Director of Composition
Raised in Warm Springs, Georgia (population < 475), Alan Shockley holds degrees in composition and theory from the University of Georgia (B. Mus.), and advanced degrees in composition from The Ohio State University (M.M.) and Princeton University (M.F.A., Ph.D.). Currently his compositional preoccupations include the ineradicable memory of early music, frustrated grooves, and experiments with form. Shockley has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Centro Studi Ligure, and the Virginia Center for the Arts, and has received grants from the American Music Center, and the Mellon and Heinz Foundations. His works have been performed at the International Society of Bassists Convention, the Heartland (Wisconsin), Spark (Minneapolis), U3 (Pittsburgh), and Frontiera (Pisa) festivals, and at the American Academy in Rome, the University of Cape Town, the LACMA, Merkin Hall, and other venues around the globe. His electronic works have been installed in Jack Straw Studio’s New Media Gallery (Seattle), Minneapolis’ Weisman Art Museum (for a Bob Dylan exhibition), and in VertexList Gallery (Brooklyn).
In 2005 the California EAR Unit premiered his candlepin bowling deadwood, and the Kiev Philharmonic recorded his the night copies me in all its stars for an ERM Media CD. His works can also be found on Wergo, Princeton Alumni Council, Jack Straw Studios, and Bohn Media recordings. Recent commissions include Nothing hidden that will not be revealed for pianist Vicki Ray, pipers’ noise for snare drum(s) and tape for the 10th anniversary of the UGA Performing Arts Center, and a work for four electric guitars for a University of Virginia ensemble.