Alexander Nohai-Seaman (b. 1977) grew up just outside of New York City. He was not very interested in music he heard on the radio, but began playing clarinet in 4th grade and later switched to saxophone. After receiving an electric guitar for his 11th birthday, he quickly began writing and recording songs and played in numerous original bands in the New York City area for which he recorded and produced a number of demo tapes. He has studied sound recording and engineering at the University of New Haven, received a BA in music from Lycoming College, with a concentration in composition and classical guitar performance, and received his MM in composition from Binghamton University. Alexander is currently a DMA candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studies composition with Stephen Dembski and Laura Schwendinger. His previous teachers include Joel Naumann, David Brackett, and Fred Thayer. Alexander also teaches freshman aural skills and serves as an advisor for the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble at UW-Madison.
Alexander has won the 2006 Wisconsin Choral Director’s Association Composition Competition, and his Rilke Songs were awarded 2nd place in the Nineteenth Annual Young Composer’s Competition at Austin Peay State University. His composition Miniatures for Violin and Piano is a finalist in the 2005-2006 UW-Madison Student Composition Award. In 2004 he was one of five composers commissioned to compose a work celebrating the 50th anniversary of UW-Madison’s Memorial Library. Other awards include a Foundation Award from Binghamton University and the Ruth and William Askey Music Prize. In 2001 he presented at paper on Coleman Hawkins’ Body and Soul at the International Association of Jazz Educators annual conference.
His works have recently been performed by the University of Chicago New Music Ensemble, the UW-Madison Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, by soprano Mimmi Fulmer, the Harpur Chorale, the Lycoming College Choir, UW-Madison Women’s Chorus, the UW-River Falls Choir, at the 2004 Connecticut Women’s Chorus Festival, the 2005 La-Crosse New Music Festival, the 2006 region VI Society of Composers Conference, and at the 2004 and 2005 Midwest Graduate Music Consortium Conferences.
Each summer Alex teaches courses at the UW Summer Music Clinic, including: Music Theory, American Music, Electronic Music, 20th Century Music History, and Popular Music. He has taught composition and guitar lessons through the UW-Madison Student Teaching Division, the Madison Conservatory of Music, Music City, and the Binghamton Community Music Center.
His current projects include Requiem on a text of Rainer Maria Rilke for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra, Hellfire for symphony orchestra, and In Memoriam-Dimebag Darrell for solo guitar.
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