Composer Profile – Sky Macklay

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sky-macklayName: Sky Macklay
State: NY
Primary Genre(s): Contemporary Classical, Contemporary Choral
Audio Sample: Mischievous Ancestors

Biography: The music of New York-based composer, oboist, and music educator Sky Macklay explores bold contrasts, theatrical elements, and the visceral physicality of sound production and perception. Her works have been performed by ensembles such as ICE, Firebird Ensemble, Hexnut, The University of Memphis Contemporary Chamber Players, the Luther College Concert Band, Luna Nova, and PRIZM ensemble. Her piece Dissolving Bands, an abstract orchestral reflection on American colonial turmoil, was recently commissioned and premiered by the Lexington (MA) Symphony and The Walden School to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the town of Lexington. She has also received commissions from The Walden School Faculty Commissioning Project and from Saint John Lutheran Church. Her multi-movement work for jazz ensemble, Mestiza, was showcased at the 2010 Midwest Black History Conference. Lake Dublin, her piece for clarinet, piano, and water bowls, was a winner in the 2011 Iowa Composers Forum Spring Festival?s composition contest. The International Alliance for Women in Music also recently honored her piece Before There Was Backspace There Was No Going Back, a musical and poetic tribute to Kurt Vonnegut for amplified electric typewriter and ensemble. Sky graduated Magna Cum Laude from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa where she studied composition with Brooke Joyce and recently earned her master?s degree in composition from The University of Memphis where she studied with Kamran Ince. An enthusiastic proponent of creative music education, Sky teaches at the Preparatory Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College and at The Walden School Young Musicians Program in Dublin, New Hampshire, the country?s largest summer school and festival solely for pre-college composers.