Madelyn Byrne

Performing at SoundWalk in Long Beach, California.

Madelyn Byrne is an Associate Professor of Music at Palomar College where she has been on the faculty since 2000. She is an active composer of both acoustic and electro-acoustic music. Some recent pieces include Joyce Settings -- Rain Has Fallen and Winds of May (for SATB choir with piano accompaniment, composed for the Palomar College Chamber Singers), In A Winter Landscape (for bass flute and computer, commissioned and recorded by Peter Sheridan for MOVE Records), Arrival (computer music with video art by Lily Glass, recorded to DVD for Everglade Records), and Northern Flight (for piano and computer, recorded by Peter Gach for Innova Records). Madelyn completed her DMA in Composition at The Graduate Center in 1999. Her composition teachers include Charles Dodge, John Corigliano, and David Olan. The compositions for her dissertation were done while she was a guest composer at Columbia University’s Computer Music Center.


In A Winter Landscape
This piece is an introspective composition intended to convey an austere Winter landscape, after a powerful storm. The storm, having cleared out the old growth, has made room for new life. It is inspired by the work of Arvo Part and John Cage