Charles Norman Mason
c.mason@miami.edu
Hyper-Connectivism
disparate parts working together towards a common goal at such a frenetic pace that they reach the border just before chaos, but also the point at which great things can happen.

See webpage for list of works and recordings: www.charlesnormanmason.com

Mason’s style of composition has become known as Hyper-Connectivism. The term refers to the idea of disparate parts working together towards a common goal at such a frenetic pace that they reach the border just before chaos, but also the point at which great things can happen.

His music has been performed throughout the Americas including the Aspen Music Festival and the Foro Internacional de Musica Nueva as well as throughout Europe. Mason is executive director of Living Music Foundation and founder and director of Living Artist Reocrdings. Charles Norman Mason attended the University of Miami (BM) and the University of Illinois (MM and DMA). He has studied composition with Salvatore Martirano, John Melby, Dennis Kam, and Ben Johnston and participated in workshops with Milton Babbitt, Jacob Druckman, Don Erb, Steve Reich, and Roger Reynolds.

Awards
2005 Rome Prize Fellowship
2004 International Bassist Society Composition Competition
2005 Truman State University MACRO composition competition
1998 Premi Internacional de Composició Musical Ciutat de Tarragona Orchestra Music prize
2002 Atlanta Clarinet Society Composition Competition
2000 Hultgren Biennial
1999-2000 Commission Award from the Music Teachers National Association
1999 Plymouth Music Orchestra Reading fellow
1995 Delius Prize
1996 Dale Warland Singers Commission Prize
1980 Broadcast Music Inc. Award for Young Composers
1989 International Bourges Electro-Acoustic Composition Competition

Grants
1994 NEA Individual Composer Grant
Four grants from Alabama State Council on the Arts
Four Meet the Composer Grants
Creative Leadership Grant from 3M
Two Ditson recording grants


Commissions
Gregg Smith Singers
Evelyn Glennie
Robert Black
Corona Guitar Quartet
Dale Warland Singers
Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra
Lithium Quartet
West Wind (France)
Alabama Symphony Orchestra
ONIX (Mexico)
Craig Hultgren
Goliard Ensemble
Opera for Youth, Inc.
Karen Bentley

Performers

Corona Guitar Kvartet (Denmark)
Eighth Blackbird
American Composers Orchestra>BR> Freon Ensemble (Rome)
Plymouth Orchestra
Fairbanks Orchestra
Alabama Symphony
West Wind (France)
ICE (Minnesota)
Andiamo Ensemble
Golliard Ensemble
Onix Ensemble (Mexico)
Synchronia
Thamyris
Gregg Smith Singers
Dale Warland Singers
N/S Consonance
Proteus Ensemble (Aspen)
Washington Square Cont. Music