Clint Needham '04 Appointed as Conservatory Composer-in-Residence

February 3, 2012

Just eight years after graduating from Baldwin Wallace, Clint Needham returns as the Conservatory of Music's Composer-in-Residence. With a national reputation and commitment to quality teaching, he will continue a tradition of excellence he experienced not long ago.

Beginning August 2012, Needham will teach, mentor students and oversee the composition curriculum. In addition, he will create new works for BW faculty and student performers.

"We are thrilled to welcome Clint Needham to our faculty as Composer-in-Residence," said Julian Ross, interim director of BW's Conservatory of Music. "Dr. Needham’s music is utterly brilliant, consistently exhibiting a master’s combination of creative passion, logical clarity and flawless proportion.

"A skillful and committed teacher, he will sustain the wonderful pedagogic tradition from which he once benefited as a student at Baldwin Wallace.  It is with great pride that we are able to appoint one of our own graduates to such a prestigious post," continued Ross.

Needham's Appointment Follows String of Success

In 2011, Needham was received the International Barlow Prize, a prestigious award presented by The Barlow Endowment for Music Composition. He was selected from a pool of 170 entries worldwide and received a $12,000 commission to compose a new major work which is slated to premiere in 2013.

He also earned nationwide recognition for his new work "Chamber Symphony," which was released on February 14, 2012 by the American Composers Orchestra on its first Emerging Composers Digital Release on iTunes, Amazon, and Instant Encore.

On March 14, 2012, Jack Sutte, lecturer in trumpet at BW and Cleveland Orchestra member, premiered Needham's trumpet concerto “Fractured Elements” with the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory Wind Ensemble. His appointment as BW composer-in-residence was announced at the event.

Needham has also been commissioned by the Boston Symphony’s Hawthorne String Quartet and the Terezin Music Foundation to write a new work for solo string quartet and orchestra.  The premiere will take place with the Hawthorne Quartet and the Omaha Symphony in the fall of 2012.

His work, “Everyday Life” will be premiered next season with the Albany Symphony on January 12, 2013.  The concert also features guest soloist Yo-Yo Ma.

Return to His Alma Mater Brings Needham Full Circle

After graduating from BW in 2004, Needham earned his master's and doctoral degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Needham then served on the faculty of Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, where he taught music composition and theory, among others. 

Previously stating that his four years at BW were the most crucial in his development as a composer, Needham will now join the faculty of BW's world-renowned Conservatory of Music, educating students in the same facility where he cultivated his renowned compositional voice.

BW's Conservatory of Music was established in 1898 and offers over 320 undergraduate music majors a professional music program enhanced by a liberal arts curriculum.