based composer and teacher at the USC Thornton School of Music.     

During the festival, the eight resident composers receive composition lessons from Abrahamsen and Norman; take part in rehearsals with Alarm Will Sound; give public presentations on their music; and receive a premiere performance and professional live recording of a new work created specifically for the MICF and Alarm Will Sound.     

In Homer, Winslow was known as a pianist. Winslow earned a master’s degree in composition from The Juilliard School in 2011, and since then has been creating music for orchestras, small ensembles, choirs and electronics.

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