Thomas R. Schuttenhelm

Part-Time Faculty

DMA, University of Hartford; BA, College of St Rose


Thomas.Schuttenhelm@quinnipiac.edu
CL-AC3

MU 130(UC) Understanding Music   -   Spring 2015
MU 200(UC) Special Topics   -   Spring 2015

About

Thomas Schuttenhelm is an American composer and guitarist whose compositions exhibit an exquisite craft and richness of style and are celebrated by many leading artists in contemporary music. His compositions can be heard on numerous recordings and have been performed throughout the country and abroad by such artists as: the Adaskin String Trio; Tempo del Fuoco (Sarah Larsen, violin; and Nick Cutroneo, guitar), the Alturas Duo (Scott Hill, guitar; and Carlos Boltes, viola); classical guitarists: Eliot Fisk, Jason Vieaux, Frank Wallace, Yovianna Garcia, Daniel Hartington, Alex Walker, Daniel Salazar and the Hartford Festival Orchestra; pianist Paul Bisaccia, the Goldspiel-Provost Classical Guitar Duo, bassist Robert Black (Bang on A Can All-Stars), Volkan Orhon, the Connecticut Trio, and the Connecticut Yankee Chorale. His piano music was featured on the PBS (WGBY- Springfield, WGBH-Boston) special "The Great American Piano." He has performed electric guitar with the FIREWORKS Ensemble, a contemporary music ensemble; collaborated with the Wellspring Dance Company, a performance art company based in New York; toured with Purple Rock Productions, a diverse theater group, performing on guitar and balalaika; and was a composer-performer member of the Boston Public Works Contemporary Music Series held at Harvard University. In addition to composing for some of America’s top soloists and ensembles, he is an experienced performer and scholar. He has given lectures at Cardiff University (Wales, UK), University of Newcastle (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK), University of Sussex (UK), University of London (UK), and at the Mannheim Hochschule for Music. His publications include "The Selected Letters of Michael Tippett", published by Faber, and he is the contributing author to an edition on Fernando Sor. He has also authored numerous articles and reviews for the journal Soundboard. In addition, he has contributed to various BBC Radio programs. In 2007 he was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to the U.K. (London). In 2008 he was a British Music Studies fellow at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently completing a monograph for Cambridge University Press on 'Creative Development and Compositional Process in the Orchestral Music of Michael Tippett'. He is also a contributing author for the forthcoming Tippett Cambridge Companion (CUP). In September 2011 he presented a paper for the international conference on Tracking the Creative Process in Music in Lille, France. He recently released a recording: The Guitar Music of Tom Johnson and is currently working on a compilation of his own compositions. He divides his time between Hartford CT and Washington DC. www.thomasschuttenhelm.com

Work In Progress

The NY based contemporary music ensemble: Le train bleu will premiere a new bass concertino (Brian Ellingsen soloist) in the fall (2012). Thomas Schuttenhelm will premiere 'Perspectives' for bassoon and guitar, by CT composer Brian Kershner. Dan D'Addio (trumpet) and Thomas Schuttenhelm (guitar) will premiere 'Micrologues' in the Fall (2012). Schuttenhelm is currently composing a song set for extended piano and tenor (Jack Pott), a new work for Kaleidos (guitar and percussion), and a new work for the Alturas Duo.

Selected Publications

The Orchestral Music of Michael Tippett: Creative Development and the Compositional Process, Cambridge University Press (forthcoming 2014). "Image and Einfall: The Creative Cycle in the music of Michael Tippett" The Cambridge Companion to Michael Tippett, Cambridge University Press (2013). The Selected Letters of Michael Tippett, Faber and Faber (2005). "The Use of Listening Strategies in the Fantasias (not in Variation Form) by Fernando Sor" Sor Studies /Estudios sobre Fernando Sor, Instituto Complutense de Ciencias Musicales (2003). "A Comparative Analysis of the Guitar Entries in Orchestration Textbooks," Soundboard, Special Issue, Winter/Spring (2000). "Sir Michael Tippett and The Blue Guitar: An Examination of the Manuscript," Soundboard, Fall (1998).

Selected Workshops & Presentations

7 June 2012 @ 8:30 PM: Yves Clement (guitar) and Roberto Aronica (viola) premiere 'Six Moments Musicaux' at the Chapelle Saint-Charles de Soissons (France). 21 June 2012 @ 6:30 PM:'when the surface would suffice' an (anti)tango for violin and guitar will be performed by Tempo del Fuoco (Sarah Larsen, violin; and Nick Cutroneo, guitar) at the Windsor Art Center, 40 Mechanic Street, Windsor CT. 15 July 2012 @ 7 PM:Yovianna Garcia will perform Mise-en-abyme at the Ermita Corazón de María Urb. Los Caobos, Ponce, Puerto Rico.

All Publications

The Orchestral Music of Michael Tippett: Creative Development and the Compositional Process, Cambridge University Press (forthcoming 2014). "Image and Einfall: The Creative Cycle in the music of Michael Tippett" The Cambridge Companion to Michael Tippett, Cambridge University Press (2013). The Selected Letters of Michael Tippett, Faber and Faber (2005). "The Use of Listening Strategies in the Fantasias (not in Variation Form) by Fernando Sor" Sor Studies /Estudios sobre Fernando Sor, Instituto Complutense de Ciencias Musicales (2003). "A Comparative Analysis of the Guitar Entries in Orchestration Textbooks," Soundboard, Special Issue, Winter/Spring (2000). "Sir Michael Tippett and The Blue Guitar: An Examination of the Manuscript," Soundboard, Fall (1998).

Honors & Awards

Fulbright Distinguished Scholar (2006-7): United Kingdom British Music Fellow at the Harry Ransom Center (2007): University of Texas at Austin