After much deliberation, BCE’s Commission Competition Jury has selected our 2014 Commission Competition winner from over 80 applicants. The jury individually reviewed all applications and whittled the list down to a handful of finalists. After much consideration, they unanimously selected a composer who has his own, well-defined voice and who is well-established and recognized in the music community. He is also a local Bostonian! The Boston Choral Ensemble’s Commission Competition winner for 2014/15 season is Samuel Beebe!
Samuel Beebe (b. 1986) is an American composer of concert, opera, theatre, film, pop, and game music. He holds a MM in composition from Boston University, where he studied with Ketty Nez, Rodney Lister, and Samuel Headrick. During his time at BU he taught harmony, and participated in masters classes in composition with Gunther Schuller and Salvatore Sciarrino. He also holds a BS in music technology from Northeastern University, where he studied Electroacoustic composition with Mike Frengel, Ronald Bruce Smith, and Howard Frazin. At NEU, he was strongly influenced by a song-crafting seminar with songwriter/singer/activist Peggy Seeger. Interest in the dramatic possibilities of music and a need to collaborate with other creatives has led Mr. Beebe to pursue commissions in film, theatre, opera, and other less traditional areas. Theatre collaborations include Bully Dance, produced by Argos Productions at The Boston Playwright’s Theatre, and Angela Carter’s Hairy Tales, produced by Imaginary Beasts at the Boston Center for the Arts, the score of the latter nominated for a 2014 IRNE Award for best music/sound design. He has also composed a score for The documentary Tornado Tube, premiered at the 2014 Salem Film Festival at the Peabody Essex Museum.