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Dr. Dominique Schafer

Assistant Professor
Director of Electroacoustic Music
College of Performing Arts; Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music
Expertise: Electroacoustic Music; Composition
Office Location: Oliphant Hall 305
Phone: (714) 744-7669
Education:
University of California, Los Angeles, Bachelor of Arts
University of California, Los Angeles, Master of Arts
Harvard University, Ph.D.

Biography

A native of Fribourg, Switzerland, Dominique Schafer is a composer whose breadth of musical expression encompasses both the acoustic instrumentations and the electroacoustic media. Schafer’s music has been performed in the US, Asia, Latin America and Europe by ensembles and performers such as the Ensemble Contrechamps, Dinosaur Annex Ensemble, Ensemble Fa, Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), Talea Ensemble, Frances Marie Uitti, Alarm will Sound, the Callithumpian Consort, Cottbus State Theater Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lorraine, E-Mex Ensemble (Germany), Modern Art Sextet (Berlin), Taipei Chinese Orchestra (TCO), Garth Knox, Vicki Ray, and the California EAR Unit, and at festivals such as Slowind Festival Slovenia, ReMusic Festival Moscow, Musica Nova Finland, June in Buffalo, Acanthes Festival, Piano Spheres Concert Series, and Festival Archipel Geneva.

Recent projects include commissions by Ensemble Proton Bern performed at multiple occasions in Europe as well as on the ensemble’s 2018 West Coast tour and a new work with live electronics for clarinetist Richard Haynes. Ensemble Proton also presented Schafer’s portrait concert in Bern, Switzerland, and subsequently recorded in studio Schafer’s portrait CD to be released in Fall 2018 on the prestigious Austrian label KAIROS. Previously, Schafer’s saxophone and percussion duo piece Triplex Unity was released by the Yesaroun’ Duo on CD on GM Recordings.

His compositions have received international recognition, and he is the recipient of numerous awards, which include a Fromm Music Foundation Commission Award, second place at the Kempten Orchesterverein composition competition in Germany, the Adelbert Sprague Composition Award, George Arthur Knight Composition Prize, and grants from the American Music Center. He was also a finalist of the Queen Marie José International Composition Competition, of the 33rd and 36th International Competition in Electroacoustic Music (Trivium) Bourges, France, and of the Fifth Seoul International Competition for Composers. His collaboration with Marco Fusi to write a new work for viola d’amore was awarded a grant from New Music USA. In 2011-12 Schafer was awarded a 12-month fellowship from Switzerland to reside at the Atelier Jean Tinguely of the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France.

Schafer’s primary mentors in composition include Mario Davidovsky, Magnus Lindberg, Julian Anderson, Helmut Lachenmann, Brian Ferneyhough, Paul Reale, and Chaya Czernowin. Schafer holds a PhD degree in Composition from Harvard University, and BA and MA in Composition from University of California, Los Angeles. Other studies include electronic music (with Hans Tutschku), computer-assisted composition (with Joshua Fineberg), jazz performance (with Max Jendly), and film scoring and conducting (with Jerry Goldsmith). An avid advocate for teaching and communicating knowledge to young students, he was awarded the Certificate of Distinction in Teaching at Harvard University two years in a row. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Composition and Theory at the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music of Chapman University, California.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

