Composer in Residence
Assistant Professor of Music
D.M., M.M., Composition from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
B.M., Composition from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music
The music of Clint Needham has been described as “wildly entertaining”(New York Times), “well-crafted and arresting… riveting” (Herald Times), and “stunning... brilliantly orchestrated” (New York Times). Recently named winner of the International Barlow Prize, Clint’s music has been recognized with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s Project 440 Commission, the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, the William Schuman Prize/BMI Composer Award, Jacob Druckman Prize from the Aspen Music Festival, Heckscher Prize from Ithaca College, Lee Ettelson Composer Award and the coveted Underwood New Music Commission from the American Composers Orchestra.
Performances of Clint’s work have been presented at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium and Zankel Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Aspen Music Festival as well as broadcast over WCLV, WQXR’s Live from Carnegie Hall and American Public Media’s Performance Today. His orchestral music has been commissioned and performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, Aspen Concert Orchestra, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Sioux City Symphony, New York Youth Symphony, Texarkana Symphony, and Symphony in C, among others. Various chamber groups including Alarm Will Sound, the American Brass Quintet, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, New York Classical Players, Dinosaur Annex, President’s Own Marine Band Brass Quintet, Camerata Aberta, Quintet Attacca, Stanford Wind Quintet, and the Wingra Woodwind Quintet have given performances of his chamber music across the country, as well as in Europe, Japan, Brazil, and Australia.
Upcoming commissions include works for the Boston Symphony’s Hawthorne String Quartet with the Omaha Symphony and a consortium commission for the Imani Winds, Fifth House Ensemble, & Orpheus Winds from the Barlow Endowment. Upcoming performances will be also be given by the Albany Symphony and the Spokane Symphony.
Clint’s music is published by the Theodore Presser Company with additional works published by Manhattan Beach Music and Triplo Press. Recordings of his works can be found on the Summit Records and Mark Masters labels, by the United States Air Force Band of the West, and from the American Composers Orchestra Digital Release Series, vol. 1.