Randolph L. Partain

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The music of award-winning American composer Randolph L. Partain (ASCAP) has been programmed on numerous contemporary music festivals, and he has received multiple awards from ASCAP. During November of 2007, he was The Jean and Louis Dreyfus Foundation Fellow at the Millay Colony for the Arts at Steepletop in Austerlitz, New York, and he won the 2006 International Society of Bassists/David Walter Composition Competition, Chamber Division, for his work Kelevsma (clarinet, harp, and double bass).

His Three Simple Talismans for Piano was chosen as a semi-finalist in the Renée B. Fisher Composer Awards for 2006–2007, and his orchestral work Blood Rite was a finalist in the Columbia Orchestra American Composer Competition for 2007. Partain’s song cycle Pax Americana: Songs of Protest has been performed in Munich, Prague, and across the United States. Partain’s music received its Carnegie Hall debut in March 2009 when soprano Marion Russell Dickson performed his song cycle Chasms in recital.

Partain studied piano and composition at Florida Southern College, where his naked and fiery forms for wind ensemble was the first student composition ever presented on the college’s Festival of Fine Arts concert series. He completed Master’s and Doctorate degrees (summa cum laude) in music composition at Rice University, under the tutelage of Karim Al-Zand and Arthur Gottschalk.

Most recently, Partain completed The Gate and the Key, a theater piece for woodwind quintet, and he is currently composing the music for Status Quo, a video game in development. More information about being a part of the Status Quo project can be found on Kickstarter.