Jacob Bancks

Jacob Bancks

Jacob Bancks

The music of Chicago-based composer Jacob Bancks (b. 1982, Fairmont, Minnesota) has been described as “invitingly lyrical” and “colorfully orchestrated” (The New York Times). Recent works have been commissioned and premiered with theTanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley, eighth blackbird, Pacifica Quartet, Schola Antiqua of Chicago, Cantori New York, pianist Daniel Paul Horn, and marimba virtuosoMakoto Nakura. Other  commissions and performances have come from the Annapolis Symphony, the New York Youth Symphony, the South Dakota Symphony/Soli Deo Gloria, the International Double Reed Society, the Millennium Chamber Players, the Hanson Institute for American Music, and The Commission Project. His music has been performed by oboistGordon Hunt, the Eastman Philharmonia, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Lute Song Project, OSSIA New Music, and many others.

A 2008 recipient of a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, his other prizes include two BMI Student Composer Awards, a Century Fellowship (University of Chicago), the Howard Hanson Orchestral Prize (Eastman), first prize in the Minnesota Music Teachers’ Association annual competition, a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and a nomination for the Lili Boulanger Memorial Prize.

His teachers include Shulamit Ran, Marta Ptaszynska, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, and Augusta Read Thomas, and he has participated in masterclasses with Luca Francesconi and Louis Andriessen. His other important mentors are Cliff Colnot, Daniel Paul Horn, and Ray and Sue Sidoti. He holds degrees from Wheaton College (IL) and Eastman School of Music, where he also studied piano with Vincent Lenti, and earned a PhD in 2012 from the University of Chicago, under a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education. He serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Augustana College (IL) and director of music at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Davenport, IA.

Major projects for 2012 include new works for the U.S. Marine Band, Spektral Quartet, vibraphonist Melanie Sehman, at the St. Cecilia Choir.

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