Michael Shingo Crawford

Composer, 2018

Michael Shingo Crawford is interested in exploring narrative through his concert music, creating representational works that correspond to concepts and concrete events and objects. This often involves working with musical processes that generate material and symbolic structures. His work is inspired and informed by literature, visual art, dance, and his Japanese heritage.

Under Construction, performed by PRISM Quartet, explores the concept of a work in progress, using additive processes that generate harmonic, rhythmic, and melodic material. In a similar vein, teru teru bouzu, written for FreshInc. Music Festival, is a colorful reimagining of a Japanese children’s song that incorporates quotations and effects that contribute to its symbology.

Michael is pursuing a Master’s in Music Composition at Temple University. In his first year, he presented nine premieres of his work, performed by groups including the New Music Ensemble, Sound Energy Trio and Temple Composers Orchestra, of which he was concertmaster. He was also selected as a finalist in the Costello Competition for Harp Composition and received a commission from OWLchestra. During this time, he studied with Emiliano Pardo-Tristan and Jan Krzywicki.

During his undergraduate studies at Emory University, he studied composition with Richard Prior and John Anthony Lennon and violin with Shawn Pagliarini. He presented an honors composition recital in his senior year, where his music was performed by the Vega String Quartet, Elena Cholakova, and Emory’s student and alumni musicians. He was a recipient of the Louis B. Sudler Prize in the Arts, a prestigious award presented to the graduating senior who demonstrated the highest proficiency in one or more of the performing or creative arts at Emory.

As a violinist, he served as concertmaster of the Emory University Symphony Orchestra and was the winner of the 2015-2016 Concerto and Aria Competition with his performance of the Barber Violin Concerto. Over the summers, he attended Franklin Pond Chamber Music College Festival, National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute, and Eastern Music Festival, where he was assistant concertmaster.

Michael Shingo Crawford – teru teru bouzu
for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, soprano, piano