Theresa Martin, Composer



Theresa Martin (b. 1979), composer of energetic, melodious, and rhythmically driven music, often draws her inspiration from literature, images, nature, and personal experiences. She receives commissions from around the world and enjoys writing concert music for solo instruments as well as chamber, wind, and orchestral ensembles. Dr. Martin’s music has been heard throughout the U.S., and has been performed in Canada, Belgium, Great Britain, Italy, Luxembourg, Sweden, Tanzania, China, and Taiwan. She has been commissioned by internationally prominent soloists including clarinetist Robert Spring, tubaist Sam Pilafian, The Eufonix Quartet, oboist Michele Fiala, bassoonist Albie Micklich, the Barnett Foundation of Chicago, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, and the Arizona Wind Symphony. Her music has been recognized by the American Composer’s Forum, the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer's Competition, and NACUSA Young Composer’s Competition, and has been performed at the International Clarinet Association’s “Clarinetfest” (2007-08, 2010-13), Aspen Music Festival , Sewanee Summer Music Festival (2010-11), Midwest Composer’s Symposiums (2006-07), Society of Composers National Conferences in Texas, Arizona, and West Virginia (2005-06), and the American Composer’s Alliance Summer Music Festival in New York (2004). Studying both composition and clarinet performance, she completed her DMA in composition at the University of Michigan, two masters degrees from Arizona State University, and her BFA at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her influential mentors include composition teachers Michael Daugherty, Evan Chambers, William Bolcom, Randall Shinn, and William Heinrichs, and clarinet teachers Robert Spring, Deborah Chodacki, and William Helmers.

Dr. Martin currently has a private studio in Wisconsin, where she teaches lessons in composition, clarinet, and piano. She has also recently joined the adjunct faculty at Lawrence University, teaching clarinet and composition. As a clarinetist, she performs in the Fox Valley Concert Band and the Waupaca Area Orchestra. In addition to her musical activites, she enjoys spending time with her husband, son and daughter.