Eva Kendrick is a composer, songwriter and vocalist. She writes in many genres including opera, musical theatre, choral music, song cycles, chamber music and large scale pieces.
Eva's music ranges widely in style, incorporating classical, jazz, musical theatre and folk elements, depending on the piece. Her song cycle "Disir," based on the Norse Poetic Edda is haunting and beautiful, while her chamber piece "Juntos" combines rousing, rhythmic elements of South American folk dances. Her choral piece "To D.R. in Holloway" combines folk and gospel, and her wind ensemble and string piece "Against the Grain" is a fusion of classical and jazz.
Eva's theatrical works have been performed around the country. Her chamber opera "Emily" about the life of Amherst poetess Emily Dickinson has been performed numerous times and was presented in a fully staged production by the Thompson Street Opera Company in Louisville, KY last year. Her short opera "The Break-Up" premiered this year in Massachusetts and was also performed by the Contemporary Theatre Company in Wakefield, Rhode Island, with a West Coast premiere set for 2016. Her full-length musical comedy "Le Bistro Cafe" was the recipient of a Subito Grant from the American Composers Forum, and her upcoming full-length musical "Operator" received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant.
Eva's choral works have been performed across the country as well. Her sacred choral works are inspiring, positive and spiritual with universe themes of love, kindness, tolerance and respect for all living things. Secular choral works include "To D.R. in Holloway," written by a British suffragette, "Those Lips that Love's Own Hand Did Take" for intermediate high school chorus and the "New England Madrigal," celebrating the change of seasons.
Eva has been commissioned by ensembles and organizations including the Atlanta-based Anon Ensemble, the Milton Chamber Choir, Dinosaur Annex, Rialto Arts, the New Gallery Concert Series, the Community Music Center of Boston Chamber Orchestra, and the Providence Mandolin Orchestra. She has written scores for filmmakers in New York, Boston, Tempe, and Providence. Eva enjoys collaborating with poets and has set poems by Kathleen Spivack, Naomi Shihab Nye, Paul Turner, and Laurie Robertson-Lorant, producing large-scale song cycles and choral works. Other famous poets she has set song cycles and choral pieces to include e.e. cummings, Elizabeth Bishop, William Shakespeare and Walt Whitman.
In 2014, Kendrick was awarded the Judith Lang Zaimont Prize by the International Alliance of Women in Music New Music Search for her chamber piece Juntos. She also received the Marilla McDill Prize for Teaching Excellence and Community Service from the Community Music Center of Boston. Other awards include 14 ASCAPLU$ Awards from 2000 to the present, a Subito grant from the American Composers Forum, a Longy School of Music Scholarship, a USA Today Award, and the Robert J. Graves Music Scholarship from the Chopin Club of Providence.
For more on Kendrick and upcoming performances of her works, please visit www.evakendrick.com.