Maura Bosch is a composer and writer based in Minneapolis. She started composing at an early age, eventually studying at the Hartt School and Princeton University. Once at Princeton, she recognized the chasm between the music of her professors and the music she was trying to write, so she decided to put her Ph.D. on hold. She spent a summer as a composition fellow at Tanglewood before moving first to New York, and then to England and then Amsterdam. After more than a decade of rootlessness, she settled in Minneapolis, a city she was drawn to for its magnificent river, its many lakes and its liberal politics. Hawks and the occasional eagle fly over her house in the Kingfield neighborhood.
Bosch is an unashamed melodist. She composes chamber music, mostly for strings, as well as songs and operas, forms that give her free range to melody. She has composed four operas, three of them with her own production company, which she started at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis. The fourth and most recent opera was commissioned by the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music. Her other works have been commissioned and performed by Cantus, the Dale Warland Singers, WomanVoice, University of Virginia, St. Catherine’s University, Augsburg College, Saint Paul Cathedral (Minnesota), the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Walker Art Center, the Bang on a Can Marathon and the Summer Festival at MassMOCA, the Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center, and the Lullaby Project and Faith Partners, both of the American Composers Forum.
In the early 2000’s, as her two young children began to show interest in music, Bosch wondered how they were developing their musical preferences. The question of how one chooses music became, in her mind, a question of how one composes music. From this thought process, she launched a project to teach music composition to children. Over time, she developed a method for teaching composition in general music class in the public schools. She documented this new approach in her dissertation titled “Everyone Can Compose Music,” for which she (finally!) received her Ph.D. from Princeton in 2008.
Currently Bosch is composing a series of pieces for solo piano and solo violin, and a work for solo voice, strings and harpsichord. In her writing about music, Bosch has moved beyond the practical how-to of composing and into the realm of the philosophical. She is currently writing a book titled Listening For New Music, a collection of essays which explores the connection between the emotion you feel for a piece of music and your experience, perhaps long ago, of hearing it for the first time.
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