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Kent Carlson (b. 1971)

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Kent Carlson was born in 1971 in Phoenix, Arizona to two Protestant Ministers. He grew up in Los Angeles in a home filled with vocal music and was the accompanist for a children's choir throughout his teens. In school, he studied harmony and composition with Dr. Williametta Spencer, and piano with Maureene Menges. At UCLA he earned his degree in Composition studying composition and orchestration with Mark Carlson and Elaine Barkin. From UCLA, he went on to earn his MA in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica in 1996.

In 1991 Carlson wrote and produced his first opera "Dobstanovitz and Dobstanovitz." Before graduating UCLA, he had written and produced his three-act tragedy, "The Birth of Venus." In the year before starting graduate school, he composed his first symphony "An American Symphony" for vocal soloist, SATB and large orchestra. Shortly afterward, he was commissioned by Michael Stanley to write his second symphony, "Sounds of Conscousness" for winds and percussion. From 1996 to 1998, while working with various vocal ensembles (among them "Zephyr: Voices Unbound"), he found occasion to write a series of secular and religious choral works and arrangements, some of which are recorded on Civic Records.

In the arena of chamber music, he has written a Sonata for flute and piano, a Piano Sonata, a string quartet, "Balladen," and a number of songs. Currently, his composing energies are focused on further operatic and musical theatre output, with an emphasis on creating operatic roles for male altos. His most recent composition is a one-act tragic opera in English, "Diocletian and Sebastian" for the Spoleto Festival. His next full-length opera will be "Romeo e Giulietta" to an Italian libretto by Felice Romani. Since 1997, he has also worked for Garri Editions (solo vocal music publisher), creating piano reductions and thorough-bass realizations.


Music by Kent Carlson
Words by Kent Carlson
Arranged by Kent Carlson

YR8011 Alabado
YR8013 Cancion de Cuna (...
YR8016 La noche est ser...
YR8006 Maoz Tzur
YR8015 Nursery Wryme Med...
YR8002 Pheasant Plucking...
YR8000 Queer and Pleasan...
YR8024 Sanctus et Benedi...
YR8017 Seguidillas Relig...
YR8003 Women Singing in ...
YR8026 Yuletide Gay, The

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