Lansing D McLoskey

Professor

Phone:
(305) 284-4522
Locator Code:
7610

 
About

About Me

Quote

Music is the only art form with equal power to move the mind, heart, soul, and pelvis. I have an insatiable and omnivorous appetite for music, and am as moved by Berio’s Sinfonia and DuFay’s Nuper rosarum flores as I am by a J.S. Bach cantata. In my lessons, I may reference Steve Reich, Machaut, William Schuman, Claude Vivier, Miles Davis, Radiohead, Jimi Hendrix, and The Ramones…in the same lesson.


Debussy perfectly encapsulated my feelings when he said “Music in its essence is not a thing that can be poured into a rigorous and traditional mold. It is made of colors and rhythmical beats. All the rest is fraud, invented by cold-blooded imbeciles riding on the masters' backs.”

Biography

Lansing McLoskey is Professor of Music Composition at the Frost School of Music. An internationally acclaimed composer, he approached his work early on in a somewhat unorthodox way, opting to follow his own version of “The Three B’s.” While the classical world would dictate Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms, Professor McLoskey set his sights on the Beatles, Bauhaus, and Black Flag. He started his career as a punk rock provocateur, writing songs and playing guitar for various insurgent outfits in San Francisco during the early ‘80s. Ironically, it was that visceral sound, with its edge and exuberance, that led to his love of classical music.

That early experience served him well as his career progressed. His compositions have been performed in 21 countries on six continents and garnered him more than three dozen national and international awards, among them the prestigious Goddard Lieberson Fellowship accorded “a composer of exceptional gifts” by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Kudos from the critics have come as well. He has been described as “a major talent and a deep thinker with a great ear” by the American Composers Orchestra, “an engaging, gifted composer writing smart, compelling and fascinating music” by Gramophone Magazine, and “a distinctive voice in present-day American music.”

There have been numerous other accolades as well. In 2009, he became the only composer in the history of the ISU Contemporary Music Festival to win both the orchestral and chamber music competitions, judged by independent juries. In addition, he’s the recipient of the 2018 Copland House Award, the 2018 Boston Choral Ensemble Competition, The 2016 American Prize for Choral Composition, the 2016 Robert Avalon International Competition for Composers, the 2014 Red Note Festival Composition Competition, and Grand Prize in the Chatham Baroque Composition Competition. Other citations include awards won from the Omaha Symphony International New Music Competition, the Kenneth Davenport National Competition for Orchestral Works, the Charles Ives Center Orchestral Composition Competition, the Paris New Music Review International Composition Competition, and an Astral Career Grant from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.

Considering his ample accolades, it’s little wonder that Professor McLoskey has received a number of commissions for his work. He has composed original pieces for numerous prestigious organizations and institutions, among them the Barlow Endowment, the Fromm Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Pew Charitable Trusts, the Anne Stookey Fund, Meet The Composer, Ensemble Berlin PianoPercussion, ensemberlino vocale, Passepartout Duo, the New Spectrum Foundation, a concert-length oratorio for The Crossing Choir, and a full-length opera for Guerilla Opera (Boston).

Along with his extensive performing schedule, Professor McLoskey has lectured and given Masterclasses at over 30 schools and festivals, including Aspen, the Tanglewood Institute, Universität der Künste Berlin, the National Conservatory of Music of Mexico, and two dozen universities across the United States. He’s also served as Composer-in-Residence at half-a-dozen music festivals. As a recording artist, his work is available worldwide on fifteen releases on Albany Records, Innova, Wergo Schallplatten, Capstone, Tantara, and Beauport Classics, and published by Theodore Presser Company, American Composers’ Press, Mostly Marimba, Subito Music, and Odhecaton Z Music.

For more information: http://www.lansingmcloskey.com

 

Career

Honors & Acknowledgements

Professional Experience


Career Highlights

  • Winner of more than 40 national and international awards and honors.
  • 2019 Bogliasco Foundation Fellow (Italy).
  • CD of his oratorio Zealot Canticles nominated for a 2019 GRAMMY© Award, for Best Choral Performance.
  • Compositions have been performed in 21 countries on six continents; 19 international performances in the last two seasons alone.
  • His Suite hypnagogique was premiered at Carnegie Hall, June 2018, by pianist Scott Holden.
  • In 2016 Spectrum held a two-day “McLoskey Festival” in NYC.

Honors, Awards & Competitions

  • Recipient of the 2018 Copland House Award (and selected for their annual commission)
  • Winner, The 2016 American Prize for Choral Composition, for Qumran Psalms
  • Winner, the Robert Avalon International Competition for Composers, for Discipline
  • Winner, the 2018 Boston Choral Ensemble Composition Competition
  • First Prize, the 2014 Red Note Festival Composition Competition, for Specific Gravity: 2.72
  • Winner of the Grand Prize in the Chatham Baroque Composition Competition, for Haute Dance
  • MacDowell Colony fellow, 2015 & 2011.
  • Aaron Copland Recording Grant, 2013.
  • Other awards include the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Composition Competition, the Omaha Symphony Orchestra International New Music Competition, The Paris New Music Review International Competition “60 Seconds”, the Charles Ives Center Orchestral Competition, and the Kenneth Davenport National Competition for Orchestral Works.

Recordings

  • Zealot Canticles: An Oratorio for Tolerance. Recorded by The Crossing. Innova Records (2018)
  • Specific Gravity: Chamber Music of Lansing McLoskey. Albany Records (2013)
  • Sixth Species. CD of McLoskey's chamber works, Albany (2008).
  • The Unheard Music: American Music for Wind Ensemble and Brass. Includes What We Do Is Secret (concerto for brass quintet & wind ensemble) and The Madding Crowd (for brass quintet). Albany (2013).
  • Prex Penitentialis: The Prayer of Petrarch for soprano & orchestra. Albany (2011).
  • Works on ten other commercially released CDs, on Albany, Wergo Schallplatten, Capstone, Tantara, and Beauport Classics.

Commissions

  • Highlights include commissions from The Barlow Endowment, National Endowment for the Arts, the Fromm Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, Meet The Composer, the New Spectrum Foundation for Miranda Cuckson, the Alba Music Festival (Italy), the International Joint Wind Quintet Project, Passepartout Duo (Berlin), King’s Chapel, The Crossing, Copland House, Splinter Reeds, oboist ToniMarie Marchioni, the soundSCAPE Festival in Italy, Ensemble Berlin PianoPercussion, ensemberlino vocale (Berlin), Boston Choral Ensemble, and Guerilla Opera (Boston) for a full length opera for 2019/20.
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Publications

  • 37 works published by Theodore Presser Co., American Composers’ Press, Mostly Marimba, Subito Music, and Odhecaton Z Music.

Guest Composer/Composer-in-Residence

  • McLoskey has given masterclasses and/or presentations at over 30 universities, conservatories, and music festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, the Tanglewood Institute (x2), the National Conservatory of Music of Mexico, Universität der Künste Berlin, and numerous schools around the United States.
  • Composer-in-Residence at the 2017 Alba Music Festival (Italy), the 2016 Webster University Young Composers Workshop, the 2015 Charlotte New Music Festival, the 2014 Carolina Chamber Music Festival, the 2012 Missouri Chamber Music Festival, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the 2017 Missouri State University Festival for Composers, and the 2011 soundSCAPE Festival (Italy).