Brent A. Morden (b. 1997) is in his fourth year of undergraduate music studies at Columbia University. Morden has written chamber music performed by groups including TAK Ensemble (Primordial Utterances, May 2017), Mivos Quartet (Insistence, June 2017), and loadbang (En Passant, December 2017). He also regularly writes and arranges for Columbia University student music groups. In March 2017 and March 2018, Morden conducted the respective premieres of his wind ensemble works Concertino and Danzón with the Columbia University Wind Ensemble at their Ninth and Tenth Annual Festival of Winds. He also wrote original songs for a Columbia production of Shakespeare’s play As You Like It (April 2017). In addition to playing euphonium with the Wind Ensemble, of which he is President, Morden has played with the Columbia University Big Band and sings in Columbia jazz a cappella group Uptown Vocal. Both groups regularly perform his arrangements. Seeking to diversify his compositional palette, in 2018 Morden co-wrote and composed an an original musical, Once Upon a Fortnight, premiering at Columbia University in Nov. 2018.
In addition to composing, Morden actively conducts and music directs. During the summer of 2017, he rehearsed and conducted the Concert Band at Summer Arts Institute, a selective program for New York City public middle and high school students. Morden returned to Summer Arts Institute in 2018 to conduct the band in performing excerpts from his original wind ensemble work Danzón (2018). Morden currently music directs his a cappella group Uptown Vocal, having music directed acclaimed musical theater productions of Urinetown and an original adaptation, Written in the Stars, at Columbia University (November 2017). Since September 2017, Morden has also served as a Resident Advisor for undergraduate students at Columbia University. On his spare time, Morden enjoys running in the park.
August 1st - Brent A. Morden conducts the Summer Arts Institute Concert Band in performing excerpts from his original work Danzón (2018) for Wind Ensemble at the Tony Bennett Concert Hall, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts.
June 30th - Members of Yarn/Wire and the 2018 Yarn/Wire Institute premiere Interrobang (2018) for Two Pianos and Vibraphone at the Staller Center, Stony Brook University.
April 26th - Benjamin Fingland premieres Lullaby in Due Time (2018) for Solo Bb Clarinet, and Brent A. Morden premieres Configuration No. 1 (2018) for Solo Voice, at the Columbia Undergraduate Composers Concert in Symphony Space.
April 16th - The Music Performance Program at Columbia University awards Brent A. Morden the 2018 Richard and Brooke Kamin Rapaport Summer Music Performance Fellowship to fund his attendance of the 2018 Yarn/Wire Institute.
April 14th - Columbia University Big Band performs at Casa Italiana (Columbia University), featuring Brent A. Morden on trumpet.
March 9th-13th - Uptown Vocal tours Southern California, singing with fellow collegiate a cappella groups and performing for local communities.
February 18th - Columbia Musical Theater Society presents its first annual 24-Hour Musical, Music Directed by Brent A. Morden.
January 17th - Brent A. Morden wins 3rd place in the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra's Emerging Composers Competition with Danzón (2016) for Orchestra.
December 7th - Columbia University Big Band performs at Symphony Space, featuring Brent A. Morden on euphonium.
November 19th - "Childlike Wonder," Columbia University Wind Ensemble's fall concert, in Roone Arledge Auditorium (Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University).
November 16th-18th - The Pale Blue presents Written in the Stars, a space-Western comedy musical starring and Music Directed by Brent A. Morden, in Rennert Hall (Kraft Center, Columbia University).
November 10th-11th - Columbia Musical Theater Society presents Urinetown (Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis), Music Directed by Brent A. Morden, in Roone Arledge Auditorium (Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University).
July 26th - Brent A. Morden conducts Night on Fire by John Mackey with the Summer Arts Institute Concert Band in Frank Sinatra School of the Arts.
April 21st - Columbia University Big Band performs at Symphony Space, featuring Brent A. Morden on euphonium and vocals, and his arrangement of "Suits Are Picking Up the Bill" (Squirrel Nut Zippers).
March 24th - Columbia University Wind Ensemble performs at Carnegie Hall.
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