Acclaimed by the UK magazine Choir & Organ as writing music of “austere beauty” that exhibits the “pressure and presence of personal conviction,” Kevin Siegfried (b. 1969) is a composer with an emerging international voice. His music was recently described as “hypnotic and beautifully written” by The Boston Musical Intelligencer, and is known for its direct expression, lyricism, and accessibility.
Siegfried’s music is published by E. C. Schirmer, Earthsongs, MorningStar, and Trinitas and has been performed and recorded by leading ensembles including The Dale Warland Singers, The Tudor Choir, and Conspirare. The Tudor Choir’s "Gentle Words" CD, the premiere recording of Siegfried’s Shaker song arrangements, received wide acclaim and was praised as “a stunning addition to the repertoire” by Fanfare Magazine. Siegfried has received grants and awards from ASCAP, Choral Arts New England, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, and The Carlton Savage Endowment’s “Waging Peace Through Singing” Competition.
A passionate advocate for choral music and the expressive power of the human voice, Siegfried has devoted increasing attention to the composition of vocal music in recent years. From 2006-08, he was in residence with the Nashua Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, as a participant in the Nashua Symphony’s “Ripple Effect” project. The residency culminated in the performance of his choral symphony Three Songs for a New World in 2009. Other recent projects include: Songs for the Journey for chorus and chamber orchestra, commissioned by the Concord Chorale (2010); Three Horizons for chorus and piano, commissioned by the Phillips Exeter Academy Concert Choir (2010); and Child of Earth, a cantata for mezzo-soprano, choir, strings, and harp, commissioned by the Capitol Hill Chorale (2011).
Siegfried graduated from The New England Conservatory with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition. He studied additionally in Paris, through the European American Musical Alliance, and in India, with South Indian classical musician Sriram Parasuram. His teaching experience includes Harvard University, The New England Conservatory, and The Northwest School in Seattle. Since 2004, he has been a faculty member at The Boston Conservatory.