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Dr. Vera Ivanova

Associate Professor
College of Performing Arts; Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music
Expertise: Composer; Music Theory
Office Location: Oliphant Hall 203
Phone: (714) 997-6679
Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Master of Music
University of Rochester, Ph.D.

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Vera Ivanova graduated from the Moscow Conservatory (Honours Diploma), Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London (MM with distinction), and the Eastman School of Music (Ph.D. in Composition). Her works have been performed in Russia, Europe and the U.S.A.

After teaching as Assistant Professor of Theory and Composition at the Setnor School of Music of Syracuse University (NY), she was appointed as Assistant Professor of Music in the College of Performing Arts at Chapman University (Orange, California), where she currently works at the rank of tenured Associate Professor.

Vera Ivanova's compositions have been described as "...humanistic and deeply felt works... " (John Bilotta, Society of Composers, Inc.). In her early Fantasy-Toccata (2003) for violin and piano, "the humor takes on a harder, sardonic edge recalling the composer's roots in the work of Shostakovich and Schnittke" (Ted Ayala, Crescenta Valley Weekly). In her later Three Studies in Uneven Meters for piano (2011), "the greatest power of her brief, angular, crystalline music lies in its power to provoke the gods of symmetry" (Laurence Vittes, Lark Gallery Online Blog).

Dr. Ivanova is a recipient of the Sproull Fellowship at Eastman, the Gwyn Ellis Bequest Scholarship at Guildhall School, Moscow Culture Committee and American Composers Forum Subito grants, Honourable mention at the 28th Bourges Electro-Acoustic Competition, 3rd Prize at the 8th International Mozart Competition, 1st Prize in Category "A" at International Contest of Acousmatic Compositions Métamorphoses 2004 (Belgium), the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award, the André Chevillion-Yvonne Bonnaud Composition Prize at the 8th International Piano Competition at Orléans (France), and the Special Award from Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music. She is also a winner of the 2013 Athena Festival Chamber Competition and the 2013 Earplay Donald Aird Composers Competition and was selected to be Norton Stevens Fellow at the prestigious MacDowell colony residency in winter 2013-14.

Vera is actively involved in new music not only as a composer, but as an advisor (she's been invited to be on advisory board of the American Composers Forum, Los Angeles chapter), adjudicator (UnTwelve Composition Competition, Synchromy calls for scores, International Computer Music Conference Calls for Music, MTAC Composers Today program Adjudicators Coordinator) and concert-runner/organizer (new music concerts at Chapman University's Conservatory of Music and Synchromy group of Los Angeles-based composers, of which she is a founding member).

Her music is available in print from Universal Edition and Theodore Front Music Literature, Inc., SCI Journal of Music Scores (vol. 45), on CD's from MicroFest Records (Beyond 12 Album), Ablaze Records (Millennial Masters series, Vol. 2), Quartz Music, Ltd., Navona Records (Nova and Allusions albums), Musiques & Recherches (Métamorphoses 2004), Centaur Records (CRC 3056), Soundiff (Miniatures Album, vol. 1) and on her website at: www.veraivanova.com.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

