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Marc Lowenstein

Roy E. Disney Family Chair in Musical Composition ; Musicianship Skills, Theory, Music History and Literature

Musical Arts Program


Phone: 661.255.1050 x2065

Cell: 818.731.0548

Fax: 661.255.0938

Room: B238

Marc Lowenstein is an active conductor, singer, composer, and teacher. He has conducted for the last two years on New York City Opera's VOX showcase festival leading workshops of his own, The Fisher King, Anne LeBaron’s Cresecnt City, and Jenny Johnson’s The Endings. He conducted the premiere of Anne LeBaron's WET and was music director for the US premiere of Georges Aperghis' Sextuor: L'Origine des Espèces and for the premiere of Stephen Oliver's Peach Blossom Fan at the REDCAT theater. He conducts with Ensemble Green and the Vinny Golia Large Ensemble and conducted the CalArts New Millennium Players with whom he led American premieres of several works by composers such as Gavin Bryars, John Oswald, Henry Brandt, James Tenney, David Rosenboom, Wadada Leo Smith, Kubilay Uner, Mark Menzies, and many others. As a lyric tenor, he recently sang the lead tenor role of Madeline X in the premiere of Michael Gordon's What to Wear directed by Richard Foreman at REDCAT and has sung about twenty- five other opera roles including Pelléas, Don José, Oedipus, Tom in A Rake's Progress and Sandy in To the Lighthouse. Despite working in opera for so long, he has nonetheless himself written a full-length opera, The Fisher King, based on the screenplay of the same name, and he has begun one based on the short stories of Charles Bukowski and he has written several other large works. He was a founder and director of Berkeley Contemporary Opera with whom he conducted the premiere of Martin Herman's The Scarlet Letter and performances of several other modern operas. He has recorded on Nine Winds, Innova and Poobah records. He also occasionally plays klezmer clarinet. On the faculty of California Institute of the Arts, he teaches theory, skills, history, composition, voice, and conducts various ensembles.

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