Mikel Kuehn


Composer Mikel Kuehn (b.1967) attended the University of North Texas (BM 1989) where he studied percussion with Robert Shietroma, composition with Cindy McTee and Phil Winsor, and electro-acoustic music at the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia (CEMI) with Larry Austin and Phil Winsor.  He received his graduate degrees (MA 1993, Ph.D. 1995) from the Eastman School of Music where he studied composition with Samuel Adler, Robert Morris, and Joseph Schwantner, and taught computer music as Co-administrator of the Eastman Computer Music Center. He is currently a member of the composition faculty at Bowling Green State University, where he directs the New Music Ensemble and is coordinator of the Division of Composition.

Kuehn’s Between the Lynes has been described as having “sensuous phrases … produc[ing] an effect of high abstraction turning into decadence” by author and New York Times critic Paul Griffiths. His music has received awards from ASCAP, BMI , the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (First Hearing Contest), Eastman (Howard Hanson and McCurdy Prizes),  the League of Composers / ISCM, and the University of Illinois (Honorable Mention from the 1997 Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award), and has twice been selected to represent the United States abroad (by ISCM and SEAMUS), in both the acoustic and electro-acoustic mediums. He was a MacDowell Colony Fellow in 1995 and has received grants from ASCAP, the MacArthur Foundation, Meet the Composer,  and the David and Rosamond Putnam Fund.

His works have been commissioned by several organizations including New York based contemporary music group Ensemble 21 and flute and marimba duo Kesatuan, and  have been performed by such artists and organizations as the Chamber Players of the League/ISCM, pianist David Burge, Harvey Sollberger and the New York New Music Ensemble,  the University of Iowa's Center for New Music, and members of the New Millennium Ensemble.  He has been a featured composer of the Birmingham Art Music Alliance (BAMA),  Bonk Festival, CCRMA's Beckonings series, Vienna's Festival Elektrokomplex, Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival (FEMF), the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC),  June in Buffalo,  New Music & Art from Bowling Green, national and regional conferences of the Society of Composers, Inc., and the Western Illinois New Music Festival.  He has lectured on contemporary music theory and Milton Babbitt's Phonemena at national conferences of the Society for Music Theory (1996, Baton Rouge) and the Society of Composers, Inc. (1998, Indiana University). Kuehn resides in Bowling Green, OH, with his wife Deborah Norin-Kuehn (soprano) and their son Stefan.

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