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2018-2020 COMPOSER-IN-ASSOCIATION ANDREW NORMAN

World-renowned composer Andrew Norman was Utah Symphony’s first Composer-in-Association, serving from 2018-2020. As part of Andrew’s contract with Utah Symphony, the orchestra performed the following works during his two-year tenure:

Suspend – September 21-22, 2018
Play – March 21-23, 2019
Sacred Geometry – November 15-16, 2019
Spiral – January 31-February 1, 2020
Unstuck – March 6-7, 2020

In addition to these performances and as part of the Composer-in-Association position, Andrew came to Salt Lake City to participate in Utah Symphony’s preparation of his pieces, and also to engage with various school music programs and individuals of all ages. He interacted with community members about his own experiences as a composer, and he encouraged and coached the music-making and music-creating of local community members. During his two-season engagement with Utah Symphony, Andrew worked with 71 adults, 11 teachers, and 616 students.


Andrew receives applause at Abravanel Hall after the Utah Symphony debut of Spiral on January 31, 2020. Salt Lake City, UT.

Feedback from local community composers:

“The composers’ roundtable was a pleasant and useful event, chatting with area composers about their work, and the role of the community in fostering creativity.”

“The meeting with Andrew was a wonderful experience. Andrew was incredibly accommodating, personable, and a joy to meet with. I especially enjoyed exploring Andrew’s ideas on increasing one’s audience and searching for future performance opportunities.”


Andrew visited K-12 school groups to talk about and encourage composing

  • Taught 3 composing workshops for elementary school groups using his Drip Blip Sparkle Spin Glint Glide Glow Float Flop Chop Pop Shatter Splash
  • Made 2 presentations about composing to junior high student groups
  • Visited with 2 large student groups hearing one of his works at Utah Symphony Open Rehearsals (as well as discussing one of his pieces with an Osher Lifelong Learning class)

Andrew teaches composing workshop at Washington Elementary, Salt Lake City School District.


Secondary school students played Andrew’s music

  • Conducted 5 rehearsals of his own compositions with student ensembles & orchestras (An Index of Peculiar Strokes at Gifted Music School; Drip Blip… at Lyceum
    Philharmonic; Music in Circles at Cottonwood HS and Utah Youth Orchestras)

Rehearsal of An Index of Peculiar Strokes at Gifted Music School, SLC

Andrew Norman with string students at Gifted Music School, Salt Lake City, UT

Andrew Norman rehearses Music in Circles with orchestra students at Cottonwood High School, Granite School District

Andrew answers questions after rehearsal with students in Lyceum Philharmonic at American Heritage School, American Fork, UT


Andrew gave composer presentations at area universities

  • Made 4 presentations to university music composition seminars (2 at the University of Utah, 1 at Westminster College and 1 at BYU)

Andrew gives a lecture to composition students and professors at BYU. Provo, UT.


Andrew offered individual score readings with composers of various ages

  • 5 score readings with high school composers (4 in Utah Youth Young Composers Project)
  • 7 score readings with university age composers
  • 4 score readings with adult composers in Salty Cricket Composers Collective (as well as a social event with the entire group)

Andrew answers questions from local composers in Salty Cricket Composers Collective

Andrew Norman with Utah Young Composers Project and their mentors

Andrew conducts a score reading with local professional composer Nathaniel Eschler.

Andrew meets with local high school student and goes over his compositions.


Andrew arranged and dedicated a 3’ piece, “Music in Circles,” to three Utah youth orchestras

  • Andrew arranged a 3’ excerpt from his larger work Play, with youth orchestras in mind for the shorter piece. Andrew conducted a live rehearsal of the piece with the Cottonwood High School Orchestra. The Lyceum Philharmonic and the combined Utah Youth Orchestras both committed to performing the piece in May concerts, but were prevented by shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope they will pick up the piece again when it’s safe for orchestras to gather and rehearse.

Andrew rehearses Music in Circle with Utah Youth Symphony Orchestra, Salt Lake City, UT