"Infr-a-ktion", for lupophone, contraforte, and six instruments performed by Ensemble Proton Bern, conducted by Matthias Kuhn, on March 18, 2018, at Central Washington University, Washington.
"Infr-a-ktion", for lupophone, contraforte, and six instruments performed by Ensemble Proton Bern, conducted by Matthias Kuhn, on March 20, 2018, at Western Washington University, Washington.
"Infr-a-ktion", for lupophone, contraforte, and six instruments performed by Ensemble Proton Bern, conducted by Matthias Kuhn, on March 21, 2018, at Seattle Pacific University, Washington.
"Infr-a-ktion", for lupophone, contraforte, and six instruments performed by Ensemble Proton Bern, conducted by Matthias Kuhn, on March 24, 2018, at Halter Ranch, Paso Robles, California.
"Vers une présence réelle... ", for nine instruments, performed by L'Ensemble Contrechamps Genève, conductor Michael Wendeberg, at Festival Archipel 2017, March 25, Geneva.
"Vers une présence réelle..., for nine instruments, performed by L'Ensemble Contrechamps Genève, Michael Wendeberg, conductor, at the Gare du Nord, March 27, 2017, Basel.
"Radiant Flux", for quartet (revised version), premiered by Inverspace Ensemble, at the New Horizon Concert series, April 13, 2017 at the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music at Chapman University, Orange, CA.
"Clair-obscur", new work for solo viola d'amore, premiered by Marco Fusi, April 19, 2017, at the Spectrum New York City.
"Cendre", for solo bass flute and eight-channel electronics, Sara Andon performed at the HEAR NOW Music Festival, in collaboration with People inside Electronics (PIE), performed April 28, 2017, Throop Hall, Pasadena, CA.
"Aufwind" for solo piano, performed by Vicki Ray at the Roy and Edna Disney/Calarts Theater (REDCAT), Los Angeles, February 23 2016, commissioned by Piano Spheres (world premiere).
Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA), residence as associate artist. Public presentation of composition.
Piano Spheres Workshop, moderated by KPFK host John Schneider at the Boston Court. Workshop, and discussion of commissioned work Aufwind with Vicki Ray, February 2016.
"Cendre" for bass flute and eight channel electronics, performed by Gianni Trovalusci, New Horizon Concert Series, Salmon Hall Chapman University, March 3, 2016, 8:00pm (California premiere).
"Aufwind" for solo piano, performed by Vicki Ray, New Horizon Concert Series, Salmon Hall Chapman University, April 25, 2016.
"Radiant Flux" for quartet, performed by Ensemble Inverspace, UiTM Annex concert hall, Kuala Lumpur, April 29, 2016 (World premiere).
"Cendre", for bass flute and interactive eight-channel electronics received its Italian premiere, performed by Gianni Trovalusci, at the EMUFest (International Electroacoustic Festival) at the Conservatorio Santa Cecila, Rome, October 3, 2015.
"Many Returns", a trio for violin, cello, and piano, premiered by Ensemble Proton Bern's Birthday Concert Event "Viel Glück!" at the Dampfzentrale, Bern, December 7, 2015.
Resident Composer, artist residency at the Casa Pantrová, Carona. Awarded by the Swiss Musicians' Association to complete creative work (Association Suisse des Musiciens-ASM/STV).
"Triplex Unity" – (2004), duo for soprano saxophone and percussion, two performances, July 16 and 17, 2013, London premiere by the Riot Ensemble.
World premiere of "Gravity as the Source of Lightness", for full orchestra (2009/2013), commissioned by the Staatstheater Cottbus: Philharmonie, November 15 and 17, 2013. Evan Christ, conductor.
West Coast premiere of "Fluchtpunkte", for sextet, (2002) with ensemble Brightwork, October 3, 2013, at Chapman University, Orange, California.
July 7-14, 2012, Resident Composer, Etchings Festival 2012, Auvillar, France. Presented current works, coached performances, and taught composition lessons to 16 emerging composers.
June 26-July 4, 2011, Resident Composer, Etchings Festival 2011, Auvillar, France. Presented current works, coached performances, and taught composition lessons to 15 emerging composers.
Anima, for Quintet – (2012) 11’ • Written for Ecce and the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society Concert Series, premiered by Ecce March 2, 2012, conducted by Oliver Hagen at the Tenri Cultural Institute, New York. • July 2, 2012, performance, Cité internationale des Arts, Auditorium Edmont Michelet, Paris.
Duo Preludio – (2011) Duo for viola and flute • July 1, 2011, premiered at the Etchings Festival 2011, Auvillar.
Tilted Arcs – (2010) 9’ For chamber orchestra • Written for the Wellesley Composers Conference. • July 21, 2010, premiered by the Wellsley Composers Conference Ensemble, James Baker, conductor, Wellesley, MA.