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Andrew Watts

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Andrew Watts

D.M.A., Composition, Stanford University
M.St., Music (Composition) with Distinction, University of Oxford
B.M., Composition with Honors, New England Conservatory
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Adhocracies, for chamber orchestra with dual soprano soloists


Andrew A. Watts is a composer of chamber, symphonic, multimedia, and electro-acoustic works regularly performed throughout North America and Europe. His compositions have been premiered at world-renowned venues such as Ravinia, the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Boston's famed Jordan Hall and the Museum of Fine Arts; NYC’s The Kitchen; the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt; and the Holywell Music Room, the oldest custom-built concert hall in Europe. He has written works for several top musicians and ensembles including Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble, Proton Bern, Distractfold Ensemble, RAGE Thormbones, Splinter Reeds, Quince Vocal Ensemble, Line Upon Line Percussion, soprano Tony Arnold, and cellist Séverine Ballon. Watts completed his doctorate at Stanford, his master's with distinction from Oxford, and his bachelor's with academic honors from the New England Conservatory. He is currently a Lecturer in Music Composition at the University of California Santa Barbara’s College of Creative Studies. He also teaches a summer workshop on Algorithmic Composition with Max/MSP at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). Furthermore, Watts has given guest lectures on his compositional practice at Harvard, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, CalArts, Ithaca College, and other leading music programs.

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