Zane Gillespie

Zane Gillespie

Zane Gillespie is a composer, theorist, scholar, pianist, vocalist, and is the Executive Board Member for Music Theory for The Southern Chapter of The College Music Society (CMS) and member of The Society for Music Theory. His original research has been published in peer-reviewed journals including College Music Symposium, Humanities, as well as forthcoming in the proceedings of Le Neuvième Congrès Européen d'Analyse Musicale (EuroMAC9). His music-theoretical research has been accepted for presentation by The 13th International Music Theory and Analysis Conference 2016 in Rimini, Italy, the 2016 meeting of the New Zealand Musicological Society at Waikato University in Hamilton, New Zealand (where he also served as Chair for Session B6 entitled "Composition and the Net"), Mississippi University for Women’s Inaugural Music by Women Festival, EuroMAC9 in Strasbourg, France, by the 2017 CMS Southern, Great Plains, Rocky Mountain (where he also chaired Session IX: “The Language of Art”), and Pacific Northwest regional conferences, as well as the Sixtieth National Conference of The College Music Society in San Antonio, TX. Zane was Chair of the session “Aesthetics and Philosophy” at The 4th International Poe Studies Association Conference (2015) in NYC. In 2019, the 40th Annual CMS Southern Chapter Conference selected four of his 11 pieces for piano and digital delay entitled The Human and Non-Human for performance during Composers’ Concert III of the conference, held at The University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL. As a guest of the 2017 and 2018 conferences of The American Society for Cybernetics, Zane has given lecture demonstrations of his own works including his incidental music written specifically to accompany two short films, The Myth Is Killed for SATB choir and piano, Ploutonion Quartet (“The Night Watches”) for amplified clarinet in b-flat, electric violin, electric violoncello, and fixed-media electronics, The Human and Non-Human for piano and digital delay, Autopoiesis for piano, as well as other strictly electronic works. The 2016 CMS South-Central Regional Conference selected his Two Noumenist Poems (for soprano and alto vocalists and piano) for performance during Composers’ Concert II of the conference, held at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX. Zane’s Quartet for Alto Saxophone and Strings, commissioned by concert saxophonist Walter Hoehn, was performed in Concert V of The 8th Annual Belvedere Chamber Music Festival (2014), held at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Memphis, TN. His neoconservative postmodern music earned him the Nancy Van de Vate Composition Award three times from The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). Zane holds degrees from Ole Miss (BM; MM), and The University of Memphis (DMA) where he received The Scheidt School of Music's 2011 Smit Composition Award.

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