Bret Bohman

Composer, 2014

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Bret Bohman is an Ann Arbor-based composer of instrumental and electronic music who strives to combine concert music with the visceral energy of his musical experiences in rock, jazz and electronic dance genres.  A native of Rochester, New York, he has composed music for orchestra, string quartet, choir, various mixed chamber ensembles and electro-acoustic works as well as collaborative, interdisciplinary projects including dance.  His music is characterized by a strong rhythmic vitality juxtaposed with ethereal, static textures that support long melodic lines with a lyrical bent.  Mr. Bohman’s current musical interests include expressing the emergence of musical patterns and systems from acoustic noise and distortion, exploring the nature of memory, and further integrating his electronic music roots.  He has also recently been interested in the use of music and creative arts as a positive and vital activity for the healing process and has sought to integrate these ideas into his new works.

Mr. Bohman’s compositions have been heard throughout the United States at various venues and festivals including the Aspen Music Festival and School, Fresh Inc Festival, SCI National Conference, SEAMUS National Conference, Electronic Music Midwest, Atlantic Music Festival,
Oregon Bach Composers Festival, Society for New Music, Vision of Sound, 3rd Annual TUTTI Festival, the Heidelberg Music Festival and more.  He has been commissioned and received performances from various ensembles including the Aspen CompLink Commissioning Project, Atlantic Music Festival, University of Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra, members of the Syracuse Symphony, violinist Emily Barkakati, bassoonist Scott Bartlett,  and the Akropolis Reed Quintet.

Recent awards and honors include the New York Federations of Music Club’s Brian Israel Award, the Fifth International Robert Avalon Prize and an award from the Michigan Music Teachers Association.  Mr. Bohman received his Bachelor’s degree from Heidelberg University.  He recently completed his Doctoral studies at the University of Michigan where he presented his dissertation, “Memento,” a large orchestral work exploring memory, Alzheimer’s disease and the use of music in the healing process.  His primary teachers have included Michael Daugherty, Evan Chambers, Bright Sheng, Paul Schoenfeld Brian Bevelander and Mark Olivieri.

To listen to Bret’s music, check out his SoundCloud page.