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The Portfolio Composer

Jun 18, 2015

Gregory W. Brown lives and works in Western Massachusetts. He holds degrees from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music (University of Georgia), Westminster Choir College, and Amherst College, where he studied with the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Lewis Spratlan. His recent commissions for vocal ensemble New York Polyphony have been heard on American Public Media’s Performance Today, BBC Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, Kansas Public Radio, and Danish National Radio; his Missa Charles Darwin received its European debut in March 2013 at the Dinosaur Hall of Berlin’s Museum für Naturkunde. Brown was named the 2015 winner of the Boston Choral Ensemble‘s Commission Competition.

In this episode Gregory discusses what it looks like doing music full-time and more.

We also cover the following topics:

  • Coming to music late and through the back door
  • The relationship of composing and conducting
  • The lack of gatekeepers and low barrier for entry for composers
  • Self-publishing with authority
  • Dealing with rejection and carrying on
  • Recording and producing a CD of works
  • Turning things that are difficult to pirate into commodities.


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