Musical Composer, Author Dr. David Cutler to Speak at Owens

Posted Sep 19th, 2011 by Brad Meyer  Category: Arts & Entertainment


PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Area residents interested in gaining insight into how to become a successful professional musician are invited to attend a free lecture presentation featuring noted musical composer and author Dr. David Cutler at Owens Community College on Monday, Sept. 26.

Presented by the Owens’ Department of Fine and Performing Arts, Cutler’s lecture presentation is titled “Building Your Portfolio Career: Imagining the Mix” and will take place at 12:30 p.m. in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Studio Theatre Room 111 on the Toledo-area Campus in Perrysburg Township.

The lecture presentation will examine critical elements to a professional career as a musician, such as entrepreneurship, product development, branding, marketing, networking, the recording paradigm, personal finance, funding, relevance and legacy. Admission to the event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Cutler balances a varied career as a jazz and classical composer, pianist, educator, arranger, author, speaker and entrepreneur. In all these pursuits, he is well-known for pushing the musical and performance boundaries while aiming to connect with new audiences.

His musical interest began at the age of six when he started playing jazz and classical piano. Cutler studied piano at the University of Miami, composition at the Hochschule fur Musik, jazz arranging and composition at the Eastman School of Music and composition at Indiana University. He was Chair of the Composition Program at the Brevard Summer Music Festival from 2000-04 and currently serves on the faculty at Duquesne University, where he teaches musicianship, composition and jazz.

Cutler’s concert compositions have thrilled audiences throughout North America, Europe and Asia and have been commissioned and performed by ensembles and artists such as the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Classical Orchestra of Milan, Korean Chamber Ensemble, harpist Jung and saxophonists Joe Lulloff and Jim Houlik. His jazz compositions and arrangements have been presented by Nancy Wilson, Benny Golson, the Airmen of Note Air Force Big Band and the Eastman Studio Orchestra, as well as among many college jazz ensembles.

Recent accolades include the Sammy Nestico Award, the Millennium Arts Society’s International Competition for Composers and awards from Friends and Enemies of New Music and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. In 2006, he served composition residencies at the Visby International Centre for Composition in Gotland, Sweden and the Asian Pacific Performance Exchange in Los Angeles. His music has often interfaced with dance, film, actors, costumes, stage design and visual artists.

In addition to composing and arranging, Cutler is active as a pianist, conductor, writer and educator. His style of jazz piano playing is as wide ranging as his compositions, spanning such styles as stride and bebop to elements far beyond the traditional jazz vocabulary. As a classical pianist he has focused his efforts on the music of contemporary and American composers. Always an advocate of new music, he has conducted many large and chamber ensembles, including over 20 premiers. In 2002, he became a contributing author to “Jazz Styles”, the top selling jazz history textbook in the country. Cutler’s most recent book “The Savvy Musician” was created to help musicians in their pursuit of a successful career.

For additional information about the free lecture presentation, call (567) 661-7081 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7081.

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