Amanda C. Harberg

Amanda C. Harberg

Acclaimed as the composer of ‘truly beautiful music’ that is ‘hauntingly moving’ as well as ‘audience-engaging’, Philadelphia native Amanda Harberg composes music that continually engages audiences and performers alike on emotional as well as intellectual levels.

Harberg’s upcoming commissions include a piece for the Albany Symphony's Dogs of Desire, an orchestral arrangement of Harberg's 'Elegy' for the Grand Rapids Symphony, an orchestral work for the University of Nevada Symphony, and a new work for the flutist Julietta Curenton. The 2012/13 concert season includes performances of Ms. Harberg’s music by the Grands Rapids Symphony, the Dogs of Desire, the Thuringer Symphoniker, the University of Nevada Symphony, the Faust Youth Orchestra in Denmark and the Freespace Dance Company. Recent performances of Harberg’s music have been with the National Symphony of Ecuador, the Olympia Philharmonic Society, the Quito Philharmonic, the String Orchestra of the Rockies and the string players from the New Jersey Symphony.

Past commissions include those from the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the American Music Center, the Harmonium Choral Society, violist Brett Deubner, the Palisades Virtuosi, the New York State Music Teachers Association, the Juilliard School’s ‘Piano Century’ Festival, the New Juilliard Ensemble, the Azure Ensemble, the New Jersey Arts Collective, and more. Her awards include a Fulbright/Hays Fellowship to study with Frederic Rzewski in Belgium, two Meet the Composer Creative Connections grants, a MacDowell Colony summer residency, Juilliard’s Morse Fellowship. ASCAP Plus awards and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy's Outstanding Young Alumna Award. As in-house composer for Common Good Productions, Harberg has composed music for documentaries on PBS as well as on the Teaching Channel.

Harberg has recordings out on Koch International, Albany Records, Centurion, Walking Frog Records and upcoming recordings on American Modern Ensemble Records. Her educational band and piano music is published by C.L. Barnhouse and by Createspace. She has taught at Juilliard, Interlochen, the Luzerne Music Center and the ASTA Chamber Music Institute, as well as maintaining an active private teaching studio since 1997. Harberg received her BM and MM from the Juilliard School where she studied with Stephen Albert, Robert Beaser and David Diamond, and where she was awarded the Peter Mennin Prize for outstanding accomplishment. Also active as a pianist, Harberg is co-director of the 'Music and More' concert series in Glen Ridge, NJ, where she and her family currently live.

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