"Time Is" for SSA choir and piano. Composed for the Colburn Young People's choir (Community School Children's Choir) and conductor Mikhail Shtangrud.
"Skyward": music composition for Di, Sheng, Zheng and Erhu. Composed for the Little Giant Chamber Chinese Orchestra.
In March 8-20, 2016, I was invited to be a guest composer at the Music and Performing Arts International Festival, Experimental Thai Music Laboratory in Burapha University
On April 10, 2016, Grammy-nominated pianist Nadia Shpachenko performed my "6 Fugitive Memories" (movements 1, 2, 6) at Drinkward Hall, Harvey Mudd College (Claremont, CA)
On April 19, 2016, the pianist Younkyung Kim gave a South Korean premiere to my pieces "Three Etudes in Uneven Meters" at the Ilshin Hall (Seoul, Korea)
On May 14, 2016, Colburn Community School Choirs directed by Mikhail Shtangrud premiered my piece for SSA and piano "Time Is" at Zipper Hall (Los Angeles, CA)
On October 22, 2016 Calliope’s Women performed 2 songs from my vocal cycle "Four Drinking Songs" at their "Voices in Verse and Song" concert at Old North Church (Marblehead, MA).
On November 21, 2016 My piano piece "Fugitive No.2" (from piano cycle "6 Fugitive Memories") was performed at the "28th International Music Festival Soundways" in St. Petersburg, Russia at a concert dedicated to Sergei Prokofiev's 125th anniversary.
On November 10, 2015 The Asian Art Ensemble performed my piece for violin and koto "Surface Tension" at Konzerthaus Berlin (Berlin, Germany).
On November 21, 2015, at the Sound Ways Festival, Ivan Bushuev and Mikhail Dubov performed my piece for flute/piccolo/alto and piano " The Laughing Man Alphabet" at The House of Composers (Saint Petersburg, Russia).
January 6, 2015: Piano Spheres concert series, Mbira, Zipper Hall at Colburn School (Los Angeles, CA)
February 12, 2015: Mark Robson recital, Mbira, Chapman University (Orange, CA)
March 21, 2015: Panic. Melnacholy, SOUNDkitchen with Frontiers Festival (Home for Waifs and Strays, Birmingham, U.K.)
March 21, 2015: Panic. Melnacholy, SOUNDkitchen with Frontiers Festival (Home for Waifs and Strays, Birmingham, U.K.)
April 14, 2015: Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, The Laughing Man Alphabet, UCLA, The Popper Theatre
May 8, 2015: Piano Spheres Mark Robson’s recital, In Cage with Adams, Boston Court (Pasadena, CA)
June 2, 2015: Piano Spheres Satellite concert series, Three Etudes in Uneven Meters, No. 3, RedCat (Los Angeles, CA)
June 21, 2015: SongFest Signature Concert Series, Kak u oblaka na krau, The Colburn School (Los Angeles, CA)
July 17, 2015: Synchromy concert series, The Laughing Man Alphabet, Boston Court (Pasadena, CA)
January 26, 2014: Up Close with Music series, Three Chant and Three Interludes, Concorde ensemble, RHA Gallery (Dublin, Ireland)
March 27, 2014: San Andreas Quartet, Fantasy-Toccata, Krechkovsky and Loucks, The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library (San Diego, CA).
April 6, 2014: San Andreas Quartet, Fantasy-Toccata, Krechkovsky and Loucks, UC Santa Cruz, Recital Hall (Santa Cruz, CA).
April 6, 2014: Vox Novus 15-minute-of-fame concert, In Cage with Adams, Mark Robson, Brand Library & Art Center (Glendale, CA).
May 19, 2014: Earplay (Donald Aird Competition winner), Three Etudes in Uneven Meters, ODC Theater (San Francisco, CA).
July 17, 2014: Atlantic Music Festival, Confession, Lorimer Chapel at Colby College (Waterville, ME).
July 28, 2014: Atlantic Music Festival, Black Echo, Lorimer Chapel at Colby College (Waterville, ME).
November 27, 2014: Moscow Autumn Festival, The Laughing Man Alphabet, House of Composers (Moscow, Russia)
October 17, 2013: CAGE 100 Party Pieces Project, Miller Theatre, (New York, NY).
August 22-Sept. 15, 2013: Forum of Contemporary Music Leipzig, CAGE 100 Party Pieces Project, Museum of Contemporary Music (Leipzig, Germany), exhibition of my manuscript C-A-G-E.
November 16, 2013: Three Summer Songs for SSAA choir, Memorial Hall, Chapman University (Orange, CA).
November 20, 2013: Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, Aura, Soundways Festival, House of Composers (St-Petersburg, Russia).
November 27, 2013: 35th International Moscow Autumn Festival, Inverspace ensemble, Three Etudes in Uneven Meters (Moscow, Russia).
February 1, 2013: 16th Biennial Festival of New Music, Three Etudes in Uneven Meters, Florida State University (FL).
February 27, 2013: 2013 Athena Festival, Four Drinking Songs, Murray State University (Murray, KY).
May 10, 2013: Boston Metro Opera Festival, Kak u oblaka na krau (Boston, MA).
May 30, 2013: Locrian Chamber Players, Three Etudes in Uneven Meters, Riverside Church (New York, NY).
May 31, 2013: Locrian Chamber Players, Three Etudes in Uneven Meters, Bargemusic concerts (Brooklyn, NY).
In the summer of 2012 I was a SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship) mentor of Adam Borecki. See the description of the project here: http://advancedmusictheory.com/about/SURF
In 2011-12 I gave guest lectures (presenting my compositions) at California State University, Northridge, Department of Music (3/28/12, Northridge, CA), UCLA's Herb Alpert School of Music (5/30/12, Los Angeles, CA), Sibelius Academy (11/24/11, Helsinki, Finland), Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (11/21/11, Moscow, Russia).
In 2011-2012 I created new compositions: • Three Studies in Uneven Meters for piano (2011) - revision of the second movement • Aura for clarinet (2012) • Mbira for piano (with optional re-tuning) (2012)
In May 2012 I received a Chapman University's Scholarly/Creative Activity Grant to record with the pianist Mikhail Korzhev (http://www.fullerton.edu/arts/music/faculty_Pages/korzhev.html) and release with PARMA recordings (www.parmarecordings.com) my "Three Studies in Uneven Meters" for piano.
January 28, 2013: California Contemporary concert in Moscow Chamber Hall of Philharmonia, Aura, (Moscow, Russia).
April 18, 2012: New Music, New Voices concert, performance of "Kak u oblaka na krau" (Kristina Driskill and Tony Cho), "Four Drinking Songs" (Jonathan Mack and Tony Cho) at Salmon Recital Hall, Chapman University (Orange, CA);
May 20, 2012: Synchromy/The Midnight Winds collaboration, performance of "Aura" for clarinet solo at the Lineage Performing Arts Center (Pasadena, CA);
June 23, 2012: 2012 Microfest Rad! Festival, performance of "Mbira" for digital piano by Aron Kallay at Beyond Baroque (Venice, CA);
August 25, 2012: 2012 Hear Now Festival, performance of "Quiet Light" at The First Lutheran Church (Venice, CA).
April 18, 2012: New Music, New Voices concert, performance of "Three Summer Songs" for SSAA choir by Women's University choir conducted by Angel Vazquez-Ramos, Salmon Recital Hall, Chapman University (Orange, CA);
May 6, 2012: Chapman University Women's Choir conducted by Angel Vazquez-Ramos, performance of "Three Summer Songs" at Memorial Hall, Chapman University (Orange, CA).