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Kurt Mehlenbacher

Kurt Mehlenbacher

Kurt Mehlenbacher (b. 1985) is an active composer, copyist, and concert producer in the Boulder, CO area. He has studied at the University of Colorado Boulder, Arizona State University, the École Normale de Musique in Paris, and the University of Oregon. His principle teachers include Carter PannDaniel KelloggRoshanne EtezadyRodney RogersJody RockmakerMichele Merlet, and Robert Kyr. He has also studied bassoon with Steve Vacchi, and conducting with Robert Ponto and Gary Hill.

Mehlenbacher has participated in the European American Musical Alliance (Merit Scholar), and the Oregon Bach Festival Composer's Symposium. He has received multiple honors which include a BMI Young Composers Award (Honorable Mention), a Special Talents Award in Music Theory, the Arizona State University Fellowship Grant, the University of Colorado Wind Ensemble and Choral Prizes, a Cecil Effinger Fellowship, and a prize from the George Lynn Grant Foundation. He has received commissions from the Central Arizona Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, the Paradise Winds, the Phoenix Art Museum, the American Harp Society, and the Arizona Singers Collective, and has had his works performed by the Altius Quartet, and Alarm Will Sound. He has been a selected finalist for the St. Lawrence String Quartet Composition Competition, the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, and the Raymond W. Brock Memorial Student Composer Competition, and his chamber music is regularly performed throughout the United States and Western Europe.

Since 2005, he has worked for earthsongs, a world choral music publisher, as a notation editor, engraver, and layout specialist. He is also a founding member of the Colorado New Music Ensemble and served as its Artistic Director from 2013 through 2016.

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